Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (1994)

1994 | R | Horror, Thriller, Comedy

User Score: 58/100


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.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre - The Next Generation (1994) is an American comedy horror movie who had two previous titles. It was initially released as The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1994) and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 4 (1994). The movie is loosely a remake of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) but does not excel as the original. Director Kim Henkel (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (1994), Texas Chainsaw 3D (2013)) failed horribly at making this movie. The movie contains sexual content, brief nudity, bad language, violence, plot holes and little suspense. The film revolves around a group of teenagers who ends up in an accident in the middle of nowhere on their prom night. They encounter a murderous family with the villain we are used to seeing.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre - The Next Generation begins at a prom where we see Heather (Lisa Marie Newmyer - Sin City (2005), A Scanner Darkly (2006), Crosswalk (1999)) looking for her boyfriend Barry (Tyler Cone - A Troll’s Bridge (2002), The War at Home (1996), The Pitch (2012)) who is in the dark with another female. Heather storms off into Barry’s car with her friends Jenny (Renée Zellweger -  Cinderella Man (2005), Chicago (2002), Jerry Maguire (1996)) and Sean (John Harrison - The Substitute Wife (1994), Just Sue Me (2000), Art Machine (2012)) in the backseat. Barry ran after her and eventually gained access to the vehicle only to get into an accident minutes later because of their argument. After a few events, the tow truck driver Vilmer (Matthew McConaughey - Dallas Buyers Club (2013), The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), Interstellar (2014), Magic Mike (2012)) arrives and at the accident site drives over Sean after some more events. Heather and Barry discover the Sawyer clan’s Farmhouse and not knowing who they are; Barry asked to use their bathroom and was allowed to. Heather waits patiently for Barry on the porch of the house until she is running for her life from Leatherface (Robert Jacks - Scary Movie (1991), Slacker (1991), The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Documentary (1996)). Leatherface finally captures Heather and ultimately stuffs her in the meat locker. As for Barry, he was hit over the head with a sledgehammer by Leatherface and died so he did not get to tell anyone about the human remains he discover in the bathroom.

Get the movie and watch it if you like but you are surely in for an enormous disappointment if you do because it does not live up to the standards of all the other chainsaw movies. The movie should be shredded and taken out from the franchise. This was a total waste of money, time and energy. I have no clue what the director/writer was thinking when they approached this movie, perhaps she was not thinking. The actors did a poor acting job in this film and it may be because of the poor screenplay - the actors overall are fantastic in every other movie.

About Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (1994)

Title: Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation
Year: 1994
Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Marilyn Burns, Lisa Marie Newmyer, John Harrison, Renée Zellweger, Bill Wise, Paul A. Partain, John Dugan, Joe Stevens, Adam White, Loren Guerra, Tonie Perensky, Derek Keele, Robert Jacks, Debra McMichael, Tyler Cone, Geri Wolcott, James Gale, Axel L. Schiller, Chris Kilgore, Andy Cockrum, Vince Brock, Roger Roe, Susan Loughran, Angee Hughes, David Laurence, Rebecca Rosenberg, Grayson Victor Schirmacher, Derrick Sanders, Jeanette Wiggins
Director: Kim Henkel
Score: 1.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.9/5 stars from 12 users. Votes: 12.
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Comedy
MPAA Rating: R

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