31 Movies of Halloween Challenge – The 1970’s Movie List

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31 Movies of Halloween Challenge

It’s almost Halloween! With only 31 days to go, we thought we’d share our 31 Movies of Halloween Challenge. It’s a small goal we set ourselves every year and it’s super simple. Watch 31 horror movies (at the very least) during the month of October. We use this time to discover new movies, older classics and some absolutely terrible ones, that either leave us feeling queasy or just plain confused. So to help you join our challenge we are going to share 4 lists of movies from the 1970’s, 1980’s, 1990’s,  2000’s and 2010’s. The first up – the 1970’s Horror Movie List.

What Made 1970’s Horror Movies So Good

The 1970’s were not just about Flower Power, bell bottoms and Hippies. Antiwar sentiment ran high. People were sickened by the graphic footage of casualties beamed into their houses every night from the Vietnam War. Civil Rights resulted in political unrest. The Watergate Scandal shook people’s belief in the trustworthiness of their Government. Crime rates and unemployment soared. All of this pain, shock and dread made the new wave of 1970’s horror movies really popular.

Realistic, gritty, gory movies replaced gothic fantasies and ghost stories. Known as the Golden Age of Horror people gorged themselves on the new groundbreaking new entries into the genre. Boundaries were pushed to their limits thanks to the relaxed approach of the American Censors. People like Tom Savini used their experience in the Vietnam War to bring bloody realism to their effects on the big screen. Iconic creatures, monsters, villains and franchises were born.

Our Must Watch List of 1970’s Horror Movies

So to help you pick movies to watch during our 31 Movies of Halloween Challenge, here is 31 films from the Seventies we’d recommend you give a try. We have sorted this list alphabetically to try and be as unbiased as possible!


1. A Bay of Blood

This film helped inspire Friday the 13th. You can watch the movie in full here for free on YouTube. The plot is as follows: “The murder of a wealthy heiress by her husband triggers a series of brutal killings in the surrounding bay area.”

Bay of Blood Movie Poster
2. Alien

Chestbursters. Facehuggers. Xenomorphs and Ellen Ripley. This movie has it all!

The plot: “After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, it’s landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.

3. Asylum

Come to the Asylum to Get Killed!

The plot: “In order to secure a job at a mental institution, a young psychiatrist must interview four patients inside the asylum.”

4. Black Christmas

An awesome Christmas Halloween slasher movie! This is from the same director as A Christmas Story. We recommend a double bill!

The plot: “During their Christmas break, a group of sorority girls are stalked by a stranger.”

5. Carrie

A Stephen King novel turned into a really good movie.

The plot: “Carrie White, a shy, friendless teenage girl who is sheltered by her domineering, religious mother, unleashes her telekinetic powers after being humiliated by her classmates at her senior prom.”

6. Dawn of the Dead

The sequel to George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead features hordes of zombies, a shopping mall and great social commentary about the dangers of consumerism.

The plot: “Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia S.W.A.T. team members, a traffic reporter, and his television-executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall.”

7. Don’t Look Now

A slow burner that will stay with you for days afterwards.

The plot: “A married couple grieving the recent death of their young daughter are in Venice when they encounter two elderly sisters, one of whom is psychic and brings a warning from beyond.”

8. Eraserhead

A movie that will have you asking “WTF did I just watch?”

The plot: ”Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child.”

9. Halloween

The Shape himself Michael Myers in his very first outing!

The plot: “Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield to kill again.”

10. I Spit on your Grave

A movie deemed so violent and graphic that it was banned for years after being classed as a “Video Nasty”

The plot: “An aspiring writer is repeatedly gang-raped, humiliated, and left for dead by four men whom she systematically hunts down to seek revenge.”

11. Invasion of the Body Snatchers

The Pod People are taking over!

The plot: “In San Francisco, a group of people discover the human race is being replaced one by one, with clones devoid of emotion.”

12. It’s Alive

Watch this monster movie for the effects from Rick Baker and a killer infant.

The plot: “The Davies expect a baby, which turns out to be a monster with a nasty habit of killing when it’s scared. And it’s easily scared.”

13. Jaws

The film responsible for people’s fear of sharks and water!

The plot: “A local sheriff, a marine biologist and an old seafarer team up to hunt down a great white shark wreaking havoc in a beach resort.”

14. Phantasm

A weird ongoing series, that introduced us to the Tall Man, his zombie minions and a killer flying sphere.

The plot: “A teenage boy and his friends face off against a mysterious grave robber known only as the Tall Man, who keeps a lethal arsenal of terrible weapons with him.”

