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!
*UPDATE: THE VIDEO HAS BEEN REMOVED AT THE REQUEST OF BRIAN HUBERMAN, BUT YOU CAN CHECK OUT A CLIP BELOW. IF YOU WANT TO WATCH THE FULL THING, YOU CAN ORDER A COPY OF THE DOCUMENTARY DIRECTLY THROUGH HUBERMAN.*
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