The Texas Chainsaw Massacre voted top horror

TexasChainsawMassacre.jpgYou probably already realise just from the title of this post that the top horror list was not made by Empire, every list they create seems to be totally askew to audience opinion, this one is from Total Film and the story comes through the BBC.

“The only thing more terrifying than the opening 50 minutes of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is the last 30,” the magazine said…

…Total Film said: Some are terrifying, some are horrifying, some are just plain gross. But all make up the greatest horror movies of all time.”

I totally agree, I can’t see another horror film that has affected me so much being at that number one spot, but what of the rest?

1. Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
2. Halloween (1978)
3. Suspiria (1977)
4. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
5. The Shining (1980)
6. Psycho (1960)
7. The Wicker Man (1973)
8. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
9. Don’t Look Now (1973)
10. Cannibal Holocaust (1980)

I still don’t know if I’d agree totally with all of these entries, but you have to say that this is pretty damn close to being a definitive list. What do you think? Which shouldn’t be there, and which really should?

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10 thoughts on “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre voted top horror

  1. i dont think i like the list either. i would definetly bring up poltergiest 2. that old man from the cult freaked me out when i was like 14 or 15. what about texas chainsaw massacre 2 one of the most grewsome movies ever. jaws may have been scary back in the 70’s, but i never found it scary maybe just jumpy. evil dead 2 was just a funny horror movie that wasnt scary either. i cant even think of ten that were actaully scary. this is my list:

    1:poltergiest 2

    2:texas chainsaw massacre 2

    3:return of the living dead

    4:texas chainsaw massacre 1 (the classic not remake)

    5:the exorcist

  2. When I got thru watching “STUPeria”, I honestly could not see any reason why anyone would put it on their top ten list. I have not cared to see anymore Argento films since.

  3. My list

    1. The Exorcist (1973)

    2. Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

    3. Jaws (1975)

    4. Halloween (1978)

    5. Psycho (1969)

    6. Evil Dead 2 (1987)

    7. Night of the Living Dead (1968)

    8. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

    9. John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982)

    10. Alien (1979)

  4. Too subjective to categorise. Horror has too many different sub genres. Horror isnt actually really one genre but loads of them. Slashers, ghost stories, gross outs. Its like saying ‘Which is the best 70’s movie. Too wide range.

    The lists are always diverse for this reason.

    If its scares I would say Exorcist but Ghosts I would say Ammityville Horror (1979) maybe.

  5. Suspiria is one of the cheesiest pieces of crap I’ve ever seen.

    And not that I’d put it on my list necessarily; but I’m surprised they didn’t include “Scream.”

    …and no “Exorcist?” The lists by this magazine suck.

    -www.moviepatron.com

  6. Thats a pretty good list. Texas Chainsaw really is a great movie, so I can’t argue with that being number 1. I saw Suspiria many years ago though and didn’t get it at all; maybe I was too young then to appreciate it though – Ill have to see it again. I can’t believe Cannibal Holocaust is on their list. Ive never seen it, but I thought that was just an exploitation flick – maybe it actually is good. Just off the top of my head I’d make these additions: The Exorcist, the Innocents, The Birds, Carrie,… thats all I can think of off hand.

    Looking forward to remakes of ‘Don’t Look Now’ and ‘Wicker Man’, bet they won’t be as good as the originals though.

  7. The heck? Where’s John Carpenter’s The Thing? Sure it’s sci-fi horror, but when that head rolled off the table and grew legs, I was FREAKED THE HELL OUT….

  8. I have to agree with the Exorcist. It’s strange that it’s not on the list. I mean, Dawn of the Dead (which ever version) & The Wicker Man? I watched both of those movies, & I can’t remember one scary moment.

  9. If the criteria for being on the list is how physically scary the film is, then the Exorcist should definitely be up there, that film scared me more than any other.

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