The 70s vs the 80s

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Which decade triumphs above the others?

  1. The 70s!

    33 vote(s)
    61.1%
  2. The 80s!

    21 vote(s)
    38.9%
  1. allmessedup

    allmessedup It's beer time.

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    The 70s without question for me....still watch most of the great films from that time, but a lot of the 80s output hasn't stayed with me that much. But I'm not all that fond of most slashers, either...
     
  2. bigdaddyhorse

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    The 70's set it all up, but the 80's hit it out of the park.
    Plus I grew up on alkl those 80's slashers and sci-fi flicks, so it will always be the best for me. Those are the flicks I keep going back to, the Fridays and Elm Street and Re-Animator.
     
  3. Ash28M

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    I grew up in the 80's and I still pick the 70's easily.
     
  4. Katatonia

    Katatonia Hellbound Heart

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    I'm torn between the two. I was born in the mid-70's, but technically grew up in the 80's. I love many films from both decades, but I'd have to go with the 80's...but just barely.
     
  5. dave13

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    yeah, i dont think the decade you were born in should make too much of a difference....i was born in 82 and still voted 70's....i mean in the 70's you had italian horror, you had hammer, you had american horror being taken really seriously. even hitchcock made frenzy in 72.
     
  6. Matt89

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    Yeah that's what I was thinking. We're talking about which decade was better, not which one you liked more, which one "triumphs" over the other.

    ~Matt
     
  7. vampyr789

    vampyr789 9, 10. Never Sleep Again.

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    im was born in '94, and i voted 70s too. damn, some really great films (not only horror) came out of that deacde.
     
  8. Shock Waves

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    The 70's for me.
     
  9. old-boo-radley

    old-boo-radley They stay the same age...

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    It's too close to call for me, but lately I've been not too interested in which movie is technically better, what's important is the enjoyment you got watching it. I like Doom Asylum better than The Hustler, but I don't think it's a better made film. But, well-made films are nothing without interesting content that relates to the viewer.
     
  10. eric_angelus

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    70's!
    Pretty much the most important films to me come from this decade...Halloween, The Exorcist, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Dawn of the Dead, Carrie, The Omen, The Hills Have Eyes, Suspiria, I could go on and on. It was the only decade where both mainstream studio product and indie stuff was equally relevant in my opinion. Plus it saw careers of so many important directors begin.
    I love the 80s stuff too...but the 70s is just more important to me.
     
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  11. Paff

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    I prefer the 70s in general, with the "gritty", documentary-like style of filmmaking. Not just horror, but those NYC crime films, blaxploitation, Japanese pinky violence, and of coruse, Gialli.

    The 80s do have good things like great special effects, probably the best era for that (the pre-CGI days), and both decades have some things that don't age well (disco in the 70s, big hair in the 80s). Overall, 70s do it for me though.
     
  12. msw7

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    I was talking about which one I liked more, no which is objectively "better".

    For me, trying to match gem for gem across the two decades, the 80s had a slight edge. The 70s might have come out on top if I included more movies I don't like as much (or I might have overlooked some just now...).

    I'm not trying to give you a hard time or start a discussion of what 'better' means - we all know what it means, but I'm too lazy to answer this by any means other than the seat of my pants (the best judge of my favorites...).

    So, according to my ass and speaking therefrom (take with as much salt as necessary), for me it's the 80s by a slight breeze.
     
  13. satans-sadists

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    Plenty of fun horror films from the 80's, but I will always prefer the 1970's. Between the output of Hammer, Amicus, A.I.P., and of course the major studios, I find more variety to enjoy from this decade than any other. The biggest difference to me is that the 70's produced so many classics whereas the 80's gave us a bunch of entertaining films.
     
  14. Erick H.

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    There was certainly some good stuff out in the 80's and some of it has lasted but I think the 70's resonates far more deeply.The 80's was somewhat choked by sequels and cycles that were beaten to death.While the 70's could also be faulted at times for not living up to it's potential in the genre it was (or at least "seemed" to be) less commercial minded and more willing to experiment.
     
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    I'm an 80s man
     
  16. thrashard76

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    Movie wise, I'd say the 70s. Music wise (the birth of thrash metal), it's the 80s.
     
  17. shithead

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    70's gets it for me.

    The Unholy Trinity
    Dawn Of The Dead
    The Exorcist
    The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
     
  18. bwana the clown

    bwana the clown Supreme Ruler Of Sados

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    I always considered my golden age of horror to be from about '75 to '85. But seeing as the early '70s was far better than the late '80s, the 70's gets my vote easily.
     
  19. Ash28M

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    Just curious about why you would pick 75 as a starting date of your Golden Age? TCM, Black Christmas, Exorcist were made just before that.
     
  20. soxfan666

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    Wow, this may be the toughest poll question for me yet. I went
    70's though. The 80's have many of my all time favorites, but there is just something about the feel of 70's horror that put it over the top.
     

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