News & Opinion | August 2, 2018 5:00 am

Esquire’s 50 Scariest Horror List Has a Frightening Omission

"Texas Chainsaw Massacre" slashes its way to top spot.

Jamie Lee Curtis holds a knife in a scene from the film 'Halloween', 1978. (Photo by Compass International Pictures/Getty Images)
Jamie Lee Curtis holds a knife in a scene from the film 'Halloween', 1978. (Photo by Compass International Pictures/Getty Images)

It’s a shocking and horrifying twist: Esquire‘s list of the 50 scariest movies of all time couldn’t find a spot for the 1973 classic, The Exorcist.

Many horror fans would embrace writer Paul Schrodt’s choice for the top spot — Tobe Hooper’s 1974 pioneering slasher flick, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

“The movie was originally billed as a true story in a genius bit of marketing and political commentary, and broke all the rules of what was acceptable in a mainstream movie,” explains Schrodt.

But from his runner-up (2008’s Martyrs) on through No. 50 (1964’s Blood and Black Lace), a fellow horror cineaste might be forgiven for screaming bloody murder over some of the choices that bumped off The Exorcist and John Carpenter’s 1981 sci-fi scarer, The Thing.

The rest of the Top 5 was rounded out by Halloween (1978), The Silence of The Lambs (1991) and Rosemary’s Baby (1968).