By Daniel Evans
“Poor strangers, they have so much to be afraid of.”
– Shirley Jackson, We Have Always Lived in the Castle (1962)
People love to be scared. Even as they clammily grasp, white knuckled, at the sheets or the arm of whoever’s next to them, terrified at what horror’s are unfolding on the screen, be it menacing clowns, giant spiders, hockey masked murderers or something altogether darker, there is always a grim fascination with things that fray the nerve or loosen the bowel.
If audiences were sent running up the aisles by what is generally considered the first horror film many full moons ago, Georges Méliès’ Devil leaping, bat swirling Le Manoir du Diable (1896), then little did they know what was to come.
What we now would constitute as a good celluloid scare would probably send the sheltered folk in the early 1900’s caterwauling into a permanent catatonic state, and what they found terrifying would barely cause a whimper from even the most apprehensive viewer. But some films stay with you, lingering under the skin and crawling back into focus on the nights where sleep doesn’t descend, their sheer nightmarish visions imprinted on the memory for years.
The following is a list of the 10 scariest horror films ever, it is a list not purely based in gore and guts and loud noises punishing your senses, but one that remembers that silence is sometimes just as terrifying as a chainsaw.
10. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974, Tobe Hooper)
If you were to chip away at the glossy veneer of life and eye suspiciously what lies underneath, then most likely you’d find something similar to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, a feral, unexposed death trip through the most unnatural, disturbed areas of the human psyche.
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From:: Taste Of Cinema