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Old 12-05-2007, 00:05   #1
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70's horror appreciation thread

Inspired by the 80's and 90's horror appreciation threads in the modern cinema forum and the fact nearly all the ones I like are from the 70's I thought I'd start one.

I think what appeals to me more about the older films is that they were story driven, tended to be atmospheric and some had a nice line in black comedy wheras more recent ones tend to go more for the shock and gore factor (with a few exceptions).

Anyway, my top 10 from the decade are:

Phantasm 1979
The Wicker Man 1973
Halloween 1978
The Abominable Dr Phibes 1971
Dr Phibes Rises Again 1972
Dawn Of The Dead 1978
Alien 1979
Psychomania 1971
Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter 1974
Theater Of Blood 1973

And just outside but I thought I'd mention them anyway:

Noche del terror ciego, La 1971 (Tomb of the Blind Dead)
Dracula 1979
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Inspired by the 80's and 90's horror appreciation threads in the modern cinema forum and the fact nearly all the ones I like are from the 70's I thought I'd start one.

I think what appeals to me more about the older films is that they were story driven, tended to be atmospheric and some had a nice line in black comedy wheras more recent ones tend to go more for the shock and gore factor (with a few exceptions).

Anyway, my top 10 from the decade are:

Phantasm 1979
The Wicker Man 1973
Halloween 1978
The Abominable Dr Phibes 1971
Dr Phibes Rises Again 1972
Dawn Of The Dead 1978
Alien 1979
Psychomania 1971
Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter 1974
Theater Of Blood 1973

And just outside but I thought I'd mention them anyway:

Noche del terror ciego, La 1971 (Tomb of the Blind Dead)
Dracula 1979
lordy, no Black Christmas?

i'd have to question at least Psychomania, as it's terrible ... and maybe Captain Kronos, although at least that has Caroline Munro instead of Beryl Reid ...
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Theatre of Blood is about to start on BBC1 btw!
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Interesting, how about ...
Amityville Horror, The (1979)
Carrie (1976)
Exorcist, The (1973)
Omen, The (1976)
Texas Chain Saw Massacre, The (1974)
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The 70's were when I grew up and are my favourite decade for horror films and film in general. Here my top ten:

Alien
Carrie
Suspiria
Halloween
Don't Look Now
The Tenant
The Brood
The Wicker Man
Jaws
Dawn of the Dead
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Interesting, how about ...
Amityville Horror, The (1979)
Carrie (1976)
Exorcist, The (1973)
Omen, The (1976)
Texas Chain Saw Massacre, The (1974)
I forgot about The Omen, but didn't think The Amityville Horror was a patch on the book (which I'd read prior to the film) and I wasen't that keen on the three, although I did only see Texas Chainsaw and Exorcist in the past few years.
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lordy, no Black Christmas?

i'd have to question at least Psychomania, as it's terrible ... and maybe Captain Kronos, although at least that has Caroline Munro instead of Beryl Reid ...

lol never seen Black Christmas I'm afraid, and as for Psycomania - I know it's crap, but I liked it and the scene where they buried the biker gang leader haunted me for weeks (I was about 10 or 11 when I first saw it). As for Captain Kronos - I grew up with the summer double bill's of Hammer Horror's on the BBC and reading the Hammer House of Horror magazines/comics, and always liked this one as it mixed two of my favorite things - sword fighting and vampires (too young to appreciate Vampyros Lesbos).
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Dawn Of The Dead
Suspiria
Zombi 2
Lets Scare Jessica To Death
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I grew up with the summer double bill's of Hammer Horror's on the BBC and reading the Hammer House of Horror magazines/comics,
We could have been separated at birth!!!!!!!!!

Of the top of my head and in no order;

Alien
Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Phantasm
Asylum (1972) (the scene in the cellar and the deep freeze scared the life out of me!!)
Halloween
Dawn Of The Dead
Theatre Of Blood (Vincent price at his classic campest)
The Omen
The Brood
Carrie
Frankenstein The True Story
The Exorcist
Jaws (horror?)
Race With The Devil
The Hills Have Eyes
Cannibal Holocaust
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Here's my choices (in no particular order and I've tried not to include too many that have already been appreciated):

The Devils
Demon Seed
The House With Laughing Windows
Alice, Sweet Alice
Dawn of the Dead
The Exorcist (I and II)
God Told Me To
Raw Meat
Halloween
Last House on the Left

The 70's weren't all good though. They brought us:
The Bees (What was Saxon thinking?)
Empire of the Ants
Snuff
Devil's Rain
and more Al Adamson 'cult' naffness than you can shake a stick at.

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The 70's weren't all good though. They brought us:
The Bees (What was Saxon thinking?)
Empire of the Ants
Snuff
Devil's Rain
and more Al Adamson 'cult' naffness than you can shake a stick at.
I've always been rather fond of Empire of the Ants and a lot of the other low-grade B-horrors of the 70's. Sure they are no a classic, but they often have a creaky charm and can be good fun.

Here an alternative list of 70's non-classic horrors which I like for sentimental reasons:

The Car
It's Alive & It Lives Again
Bug
Kingdom of the Spiders
The Manitou
Ruby
Piranha
Willard
Squirm
Burnt Offerings
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I've always been rather fond of Empire of the Ants and a lot of the other low-grade B-horrors of the 70's. Sure they are no a classic, but they often have a creaky charm and can be good fun.
I'm not saying that I don't enjoy the films I listed (well, except Snuff, which was an ordeal to sit through) and you are right, the films do have a charm which I don't think many modern films have. This strikes me as being in part down to the fact that one needed to be fairly driven to produce a film in the 70s and even if it was terrible, the energy behind it was evident. Nowadays, with DV cameras and easy editing capabilities, there doesn't seem to be that level of charm and likeability.
Maybe I am just romanticising it but most of my favourite horror films (both A and B movies) come from the 70s.
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Maybe I am just romanticising it but most of my favourite horror films (both A and B movies) come from the 70s.
Same here
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Dawn of the dead has been my all time favourite film since the very 1st time I saw it in the early 1980's...it came free with a top loading VHS player that my mates dad bought ! We sat and watched it ALL DAY... rewinding it back to the start to watch again as soon as it finished.
I still have to watch it 2-3 times a year even now or I get withdrawl symptoms
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