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Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (1994)

The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre (original title)
A group of teenagers get into a car crash in the Texas woods on prom night, and then wander into an old farmhouse that is home to Leatherface and his insane family of cannibalistic psychopaths.

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Kim Henkel

Writers:

Kim Henkel (characters), Tobe Hooper (characters) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Renée Zellweger ... Jenny (as Renee Zellweger)
Matthew McConaughey ... Vilmer
Robert Jacks ... Leatherface Slaughter
Tonie Perensky Tonie Perensky ... Darla (as Tonie Perenski)
Joe Stevens ... W.E. Slaughter
Lisa Marie Newmyer Lisa Marie Newmyer ... Heather (as Lisa Newmyer)
John Harrison ... Sean
Tyler Shea Cone ... Barry (as Tyler Cone)
James Gale James Gale ... Mr. Rothman
Chris Kilgore Chris Kilgore ... Rothman's Chauffeur
Vince Brock Vince Brock ... I'm Not Hurt
Susan Loughran Susan Loughran ... Jenny's Mother
David Laurence ... Jenny's Stepfather
Grayson Victor Schirmacher Grayson Victor Schirmacher ... Grandfather
Jeanette Wiggins Jeanette Wiggins ... Woman Eating Chocolates
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Storyline

This is the twisted tale of Vilmer and his crazy family which includes the lovely Leatherface. They have pastime of killing and stuffing people. Unfortunately, Jenny and her friends run into Vilmer and his clan in the middle of the night in the middle of the woods. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for demented mayhem and torture, and for strong language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 October 1995 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 4 See more »

Filming Locations:

Texas, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$53,111, 1 September 1997, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$141,626
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Despite the title, absolutely zero people are massacred via a chainsaw. See more »

Goofs

When Jenny runs out the front door, she falls over. She then gets up and slides across the hood of the car. As she does, you can see the black knee-pads she's wearing. See more »

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[first lines]
Narrator: August 18, 1973. News of a bizarre, chainsaw wielding family - reports which were to ignite the world's imagination - began to filter out of central Texas. Regrettably not one of the family members was ever apprehended and for more than ten years nothing further was heard. Then, over the next several years at least two minor, yet apparently related incidents, were reported. Then again nothing. For five long years silence...
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In the end credits, the "Patient on Gurney" actress was credited as ANONYMOUS. See more »

Alternate Versions

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"It's been an abomination. You really must accept my sincere apologies."
3 July 2015 | by lnvictaSee all my reviews

Well said, Rothman. Whatever this movie is supposed to be, it fails on every level. It's not scary, it's not disturbing, it's not entertaining, it's only funny periodically when you can't believe how stupid it is, and it essentially killed the Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise until it was rebooted a decade later.

The only reason anyone would have any inclination to watch this is because of its leads - Renee Zellweger and Matthew McConaughey - who were young and naive back then, but they did they best they could with the material they had. Renee played a fine damsel in distress and McConaughey was perfect as an insane cannibalistic psychopath. You can tell he was having fun with the part, and the fun he has is contagious sometimes especially knowing how huge he has become since.

The movie itself is downright horrendous. It starts off as a typical slasher: a few teens leaving prom get stranded in the woods, then they encounter strange characters, and from then it devolves into a nonsensical screaming battle between everyone. Literally there are scenes in this movie where the only lines are "AHHHH!" Leatherface has gone full transvestite for this installment. They also end the movie with some sort of conspiracy that these cannibals have been around for thousands of years and there are men in suits that check up on them or something. It makes absolutely no sense and trying to piece it together will ensure a loss of brain cells.

This is the worst of the pre-millennial TCMs by a long shot. Only watch if you're a die-hard TCM completist or you want to watch McConaughey yell like crazy for a while. Either way, you're bound to be disappointed.


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