’70s Horror

’70s Horror

29 Episodes

In the 1970s, everything was wilder, weirder, and more far-out—and horror movies were no exception. In North America, a new generation of maverick directors like Tobe Hooper (THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE), George A. Romero (THE CRAZIES), Wes Craven (THE HILLS HAVE EYES), Brian De Palma (SISTERS), and David Cronenberg (THE BROOD) responded to the decade’s heightened political anxieties and Vietnam War–era sense of disillusionment by pushing the genre’s psychological intensity and visceral violence to shocking new heights. Across the Atlantic, Britain’s legendary Hammer Films continued to serve up old-school gothic spine-tinglers (THE VAMPIRE LOVERS), while auteurs like Nicolas Roeg (DON’T LOOK NOW) wedded spellbinding terror to art-house experimentation. Bringing together some of the decade’s most iconic slashers, chillers, and killer thrillers alongside low-budget cult rarities (LET’S SCARE JESSICA TO DEATH, DEATHDREAM) and camp-tastic oddities (TROG, THEATER OF BLOOD), this tour through the 1970s nightmare realm is a veritable blood feast of perverse pleasures from a time when gore, grime, and sleaze found a permanent home in horror.

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’70s Horror
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    Episode 1

  • Trog
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    Episode 2

    Directed by Freddie Francis • 1970 • United Kingdom
    Starring Joan Crawford, Michael Gough, Bernard Kay

    Joan Crawford meets the missing link in this cult classic of camp horror, which marked the Hollywood legend’s final film appearance. Deep within a hidden cave, Dr. Brockton (Crawford) discovers...

  • The Vampire Lovers

    Episode 3

    Directed by Roy Ward Baker • 1970 • United Kingdom
    Starring Ingrid Pitt, Peter Cushing, George Cole

    Hammer Film Productions put a sexy, sapphic spin on their celebrated vampire cycle with this lusty take on Sheridan LeFanu’s gothic classic “Carmilla.” Cult icon Ingrid Pitt plays the bloodthirsty...

  • Let’s Scare Jessica to Death

    Episode 4

    Directed by John D. Hancock • 1971 • United States
    Starring Zohra Lampert, Barton Heyman, Gretchen Corbett

    One of the most fascinating horror films of the 1970s, this low-budget cult gem conjures an otherworldly mood of dreamlike dread. Recovering from a nervous breakdown, the unstable Jessica (...

  • Daughters of Darkness

    Episode 5

    Directed by Harry Kümel • 1971 • Belgium
    Starring Delphine Seyrig, Danielle Ouimet, John Karlen

    The vampire myth gets a disturbingly seductive psychosexual spin in one of the most exquisitely mesmerizing adult horror films ever made. International screen icon Delphine Seyrig stars as Elizabeth B...

  • The Nightcomers

    Episode 6

    Directed by Michael Winner • 1971 • United Kingdom
    Starring Marlon Brando, Stephanie Beacham, Thora Hird

    Marlon Brando brings considerable menace to this chilling prequel to Henry James’s classic tale of psychological terror THE TURN OF THE SCREW. He plays Quint, the gardener at an eerie English...

  • Dracula A.D. 1972

    Episode 7

    Directed by Alan Gibson • 1972 • United Kingdom
    Starring Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Stephanie Beacham

    Dracula is raised into the modern era in this swinging shocker from the legendary Hammer Films. Bored with life in the ultra-mod London of 1972, a band of jaded Satan-worshipers decide to r...

  • Death Line

    Episode 8

    Directed by Gary Sherman • 1972 • United Kingdom
    Starring Donald Pleasence, Norman Rossington, David Ladd

    Two years before THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, this lesser-known but equally harrowing cannibal shocker brought flesh-eating mayhem to the screen with gruesome ferocity. When a prominent poli...

  • Images
    Episode 9


    Episode 9

    Directed by Robert Altman • 1972 • United Kingdom
    Starring Susannah York, Rene Auberjonois, Marcel Bozzuffi

    In the midst of his remarkable 1970s creative run, Robert Altman made one of his boldest and most unique films. Susannah York won the best actress award at Cannes for her edgy performance ...

  • Season of the Witch

    Episode 10

    Directed by George A. Romero • 1972 • United States
    Starring Jan White, Raymond Laine, Ann Muffly

    Perhaps the most unclassifiable work by George A. Romero, SEASON OF THE WITCH sees the NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD director returning to the realm of the supernatural for the bewitching tale of a house...

  • Don’t Look Now

    Episode 11

    Directed by Nicolas Roeg • 1973 • United Kingdom
    Starring Donald Sutherland, Julie Christie

    Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie mesmerize as a married couple on an extended trip to Venice following a family tragedy. While in that elegantly decaying city, they have a series of inexplicable, t...

