Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (1995) Movie Review
Written by: ML
Edited by: Grave Reviews Staff
Director: Kim Henkel
Producers: Robert Kuhn
Writers: Kim Henkel
Date Released: March 12, 1995
Renée Zellweger as Jenny
Matthew McConaughey as Vilmer
Robert Jacks as Leatherface
Tonie Perensky as Darla
Joe Stevens as Walter Edward
Lisa Marie Newmyer as Heather
John Harrison as Sean
Tyler Cone as Barry
James Gale as Rothman
Rating = 1.5/5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
The story is about four teens on an unplanned road trip during their prom night and ended up in the middle of nowhere. They had an accident and had to call for help but encountered a psycho killer family living with Leatherface. Torture and murder ensues. A lot of chasing and failed killing led to the revelation that it was all to make the victim experience true horror.
Surprisingly, this is one Texas Chainsaw Massacre movie with no significant amount of blood and gore. The only puddle of blood shown was during Vilmer’s death. The movie was more on the violence and brutality of abduction. The notable disturbing scenes include the girl getting hanged on the meat hook, the girl set on fire, and Vilmer cutting himself.
The Grave Review
Good news, the movie was entitled Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Bad news, there were no chainsaw deaths and Leatherface was a failure.
This movie was not about the chainsaw as a weapon or even Leatherface as a villain. The entire movie focused on the unnecessary deaths, abduction, and torture of the victims. The only interesting thing they added was the angle of a higher authority managing the whole scenario. He wanted the experience with Leatherface to become true horror for the victims.
Other than that, there were too many stupid decisions made by the victim in the movie. The most disappointing ones include going up the antenna while being chased by Leatherface, driving the car with the hood open, and the old people in the trailer crashing on the side of the road. There were a lot of times that the victim could’ve escaped but eventually failed due to bad decisions.
If there is a thing to love about this movie, it is the casting of Matthew McConaughey and Renée Zellweger. Without them and their brilliant acting as villain and victim respectively, this movie would’ve suffered the worst.
It could’ve been better if they let Leatherface made his signature brutal kills rather than just screaming, swinging the chainsaw randomly, and putting on makeup. But then again, Matthew McConaughey’s psycho killer acting was superb.
Overall, this movie is just fine if you are a fan of Leatherface and the chainsaw franchise.
For the foregoing reasons, Grave Reviews gives Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (1995) one and a half graves out of five graves.
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