Matthew McConaughey has made some great movies over the last few years, but its easy to forget that he’s made some awful films in his time…
For all the success of Dallas Buyers Club, The Lincoln Lawyer and Interstellar, there are plenty of flops. One of which was Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation – the woeful horror reboot that he really wants you to forget.
McConaughey had just made his breakthrough performance in 1993’s Dazed and Confused, when he was cast alongside a young Renée Zellweger in the slasher movie.
The reboot revisits the classic 1974 horror, and sees Zellweger’s character stumble across Leatherface and his cannibal family after their prom night.
McConaughey co-stars as a Vilmer, a sinister member of the family who abducts Zellwegger.
If you haven’t seen it, it’s well worth a watch for its sheer awfulness. Still early on in his career, McConaughey overacts pretty much throughout the film, and even shouts his trademark “all right, all right, all right” at one point.
Watch a typically bit of acting from McConaughey in the film below:
The movie was of course terrible. It was nominated for a Stinkers Bad Movie Award for ‘The Sequel Nobody Was Clamoring For’, and to top it all off, filmmakers even spelt McConaughey’s name wrong in the closing credits.
It was shelved for three years after a home video release, and it was during that time that McConaughey became a star thanks his performance in A Time to Kill.
Unfortunately for the newly famous actor, studio bosses decided to re-cut and release the movie to capitalise on his success.
The actor’s agent allegedly put pressure on the studio not to release the film theatrically, but McConaughey was forced to relive the whole thing again when it was released in cinemas in 1997.
He might have gone on to star in a string of very average rom coms in the 00s, but they weren’t nearly as bad as Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation.
All we can say is thank god for The McConaissance…