Best Horror film of the 70's

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best of the 70's

  1. Alien (1979)

    6.6%
  2. Jaws (1975)

    7.3%
  3. The Exorcist (1973)

    9.5%
  4. Dawn of the Dead (1978)

    21.9%
  5. Halloween (1978)

    20.4%
  6. The Amityville Horror (1979)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  7. Deep Red (1975)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  8. Carrie (1976)

    2.2%
  9. Suspiria (1977)

    2.9%
  10. The Omen (1976)

    0.7%
  11. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

    11.7%
  12. Martin (1977)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  13. Black Christmas (1974)

    8.0%
  14. Phantasm (1979)

    4.4%
  15. Zombi 2 (1979)

    2.9%
  16. The Hills Have Eyes (1977)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  17. The Last House on the Left (1972)

    1.5%
  18. Cannibal Holocaust (1980)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  19. Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  20. Other (Specify)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. Ash28M

    Ash28M Active Member

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    This was really a challenge deciding what should go on the top 19 and what should be listed as a suggestion for "other" but I had to take into account not only what I think should be there but what might be popular with others, well I tried.

    Suggestions for "other"

    Wicker Man, The (1973)
    Don't Look Now (1973)
    The Tenant(1976)
    Deliverance (1972)
    Don't Torture a Duckling (1972)
    Eraserhead (1977)
    House with the Windows That Laugh (1976)
    Theatre of Blood (1973)
    Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
    The Legend of Hell House (1973)
    Sisters (1973)
    The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970)
    The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)
    Let Sleeping Corpses Lie (1974)
    Bay of Blood (1971)
    Deranged (1974)
    Salem's Lot (1979)
    When a Stranger Calls (1979)
    The Brood (1979)
    Tales from the Crypt (1972)
    Shivers (1975)
    Deathdream (1974)
    Let's Scare Jessica to Death (1971)
    Lemora: A Child's Tale of the Supernatural (1975)
    The Last House on Dead End Street (1977)
    Alice, Sweet Alice (1978)
    Burnt Offerings (1976)
    Tourist Trap (1979)
    A Clockwork Orange (1971)
    Duel (1971)
    I Spit on Your Grave (1978)
    Straw Dogs (1971)
    Play Misty for Me (1971)
    Shock Waves (1977)
     
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  2. betterdan

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    Best decade for horror in my opinion. I love tons of movies from this decade but I have to go with my top favorite horror movie and my favorite movie period, The Exorcist.
     
  3. SaviniFan

    SaviniFan I Have A Fetish

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    I gotta agree with betterdan, best decade for horror. I chose Dawn of the Dead. Not a bad one in that list though.
     
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    Not only that, but for nearly everything else entertainment wise, especially music!

    Oh, and PHANTASM all the way, Bay-bee! :D
     
  5. Ash28M

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    I mistakenly marked down Cannibal Holocaust as 1980 as i copied it off of the IMDB but I’m pretty positive it's 1979. Agreed though best decade for horror.
     
  6. BloodMan

    BloodMan Kill Time B4 It Kills You

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    lotsa good stuff in them 70's... but went with the homegrown Black Christmas. :)
     
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    1970's was the best i went with
    1.dawn of the dead
    2.halloween
    3.texas chainsaw massacre
    4.phantasm
    5.hills have eyes
     
  8. thrashard76

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    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
    The Exorcist
    Dawn Of The Dead
     
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    I love most of the movies on that list, but I went with Halloween.
     
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    01.Dawn
    02.Chainsaw
    03.zombi 2
    04.phantasm
    05.Exorcist
     
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    hell ya! ~Go ahead, make my day~

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    Dawn of the Dead
     
  12. Ash28M

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    Hard to pick a top five but i'll go with.

    1.Carrie
    2.The Exorcist
    3.The Texas Chain Saw Massacre
    4.Suspiria
    5.Black Christmas
     
  13. Ash28M

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    Even though I think the films of today are pretty good and I think horror is making a come back. They just don't hold a candle to allot of these films. These are just mammoth legendary films. There almost more then films, there like the Gods of Horror films:)
     
  14. betterdan

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    I completely agree with you except for the part about the films of today being pretty good.
     
