My Favourite Horror Film: Suicide Silence

In the first of a Halloween-y mini-series we're asking some of the biggest and best bands in metal for their favourite horror film of all time. Here Suicide Silence's Dan Kenny expresses his love for the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

“I would have to say this is a fairly easy question for me. My favourite scary movie would definitely be The Texas Chainsaw Massacre from 1974. Directed and produced by Tobe Hooper – who also did Poltergeist – the man is a genius and made such creepy movies.

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre had a 70s camera so that instantly made it a little extra creepy for me as a kid. The actors and actresses were pretty much ‘nobodies’ but they all did a great job. Leatherface is by far the most brutal and scary in this movie compared to all the sequels and remakes.

I watched this movie as a kid with my cousins in the dark and as we were watching my uncle went outside to smoke a cigarette in the dark – but we didn’t know that. I remember hearing footsteps and seeing a big dark shadow… so we paused the movie and sat in silence. Once we knew it was a man we all screamed for help. The movie spooked the shit out of us – my mom put a stop to horror movies for a while after that. Still to this day that movie creeps me out. As an artist myself I can admire the hell out of that piece of art. That movie fucking rules!”

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Luke Morton joined Metal Hammer as Online Editor in 2014, having previously worked as News Editor at popular (but now sadly defunct) alternative lifestyle magazine, Front. As well as helming the Metal Hammer website for the four years that followed, Luke also helped relaunch the Metal Hammer podcast in early 2018, producing, scripting and presenting the relaunched show during its early days. He also wrote regular features for the magazine, including a 2018 cover feature for his very favourite band in the world, Slipknot, discussing their turbulent 2008 album, All Hope Is Gone.