View Full Version : The Best Decade for Horror

03-28-2005, 02:42 PM
Following up on Ash's great line of horror polls in the Reader Polls section, let's all vote on the best decade overall for horror. The best one should be a no brainer, but I am guessing there will be many other decades that rack up a favorable number of votes. So, get to the polling stations!

03-28-2005, 02:58 PM
For me Horror reached it's peak in the 70's

In Order i would go with

4.1960's (Just edges the 2000's)
5.2000's (If not so much for the Classics, just for the quantity of solid films)
6.1950's (Just edges the 40's)
10.1910's and earlier

03-28-2005, 03:09 PM
The 80's but they are making a comeback now alot better than the 90's.

03-28-2005, 03:12 PM
80s as a kid growing up then thats when i got into horror

03-28-2005, 03:39 PM
I went with the 80's, although I feel the 70's and present are right there. I had to go with the 80's though. Cronenberg in his prime, Argento nearing the end of his, the 50 million franchises with mindless sequels. I'll go with 2000's in second, I feel that the resurgance of great horror is upon us (although movies nowadays seem to transcend so many genres it's hard to specify what is truly horror). Too bad Hollywood is still making movies, then we wouldn't have to weed out the crap.

03-28-2005, 03:47 PM
I took the 80's as well.I grew up on the horror movies from that decade.I love the 70's almost as much but the 80's hold a special place for me.

03-28-2005, 03:49 PM
have to go with the 1970's

03-28-2005, 04:13 PM
70s were more cerebral and gory, but the 80s were fun, especially growing up.

03-28-2005, 04:17 PM
Easily the 70s

03-28-2005, 04:36 PM
I went with the 80s, mostly because that's the one I know the best, closely followed by the 70s

03-28-2005, 05:43 PM
I went with the 30s. I love all the Universal Horror films and Lugosi & Karloff were at their best.

hell ya!
03-28-2005, 05:50 PM
Of course the 70's.

Silent Noize
03-28-2005, 06:01 PM
It was close between the 70's and 80's. But I had to choose the 80's, the decade of the slashers. They were both amazing decades for horror though.

03-28-2005, 07:15 PM
70s, 80s, then 60s. 80s would be best but it deteriorated into useless sequels the last few years.

I don't really feel comfortable evaluating the decades before that because I've generally only seen some of the films, usually the best ones, but not enough to really get a sense of how good the decade was in general.

To me, the Nineties were terrible, only a handful of good films and most of those weren't really straight horror. It was mostly an entire decade of the mediocrity that closed out the Eighties.

I'd probably put the current decade 4th, just because I don't really feel equipped to judge anything pre-60s.

03-28-2005, 08:33 PM
It's a no-brainer for me: the 1970's. However, the 80's are close behind it.

03-28-2005, 08:49 PM
It's a no-brainer for me: the 1970's. However, the 80's are close behind it.

That's pretty much what I am thinking.

03-28-2005, 09:44 PM
The '70's, followed by the '80's, '30's, '60's, and the '20's.

Andy Brooks
03-29-2005, 12:02 AM
The 70's for sure. The creepiest movies came out then (IMO) and it was the birth of the slashers. Awesome decade.

03-29-2005, 12:31 AM
'70s definitely! I love those old-paced movies with funny special effects and eerie music.

03-29-2005, 02:31 AM
I think the 70s really wrote the whole book for the next 30 years--just about everything since then has been influenced by or is reacting to the 70s horror films.

03-29-2005, 03:04 AM

03-29-2005, 03:16 AM
The '70s. Then the '80s (definitely more so the first half of the 80s than the spotty second). But I'm surprised no one has picked the '60s yet (my 3rd favorite decade).
To me the '50s were more about sci-fi, the '40s were remnants of Universal before WWII hit, and the '30s were Universal. Moving ahead, the '90s were too "postmodern" for their own good, and the jury is still out on the current decade.

03-29-2005, 05:51 AM
There are more classics in the 70s then in any other.

Erick H.
03-29-2005, 07:38 AM
I suppose all of them have their merits(though I think this decade is off to a slow start),I have to go with the 70's.These were the films I was watching growing up and I guess there is some truth to the idea that you like what you grew up with best.The 70s saw the end run of the British gothics,the rise of the American indies,the first horror blockbusters like THE EXCORCIST and JAWS and pointed the way to the 80s slasher boom.Add in some great foreign fare and you have a powerful decade indeed !

03-29-2005, 04:28 PM
I'd have to say the '80s. :evil:

03-29-2005, 04:34 PM
I grew up with the movies of the '80s, so they'll always be the best.

03-29-2005, 05:27 PM
it's a toss up for me between the 70's and 80's but i voted for the 80's because of Friday The 13th and those were the movies i grew up with. I really haven't seen enough of the movies pre-1960's so i can't rate them in comparison, but my list goes something like this:

2000's (Ginger Snaps, Shaun, Open Water)

03-30-2005, 02:16 AM
I like everything 80's although the 70's were more groundbreaking and the 60's had some great Vincent Price flicks.

03-30-2005, 04:39 AM
So I guess we are in agreement that the 70's and 80's were the best of times for Horror. Seeing that those two decade have recieved 96% of the votes.

03-30-2005, 06:51 AM
yeah i doubt anyone is surprised by that result. going by the other polls those seem to be the ones that people have the hardest time choosing their favourite film.
two decades of awesomeness!

03-31-2005, 12:37 AM
70s but i picked 80s

03-31-2005, 12:58 AM
Fairly easy for me. 80's then 70's.

03-31-2005, 01:02 PM
What happened to that DVD review amd horror essay competition?

03-31-2005, 01:59 PM
I grew up watching horror in the 80's but have always thought the creepiest films came from the 70's.

04-01-2005, 11:43 PM
I've always thought of the 70's and 80's as the golden age of violent horror.
I picked the 70's because the films were less inhibited, but this was tough.

04-02-2005, 01:00 AM
Wow is this poll ever tight. How did it get so many votes can guests vote on this poll aswell?

04-03-2005, 03:31 AM
It's a no-brainer for me: the 1970's. However, the 80's are close behind it.

Ditto for me. The 70's was the quintessential decade for horror. The 80's weren't far behind.

04-03-2005, 04:27 AM
70's all the way.