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    I would have thought the 80s was the best decade for horror, but looking at that list, it's clearly the 70s. Heck, even the "Other" films listed make for a classic decade.

    Since I feel Carrie is the best horror film of all time, I guess it's gotta be the best of it's decade, too. Still, there are at least a half dozen films on that list I wouldn't be upset if it "lost" to.
     
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    Halloween no doubt about it best horror no best film ever!!!
     
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    It seems to me that Hollywood was so open to take risks in the horror genre in the 70's. They backed them with respectable budgets, and big name actors and actresses weren't afraid to star in them. Nowadays horror seems to be getting another boom, but it's all "safe" PG-13 remakes. Hollywood needs to grow a pair and take some risks, it just might payoff in the end with some new classics.
     
  18. onebyone

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    Dawn of the Dead. Duh.
     
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    maskull I finally got an avatar!!! Yay!!

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    my head just exploded trying to decide which of these films are the best. too many great films....I've narrowed it down to: Alien, Jaws(shark movies rule!), Halloween, and Black Christmas. I've watched those 4 movies a million times each.
    Guess I'll vote for Black Christmas thanks to the eenie-meenie tie-breaker method. :)
     
  20. KGBRadioMoskow

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    Don't think I can vote on this one. I mean, how do you choose between the likes of Alien, Jaws, Exorcist, Dawn of the Dead, Halloween, Carrie, Suspiria, Omen, Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Zombie/Zombi 2, Hills Have Eyes, Wicker Man, Don't Torture a Duckling, The Brood, Burnt Offerings,...

    Jaws was almost movie making perfection - the problems with the mechanical shark resulted in "rely on imagination" shots that ended up even more effective. And Quint's tale of the USS Indianapolis is one of the most back of the neck hair raising scenes in cinema history, and it was just some drunk guy talking in a boat.

    Alien took the classic haunted house and "predator and prey" genres, tossed it into a sci-fi blender, and came up with something that just oozed "this feels so wrong" creepiness that when the carnage struck (as quickly cut away from to the next scene as it happened) it was almost a tension relief.

    Texas Chainsaw Massacre was start to finish a steady stream of shocking images that only films like Suspiria managed to top. The shock value of the "trip, Leatherface appears, hammer falls, drag body away and slam door" scene was multiplied by its "blink and you missed it" briefness and lack of preamble. It was like talking to someone on the sidewalk one second, and staring at them pasted onto the grill of a car the next, and I can't think of a more shocking sequence in any film I've ever seen.

    Everything on that list defined the phrase "classic", I could write a paragraph for each and not begin to do justice to them. Even those that don't measure up as well to some of the others merely by just being giants among titans. Even the Nosferatu remake was better than almost anything the 90's had to offer.

    And what didn't even make the "other" list - if Deliverance and Clockwork Orange make the category of horror, then Steven Spielberg's landmark debut of Duel surely has an honored place. Spielberg can be forgiven for just about all of the big budget, lowest common denominator pandering films he's done since (<cough>Jurassic Park<cough>) just on the basis of this gem. Even if Schindler's List, Saving Private Ryan, Empire of the Sun, Jaws, Amistad, and The Color Purple hadn't made his resume.

    The "lost in the titan release that was Exorcist" Gothic horror genre resurrection "The Asphyx" reminded us that immortality isn't always a good thing.

    Then, of course, "I Spit on Your Grave" made us (especially those with a Y chromosome) look at outboard motors in a whole new way.

    And those are just the ones off the top of my head, I'd surely add more after reviewing the old DVD / video collection.

    About all I can say is if you don't own at least 75% (maybe even 100%) of the titles on both the main and the "other" list, you've got some holes to fill in your collection. Sadly they just don't make them like that anymore.
     

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