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Best Horror Movies of All Time – 1970s

Best Horror Movies of All Time – 1970s

Best Horror Movies of All Time – 1970s / 1980s / 1990s / 2000s / 2010s

One of the most defining decades in horror was the 1970s. Gone was the free-loving spirit of the 1960s and instead it was replaced with the grim pessimism that set in thanks to the Vietnam War. Gritty, dark, and horrific violence permeated the films that also became the breeding ground for prolific voices that would forever alter the horror genre for the better. While it’s typical for films to reflect the social, political, and economic events of its time, the 1970s honed in on the fears of childbirth, the sexual revolution, and the introduction of oral contraceptives. It took advantage of the loosening of censorship laws, allowing for the boundaries to be pushed far greater than ever before. What the 1970s lacked in remakes it made up for in its basing much of its horror on popular horror novels. Some of the most regarded horror spawned from this decade, and here’s the best:


A Bay of Blood (1971)

A Bay of Blood

Also known as Twitch of the Death Nerve, among many other alternate titles, Mario Bava’s most violent film may not be as widely known or as financially successful as the other films on this list. But it is extremely vital to the slasher sub-genre in terms of influence and how we’ve come to know slasher films today, starting with Friday the 13th in particular. There’s a lot that Friday the 13th seems to owe to this film; the killer’s POV, a cast of teens who like sex and drinking, and even death scenes like the pair of lovers who get skewered together. Though John Carpenter may have famously disregarded Friday the 13th as a cheap money grab based on Halloween, the truth is that Sean S. Cunningham owes a lot more to Bava’s A Bay of Blood.


The Last House on the Left (1972)

Last House on the Left

Talk about a stunning debut by now household name, Wes Craven. Inspired by The Virgin Springs, the quiet director shocked even producer Sean S. Cunningham (Friday the 13th) with the level of realistic violence Craven captured on camera. Perhaps that’s because he had injected it with much more sex and graphic violence than made the final cut, as Craven and Cunningham ultimately decided to soften it down a bit to make it just a tad more commercial. If you haven’t guessed by now, this seminal shocker launched the careers of Craven and Cunningham, who went on to become extremely important to horror in the ‘80s. It’s also a film that took a while to catch on with critics, who widely hated it upon release except for the usually hard to please Roger Ebert.


The Exorcist (1973)

The Exorcist

Based on William Peter Blatty’s 1971 novel, the author had a surprising amount of input for the film adaptation. When notable directors like Stanley Kubrick rejected Warner Bros’ offers to helm the adaptation, it was Blatty who insisted on William Friedkin for his gritty, documentary-style work. It’s that precise style, and Friedkin’s manipulative handling of his actors, that made The Exorcist so scary. The shocking imagery terrified audiences, some to the point of passing out, and was the first film to scare up $230,000 at the box office. It’s also one of the few horror films that are widely embraced by even non-horror fans, also impressing the Academy enough to nominate the film for 10 Academy Awards. Initially released in theaters on December 26, 1973, this is one holiday gift audiences didn’t see coming.


The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

Texas Chain Saw Massacre

One of the best and most influential films in horror history, Tobe Hooper’s horror film continued the decade’s trend in guerilla filmmaking. Considered extremely controversial and shocking upon release, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre also birthed the first horror icon in Leatherface, long before the arrival of Freddy Krueger, Michael Myers, or Jason Voorhees. While the newer wave of horror directors like Alexandre Aja and Rob Zombie have cited this film as a major influence, it’s also directly responsible for influencing important films of its own decade- notably Ridley Scott’s Alien.


