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Here Are The Spookiest Horror Films of the 1970s

The decade of the 1970’s produced some of the best horror movies of the 20th century. It was the time period when the mentality of the American darkened and the main reason for that was the Vietnam war. The revolution of the Civil Rights movement was at its peak along with the racial tensions.

As a result, the moviegoers of the United States were facing life terror and that’s what urged them to make more horror movies. But America wasn’t the only country which was shifting its cinemas to the horror genre.

Many countries across Europe were on the verge of expanding horror vocabulary. Shortly, if you see in the 1970’s, you will notice the birth of splendid directors who produced outstanding horror movies. Below is the list of best horror movies of the 1970’s.

The Exorcist

This rare film can make you believe whatever it wants. In the decade of the 70’s, William Friedkin made many horror movies like “Sorcerer”, “The Exorcist“, and “The French Connection”. He has such a talent that he easily converted a movie into something outrageous.

The story of the movie revolves around the possession of a young girl named Linda Blair and her character was presented in such a way that the audience had no choice but to hope that her mother got the devil out of her body. The writer of the movie is William Peter Blatty.

The Wicker Man

“The Wicker Man” was released in 1993

The decade of 1970 gives us some of the most luxurious horror movies and surely “The Wicker Man” was one of those. The movie will always be remembered as a classic piece from the English horror boom.

There are only a few people who know that “The Wicker Man” series was a musical. The story of the movie revolves around Sergeant Howie, a detective who is sent to a mysterious island to solve the case of a missing person. There was no one in the city who was ready to help Howie and in the end, he starts unraveling himself to find the missing girl.

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

“The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” was released in 1974

One day Tobe Hooper went shopping but when he reached there, no one was willing to give him the space for shopping. He was irritated with the situation and soon had a daydream.

He packed the chainsaw and started clearing people around him instantly. That idea became so successful that it became one of the best American films of all time. The Hooper produced movie then became when one of the best horror movies of the decade.

Who Can Kill A Child

It was the best film Narciso Ibáñez Serrador directed in his short filming career. A bunch of English tourists arrive at an island in Spain and wonder where all the adults have gone.

The island is full of unruly children and no one from those has reached to the puberty. When those tourists walked into the city, they came to know that a virus has attacked the children which made them kill every adult on the island.


The film is directed by Dario Argento and considered as the queen of the horror movies of the 1970s. The story of the movie revolves around a school girl Suzy who travels to Germany to attend school.

Unfortunately, she arrives late there and on that stormy night no one let her in. At the same time, she noticed another school girl Pat who was running away from the school. Pat got murdered when she arrives at her apartment and that’s what disturbed Suzy. She could not settle herself as she often hears some noises. And after few days, she discovered some frightening secrets of that place.

Dawn Of The Dead

Many people think that “Dawn Of The Dead” was not as scary as the other horror movies of the decade. The music of the movie let it down on most of the occasions. But George A. Romero’s movie slowly affects your brain.

This movie tells you that the death of the world is a bigger problem than the survival. A horde of zombies attacks the US territory and everyone tries to escape. No one survives except Stephen, a radio station employee, and her girlfriend Francine.

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