In the 1960s and ’70s, the very molecules of filmmaking were changing before our eyes, and horror movies were at the forefront of this movement. The horror movies of this era were no longer cheapo black and white pictures about giant bugs and teenage werewolves (okay, some of them were), they’re films about society, many of them told from the point of view of the monster.
Collected here are the most chilling, and deeply disturbing horror movies of the ’60s and ’70s. We’ve got promo-slashers, classic haunted house movies, and even a couple of experimental films that will leave you sleeping with the lights on for weeks.
Carnival Of Souls
A truly surreal film, Carnival of Souls begins with a car accident and forces the audience to question the differences between being dead and alive. Filmed against the alien landscapes of Salt Lake City, nothing about this film feels real and that’s what makes it so horrifying
What would you do to achieve success? How would you react if you realized that everyone around you was plotting against you? Can you really trust the people you love? These are just a few of the terrifying questions at the heart of Rosemary’s Baby, Roman Polanski’s brooding film about a woman who’s pregnant with the spawn of Satan.
A simple film about three men on a boat hunting a killer shark sounds like the plot to any number of B-Movies from this era, but in the hands of Steven Spielberg Jaws becomes a rumination on family, fatherhood, and what it means to be a man. Even though Spielberg is basically an adjective for cheese today, he doesn’t pull punches in Jaws. Rather than keep the victims middle aged men, he targets women and children first.