The Texas Chainsaw Massacre films have gone through quite the transformation over the years. It all began with a pure and downright terrifying display of sadism that’ll make you think twice before picking up a hitchhiker or visiting a tiny Texas town. Many tried to recreate what Tobe Hooper achieved in the 1974 original, but added backstory, gore and dark humor kept most from tapping into the sheer terror of the situation.
Check out how all seven Texas Chainsaw movies stack up in the list below. (And hopefully we’ll have a worthy new installment to add down the line if Millennium Films and Lionsgate get that Leatherface prequel off the ground.)