London: ‘The Texas Chain Saw Massacre’, released in 1974, has been named the greatest ever horror film.
British movie magazine Total Film surveyed leading directors and stars from the horror world to find their favourite, with vintage shockers winning out.
The low-budget Massacre film was for many years banned as a ````video nasty```` following a furore about horror films being available on video.
But by the late 1990s it was given a video certificate and went on to be shown on TV in the UK.
Directors such as John Carpenter, Wes Craven, John Landis, George Romero, Guillermo del Toro and Eli Roth were among those who cast their votes.
“The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is essentially an old dark house tale fitted with mallets, meat hooks and power tools,” the Telegraph quoted Jamie Graham, deputy editor of Total Film, as saying.
"We see nothing, feel everything, the aggressive camera, brutal editing, clanging sound design and grainy, grubby visuals striking home like a sledgehammer to the skull,```` Graham added.
Total Film’s Greatest Horror Movies Ever Made:
1. ‘The Texas Chain Saw Massacre’
2. ‘The Exorcist’
4. ‘The Shining’
5. ‘The Thing’
9. ‘Dawn Of The Dead’