Mark Pilkington

Writer and publisher

Voted for

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre1974Tobe Hooper
Possession1981Andrzej Zulawski
Come and See1985Elem Klimov
Videodrome1983David Cronenberg
Dawn of the Dead1978George A. Romero
The Thing1982John Carpenter
Suspiria1977Dario Argento
Gojira1954Ishiro Honda
Night of the Demon1957Jacques Tourneur
The Innocents1961Jack Clayton


The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

1974 USA

It feels more unique with every passing decade.


1981 France, Federal Republic of Germany

Its combination of sincerity, hysteria and high strangeness remain unmatched.


1983 Canada

It feels more prescient with every passing year.


1977 Italy

Still unbeatable as a nightmare of colour, vision and sound.


1954 Japan, USA

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!

Further remarks

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.