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5 Horror Movies That Are Set in Texas

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It’s scary how good Texas is for horror movies. The Lone Star State has seen its share of celluloid serial killers, zombies and vampires, and these five films prove it.



House of 1,000 Corpses



Rob Zombie’s feature-length directorial debut introduces some of the most bat-sh*t insane families to ever grace the silver screen. It’s also an ultra-gory romp through the backwoods of Texas.



Planet Terror & Death Proof



Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino’s Grindhouse double-feature is nothing if not gory. Whether it’s Rodriguez’s take on a zombie flick with “Planet Terror” or Tarantino’s twisted story about a killer stuntman who preys on young women in “Death Proof,” the two flicks make for a satisfying Texas Halloween treat.



The Town That Dreaded Sundown



This old-school slasher flick is based on real murders that happened in Texas back in the 1940s involving a serial killer dubbed the “Phantom Killer.” The creepiest thing about the killer? The bag he wears over his head.



From Dusk Till Dawn



Before the Gecko brothers headed down to Mexico to slaughter vampires and ogle Selma Hayek, they were bank robbers on the lam in Texas.



The Texas Chainsaw Massacre series



Thought we’d forget one of the grisliest horror movies ever? The Texas Chainsaw Massacre movies continue to gross out audiences thanks in large part to antagonist Leatherface. It’s easy to argue that the films have gone downhill since the original hit theaters in 1974, but they continue to do what horror movies should do: scare the crap out of people.



Honorable Mention: No Country for Old Men



While The Coen Brothers’ intense adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s novel isn’t exactly a horror film, it definitely has its fair share of violence and scary scenes.

Anyone who claims they weren’t on the edge of their seat during Anton Chigurh’s (Javier Bardem) life-or-death coin toss with a gas station attendant or denies wincing whenever the bowl-haired villain whipped out his captive bolt pistol is lying.


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