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Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (1994).

October 16, 2007

The Scoop:
This fourth entry in the too-long running horror franchise should have remained unreleased and forgotten, if not for the fact that the two leads in the cast of unknowns went on to greater fame — Matthew McConaughey and Renée Zellweger. They both give energetic performances here, hinting at the success that was to come for them. The rest of the film, though, is pretty unredeemable, despite offering many unintentionally hilarious moments.

The plot starts with a group of losers on their way home from the prom, and from there it is essentially a rehash of the first “Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” complete with many shots and sequences shamelessly stolen from that gem. The brainchild of writer/director Kim Henkel, this sat on the shelf for three years before finally seeing the light of day. And the only reason it got its release was because McConaughey’s and Zellweger’s careers took off, not because of any intrinsic value in the film itself.

The whole effort hardly seems worth the trouble, although it is now worth a look for the morbidly curious, I suppose.

Best Bit:
McConaughey struggling with his remote control leg brace.

Worst Bit:
Leatherface in drag. (Don’t say we didn’t warn you.)

Side Note:
Look for Paul Partain and Marilyn Burns, stars of the original, in brief cameos.

Companion Viewing:
The first “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” (1974). Accept no substitutes.

Links:
IMDb.

Take a Look:
The trailer:

The girliest beatdown ever:

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