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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 ... Darla (as Tonie Perenski)
Joe Stevens ... W.E. Slaughter
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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If looks could kill he woudn't need a chainsaw. 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:

$28,235, 24 September 1995

Gross USA:

$185,898

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$185,898
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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

Final film of Robert Jacks, (who played Leatherface) who passed away on August 8, 2001. One day shy of his 42nd birthday. See more »

Goofs

As Jenny escapes, she smashes a window, breaking the middle wooden slat. When Leatherface returns to the window, the wooden slat is now back and intact. 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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Crazy Credits

In the end credits, the "Patient on Gurney" actress was credited as ANONYMOUS. See more »

Alternate Versions

Old (out of print) Japanese laserdisc (which used the title of "Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre) included the complete uncut version of the film. See more »

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Voodoo Kiss
Written by Dan Bowman and Jack Shea
Performed by The Naughty Ones (as Naughty Ones)
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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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