Writer and publisher
|The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
|Come and See
|Dawn of the Dead
|George A. Romero
|Night of the Demon
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
It feels more unique with every passing decade.
Its combination of sincerity, hysteria and high strangeness remain unmatched.
It feels more prescient with every passing year.
Still unbeatable as a nightmare of colour, vision and sound.
For its fearless critique of the abuse of technology in pursuit of power – through the medium of a monster - and for the thousands of imitators that followed in its wake, some of them also quite good!
I'm mostly surprised at how many of my choices have remained much the same over the past decade, and how they are all 40 or more years old!
Whether that's because my tastes have ossified as I approach my own 50th year, or whether I genuinely haven't seen anything better made in more recent years, it's hard to say, but these are all films I've seen multiple times and find new pleasures in with each viewing.
They've all been influential in their way, either through imitation, re-makes, re-issues or discussions, and all should be seen (and largely have been!) by those in pursuit of The Horror.