Jaws (1975)

Jaws

Much has already been said about Steven Spielberg’s first directorial hit; that the notorious animatronic shark malfunctions lead to Spielberg utilizing it in a way that became far scarier, that composer John Williams’ minimalistic theme left a lasting imprint that is still recognizable today, or that it simply instilled a tremendous fear of going into the water. Based on Peter Benchley’s novel of the same name, Jaws is not only responsible for really kicking Spielberg’s burgeoning career into overdrive, but it also established the modern day summer blockbuster. While the film itself went over budget during production, Universal spent a whopping $2 million, with an unprecedented $700,000 of that towards national television spots, creating a ton of hype for the film prior to release. Jaws became such a box office hit that it became the prototype for modern blockbuster advertising. There’s no denying just how great the actual movie is, but thanks to Universal’s marking strategy, it also changed horror history.


Shivers (1975)

Shivers

The film that began David Cronenberg’s signature body horror was not only notable for being the director’s first feature film but also for royally pissing off critics and the Parliament of Canada over its overtly violent sexual nature. The plot sees residents of a luxury high-rise falling prey to a slug-like parasite that turns its victims into sex-crazed, murderous maniacs that spread their infection like a venereal disease. Cronenberg partially funded the film through the Canadian Film Development Corporation, and a high profile critical attack on the film made it difficult for the director to obtain funding on future projects. It even reportedly got him kicked out of his Toronto apartment. Yet, despite the controversy, the movie was a financial success in comparison to its meager budget. Truthfully, both of Cronenberg’s subsequent body horror in the ‘70s, Rabid and The Brood, fared better, but it’s this underrated classic that declared Cronenberg a horror auteur to be reckoned with that should be celebrated.


Carrie (1976)

Carrie

Based on Stephen King’s 1974 novel, Brian De Palma’s masterpiece not only marks this film as the first Stephen King big-screen adaptation, but also one of the few horror films to receive Academy Award nominations. Well received by critics and audiences alike, Carrie cast a long lasting stamp on the horrors of high school. King has praised De Palma’s style in translating his story into becoming something far greater than what was on the page. Nancy Allen and John Travolta created memorably vicious villains, but funnily enough, Allen claims she thought they were playing the comic relief. It wasn’t until she saw the final cut that she realized they were the villains.


House (1977)

House

If you’ve ever seen this wacky, acid trip of a movie, it may seem like an odd fit among the horror giants on this list. Of course, that’s precisely why House is one of the best in horror of the 1970s. Toho Studios wanted a sort of Japanese Jaws when they enlisted Nobuhiko Obayashi. Instead, they got a psychedelic horror comedy that works as a precursor to the work of Sam Raimi and Peter Jackson. Dancing skeletons, severed fingers playing the piano, and decapitated heads biting butts, the absurdist imagery may have you questioning if someone slipped something into your drink while watching this movie. For all of its strangeness, there’s also a surprising tragic depth beneath the surface, with Obayashi delving into the culture pre and post-atomic bomb. Toho may not have gotten the Jaws sized hit they wanted, but House did become a success.


Suspiria (1977)

Suspiria

Perhaps the best known and most widely regarded giallo of all time, Dario Argento’s beloved classic is not only hyper-violent but hyper-stylistic with its stunning vivid coloring. Playing like a fevered dream against the rock score of Goblin, Suspiria consistently makes it on lists of best films ever made and holds close critical regard, though that wasn’t always the case. A large part of the film’s success is the Technicolor, which Argento has stated he was inspired by the color in Walt Disney’s Snow White. While a remake is currently on the way, the original classic is still selling out theaters today with its recently discovered 35mm print and a 4k restoration.


Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Dawn of the Dead

While keeping in trend with his knack for social commentary, this time taking on American consumerism, George A. Romero upped the ante on this important sequel in every way.  Not only is it much bigger in scale, but it’s also a proper introduction to the masterful effects work of Tom Savini, who’d previously worked with the director on vampire flick Martin. What’s perhaps lesser known, though, is that giallo master Dario Argento was eager to help Romero get his sequel funded, and also managed to earn editing rights to the foreign release. This gave Dawn of the Dead multiple versions for fans to track down. Argento’s cut is bleaker and replaces the score with a soundtrack by Goblin.


