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The History of Horror Movies: 15 Films that Defined the Horror Genre

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

Tobe Hooper is responsible for pulling off one of film’s finest mysteries. In the ‘70s, when The Texas Chainsaw Massacre hit the market it was deemed a horribly gruesome picture not fit for fragile minds. It’s an ultraviolent, ultra-gritty picture that left the light hearted feeling feint.

Or is it?

The actual truth of this flick is that very, very little graphic violence is captured on film. The majority of revolting moments are produced by the power of suggestion and the direction of our very own imaginations. The truly nasty stuff occurs off-screen. It is, quite simply put, not a graphic film, at all. Just the same, Hooper’s epic up-the-sleeve pic spawned a series of films that worked tirelessly to gross us out, and every one of the filmmakers who directed those films (I doubt that I need to list them) failed to understand the subtlety and controlled nature of Hooper’s movie. The man made a crazed cannibal film, and he managed to do so with little more than an eerie understanding of fear, and pure genre savvy.

Continue the countdown of the 15 films that defined the horror genre on the next page!

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Author of Say No to Drugs, writer for Blumhouse, Dread Central, Horror Novel Reviews and Addicted to Horror Movies.

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