Sunday, August 11, 2019

Obscure 1970's Horror Classics- 81 Days to Halloween

Bay of Blood (1971)

Directed by Mario Bava, this Giallo film would also serve as the template that all slasher movies would follow. A required watch for true fans of slasher movies and Giallo thrillers.

Lets Scare Jessica to Death (1971)

An atmospheric film that is a slow burn but easily one of the best films of the 1970s that not many have heard of or seen. Zhora Lampert is excellent as the eponymous Jessica.

Horror Express (1972)

Inspired by John W Campbell's Who Goes There, Horror Express is a Spanish film with an excellent cast that includes Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. When you watch, don't be surprised if you feel you are watching a more famous horror classic with its out of this world villain.

Raw Meat (1972)

An English film that was surprisingly gory for its day, Raw Meat was a bleak tale about some dark secrets involving the London Underground. Donald Pleasance and Sharon Gurney appear in this film that is reminiscent of some recent subway horror movies.  Raw Meat is also known as Death Line in the UK.

Sisters (1972)

An early film by Brian De Palma, "Sisters," is a psychological thriller that has the look of a Hitchcock film but is truly De Palma's film. Margot Kidder and Jennifer Salt star in this obscure and underrated horror thriller.

Picnic At Hanging Rock (1975)

An Australian film by director Peter Weir, Picnic is an atmospheric and eerie thriller that perfectly captures the early 20th century setting with its period costumes and foreboding direction. A beautiful and mysterious film that should be better appreciated by fans of horror, especially those who enjoy slow-burn thrillers.

Alice Sweet Alice (1976)

An excellent early slasher, Alice Sweet Alice was the first film for Brook Shields and uses family dysfunction and religious expectations to craft a tragic story with some genuinely memorable death scenes along with its dark conclusion.

The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1976)

A creepy and obscure early film with Jodie Foster as a young teen who lives alone to hide some family secrets. More psychological thriller than horror, The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane will creep you out with some disturbing content, but the conclusion is well executed.

House (1977)

This Japanese entry into horror is a trippy film that utilizes ghostly themes with some silly looking special effects. Don't let that distract from the terrific plot and excellent cast of young Japanese actresses. House is considered one of the first J Horror movies and should be enjoyed by fans who have watched The Ring and The Grudge.

Savage Weekend (1979)

An obscure yet mildly terrifying film that can be considered as a template for how slashers would be made as it predated Halloween and Friday the 13th. The film is somewhat grainy and looks like an exploitation film but does have a decent cast and unpredictable outcome.

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