Halloween (1978)

Halloween

John Carpenter’s first horror hit is so synonymous with the genre that there’s not much left to say. This unofficial sequel to Black Christmas spawned the birth of not only horror icon Michael Myers, but the final girl trope as well in Jamie Lee Curtis’ Laurie Strode. Carpenter’s direction that sets Myers up as an uncanny Boogeyman and his famous score solidified Halloween as a requisite horror classic. It was one of many that influenced the modern slasher sub-genre, and launched one of horror’s longest lasting franchises.


Phantasm (1979)

Phantasm

Written, produced, and directed by Don Coscarelli, this DIY horror film is the very definition of a labor of love. Wholly unique to anything before and after, Phantasm defies categorization. Equal parts horror and sci-fi, and short on definitive answers, the story’s concept came to Coscarelli in a dream. Fitting, as it the overall aesthetic feels like one fevered dream. Killer chrome orbs, the iconic Tall Man, and one sweet 1971 Plymouth Barracuda, Phantasm may not have won over critics upon release but it did win over an extremely loyal fan base that still consistently begs Coscarelli for more, decades later.


Alien (1979)

Alien

The horror classic that launched an entire franchise and inspired tons of copycats almost didn’t come to be at all. Or rather, it wouldn’t have existed in its current, near perfect state. Screenwriters Dan O’Bannon and Ronald Shusett were on the verge of closing a deal with low budget cult film producer Roger Corman before realizing they might get a better offer elsewhere. This proved correct when they sold it to 20th Century Fox. Enter in Ridley Scott, whom O’Bannon then introduced to H.R. Giger, and this unnerving haunted house thriller in space became horror history.;



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COMMENTS

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  • Great list, but where is Black Christmas? Seems like a rather important one to leave out.

    • Creepshow

      You ain’t kidding. Halloween should worship the ground it walks on.

  • Creepshow

    “Short on definitive (or any) answers” is an understatement for Phantasm. Cool premises, but overall I find that film lame.

    I’ve tried and tried and tried. But for some reason cannot sit through Dawn of the Dead. Puts me to sleep.

    Years ago, I was on a kick of renting horror movies that I’ve never seen before. I avoided Last House on the Left knowing it was Wes’s first film, thinking it was gonna be fluff. So after a few weeks of looking at it on the shelf, I rented it. Needless to say, I watched it with a friend and he cursed me out when it ended. He screamed at me saying “Did you know what this was about?!!!” followed by “I know you saw this before and didn’t tell me!!”. Long story short, I never saw it prior, and got screamed at for what Wes did to him, not me. Nice job Wes, I took a hit for the team.

    • J Jett

      Creepshow, i think you and i are the only people in existence who actually don’t really like the original DAWN!! finally! someone besides me! 🙂
      i worship the DAWN remake though.

      • Never liked the original Dawn too

        • J Jett

          Fede my man! 🙂

  • The Godfather

    I remember watching a movie called “Rabid” in the 70’s that was pretty damn good. Not sure of the year though.

    • Biscoito18

      Rabid, 1977, David Cronenberg

    • biff

      1977, and yeah — damn good movie. While The Brood will always be my favorite of Cronenberg’s early films, Rabid (and Shivers, for that matter) is always a fun watch.

  • Halloween_Vic

    And we got the best horror movie ever HALLOWEEN!!!

    • Saturn

      I thought you were more of a Slumber Party Massacre fan?

      • Halloween_Vic

        Nope I’m a HALLOWEEN guy Michael Is my secret lover.

        • Saturn

          I hear that you’re a One Track Lover…..

  • The Night King

    The 70’s were a great time to be a kid for both movies and music. What is truly sad is seeing what it has all become. Seeing Halloween evolve into Halloween: Resurrection is a great example. Seeing the most creative and diverse era in music destroyed by corporate greed and rap is another. At some point you realize you can’t fight it, you can’t argue against younger generations who roll their eyes when you tell them that their shitty taste helped destroy something so great, you just become more and more grateful to have been a part of it and leave it at that.

