12 Most Underrated Horror Movies Of The 1970s

The disco era's forgotten horror movie classics.

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Every decade brings with it a plethora of its own unique scary films to challenge and scare audiences, and the 1970s was a massive decade for the expansion of horror.

Horror movies began to get more aggressive and ruthless with more blood, hard-hitting themes, and penchant for being banned due to obscenity. It's often stated the 1970s was the birth of the Modern Era of horror where the world was shown these films could be artistic, thought-provoking, and a focus on scaring the viewer psychologically.

Then there were the many films that challenged the ideology of the time such as Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Last House on the Left involving people going into a strange land they shouldn't be in, a commentary of the Vietnam war.

The first Stephen King adaption in 1976 Carrie was released. Alien, Dawn of the Dead, Suspiria, The Wicker Man, all of these and more are horror masterpieces and helped gain the often-overlooked genre some respect. The '70's also gifted us Jaws, The Exorcist, and Halloween that gained mainstream box-office success for the genre too.

The following, however, are 10 horror films not as well known as these massive hits. None-the-less they deserve praise for just how effective they are, showcasing some of the best scares the '70s have to offer.


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