  • Sisters
    Episode 12


    Episode 12

    Directed by Brian De Palma • 1973 • United States
    Starring Margot Kidder, Jennifer Salt, Charles Durning

    Margot Kidder is Danielle, a beautiful model separated from her Siamese twin, Dominique. When a hotshot reporter (Jennifer Salt) suspects Dominique of a brutal murder, she becomes dangerously...

  • Theater of Blood

    Episode 13

    Directed by Douglas Hickox • 1973 • United Kingdom
    Starring Vincent Price, Diana Rigg, Harry Andrews

    The one and only Vincent Price brings his inimitable flair for camp to this wickedly inventive horror comedy. He is perfectly cast as a scenery-chewing Shakespearean actor determined to wreak ven...

  • The Wicker Man

    Episode 14

    Directed by Robin Hardy • 1973 • United Kingdom
    Starring Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee

    This legendary cult favorite was released to relatively little fanfare but has gone on to be regarded as one of the most disturbing and audacious horror films of all time. A young girl’s disappearance br...

  • Ganja & Hess

    Episode 15

    Directed by Bill Gunn • 1973 • United States
    Starring Duane Jones, Marlene Clark, Bill Gunn

    Straining the conventions of blaxploitation and horror through a singular avant-garde sensibility, Bill Gunn’s revolutionary independent landmark GANJA & HESS is a highly stylized and utterly original tre...

  • The Crazies

    Episode 16

    Directed by George A. Romero • 1973 • United States
    Starring Lane Carroll, Will MacMillan, Harold Wayne Jones

    When a plane carrying a secret biological weapon crash-lands in the vicinity of a rural town, the area descends into chaos. Infected with a virus that sends them into a homicidal frenzy,...

  • It’s Alive

    Episode 17

    Directed by Larry Cohen • 1974 • United States
    Starring John P. Ryan, Sharon Farrell, Andrew Duggan

    It has a nasty habit of killing when it’s scared . . . and it’s very easily scared! Frank (John P. Ryan) and Lenore Davies (Sharon Farrell) have been anticipating the birth of their child, plagued...

  • Black Christmas

    Episode 18

    Directed by Bob Clark • 1974 • Canada
    Starring Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder

    In 1974, a low-budget nightmare filmed in Toronto was unleashed upon theaters and revolutionized horror cinema. A now-legendary film among genre aficionados, the groundbreaking BLACK CHRISTMAS was not only t...

  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

    Episode 19

    Directed by Tobe Hooper • 1974 • United States
    Starring Marilyn Burns, Paul A. Partain, Edwin Neal

    Nearly fifty years ago, five youths on a weekend getaway in the Texas countryside fell prey to a butcher in a mask made of human skin and his cannibalistic family, and horror cinema would never be ...

  • Deathdream

    Episode 20

    Directed by Bob Clark • 1974 • Canada
    Starring Richard Backus, John Marley, Lynn Carlin

    In this shattering variation on “The Monkey’s Paw,” grief-stricken suburban parents Charles (John Marley) and Christine Brooks (Lynn Carlin) refuse to accept the news that their son, Andy (Richard Backus), ha...

  • Shivers
    Episode 21


    Episode 21

    Directed by David Cronenberg • 1975 • Canada
    Starring Paul Hampton, Joe Silver, Lynn Lowry

    Canadian auteur David Cronenberg has spent much of his career mining our fears about sex, technology, and corporeal existence, but this breakout feature is perhaps the most shocking of all his body-horror ...

  • The Witch Who Came from the Sea

    Episode 22

    Directed by Matt Cimber • 1976 • United States
    Starring Millie Perkins, Lonny Chapman, Vanessa Brown

    Representing something of an anomaly in the career of director Matt Cimber (whose other credits include blaxploitation fare like THE CANDY TANGERINE MAN), THE WITCH WHO CAME FROM THE SEA is an un...

  • The Hills Have Eyes

    Episode 23

    Directed by Wes Craven • 1977 • United States
    Starring Suze Lanier-Bramlett, Robert Houston, Martin Speer

    The lucky ones died first . . . Horror master Wes Craven achieved critical and commercial success with the likes of SCREAM and A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET—but for many genre fans, the director...

  • Rabid
    Episode 24


    Episode 24

    Directed by David Cronenberg • 1977 • Canada
    Starring Marilyn Chambers, Frank Moore, Joe Silver

    David Cronenberg cemented his reputation as one of the most daring directors of his generation with his deeply disturbing second foray into the body-horror genre. After undergoing radical emergency su...