JEREMIAH'S PICK - THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE
1974 - Tobe Hooper - 1H 23MIN
"Holy shit this film's madness has lost none of its potency. The stabbing brutality (and without even going full-gore!) is still viciously affecting, and the last few moments before credits roll are some of the most haunting in cinema history. I'll likely never see anything else like this in my lifetime.".
When Sally (Marilyn Burns) hears that her grandfather's grave may have been vandalized, she and her paraplegic brother, Franklin (Paul A. Partain), set out with their friends to investigate. After a detour to their family's old farmhouse, they discover a group of crazed, murderous outcasts living next door. As the group is attacked one by one by the chainsaw-wielding Leatherface (Gunnar Hansen), who wears a mask of human skin, the survivors must do everything they can to escape.
Budget: 140,000 USD
Box office: 30.8 million USD
DAVID'S PICK - LIFEFORCE
1985 - Tobe Hooper - 1H 56MIN
"One of the most underrated and overlooked scifi gems, It melds the horror genre with scifi effortlessly. Zombies and nude vampires galore."
When a space mission involving American and British astronauts encounters an alien craft, the humanoids within are brought aboard the shuttle. Back on Earth, one of the extraterrestrials, who appears to be a gorgeous woman (Mathilda May), proceeds to suck the life force out of various Londoners, turning the town into a city of roaming half-dead people. When Tom Carlsen (Steve Railsback), a surviving astronaut, realizes what is happening, he sets out to stop the ruthless alien presence.
Budget: 25 million USD
JASMINE'S PICK - POLTERGEIST
1982 - Tobe Hooper - 1H 54MIN
"Great first horror film for family creeps!"
Strange and creepy happenings beset an average California family, the Freelings -- Steve (Craig T. Nelson), Diane (JoBeth Williams), teenaged Dana (Dominique Dunne), eight-year-old Robbie (Oliver Robins), and five-year-old Carol Ann (Heather O'Rourke) -- when ghosts commune with them through the television set. Initially friendly and playful, the spirits turn unexpectedly menacing, and, when Carol Ann goes missing, Steve and Diane turn to a parapsychologist and eventually an exorcist for help.
Box office: 121.7 million USD
SARAH'S PICK - FUNHOUSE
1981 - Tobe Hooper - 1H 36MIN
"I like the kills, and the reveal of the monster is awesome"
Rebellious teen Amy (Elizabeth Berridge) defies her parents by going to a trashy carnival that has pulled into town. In tow are her boyfriend, Buzz (Cooper Huckabee), and their friends Liz (Largo Woodruff) and Richie (Miles Chapin). Thinking it would be fun to spend the night in the campy "Funhouse" horror ride, the teens witness a murder by a deformed worker wearing a mask. Locked in, Amy and her friends must evade the murderous carnival workers and escape before it leaves town the next day.
Initial release: March 13, 1981
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