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Film / Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation

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The Next Generation is the fourth The Texas Chainsaw Massacre film from the year 1995.

A bunch of teens drive off from prom night grounds and end up in a car crash. This leads to further trouble as they encounter the crazy Texas family we all know.

This film has the examples of:

  • Affably Evil: Darla is polite and kind to Jenny and reassures her in contrast to Vilmers sadism.
  • Asshole Victim: Barry is introduced cheating on his girlfriend, is constantly whining and rude to everyone and suffers from a severe case of Never My Fault. Nobody will shed any tears when Leatherface kills him.
  • Artificial Limbs: Vilmer's weird leg contraption.
  • Body Horror: Rothman's abdominal mutilations.
  • The Cameo: Marilyn Burns, Paul A. Partain and John Dugan (Sally, Franklin and Grandpa from the first film) all appear briefly at the end of the film.
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  • Canon Discontinuity: The director intended the film to be a true sequel to the original, though it ends up eschewing that film as well, placing it in its own standalone continuity.
  • Car Fu: Vilmer repeatedly runs Sean over with his tow truck.
  • Creepy Crossdresser: Leatherface puts on some female clothes (and skin) for the usual "messed up dinner scene".
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Jenny loses her shoes early on and is barefoot for the rest of the movie.
  • Domestic Abuse:
    • Jenny's asshole stepfather.
    • Vilmer has a habit of smacking Darla around, though she's perfectly capable of hitting back.
  • Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": A character with whom the protagonists are involved in a car crash is credited as "I'm Not Hurt".
  • Failed a Spot Check: Barry enters the Slaughter household and uses the bathroom, not only does he not seem to notice that walls are decorated with taxidermied flesh, he somehow doesn't see or smell the rotten corpse in the bathtub until he's finished his piss.
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  • Final Girl: Jenny.
  • Gainax Ending: It says a lot about the ending that a plane suddenly flying down, killing Vilmer with its propeller and then vanishing again is one of the least objectionable things that happens.
  • Horror Doesn't Settle for Simple Tuesday: The film starts on a prom night, which quickly goes down south.
  • Idiot Ball: All four protagonists, including Jenny, hold the ball at various points in the film.
  • Makes Just as Much Sense in Context: Even though it is regarded by the director (Kim Henkel, co-creator of the original TCM) as the "real" sequel to the first one (in the form of a semi-remake), many elements of this film make no sense whatsoever. Among them are the facts that Leatherface is now apparently a transvestite, whose brother is a trucker with a self-made cybernetic leg, and the whole family belongs to the secret society known as the Illuminati (which, according to the film, planned JFK's assassination), which is run by the government, whose leader is shown to be somewhat alien in nature.
  • Man on Fire: Heather ends up in flames.
  • Neck Snap: Done by Vilmer to the injured driver in the woods.
  • Never Trust a Title: The only film in the franchise where nobody is killed with a chainsaw.
  • The Omniscient Council of Vagueness: Whatever is controlling the family.
  • Police Are Useless: Especially the cops in the Bud's Pizza scene who notice Darla acting suspicious around the open boot of her car, question her about it, only to then dismiss the weirdness when she acts coy around them.
  • Revenge of the Sequel: The film is also known as The Return of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: The grandfather leaves during the dinner scene when things get too crazy.
  • Self-Harm: Vilmer repeatedly cuts into his chest and arms during this films dinner sequence... for some reason.
  • Shock Stick: W.E. uses a cattle prod as his weapon of choice.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Vilmer. He chews the scenery and gets almost all the kills (Leatherface is only responsible for one).
  • Stock Subtitle: "The next generation" in this instance refers to Leatherface's new family members.
  • The Stoner: Sean, and to a lesser extent, Jenny. The whole reason they get wrapped up in the plot is because they were getting high in the back of Barry's car.
  • Too Dumb to Live: When Sean witnesses Vilmer killing a knocked-out driver, he runs away while Vilmer starts chasing him. Rather than try and hide in the forest, Sean carries on running in the open field. Predictably, he trips and gets run over.
  • Wicked Cultured: W.E. has a tendency to quote famous authors and historical figures in his one liners.