Movies to Die For: The 1970's

Art imitates life, people, and 70's horror is no exception.  The America of the 70's is a changed nation.  The horrors of the Vietnam War, the aftermath of a violent civil rights movement, and a crumbling nuclear family gave rise to the bleak, paranoid films we know and love.  If the focus of the 60's was the monster living across the street, the monster of the 70's was a face we knew intimately, someone we loved. The cultural turmoil of the 60's opened the door and filmmakers of the 70's lumbered through.  Horror films made a triumphant return to the box office, with blockbuster budgets and a chip on their shoulders.  Here are 25 of my favorite titles, spanning the decade.

Cry of the Banshee - 1970
And Soon the Darkness - 1970
The Bird with the Crystal Plumage - 1970
What's the Matter with Helen - 1971 (more psycho-biddies...no need to thank me)
The Other - 1972
The Exorcist - 1973 (skip the sequel, but give Exorcist III a chance, its a passable return to the subject matter and that hospital scene? Forgeddaboutit.)
The Wicker Man - 1973 (often called 'the Citizen Kane' of horror, 
Texas Chainsaw Massacre - 1974
Jaws - 1975 (this movie has such an interesting back story)
Stepford Wives - 1975 (so much social commentary crammed into one really fantastic picture)
Alice, Sweet Alice - 1976
The Omen - 1976
Carrie - 1976 (do not bother with any remakes..garbage, it's Sissy Spacek or nothing...trust me)
The Tenant - 1976 (this is the final movie in Polanski's Apartment Trilogy)
Suspiria - 1977
Martin - 1977 (more Romero...this time its blood, not brains, and its pretty great)
Eraserhead - 1977 (this is as good an intro to David Lynch as you'll get, I think)
The Hills Have Eyes - 1977 (Ah, Wes Craven..my heart)
Halloween - 1978
Dawn of the Dead - 1978
Invasion of the Body Snatchers - 1978 (Donald Sutherland, Leonard Nimoy, Brook Adams, and Jeff Goldblum star in the superior remake of the 1956 film)
Patrick - 1978
Magic - 1978 (this is a gem, guys.  Anthony Hopkins, Ann Margaret, Burgess Meredith...swoon!)
The Brood - 1979 (Cronenberg...so, so good)
Nosferatu, the Vampyre - 1979
Alien - 1979

And a bonus: The Devil's Rain (1975). Shatner, Travolta, Skerritt, Borgnine, and the amazing Ida Lupino (seriously. look her up).  This movie is a wonderfully silly mess and I love it so, so much!

Stay tuned, because next up are 25 movies from the age of excess and slashers!  The 1980's are comin' in, guns blazing!  To keep you satisfied, check out this trailer for Invasion of the Body Snatchers:

Think we should spilt up? Leave your favorite titles in the comments!





 

Movies to Die For: The 1960's

Hello and welcome to the first installment of Movies to Die For!  Over the next six days, I'll be sharing some of my favorite titles along with some unsolicited commentary.  Before we begin, a word of warning....few of the titles I've chosen are family friendly.  Keep that in mind.  I will, however, let you know which ones could be appropriate everyone.  Now, a caveat: This list is comprised of films I love.  Nothing more, nothing less.  They weren't all smashes at the box office, nor are they without their flaws.  BUT.  I love them, ya dig, and I'm the evil queen of this castle.   

First up, the 60's!

As a lifelong fan of the horror genre, the films of the 60’s have always been of particular interest to me.  I am irrevocably drawn to the idea that what we fear can’t be found in monsters, natural disasters, or visitors from other worlds, but is living with us. In our homes and hearts.  I enjoy films that remove the barriers to fear and place it instead in our blood.  As a product of the sweeping cultural upheaval of the 60’s, horror filmmakers began to explore the boundaries of brutality and human depravity in more realistic terms than ever before. I find tracking the evolution of horror during this short, ten year period endlessly fascinating…honestly, I could go on about this all day, but let’s face it, that’s not why you’re here...so here we go!

Peeping Tom – 1960
Psycho – 1960
Eyes Without a Face – 1960
Village of the Damned – 1960
The Virgin Spring – 1960 (one of Ingmar Bergman’s major works, adapted from a 13th century Swedish ballad, this film served as the basis for 1972’s Last House on the Left)
The Innocents – 1961
What Ever Happened to Baby Jane – 1962 (the success of the movie is largely attributed to the now storied animosity between Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, it’s also considered to be the first of the psycho-biddy subgenre)
Cape Fear – 1962
The Cabinet of Dr. Calgari – 1962
The Birds – 1963
Blood Feast – 1963
The Haunting – 1963
Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte – 1964 (such a fun picture..great cast, including Bette Davis)
The Last Man on Earth – 1964
Strait-Jacket – 1964 (Joan Crawford…what could be finer?)
Kwaidan – 1964 (These are a great introduction to Japanese horror)
Onibaba – 1964
Repulsion – 1965 (This is Polanski’s first English language film and the first of the Apartment Trilogy)
Dance of the Vampires – 1967
Rosemary’s Baby – 1968 (No. 2 in the Apartment Trilogy)
Night of the Living Dead – 1968 (Romero, Romero, how do I love thee, let me count the brains)
The Boston Strangler – 1968
Hour of the Wolf – 1968 (another Bergman picture and another home run)
The Devil Rides Out – 1968
Witchfinder General - 1968
The House that Screamed – 1969

Tune in tomorrow, when I share 25 of my favorite films from the 1970's.  to tide you over here's the original trailer for one of my favorites on this list, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane..."Sister, sister oh so fair, why is there blood all over your hair"? Why, indeed...

Anyone have any better ideas?  Leave 'em in the comments!
Yours in fright,
EB

A Midsummer Night's Update

You guys!  It's been a month since my last update and things are going so well!  I'm so excited!  I'm sure you've noticed two major changes already....Confetti Meadowlark has arrived!  The journey continues!  I have so much to say about this, but for now, I'll give you another sneaky peeky at what's coming.

Taking Care of Business

You guys!  I am so excited and inspired by the way things are going!  I'm not quite ready to spill the beans, yet (so many moving parts...!!) but as you can see, I've been making some significant changes in my creative life.  I haven't had a ton of time to chat, so I thought a quick update was in order.  Here are a few snappies: