The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

Extremely intense and visceral, Tobe Hooper’s directorial breakthrough is still a nerve-jangling horror shocker that hasn’t lost any of its power to unsettle over the years. Everything from the shots to the use of music and sound is designed for maximum impact, and the movie hits like a brick right to the face, ratcheting up the tension frame by frame until it feels downright unbearable. As the lead Sally, Marilyn Burns is entirely convincing, and her terror radiates from the screen by the time the horrifying climax rolls around, leading to one of the most nihilistic, unsettling endings in horror history. Definitely not one to be missed by horror fans.

Rating: ★★★★★ (out of 5)

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