Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 2 September 2014

Texas Chainsaw Massacre tops poll

Tobe Hooper directed The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre has been named the greatest horror movie ever by scary movie masters.

Total Film canvassed leading directors and stars from the horror world to find their favourite, with vintage shockers winning out.

The low-budget Massacre film - released in 1974 and directed by Tobe Hooper - was for many years banned as a "video nasty" following a furore about horror films being available on video.

But by the late 1990s it was given a video certificate and went on to be shown on TV in the UK.

Directors such as John Carpenter, Wes Craven, John Landis, George Romero, Guillermo del Toro and Eli Roth were among those who cast their votes.

On-screen talents - most of them characters who have been masked - including Robert Englund (Freddy), Kane Hodder (Jason), Gunnar Hansen (Leatherface) and Doug Bradley (Pinhead) also took part in the poll for the November edition.

The Massacre movie - apparently inspired by a real story - sees five young Americans stumbling across a dilapidated house inhabited by a family of cannibals.

The Exorcist from 1973 was runner-up in the list, with Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho - from 1960 - ranked third.

Carpenter's The Thing, made in 1982, was the most recent film to make the top ten.

Jamie Graham, deputy editor of Total Film, said: "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is essentially an old dark house tale fitted with mallets, meat hooks and power tools. We see nothing, feel everything, the aggressive camera, brutal editing, clanging sound design and grainy, grubby visuals striking home like a sledgehammer to the skull."

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