This Friday, Texas Chainsaw 3D opened at theaters everywhere (and is murdering the box office). This film, mind you, is the sixth re-iteration of the original 1974 classic, and it’s pretty squarely in the trite, generic slasher film category, without many redeeming features. Plus — and we realize that this is an oft-sung refrain, but — can Hollywood really not come up with any other ideas? So, if you’re thinking about getting your horror fix at the theater this week, allow us to offer you some alternatives — highbrow horror films guaranteed to scare you way more than the shiny pop-up gore of Texas Chainsaw 3D ever could. Plus, you can watch them at home, where no one judges you for yelping. Our picks after the jump — and as ever, feel free to add to our list in the comments.
Let the Right One In
Forget the recent remake. The 2008 Swedish original (based on a 2004 novel by John Ajvide Lindqvist) is chilling, strange, and actually kind of romantic. Or, as romantic as a film about 12-year-olds covered in blood can be. This is one of the more subtle entries on this list, but don’t let that stop you — this movie will dig out space for itself in your bones and fall asleep there. Not restfully.