The following pages analyze 111 horror films grouped in 18 franchises. These franchises feature an antagonist, or villain, who has been present in all or most films. These antagonists are so iconic that they have, in all cases, generated multiple sequels. All movies contained in this book are rated, ranked and compared to each other.
They busted a gut!
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre features a kind of violence that is closer to realistic torture than most horror flicks dare or choose to go. There is nothing supernatural, here, although there is a mysterious aura to the cannibal family our protagonists are targeted by. The cinematography is minimalist, the picture grainy, the set design simply spine-chilling.
Visceral, it pulls no punches and always brings us back to our basic, every day ultimate fears: suffering, mutilation, torture and death, mostly. The film isn't exactly bloody but it's crude, gritty and conveys pain through dry audio effects, screams and sudden loud noises. It essentially speaks to the phobias humans have about evil, sociopathy, insanity, sorrow and pain.
Watch a bunch of teens get chased, butchered, and meet Leatherface, an iconic chainsaw-wielding brute masked by dead human skin. Depicted as a dumb teenager watching over his family, he is a walking gimmick. He quickly turns a road thriller into physical and mental torture horror. The antagonists are all played by performers who are so natural, yet creepy, they don't seem to be acting at all.