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Why 1970s Horror Movies Still Scare Me

When you see a horror movie today, you’ll discover a few things are in almost every film.

  1. Someone invariably runs toward the murderer because they refuse to listen to reason.
  2. Who decides that hiding in a cemetery is a great idea when you’re scared?
  3. The bad guys usually have a heartbreaking back story that tries to make you have sympathy for them, even though they’re out there butchering people.

It’s a whole lot of blood, gore, and sensationalism in most of today’s horror movies. When you watch the Saw series, there are some psychological elements, but it isn’t anything like what you’d get from the 1970s films.

If you’ve seen the Hostel series, you got to see gore on a different level.

What Are the Best 1970s Horror Movies?

Most of the 1970s horror movies I love provide the psychological fear that you want from this genre. Here are my favorites that you should consider watching this year.

1. Don’t Look Now (1973)

You won’t find many better horror movies than this one. It’s sensual, haunting, and kills you emotionally. It keeps you in the immediate moment throughout the entire story.

2. Black Christmas (1974)

I know they remade this one recently, but it is the older one that I still love. There’s still a slasher element with the movie that takes away from its intelligence, and I appreciate how the characters have flaws like most of us.

3. Dawn of the Dead (1978)

I’m a sucker for almost any zombie movie. I loved the remake, but the original is ten times better.

4. The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)

Who says a movie in this genre can’t be a comedy in some regards? With Vincent Price portraying one of the best roles in his career, the inventive horrors he puts people through are quite impressive. It’s important to remember that the character is also a Biblical scholar.

5. The Omen (1976)

This Satanic thriller is sometimes at the top of my all-time list of favorite movies. I love Gregory Peck’s performance, and you’ll never look at having kids in the same way.

What are your favorite 1970s horror movies? On another note, would you like to see a remake of some of the movies mentioned above?