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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

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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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The American legend returns, to bring you back to the cutting edge of terror. See more »


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

When asked about the film, Renée Zellweger said, "It was dangerous! I don't know if any of it was legal. It was a great workout. Running from a guy with a live chainsaw is excellent motivation. It was a lot of fun. It was my first role, really. I couldn't believe that somebody was going to trust me with that, that somebody was going to take this chance (on me). I was really grateful. I have no shame about that (movie)!" See more »

Goofs

As Leatherface breaks parts of the front door out with his chainsaw, there are three very large cracks in the door, presumably to help him break the parts of the door out. In all previous shots/scenes, there were no cracks in the same part of the door. See more »

Quotes

[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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The Finnish video version excludes numerous scenes including violence. Cut by more than 15 minutes. See more »

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Don't Tell Your Mama, Don't Tell Your Papa
Written by Beau Jocque (as Beau Jocques)
Performed by Beau Jocque (as Beau Jocques) and Zydeco Hi-Rollers
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The series returns to its roots
11 June 2000 | by jon_farthingSee all my reviews

The return of the texas chainsaw massacre returns to the roots of the series by eschewing the gore of the 2 previous sequels for the psychological terror and jet black humour of the original film.

This film is actually more of a remake than a sequel, with several sequences (such as the infamous meathook) copied shot by shot from the original film. Kim Henkel, the director, was the co-writer of the original chainsaw massacre back in 1974 and it is apparent this is his version of how he saw the original film. The humour is perhaps more to the fore in this film, with Matthew Mcconaughey (Sp?) going way over the top and leatherface in full transvestite mode and this can sometimes work to the detriment of the film.

The last half of the film keeps the tension up well, with the underlying threat that violence could explode at any moment. However too much of the acting is of the "shout at the top of your voice" school and by the end of the film youre wondering how many times poor Renee Zellwegger can escape and be recaptured.

Overall better than the second and third entries in the series, but way behind the first.


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