Before They Were Stars (3-for-1 Special): Viggo Mortensen, Matthew McConaughey & Renee Zellweger in “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” Sequels

For whatever reason, sequels to the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre seem to be a breeding ground for future Hollywood stars. Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III features Viggo Mortensen in one of his earliest roles as one of Leatherface’s psychotic brothers. The next sequel, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation wound striking the jackpot twice with the casting of Matthew McConaughey as a psycho and Renee Zellweger as the heroine. The film was completed in 1994, but was so awful that it wound sitting on the shelf until 1997. No points for figuring out that its release was prompted by the newfound success of its two stars. Appropriately enough, I actually saw the film in one of the crappiest cinemas in the history of mankind: the multiplex at the Eaton Centre in Toronto!

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