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Overall Rating
1.86

Awesome: 4.76%
Worth A Look: 6.35%
Average: 19.05%
Pretty Bad: 9.52%
Total Crap60.32%

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Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The
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by Rob Gonsalves

"This is why I didn't get too pissed off by the 'Chainsaw' remake."
1 stars

This pathetic fourth entry in the series was shown, probably shamefacedly, at a few festivals and then shelved until 1997, when it got a limited theatrical run to capitalize on the success of its stars, Renée Zellweger and Matthew McConaughey.

Until then, die-hard Leatherface fans (like me) had to track down bootleg tapes struck from the Japanese laserdisc. I can't imagine anyone thought it was worth the effort or the wait. This makes the previous two sequels look like Citizen Kane, and is little more than a pale Xerox of the first movie's plot.

The saddest part is that Kim Henkel, co-writer of the original, is fully to blame for this mess. (The pompous trailer, as found on the Texas Chainsaw Massacre DVD, announced the movie as "the real sequel." Right.) It's fitfully amusing because of Zellweger (as the shy heroine Jenny) and McConaughey (as the sadistic, hee-hawing Vilmer, one of the new chainsaw clan) in most undignified pre-stardom roles. (Both stars, trying to be nice upon the film's '97 release, said they had fun doing it.) Their scenes together are the only watchable moments, largely because they're about the only ones who can act; Toni Perenski, as Vilmer's crazy girlfriend Darla, is easy on the eyes and shows some wit before she's reduced to being pushed around.

But for the most part you stare at the screen and wonder how anybody involved thought this could possibly have been any good. Henkel throws in some sort of X-Files subplot involving aliens (?!) to explain the exploits of Leatherface and his family; it makes about as much sense as anything else in the movie. Of interest only to Zellweger fans curious to see her in a torn prom dress, waving a shotgun and spitting F-words at her tormentors. With Robert Jacks as Leatherface, re-imagined here as a chainsaw-wielding Divine.

To clarify: The version I saw and have reviewed was called 'The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre.' The version released in '97 was cut from 94 to 84 minutes (reportedly removing all inferences that Zellweger's character has been sexually abused by her father) and retitled 'Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation.'

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User Comments

5/18/11 g-spot crap 1 stars
5/08/10 mr lovalova Ri-cock-ulously terrible. Seriously. 1 stars
12/20/09 FrankNFurter Was this supposed to be a comedy?It was like Beverly Hillbillies meets Silence of the Lambs 1 stars
6/11/09 art the first chainsaw movie,was a protype for FRIDAY THE 13TH<,HALLOWEEN,MY BLOODY VALENTINE 1 stars
5/03/09 TJA How did this garbage get made? It would have confounded Ed Wood. 1 stars
11/22/08 Shaun Wallner This movie stinks!! 1 stars
4/17/08 cody the worst of the whole series, just plain annoy but only thing was renee and matthew 2 stars
11/08/07 LeatherWaste If I could give it less than one star, I would! 1 stars
10/22/06 Robert The most entertaing of the bunch, would be nothing without Lisa newmyers death and screams 4 stars
10/07/06 RogerEbert Anyone giving this more than one star should get a visit from Leatherface 1 stars
10/01/06 JM Synth Loud, relentless and stupid, but not boring; much better than the tedious remake 3 stars
5/24/05 E-FUNK Better than part 3... Goes to shit when Leatherface cross-dresses. Conaughey's great. 3 stars
11/18/04 horror_blood Piece of crap. Tries to be the original but fails miserably. 1 stars
9/27/04 Dreamless This movie is strange.It doesn't resemble the earlier parts. 3 stars
7/16/04 Witchfinder Total Crap insult to the series 1 stars
4/11/04 valerie hart i think most of these suck coz they lack blood and guts 2 stars
1/26/04 Eric Thank God for Matthew.Leatherface sucked in this movie 4 stars
11/03/03 Laurel sucked 1 stars
11/01/03 American Slasher Goddess Godawful mess, only good thing about this movie is McCoughney's perf. 1 stars
10/20/03 Two-G - horror_blood2 um, ya 1 stars
10/18/03 Samuel Justus Isn't this called Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation 1 stars
8/29/03 DARREN A STRONG OPENING LEADS TO A DUMB ENDING-AND LEATHERFACE IS SUCH A WUSS 2 stars
6/29/03 Randy Robinson I really enjoyed this movie. Granted it wasn't smart or original but it was really fun! 5 stars
6/08/03 Akira It's stupid like all other whore..i mean horror flicks 1 stars
4/17/03 Jon "Thumb the Toad" Lyrik So, is there anything good about this "movie"? Well it didn't kill me. Hey wait a minute... 1 stars
3/20/03 Jack Sommersby Some OK trashy fun to be had. McConaughey is a hoot! 3 stars
2/15/03 Ross Didn't understand it at all 1 stars
12/19/02 Film Dude What the fuck is wrong with you people? This movie SUCKS. 1 stars
12/17/02 Charles Tatum Craaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaap 1 stars
12/15/02 Myra Breckinridge Near-brilliant, consciousness-expanding blend of Psycho and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 4 stars
9/23/02 Grossed Out Confusing, pointless, & unsettling but effectively like the original. Stupid stupid stupid 1 stars
9/01/02 movie guy GREAT 5 stars
3/02/02 Chowie what is wrong with all you people, wtf is this movie on about? This sucked 1 stars
12/25/01 r b this movie was the best ever it had good actors like rennee zellwiger and lisa newmyer 5 stars
11/30/01 Rutt13 kinda dumb, screwy.... 2 stars
8/06/01 E-Funk McConaughy is the best ingredient in this failed recipe...best of all the sequels 3 stars
5/31/01 Roy Smith everyone involved with this is or should be embarrassed by it. 1 stars
12/11/00 vinnie st. john good moments,but a confusing end. sorry kim henkel! 2 stars
8/02/00 Bender Totally Mindless, but somewhat enjoyable on that level. 3 stars
2/11/00 steve layne Not Bad, but some people hate this movie. It is moronic, but still funny and pretty good. 4 stars
1/13/00 Chrissy T I'd rather get a root canal than watch Leatherface do his Shelly Winters routine! 1 stars
6/17/99 J-Dogg A total, embarassing piece of shit, this film totally fucks up the original. Unbearable. 1 stars
9/15/98 Chip Taylor Stop fuckin' with Leatherface. 1 stars
8/28/98 Mister Whoopee Love me some Zellweger. This movie stank up the joint. 2 stars
8/25/98 Miss Stress the first one was awesome, the second one was good, this one sucked ass. 1 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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