The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
Directed by Tobe Hooper
Poster Designed by Bryanston Pictures
Film Nationality - USA
Poster Nationality - USA
Way back at number 64 on the countdown (so... long... ago... I apologize for taking so long) I mentioned that I thought Alien had the second greatest tag line OF ALL TIME. Say hello to number one.
AND WHAT WILL BE LEFT OF THEM?
Oh to be in the room when that was created. It is genius.
I have said so many times throughout this countdown that it's impossible to count that horror movies need something extra to get people to see them. They're not respectable, you see. However, when a movie poster not only shows you it's killing psychopath holding his weapon of choice in front of a woman hanging from the ceiling, you're already pretty much set to go (no such thing as "hide the monster" here). Yet then to throw on something a brazenly sick and twisted as that tagline? It equals the ninth greatest poster of all time.
Eli Roth could also take a few lessons from his poster. You don't need to show decapitated naked women (an image I still refuse to ever put on Stale Popcorn) to appear shocking and brutal. God I hate Eli Roth, but that's neither here nor there at this moment of time.