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Amy Martin

In my personal opinion, the 70's was by far the best decade for horror, bringing us many classics. Although the effects were basic, back in the day horror films scared people because of the sheer psychological terror! Nowadays copious amounts of gore is all that we seem to get in horror movies.

1: Burnt Offerings (1976) has got to be one of the best horror films of all time, yet it is widely unheard of!

"Haunted house chiller from Dan Curtis has Oliver Reed and Karen Black as summer caretakers moving into a Gothic house with their young son. The catch? The house rejuvenates a part of itself with each death that occurs on its premises."

The Exorcist 1973
The Exorcist 1973

2: Now you may question this one, as just about everyone has heard of the sheer terror that is The Exorcist. Despite this, I find the Exorcist to be well ahead of it's time, making people sick in the cinema when first released. A true classic, must see. It is given a bad reputation as compared to nowadays standards, it is very out dated, and people just aren't interested in older films anymore. So if you decided not to watch this film due to it's age, just go against your instinct and give it a go!

"When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter."

Let's Scare Jessica To Death 1971
Let's Scare Jessica To Death 1971

3: Let's Scare Jessica To Death! (1971)

I don't know why this movie isn't a lot more well known than it currently is. Perhaps the poor choice of title? Definitely worth the watch.

"A recently institutionalized woman has bizarre experiences after moving into a supposedly haunted country farmhouse and fears she may be losing her sanity once again."

JAWS 1975
JAWS 1975

4: JAWS. Another classic horror film.

Now this film gets a lot of bagging, with people claiming that's it's 'Not even a horror'. "The Shark is obviously rubber" "It's boring!" "It's so fake!"

But just you think about this. No matter what you may think about Jaws, yes. It is an older film, BUT. I bet you after seeing jaws for the first time, you thought twice about running into the sea didn't you? It's not high on the gore factor, just chilling, as these men are being stalked by a 25ft great white shark! Definitely scary for it's time, which it should be praised for.

DEATH BED: The Bed That Eats (1977)
DEATH BED: The Bed That Eats (1977)

5: Okay I admit, not the best title. But the Death Bed is truly a lost cult classic of the 70's! A movie about a bed possessed by a demonic spirit which eats its users alive!

"While he was making love with the woman she died and his eyes bled onto the bed, causing it to become possessed. Those who come into contact with the bed are frequently consumed by it (victims are pulled into what is apparently a large chamber of digestive fluids beneath the sheets). The bed demonstrates a malevolent intelligence as well as some psychokinetic and limited telepathic abilities to manipulate dreams." - Okay, so it's rather cheesy. So what!

What films of the 70's do you think are seriously underrated? What films are actually really good and don't deserve to be bashed? Comment below!

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