The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre

1995, Horror, 1h 42m

37 Reviews 25,000+ Ratings

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The Next Generation has the fortune of starring early-career Matthew McConaughey and Renée Zellweger, but it services neither headliner well in a convoluted and cheap-looking slasher that doesn't live up to the Texas Chainsaw Massacre legacy. Read critic reviews

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After leaving their prom early, innocent Jenny (Renée Zellweger) and three other teenagers crash their car in the backwoods of Texas. In their search for help, they run into Vilmer Slaughter (Matthew McConaughey), a vicious psychopath with a mechanical leg, and his twisted family, including the serial killer Leatherface. As the group of friends struggle to survive the maniacal methods of torture, Jenny discovers the secret origins behind the family's lust for blood.

Cast & Crew

Matthew McConaughey
Vilmer Slaughter
Robert Jacks
Leatherface Slaughter
Tony Perenski
Darla
Joe Stevens
W.E. Slaughter
Tyler Cone
Barry
Vince Brock
I'm Not Hurt
Susan Loughran
Jenny's Mother
David Laurence
Jenny's Stepfather
James Gale
Mr. Rothman
Kim Henkel
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Critic Reviews for The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (31)

  • Largely terrible, with the kernel of something interesting in the film's final scenes.

    December 22, 2018 | Rating: 3/10 | Full Review…
  • Though Henkel's script broadly apes memorable moments from the first film, the echoes only serve to underscore how short he's coming up here.

    November 5, 2016 | Full Review…
  • Zellweger makes Jenny the most formidable scream queen since Jamie Lee Curtis went legit.

    March 26, 2009
  • From electric cattle prods to human infernos, it's an tough, rough ride.

    January 1, 2000
  • While not technically a good movie, the (un?)intentional comedy and parodying of the franchise make this fourth entry an admittedly entertaining (and hilarious) watch.

    December 30, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • It is a uniquely terrible film - a uniquely terrible film that I'd kill to see with a rowdy crowd at a midnight screening.

    April 7, 2020 | Full Review…

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  • Oct 30, 2013
    Poorly crafted and idiotic, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation is crazy personified. After a group of students coming back from their high school prom break down on the back roads of Texas they fall into the trap of a group of psychopathic killers. Renee Zellweger and Matthew McConaughey lead the cast and give decent performances, but the rest of the cast is just terrible. And, once again the series sacrifices scares for the crazy and bizarre. Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation is an atrocious film that has no point.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 26, 2013
    Truly horrible, so called sequel. A bunch of kids on their way back from prom are chased and tortured by a gang of mentals. This attempt at a sequel is so strange and doesn't seem to have any real connections to the original. Leatherface is also a crossdresser, what the fuck? But its also the bad script and crappy performances(apart from Matthew McConaugheys mentalist, fair play to him, but a fake leg, again, what the fuck?!)) that just make this a complete waste of time. The original sequel is much better and this also makes the latest so-so sequel look like a work of genius.
    Adam M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 03, 2011
    This disaster of a movie I will defend only to say that it is not as atrocious as everyone makes it out to be. It is a black comedy missing the 'comedy' part. The acting is, especially from Zellweger and McConaughey, more painful to endure than being in a room with Peter Popoff for 80-minutes - overacting so dreadful I have to wonder if the actors deliberately tried to sabotage the movie. 'TCM: The Next Generation' is craziness for the sake of being crazy and fails to be entertaining or even interesting in a WTF-am-I-watching way. Ironically no one dies by Leatherface's chainsaw making the title only accurate about Texas. Adding to the inanity is the fact the movie is an ugly looking and moronic remake of the original effectively raping a horror classic. Leatherface is a cross dresser and I am still not sure why but it certainly turned him into a parody of an iconic villain. So, yeah, 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation' fails every second and only gets worse. Avoid it like a Pauly Shore movie.
    Jonny B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 31, 2010
    Matthew McConaughey is having a hoot but the film is a piece of shit no matter what Joe Bob Briggs says.
    Eduardo C Super Reviewer

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