1. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)
I’ll go on the record now to admit that Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is the scariest film of all time. Despite the low budget, the horror throughout feels so gritty and real. The acting is incredibly believable, as I consider Marilyn Burns playing Sally to be the best performance by any scream queen ever. It all just seems so realistic that at times it even seems more like a documentary or found footage, as opposed to a simple horror movie.
Fast forward years later past several sequels, including an absolutely abysmal fourth movie starring Matthew McConaughey. For all intents and purposes, the franchise seemed dead. Each entry in the film series was a huge step down from the one prior, and it looked like Leatherface had run into a dead end.
However, 2003 saw the release of the official remake of the original movie, which started the entire horror remake trend. I guess you can see why rebooting classic horrors became a fad, as this first one is actually fantastic. It abandons the silliness of the sequels and returns to its horror roots. It’s not perfect, but it’s surprisingly so much better than most fans were expecting.
Now, I’m not going to act like it’s better than the original. But, like I said, the first one is the most terrifying movie EVER. I don’t foresee any movie ever dethroning it from that status. But subsequent horror remakes have proven just how awful these things can be. And the TCM remake is still the second best entry in a horror series spanning seven movies long, which isn’t bad at all.