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Rare ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation’ Doc Surfaces; Watch Now!

Not all special features end up on the DVD.

Written and directed by Kim Henkel, fourth installment Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation isn’t exactly a high point of franchise horror… hell, it’s widely considered to be the lowest of low points. But it’s a fascinating and interesting film nonetheless, largely thanks to its two stars: Matthew McConaughey and Renee Zellweger, who both refused to even acknowledge the film for many years. As for it being fascinating, well, franchise co-creator Henkel infused the film with bizarre meta elements that make it a curiosity worth revisiting, if nothing more.

Originally released in ’94 and then again in ’97, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation was to be accompanied by an hour-long documentary directed by Brian Huberman, but for whatever reason, the behind-the-scenes doc never ended up being released. Even today, the doc has never made it onto any home video release of the film, but it has finally been unearthed.

The 1996 documentary features in-depth insights from Kim Henkel as well as all kinds of never-before-seen footage from the set, documenting everything from stunts to makeup applications. It even contains behind-the-scenes footage of both McConaughey and Zellweger. It’s titled The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Documentary, reflecting the film’s original title.

Huberman describes the doc on his website:

Writer and director Kim Henkel remakes America’s favorite campy gore flick (again), keeping in mind complicated ideas about madness, murder and society’s obsession with blame. This exclusive behind-the-scenes footage shows the complex work going into the film’s stunt work, history of some of the most famous murderers in Texas and young actors Matthew McConaughey and Renee Zellweger goofing off around the Texas country house that is transformed from classic country kitsch to classic serial killer lair.

At long last, you can watch the full documentary below!


  • Matt

    ‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation’ was by no means what I would consider a good movie. I thought it was still pretty fun, in a silly, crazy, bizarre, weird kind of way. It’s great to finally get to see this doc after all this time. Since it’s not available on any of the releases, I’ll be burning it to DVD to go along with the movie.

    • KrisXX

      Wow, ppl still burn physical media?

      • Matt

        This one does.

        • Saturn

          I back up all my digital files to dvdr and external hard-drive.

      • Pc

        I still use VHS.

        • Saturn

          I still use the hand crank on the front of my car!

          • Pc

            I still use cassette player.

          • Saturn

            Although I now use I-pods (and other mp3 players) for the convenience of having thousands of albums of music on me at all times, I do have fond memories of my teen-twenties years with my Sony Walkman, and cargo pants FULL of cassette tapes. Stuff like Vulgar Display Of Power on one side of the tape, and Smash on the other, World Demise on one side, Chaos A.D. on the other. Pockets jammed tight with tapes.
            The world seemed so much simplerr back then. It was 20 odd years back though, so this whole Islamoterrism thing was a few years off, NATO weren’t pushing to demonise and start a war with Russia as aggressively as they are today, and the NWO was just something that Al Jourgensen was singing about…..Oh, and it seemed that only 2 or 3 famous people died a year back then too.
            And CERN was just a twinkle in the eye of the Global Elite……

      • Saturn

        Indeed, just in case your digital copies stored on a hard-drive goes tits up. And there is no guarantee that uploading to “the cloud” is going to be a permanent back up plan…

        • Matt


  • REC03

    i enjoy this movie in a guilty pleasure way.

    • Saturn

      Me too, it’s definitely my least favourite of the original series of movies, but I still get a kick out of it – especially Mathew M’s over the top performance – it really did seem that he was having a good time in the role.
      In fairness,I actually like all (to varying degrees) of the TCM movies so far – even the one with “do your thing cuz…….”.
      I’m hoping the new one is decent.

  • aFriendlyAgenda

    Renee Zellweger is so amazing looking

  • It’s gone ):

  • MadCows

    How come every YouTube video BD embeds eventually goes private or gets removed?

  • Kenneth Stewart

    What a disappointment. I was looking forward to seeing this.

  • IHateCreativeKills

    If you search youtube you will find another documentary (could be the same one). Its called the making of the return of the texas chainsaw massacre. Just watched it

  • Flu-Like Symptoms

    I wouldn’t watch this film again for free on torrent. No way I’m paying for it’s documentary. Sorry, Huberman.

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