    • DukeStKing

      Very well said. Thanks for including music in this comment as well.

      • J Jett

        it’s not very well said. telling people that YOUR tastes/likes are better than theirs is just being a douche bag.

        • scream4ever

          Indeed. Keep in mind that older generations said the same thing about movies and music from the 70’s.

        • DukeStKing

          So, name calling is the answer?

        • The Night King

          So is pitching a fit because someone said they didn’t like Stranger Things but we indulge you J Jett.

    • J Jett

      well telling anyone that they have “shitty taste and low standards” is not a constructive way to to think or to get someone to be open to you tastes/likes.

      • The Night King

        I would say JJett that most people would agree that going from Fleetwood Mac’s Rumors album to Ice T’s “Lets Get Butt Naked and Fuck” is a somewhat lowering of standards in regard to quality. I am not trying to sell “my taste” to anyone. I seem to remember reading a post several weeks ago by you JJett slamming the Carrie remake while praising the 1976 version, so technically we are both part of the same hypocrisy.

        • J Jett

          Night King, don’t get me wrong, i actually agree w/ you 100%. i just think telling anyone that their tastes sucks and that my taste is better than
          theirs is kind of jerky.

          • The Night King

            Every single person who posts on these comments including you is basically doing just that. We praise what we like and slam what we don’t like. When we say a movie or show sucks, we are slamming the taste of someone who likes it. Nowhere did I say my taste is better, I said in my opinion, the quality and standards of our movies and music has diminished since the 70s.

    • Vincent Kane

      The 80’s were better for both…

    • biff

      As the uncle of two rabid rap fans, I can honestly say that any new genre of music isn’t the reason for the current lack of diversity, but corporate greed certainly is. Before radio stations were limited to one or two kinds of music, before playlists and the death of AOR (album-oriented rock, where tracks played weren’t limited to “hit singles”), it was a much broader, in-depth experience. However, before long stations (and the larger groups that owned them) began paying more attention to the Billboard charts than their listeners. They were duped into thinking that their station was just for their personal tastes — that is if they only liked hearing the same 12 tracks played every hour (plus endless batteries of commercials). The reality was that what had once been a shared experience of many different fans of differing styles of music became a tightly cordoned map of genre principalities. This made it better for the record labels and the station conglomerates, but left anyone knowing better wanting for more. The kids being brought up now, of course, don’t have a clue. They’re completely ignorant to anything beyond the walls of their “popular music” institutions, but it’s not really their fault. Musical tastes have almost become politicized in today’s environment, making it all the easier for the fat cats to know where to scratch whatever itch. While I personally don’t go anywhere near a radio anymore, I still enjoy listening to new music, even some of the stuff my nephews listen to. It’s not about the music anyway, it’s about the ones wrangling its audiences into corrals to more easily satisfy their own greed.

  • Trav

    Cool article! Do you plan on going through all the decades, like the 80’s, 90’s etc.?

  • LastCubScout

    “The Legend of Hell House” (1973)!

    • biff

      Oh hell yes, up there with The Haunting (1963) in my book.

      • James

        The Haunting is so damn good.

  • J Jett

    Meagan, do you not have any movies past 1980 that would make this list? you listed some great movies yes, but you seem a bit stuck in the 70’s (which i completely can understand. the 70’s & 80’s had amazing horror films/classics). i don’t care for the original DAWN or the original LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT but i absolutely love the remakes of both films. i’ve never seen SHIVERS but i think i’m going to check that one out this weekend.

    some of my top faves (in no particular order):::

    THE CHANGELING (1980)
    THE FOG (Carpenter’s film of course!)
    28 DAYS LATER
    DAWN OF THE DEAD (remake)

    • Creepshow

      Patience dragonfly. Don’t go pulling up your pants, before you wipe your behind.

    • Vincent Kane
    • drew
      • J Jett

        drew, that Chris Farley “Folger’s coffee” skit is one of my all time favorite skits!! i have the whole thing on my computer! 🙂

    • fannypack aficionado

      You saw this was titled as a list of 70’s films, right?

