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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (1995)

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.


So the setup is standard, although a little strange. A group of victims stumble onto the property of a cannibal family on...their way home from...prom? Okay. So the setup seems a bit way out. There really is no explanation as to why the obligatory group of horny teens end up where they did, but horror movie gotta movie, right? Anyway. From there, it gets weird.

Assuming you are at least aware of the setup from the original TCM, this has some similarities, but not many. And probably not in the right places. While being strangely watchable, most of the run time is filled with what? and why? moments that even as the film ends are questions that remain unanswered. Literally nothing in the film makes sense. Intended as a direct sequel to the original, the film is not scary, playing for laughs more than horror. Characterizations are altered. It's just...weird.

Starring Matthew McConaughey (A Time to Kill) and Renée Zellweger (Jerry Maguire), as well as a cast of disposable teens and weirdo killers, it can only be seen to be believed. Zellweger is fantastic in the final girl role. She obviously can act - but runs like a gazelle. It's stunning to watch. McConaughey is wonderful as a deranged psycho.

There are kills, and although practical effects are used throughout, it's not over the top gory, or scary. Leatherface is in it, but very much a background character. There are no chainsaw kills. The ending comes out of no where and the director apologizes during the closing credits.

And the Illuminati did it.


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