15. Rabid

You are in for a gory body horror experience from Director David Cronenberg.

The plot: “A young woman develops a taste for human blood after undergoing experimental plastic surgery, and her victims turn into rabid, blood-thirsty zombies who proceed to infect others, which turns into a city-wide epidemic.”

16.Salem’s Lot

Another Stephen King adaptation. The floating kid outside the window is creepy as hell. It’s also directed by The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’s Tobe Hooper.The plot: ”A novelist and a young horror fan attempt to save a small New England town which has been invaded by vampires.”


17. Shivers

David Cronenberg’s debut movie, which earned him the title of Master of Body Horror. It’s an unusual take on a zombie movie.

The plot: “The residents of a suburban high-rise apartment building are being infected by a strain of parasites that turn them into mindless, sex-crazed fiends out to infect others by the slightest sexual contact.”

18. Tales from the Crypt

5 mini horror movies that will creep you out!

The plot: “Five strangers get lost in a crypt and, after meeting the mysterious Crypt Keeper, receive visions of how they will die.”

19. The Abominable Dr. Phibes

This is one of Vincent Price’s best roles. He’s a deranged serial killer using the 9 plagues of Moses to kill his victims.

The plot: “A doctor, scientist, organist, and biblical scholar, Anton Phibes, seeks revenge on the nine doctors he considers responsible for his wife’s death.”

20. The Amityville Horror

Based on a true story. Do not watch this if you have just moved into your new house.

The plot: “Newlyweds move into a large house where a mass murder was committed, and experience strange manifestations which drive them away.”

21. The Brood

David Cronenberg again. The man was busy in the 70’s! We can’t really reveal more without ruining the plot.

The plot: “A man tries to uncover an unconventional psychologist’s therapy techniques on his institutionalized wife, amidst a series of brutal murders.”

22. The Crazies

While lacking zombies, this George A. Romero movie, is full of violence, dread, tension and mass hysteria thanks to a viral infection in a small town.

The plot: “The military attempts to contain a manmade combat virus that causes death and permanent insanity in those infected, as it overtakes a small Pennsylvania town.”

23. The Exorcist

There are 2 versions now available. The original cut which we highly recommend over the Director’s Cut. While the Director’s Cut contains the “spider-walk” scene it also contains extra scenes that don’t really add anything to the film and affect it’s pacing.

The plot: “When a teenage girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter.”

24. The Hills Have Eyes

This is the story of what happens when you ignore the warnings of the crazy old man at the gas station.

The plot: “On the way to California, a family has the misfortune to have their car break down in an area closed to the public, and inhabited by violent savages ready to attack.

25. The Omega Man

An apocalyptic movie based on Richard Matheson’s “I Am Legend”.

The plot:” Army doctor Robert Neville struggles to create a cure for the plague that wiped out most of the human race.”

26. The Omen

A movie spawned the fear of the number 666 and one which gave Rottweiler dogs a bad name.

The plot: “Mysterious deaths surround an American ambassador. Could the child that he is raising actually be the Antichrist? The Devil’s own son?

27. The Rocky Horror Picture Show

It’s time to do the Time Warp and embrace your inner Freak while rocking out to the great soundtrack!

The plot: “A newly engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must pay a call to the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter.”

28. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

The film that introduced us to Leatherface!

The plot: “Two siblings and three of their friends en route to visit their grandfather’s grave in Texas end up falling victim to a family of cannibalistic psychopaths.


29. The Wicker Man

A real slow burner, where the religious creepiness builds up into a worthy payoff.

The plot: “A police sergeant is sent to a Scottish island village in search of a missing girl whom the townsfolk claim never existed. Stranger still are the rites that take place there.”

30. Tourist Trap

Telekinesis and spooky mannequins. We’re in!

The plot: “A group of young friends stranded at a secluded roadside museum are stalked by a masked assailant who uses his telekinetic powers to control the attraction’s mannequins..”

31. Zombi 2

Directed by Lucio Fulci, Zombi 2 can be considered a direct sequel to George A Romero’s Dawn of the Dead. It’s also known as Zombie or Zombie Flesh Eaters.

The plot: “Strangers searching for a young woman’s missing father arrive at a tropical island where a doctor desperately searches for the cause and cure of a recent epidemic of the undead.”



The Challenge

So there you have it. 31 movies from the Seventies to help you get started with the Challenge. Which movies on this list will you be watching? Tell us which ones you love, hate and will flat out refuse to watch! Make sure to tell us why too. Be sure to keep us in the loop on how you are progressing through your 31 Days of Halloween Movie Challenge.

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