    • Jaguar67

      The remake of Dawn of the Dead sucks. Zombies should not be CGI and the should not be sprinters in marathons.

      • NixEclips

        Return of the Living Dead would disagree about sprinters.

        • Saturn

          As would Nightmare City.

      • James

        The remake is actually really good. The original is great but it does kinda drag. While I do agree I prefer my zombies to shamble and not run, the remake was actually very well done. With maybe the exception of the entire baby subplot….

    • Saturn

      You don’t care for the original Dawn Of The Dead?
      Pack your bags and get out of my house NOW!!!!!

  • Nicolas Caiveau

    How is Halloween an unofficial sequel to Black Christmas ? There are some inspirations sure, but the two movies have almost nothing to do with each other.

    • biff

      The article isn’t being literal, but citing that Black Christmas did a lot of things that would later be associated with Halloween, like the POV killer camera and mostly female victims (along with the eventual Final Girl, in the case of Black Christmas played by the scrumptious Olivia Hussey). A lot of what people have praised Carpenter for with Halloween had been done some four years prior to that film’s release.

      • Nicolas Caiveau

        I see what you mean, thanks 🙂

      • Saturn

        Indeed – I personally consider Black Christmas to be at the same level as Halloween.
        The same cannot be said about it’s remake Black X-Mas from a few years back. Now THAT was shite.

    • Saturn

      In regards to Halloween and Black Christmas :
      Bob Clarke and John Carpenter were once room-mates (so it is alleged – and neither have ever, to my knowledge, denied it) and after the moderateOl success of Black Christmas, Clarke discussed his ideas for a sequel, which would deal with the killer from Black Christmas escaping from a mental asylum and coming back to town to kill babysitters, on Halloween night – it was to be called……Halloween. This movie never came about, and later John Carpenter was approached to make a movie about a killer killing babysitters, which was decided to set on Halloween night, and the rest is history.
      Bob Clarke was later asked whether he resented Carpenter’s success with Halloween, which is eerily similar to Clarkes movie. His answer was a resounding no – he was happy that his friend became successful with the idea, as he himself had lost interest in the Black Christmas sequel (at that time) and that there were absolutely no hard feelings what-so-ever.
      A few years back Clarke was planning on a direct sequel to his Black Christmas movie (with a returning Olivia Hussey as the house mother), which, seemingly is no longer happening since his unfortunate death.
      ****I can’t remember who it was who mentioned the sequel being made, just a few days back, but credit is due to that person (you know who you are) for the info****

      • Bloodspatta

        Hmmm I’ve never ever heard of that before.

        • Saturn

          Interview with Bob Clarke :
          http://www.iconsoffright.com/IV_BClark.htm

          No mention of them in the interview of them being room-mates; I seem to remember reading that somewhere else but can’t remember where off the top of my head – although I do believe it was only a short term thing, possibly while working together, so cannot back that one up 100%.

      • Nicolas Caiveau

        Thanks for the explanation 🙂 I didn’t know about that.

      • Greg Roeper

        Unfortunately a true sequel was never made. At least Mr. Clark was able to give us “A Christmas Story ” though.

  • Vincent Kane

    I have never understood the love for Last House. Just bad all around.

    • biff

      Completely agree, always seen it as uninspired exploitative fodder. The only thing it had going for it was that, unlike the majority of the more grisly films that had come before it, it wasn’t set in some faux-historical or supernatural vernacular. It was modern, to-the-day shock, but with little to no psychological underpinning or any depth to the characters. I think due to it’s “IT’S ONLY A MOVIE” campaign it became some sort of test of will for eager moviegoers, to see if they could take viewing the entire movie. Of course, compared to today’s standards it’s tame and dull.

