My Current Top 25 Favorite Horror/Suspense Movies starting with #25

  • XXV. The Omen (1976) (Directed by Richard Donner)
  • XXIV. Suspiria (Dario Argento)
  • XXIII. Se7en (David Fincher)
  • XXII. Rosemary's Baby (Roman Polanski)
  • XXI. Scream (Wes Craven)
  • XX. Hellraiser (Clive Barker)
  • XIX. Wes Craven's New Nightmare (Wes Craven)
  • XVIII. The Descent (Neil Marshall)
  • XVII. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1973) (Tobe Hooper)
  • XVI. Night of the Living Dead (1968) (George A. Romero)
  • XV. The Thing (1982) (John Carpenter)
  • XIV. The Birds (Alfred Hitchcock)
  • XIII. The Shining (Stanley Kubrick)
  • XII. Misery (Rob Reiner)
  • XI. The Evil Dead (Sam Raimi)
  • X. Dead Alive (Peter Jackson)
  • IX A Nightmare on Elm Street (Wes Craven)
  • VIII. Halloween (1978) (John Carpenter)
  • VII. Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock)
  • VI. Dawn of the Dead (1978) (George A. Romero)
  • V. Alien/Aliens (Tie) (Ridley Scott/James Cameron)
  • IV. Poltergeist (Tobe Hooper)
  • III. The Exorcist (William Friedkin)
  • II. Silence of the Lambs (Jonathan Demme)
  • I. Jaws (Steven Spielberg)

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Hit 'em grandpa. A closer look at "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre"

"The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" which was released in 1973, is based on actual events that happened in Texas, and it is this knowledge that makes the movie that much more horrifying. Tobe Hooper directed this film in almost a documentary fashion which seems to have a greater impact on the viewer than a regular horror movie would . The material is completely disturbing. A group of teenagers stumble upon a house where a cannibal family lives and are disposed of one by one. The main villain is Leatherface who simply has no concept of morality (like the rest of his family). He is one of the most menacing villains in horror film history. The scene where he appears for the first time with his skin mask on and drags his victim back to his "workshop" is nothing short of terrifying. The film is indeed violent but the violence is not very explicit especially for today's standards. There are a few cringe inducing sequences though. This movie is certainly scary and the movie generates plenty of tension. It is one of the best horror films of the 1970's. What are your thoughts of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre?"

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