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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.


Kim Henkel


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


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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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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Release Date:

21 October 1995 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 4 See more »

Filming Locations:

Texas, USA See more »


Box Office


$600,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,235, 24 September 1995

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


| (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Matthew McConaughey had just graduated college and planned on moving to California when he auditioned for this film. He read for the part of a young motorcyclist who rescues Jenny at the end of the film and rides off with her into the sunset (a role which was eventually excised from the film altogether). Before he left, director Kim Henkel asked if he knew of anyone who might be right for the role of the villain, Vilmer. McConaughey suggested two friends from acting class and left. He was about to get in his truck and drive to California when he stopped and realized, "What was I thinking?" He immediately turned around and asked Henkel, "Hey, can I audition for Vilmer?" Henkel gave him a spoon from the kitchen, told him to pretend it's a knife and tasked him with scaring his secretary. Then, in the middle of the audition, he told him to pretend his mechanical leg was malfunctioning. McConaughey was so convincing that he won the role of Vilmer on the spot. See more »


When entering Darla's real-estate trailer her sign is visible. After exiting the trailer it is gone. See more »


[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

The 1997 release, titled "Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation" cuts several scenes, including a subplot in which Jenny is abused by her stepfather. This is the only version currently available on video and runs 84 minutes (the original cut ran 95 minutes). The longer uncut version differs from the shorter "Next Generation" version in the following other ways:
  • Said to take place in 1994, not 1996
  • Matthew McConaughey's name is misspelled in the closing credits
  • There is an early scene in which Jenny's stepfather barges into her room, threatens her and slams her against the wall
  • There is more dialogue between Barry and Heather in the car
  • Most scenes and shots throughout the movie are longer (cut for time in other versions)
  • The towtruck scene is NOT intercut with Jenny, Heather, & Barry leaving Darla's office
  • Jenny and Darla have a longer conversation in the bathroom
  • Music and sound effects are almost entirely different
  • The scene with Jenny escaping the house at dawn is tinted blue; the following scene with the motorhome and the towtruck is tinted orange.
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User Reviews

What did you expect?
21 May 1999 | by raesunSee all my reviews

Anyone expecting oscar caliber film material when they popped this nugget in their VCR is kidding themselves.

Saying this movie sucks is similar to the people who stand in front of me at McDonald's complaining that their burger wasn't prepared properly. This aint Western Sizzlin, ya know!

So it was mindless, laughable, and possessed all of the other attributes that all TCM movies have. So what.

Can we really say that the original TCM had any kind of cinematic value. It was intense, graphic...yes. But the dialogue, (the small amount that it required) was no more cerebral than any TCM produced after.

I agree with the viewer in Baltimore that the mechanical leg was very funny. I preferred the trailer park babe who was constantly making references to her fake breasts. She was funny. The movie did go downhill with the arrival of the freak in the limo. It became very disjointed. So did all of the others, though. All TCM movies have always been about one subject...mindless violence and shock value.

If you didn't like it...fine. I was disappointed that the two main characters are embarrassed about making the movie. It's not something to be proud of, no. But it is still a piece of film that they got paid for. Also a break that they were given, as unknown actors. Just goes to show that once actors make it to the top, they forget the mere humans at the bottom, that boosted them up.

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