My Top 10 Horror Films of 1975

1975 can be considered a down year for horror. Outside a few classics, there’s not much to get excited about. The trickle of Hammer and Amicus chillers had dried up. Spanish filmmakers moved away from vampires and toward gangsters. The Italian giallo, with one obvious exception, began to lose its luster with audiences. The American …

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My Top 10 Horror Films of 1974

As the horror film evolved throughout the 1970s, two fascinating trends began to emerge that would come to define the genre in the 1980s: the rise of the “horror auteur” director, and the sudden prominence of the make-up FX artist. Up to that point in cinema history, most filmmakers who toiled in horror were journeymen …

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My Top 10 Horror Films of 1971

For those who love the grindhouse/drive-in horror aesthetic—grainy film stock, overly bright blood, and lots of jarring camera zooms—1971 is the start of the high classic era. What’s not to admire about an age when vampire erotica, devil-worshiping hippies, motorcycle werewolves, and stylish Euro-cult horror ruled the screen? Even the previews were so entertaining that …

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My Top 6 Horror Films of 1968

I consider 1968-1988 to be the Golden Age of Horror. There were certainly concentrated bursts of artistic brilliance and innovation before that: the pre-code classics of the early 1930s, Val Lewton’s horror-noir masterpieces of the early 1940s, and the taboo-shattering period of 1957-60 that began with Hammer’s first Technicolor terrors and ended with “Mrs.” Bates …

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