Best 1970s made for TV horror film?

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  1. Duel (1971)

    23.3%
  2. Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (1973)

    5.0%
  3. Trilogy of Terror (1975)

    1.7%
  4. Bad Ronald (1974)

    6.7%
  5. Home for the Holidays (1972)

    3.3%
  6. Salem's Lot (1979)

    30.0%
  7. Gargoyles (1972)

    1.7%
  8. Are You in the House Alone? (1978)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  9. Something Evil (1972)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  10. How Awful About Allan (1970)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  11. Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell (1978)

    1.7%
  12. Snowbeast (1977)

    5.0%
  13. KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park (1978)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  14. Dying Room Only (1973)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  15. The Norliss Tapes (1973)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  16. Dead of Night (1977)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  17. The Phantom of Hollywood (1974)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  18. Ants! (1977)

    1.7%
  19. The Night Stalker (1972) / The Night Strangler (1973)

    16.7%
  20. others

    3.3%
  1. satans-sadists

    satans-sadists Ghost

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    So many great choices, but Gargoyles gets my vote. That scared the hell out of me when I was a little kid. That pre-credits intro, the musical score, and the first gargoyle attack sealed the deal for me many years ago. Still watch the dvd at least three times a year. Two years ago, I visited Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico where this was filmed. I will never ever tire of this early Stan Winston creature feature.

    Very close behind Gargoyles for me would be The Night Stalker/Night Strangler and Don't Be Afraid of the Dark. Kolchak is an icon, what more needs to be said? Don't Be Afraid of the Dark is still scary over thirty years later.

    Neither are classic, but Devil Dog: Hound of Hell and Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park are both entertaining and worthy of repeat visits.

    Trilogy of Terror is overrated as a whole. The third story is great, but the first two are ponderous in comparison.
     
  2. Lucio Romero

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    There are some great ones on the list. I went with Salem's Lot as it is my favourite movie of all time along with Dawn of the Dead. Duel, Dead Of Night, Trilogy Of Terror.....Classics!!!. I only saw Gargoyles recently and found it very overrated, I guess it's one of those movies if you saw it as a kid it would have scared the crap out of you but not so much as an adult.

    Saw Home For The Holidays not long ago and thought that was a great flick. Some honorable mentions that arn't on the list go to Force Of Evil, Satan's Triangle, The Bermuda Depths (though it's more fantasy than Horror), Dark Secret Of Harvest Home I found to be a bit flawed but is still worth a mention as well.


    LUCIO!!!!!
     
  3. onebyone

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    A lot of good ones up there, but it is just really hard for me to vote against Kolchak, so I am not going to.
     
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  4. Erick H.

    Erick H. Well-Known Member

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    Man,I saw loads of these as a kid !

    As to the "best of "poll I guess that I would say DUEL was the best directed but THE NIGHT STALKER might be the most fun.Lots of good ones though.
     
  5. Fumi

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    Went with Snowbeast, I remember seeing it as a kid and recently picked it up on DVD - was not disappointed.

    Good poll by the way, I love '70s made for TV horror movies and I think I'll use the poll as a shopping list :D
     
  6. Franco

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    Satan's Triangle (1975) by Sutton Roley.

    I remembered how it creeped me out horribly when I saw it as a kid in a local TV channel. If want to, you can check the full movie here:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vn1sXOPmkQc

    It's a rare one that deserves a DVD release.
     
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    CPT HOOK Well-Known Member

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    Went with Bad Ronald, just because it's so twisted and fun. Although Salem's Lot is probably a better movie.
     
  8. Erick H.

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    Sutton Roley directed a lot of stylishly shot TV as well as the killer bat feature CHOSEN SURVIVORS.His grave is actually about a half hour drive from my house.
     
  9. Franco

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    That's interesting to know! I see that a good part (if not most) of the cast in Satan's Triangle has already passed away. Maybe that's because most of 'em where middle-aged to old people in 1975, no?
     
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    1973s Trapped with James Brolin is one of my personal favorites from that full list.
     
  11. fattyjoe37

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    Definitely The Night Stalker. Love me some Kolchak and always considered his first outing his best.
     
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    I know it's from 1982 but i think that Don't Go To Sleep is the scariest of the tv movies!!And probably from all movies!!
     
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    Very good choice!That movie is one the greatest of the lost gems!That ending creeped me out!They should remade this movie,it could be awesome!
     
  14. wago70

    wago70 Surviving on nostalgia

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    Trilogy of Terror for me.
     
  15. Kim Bruun

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    Salem's Lot is awesome - head and shoulders above the rest. That said, I almost voted for Home for The Holidays, simply because it deserves more recognition.
     
  16. DVD-fanatic-9

    DVD-fanatic-9 And the Next Morning, When the Campers Woke Up...

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    Salem's Lot starts strong but falls hard in the last 60, 90 minutes.

    That said, I flat out missed the others.
     
  17. evildeadfan123

    evildeadfan123 Sam & Dean Winchester

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    I have seen a few of them, I voted for Salem's Lot. I own the complete miniseries on DVD.
     
  18. DVD-fanatic-9

    DVD-fanatic-9 And the Next Morning, When the Campers Woke Up...

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    Actually, 3 hours on DVD... is not that heavy a set or anything. 1 disc. 1 side. + trailer. Hardly the Harry Potter collection or anything.

    (Which is why it actually pisses me off that Warner thought it was a good idea to split It up into 2 parts, put them on reverse sides of the disc, AND remove about 3 minutes from the fucking film.)
     
  19. maybrick

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    That is it's original format as televised. I wish that version was available in the USA because that is how I first saw it.

    Actually, I wish they'd release a special edition with all three cuts: the original miniseries, the overseas theatrical cut, and the extended DVD cut. The theatrical cut still retains a few shots that didn't make it to the extended.
     
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    The Initiation of Sarah, which is my pick for best TV film in general. Hopefully it'll hit Blu-ray one of these days. Runner-up would be Satan's Triangle.
     

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