    • Nahuel Benvenuto

      i did not watched it but i did liked the remake

      • Saturn

        The remake of Last House is one of those rarities where the remake is the better movie, although the original is worth tracking down if you like the gritty feel of movies like The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (original) and The Hills Have Eyes (also the original).
        They are the unholy triumvirate of gritty 70’s horror.

    • Creepshow

      “Piss yourself.”

      • fannypack aficionado

        “BLOW YOUR BRAINS OUT!”

        • Creepshow

          “Piss yourself, or I will cut your friend.”

    • Jaguar67

      The slapstick comedy with the Sheriff and deputy and the Bonnie and Clyde-like song about the killers make it all the more jarring. Watch it again.

      • Vincent Kane

        No thanks. I’ve seen all I need to see from that garbage. Jarring doesn’t equal good.

      • Saturn

        There was a bootleg version of the movie (around in the 1980’s-1990’s), released in Europe and possibly the US – I can’t say for certain, which re-cut the movie so the comedy cop stuff was lessened, which led to the movie seeming darker.

    • Saturn

      You have to take into consideration when it was made, at the time it was a game changer….
      It’s an important movie, but flawed.
      The remake, although it will never be considered a classic, is one of those rare instances when the remake is better than the original.

  • biff

    Not that your list didn’t include some of my all-time faves (Alien, Dawn of the Dead, Halloween, Jaws and Phantasm, in particular), here’s a few I thought could’ve made the grade (other than the ones mentioned below):
    The Blood on Satan’s Claw (1970)
    Let’s Scare Jessica to Death (1971)
    Deathdream (1972)
    The Baby and Sisters (1973)
    God Told Me To, The Omen and To the Devil a Daughter (1976)
    Demon Seed and The Sentinel (1977)
    Blue Sunshine, Magic and Piranha (1978)

  • Jon Macmenamin

    Suspiria is NOT a Giallo!

    • James

      It has some giallo elements but it is definitely not a real giallo.

  • Elizabeth

    I’m so embarrassed I’ve never watched Shivers. I need to fix that this weekend.

    • Jeff

      Me too! It’s on Hulu I believe 🙂

  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers!

  • Dayakar Padayachee

    The Fly and The Thing isn’t on this list

    • Jaguar67

      ? originals made in the 50s. Remakes in the 80s.

    • Sooreeadeerujha

      wtf..? yo..reaf the fuckin title again, dumbass…

    • Bloodspatta

      Hmm well they weren’t made in the 70’s

    • 1000

      Those weren’t made in the 70’s… which is the entire point of the article.

    • Matty Ice 2016

      LMAO!

  • Jaguar67

    Runners up: The Omen, Burnt Offerings, The Sentinel.

    • Saturn

      All excellent examples of 70’s horror.

    • Matty Ice 2016

      Burnt Offerings. That one gave me nightmares

  • Alexander Howlin

    While I don’t appreciate directors trying to politicize our entertainment, you do have a point at the beginning, but I just appreciate movies for what they are: fun entertainment. I don’t watch them for “social commentary.” As you can tell, I was never a big fan of Romero, but I do appreciate his contributions to modern zombie fiction, and I really like “Night of the Living Dead,” and “Creepshow.” This list is pretty good 🙂

    • Chance LeBoeuf

      Social issues and entertainment have ALWAYS gone hand in hand. Even stories told about great heroes and quest in the olden days of Greek mythology and whatnot throughout history, would apply a magnifying glass to the cultural context of the times to analyze, and comment on them.

      If you were to become that adamant avoiding ANYTHING that brings this element into play, your viewing library would shrink so dramatically it’d be insane to you.

      And overall, social commentary in entertainment isn’t a bad thing. It’s part of why we take things like film seriously as an artistic medium.

      • HeWaTcHeSnOeYeS

        All films say something, if intentional all not, you saying you don’t watch for commentary means nothing when you still watch it.

  • Brian

    Zombie (1979) Deranged (1974) Dead of Night aka Deathdream (1974) Alice Sweet Alice (1976)

  • Sooreeadeerujha

    The Omen…where the fuck is it on the list…?

