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With inconsistent tones and tension, mostly bad acting, and almost no good scares, The Next Generation manages to earn the title of the worst Texas Chainsaw movie. Matthew McConaughey is perfectly over-the-top crazy as Vilmer, and Tonie Perenski is surprisingly funny as Vilmer's girlfriend Darla, but the rest of the cast are pretty bad. There are a handful of genuinely scary moments, but they're few and far between. On top of all that, the film makes the mistake of going down the same road as Halloween 6, and in this case tries to connect Leatherface's family to the Illuminati, which is just completely stupid.
A bizarre entry that criticizes bad horror sequels by being the worst kind imaginable before actually having a suited boss character show up to point out the ineptitude of the movies villains. It seems Kim Henkel, co-writer of the original movie and director of this one, wanted to make a movie about how Hollywood hires untalented filmmakers to try to recapture the magic of a superior predecessor with disastrous results. Sure it's awful, but its awful for a reason.
Its no wonder they had to reboot the franchise, this film was a train wreck to sit through and I almost didn't make it. The plot is essentially a retelling of the original, except they're teenagers coming home from prom and get lost with homages to scenes straight from the original. They try to throw in some other little plot about some spiritual experience with some guy in a suit but it comes out of nowhere and makes no sense at all. They made Leatherface into a transvestite which isn't even funny or scary on paper, and worse is practice. The characters have little to no personality. The acting is awful, incredibly annoying is more accurate. Zellweger seems asleep half the time and McConaughey hams it up, which even that didn't save it. Don't even bother with this one horror fans, its not even remotely worth it. It fails to be original, it fails to be scary, it fails to be funny, it just fails.
Obviously this film is a low point in the Texas chainsaw Massacare series. It has many scenes that just tend to drag on. For most of the film we just see Matthew McConaughey slap people, and slit himself multiple times on the chest. Leatherface on the other hand has some very weird masks. Such as a woman mask, and a old lady mask. Also it seems all leatherface does is just scream, and that's about it. So if you want to watch a very whacked up movie with cannibles eating pizza then this is your film. Still I was very entertained throughout, and that is why it has this high of a score.
Ineptly acted and directed, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 4: The Next Generation demands -- and receives -- nothing from pre-famous stars Matthew McConaughey and Renee Zellweger, and represents an awkward chapter in a franchise that once boasted one of the scariest horror films of all time.
Zellweger, McConaughey, and Tyler Shea Cone all give solid performances and that's about all the praise I can give this movie. Watch it once to satisfy your morbid curiosity or to see every film in this series and then forget about it. forever.
While it does feature pre-fame Matthew McConaughey and Renee Zellweger, Texas chainsaw: The next generation is another dull sequel that pales to the original classic and adds nothing new to the premise.
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 4: The Next Generation doesn't cover any new ground and is slightly hamstrung by unimpressive performances from Renee Zellweger and Matthew McConaughey, but fans of the franchise should find themselves reasonably pleased.