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2 Masterpieces...I'm with Carpenter.
Tough call, the two classic standards of slasher horror. I think Leatherface takes it.
This is tough. Halloween is way more suspenseful, but TCM seems so real that is makes you way more uncomfortable. Guess I will go with TCM....this time.
The last 20 minutes or so of TCM completely ruined the experience for me, completely! Halloween was way more scarier and suspenseful and introduced one of the most infamous serial killers...and about 2 dozen sequels too.
Michael is more endearing than scary, while chainsaw killers are always frightening.
In the slasher genre, there seems to be a line people draw between legit, well made horror films that happen to involve murders, and "the rest of the crap", when it all started getting teeny and lame. Some people try to draw that line after Halloween. I draw it after The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. It's nice that Halloween uses suspense in a serious way unlike the 80s & 90s franchises that followed, but there's still not very much there.
Classic slasher films do extremely little for me. To give you an idea of what I mean, I liked neither of these. However, there was something about The Texas Chainsaw Massacre that I liked, the atmosphere and gritty feel, which is more than I can say about Halloween, so it takes it.
Both are pretty sublime, but Texas Chainsaw is more adrenaline packed.