    • Matty Ice 2016

      I agree

  • Sooreeadeerujha

    btw..i still say JAWS, while scary in just a cupla dpots, is NOT..i repeat..it’s NOT a HORROR movie. it’s an action adventure thriller..a GREAT all around movie at best..but NOT a HORROR.
    The Omen, on the other hand….

    • Chrissie-Watkins

      I respectfully disagree. I understand what you are saying, but from my viewpoint, Jaws inspired an irrational fear (people literally give accounts of being afraid to swim in a swimming pool after watching this), and gave us a villain (“monster”) that bordered on supernatural, as its nearly impossible for a shark that size to attack in the manner and location dictated by the movie, and its certainly impossible for it to know that fishermen on a boat are trying to kill it and to strike back with purpose. That coupled with the invasion of something evil into an otherwise idyllic setting makes an argument for horror. I don’t want to start a debate, because I completely get where you’re going, just trying to represent the other side.

      • Matty Ice 2016

        JAWS my all time favorite. It’s like comfort food. I can watch it a million times.

  • Saturn

    Do yourself a favour and buy the movie and watch it when you get home.
    Thank me later.

    • James

      I do not understand the love for shivers. It was fun but pretty terrible.

  • sedoi

    what about shining?

    • taysay funkay

      1980

  • HeWaTcHeSnOeYeS

    The Wicker Man, take out Phantasm and replace pls

  • Bridgie James Rosenthal

    No “Black Christmas,” “The Wicker Man,” “Who Can Kill a Child,” “Alice, Sweet Alice,” and “Eraserhead”?

    • Chrissie-Watkins

      Black Christmas, agree, agree, agree

    • James

      I finally got around to seeing Alice, Sweet Alice and I was very impressed.

  • Bloodspatta

    Easily horrors best decade. EASILY.

  • 1000

    This list looks ridiculous without Black Christmas.

  • Dan Warren (Forgottenretroworl

    So many great films came out of this period that you couldn’t list them all. A real Golden Age.

  • Jeff Colico

    Just an opinion but Suspiria for me was unwatchable. Don’t know if the actors were terrible or maybe the director was terrible. Never understood why the people like it so much.

    • Vincent Kane

      The pretty colors.

    • James

      The acting isn’t exactly top notch, but for me it’s more of a sensory experience than a solid story/film. Personally I think Deep Red is a far superior giallo and a better story, but the music, colors and sets for Suspiria are pretty excellent. It’s like one long bad dream.

      • Jeff Colico

        thanks James 🙂

  • Chrissie-Watkins

    I can’t wait for the 80s edition of this article

  • ShadowInc

    Just mentioning The Exorcist, Dawn of the Dead, Alien, Halloween, Phantasm, Jaws, and Texas Chainsaw Massacre certainly makes a great argument for the 70s being the best decade for horror. I’d have added The Omen, or The Sentinel over the silliness of Hasu, but that’s just me.

  • MAGLAVERAS VASILIOS

    WHERE THE HELL IS THE LIVING DEAD AT THE MANCHESTER MORGUE ?

    WHERE THE HELL IS SCARS OF DRACULA ?

  • Evan3

    I don’t think the face hugger design ever gets the respect it deserves for its design. I mean, look at how utterly disgusting that thing is. And the tail wrapped around the neck is just a brilliantly horrific touch.

    Definitely never understood the love for Phantasm, but good for Coscarelli to make a career out of it.

  • Rocky

    Two classics not on here:

    let’s scare Jesica To Death – one of the most unsettling films of all time – it has a genuine feel of dread, and that lake scene is nightmare material.

    The Omen – so much better then the way too long and way too talky The Exorcist. The soundtrack alone is creepy, let alone the fucking creepy nanny and wild death scenes.

  • Matty Ice 2016

    ” Don’t look now” ? HALLOWEEN. JAWS. THE EXORCIST is hands down the scariest film of the 70s.

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