Monday, 4 November 2013

04 - Great Seventies Horror

Yesterday’s sixties rundown was a little sparse. Today’s is decidedly less so.

I bring you... the seventies! So many great little warped and grimy horror movies in this decade. I’ve gone mostly for the more obscure titles, and for the early part of the decade.

NOTE: These are NOT the best. This is not an official Top Seven List (who the hell would do a top seven?) – they’re just good movies, and they’re in approximate date order rather than order of preference. I’ve also avoided slasher movies, they’ll get their own entry later.

Mumsy, Nanny, Sonny and Girly (1970) If it’s warped horror you’re after, this is a fine place to start – watch a “family” of freaks deal with a new friend. In the USA, it’s called Girly.

Unman, Wittering and Zigo (1971) I couldn’t find the trailer for this one, so you’ll have to settle for the entire movie instead. Psychopathic schoolkids and the wonderful David Hemmings.



Death Line (1972) Shown here under the US title Raw Meat, this one really has to be seen. If An American Werewolf in London didn’t put you off using the London Underground, this one will.

The Flesh and Blood Show (1972) A mysterious killer bumping off young actors in a run-down theatre. Plus, boobies. If you haven’t yet sampled the “delights” of Pete Walker, make this your first.

The Wicker Man (1973) What hasn’t been said about this movie? It’s a neo-realist gothic sci-fi epic set in 14th century Palestine, starring Derek Nimmo as Caligula's shoe. Nobody’s said that about it before.

Vampyres (1974) If it’s lesbian vampires you’re after, forget Hammer. This is the movie for you. Both this and Mumsy, Nanny, Sonny and Girly are filmed in and around Oakley Court - which will probably stop you from forgetting Hammer...

Shivers (1975) Pure Cronenberg weirdness abounds as the occupants of  an apartment building are turned into sex-crazed maniacs. Once you know that this was filmed as Orgy of the Blood Parasites, it all becomes very clear.

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