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My favorite Horror movies - 70s

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1. Alien (1979)
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2. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
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3. Theatre of Blood (1973)
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4. Duel (1971)
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5. Shock (1977)
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6. House (1977)
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7. Halloween (1978)
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8. Carrie (1976)
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9. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
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10. The Amityville Horror (1979)
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11. Jaws (1975)
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12. The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)
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13. The Wicker Man (1973)
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14. Phantasm (1979)
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15. The Hills Have Eyes (1977)
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16. The Legend of Hell House (1973)
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17. Four Flies on Grey Velvet (1971)
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18. Zombi 2 (1979)
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19. The Crazies (1973)
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20. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
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21. The Sentinel (1977)
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Purely entertaining

None of these are essential, but they're all solidly entertaining...especially if you're into horror.

Maybe for you, but not for me

These films inevitably pop up on most people's lists for the 70s (horror or not), so I figured I'd mention them in a separate section to avoid a plague of comment-questions. It's been 13 years now since I've seen Eraserhead, but at the time I found it an incomprehensible mess. I assume that its fans mostly love it simply because it can't be understood; I hated it. I'm not even sure if it counts as horror, unless you count the experience of trying to watch it. So it's possible a re-watch now might change my opinion, but I doubt it.

While all the rest are well-made films, I simply couldn't buy into the premise of The Exorcist or The Omen, and therefore found them more laughable than scary. Your results may differ. As for Suspiria I watched it with a group of friends during a horror movie marathon and none of us could get into it despite the fact it looked pretty. That one may require a re-watch.

Unseen horrors

Horror movies from this decade that I haven't watched yet which may end up on this list in the future.

Suggestions welcome!

 

This list was helped along by the following lists:
History of Horror by diabolical dr voodoo

Best in Horror: 1970's by Xanadon't


See also:
My favorite Horror movies by decade for links to my lists for other decades
My favorite performances - Horror
My Top 20 Horror Films

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Comments

Posted: 3 years, 10 months ago at Aug 19 7:05
Good selections and I've seen pretty much all. You have to watch Deliverance if you have time!
Posted: 3 years, 10 months ago at Aug 19 8:24
Wow! we share 7 or 8 of the same titles and yet I still haven't seen your #2, 3, or 4!! Such a nice feeling knowing that there's great cinema waiting for me! Great list, and a great one to go with the posters on. Good choice.
Posted: 3 years, 10 months ago at Aug 19 13:33
Great list! I absolutely LOVE 70's horror movies, and 80's too! :D

Black Christmas is one of my favorites, but everyone's got their own opinion.

I didn't like Suspiria aswell, and I think the exorcist is a bit overrated (I like Exorcist 3 much more.) and I really like the omen.
Posted: 3 years, 10 months ago at Aug 19 21:29
I have added "Four Flies On Velvet" to my queue. Ah but I'm really hopping to re-watch the Dr Phibes movies. I remember loving them when I was a teen. One of the first 'many-clever-ways-to-die' films so sort of the grandfather film of the "Final Destination" films.

The 1978 version of Invastion of the Body snatures remains my favorite version of the film but I'm sure that is only for personal reasons.

Martin is very much a cult film and not really one of my true favorites. Speaking of cult horror films... Simon King of the Witches is worth a look
http://www.listal.com/movie/simon-king-witches

Posted: 3 years, 9 months ago at Sep 12 21:50
A little suggestion: You might wanna add Wizard Of Gore!

I've seen the film and It's currently residing in my greatest movies list (although on a very low position) and I thought I might share it with you!
Posted: 3 years, 9 months ago at Sep 12 23:41
Wizard of Gore has been added. Thanks!
Posted: 3 years, 9 months ago at Sep 14 20:11
Two suggestions: The Legend of Hell House (1973) by John Hough and The Sentinel (1977) by Michael Winner. Both very solid 70s horror in my book.
Posted: 3 years, 9 months ago at Sep 15 6:45
Didn't realize The Sentinel wasn't already there. I've added both films you suggested. Thanks!
Posted: 3 years, 9 months ago at Sep 15 8:31
Oh, holy shit, how did I not mention The Sentinel earlier?
Wendel is right! You GOTTA see that one!
Posted: 3 years, 9 months ago at Sep 23 18:40
@terceira - Added!
Posted: 2 years, 10 months ago at Aug 8 18:29
Love the poster work. Great stuff.
Posted: 2 years, 10 months ago at Aug 9 9:25
I'm interested to see what you think of Martin. I haven't seen it in quite a few years, but remember really digging it.
Posted: 1 year, 5 months ago at Jan 12 5:04
Only saw Texas Chainsaw Massacre for the first time a couple of nights ago, and wow, what a creepy movie! I knew about Leatherface, but had no idea there was a whole family of cannibals! It took me by surprise.
Posted: 1 year, 5 months ago at Jan 12 5:07
Also, I had the same experience with Eraserhead. Perhaps a re-watch is in order, but I can't bring myself to sit through it again, I nodded off at least 5 times the last time I watched it...

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