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Horror films of the 1970s
Muir, John Kenneth, 1969-
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Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland, [2002]

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x, 662 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
The history of the decade (in brief) -- The films (by year) -- Appendix A, Horror film conventions of the 1970s -- Appendix B, The 1970s Horror Hall of Fame -- Appendix C, Memorable movie ad lines -- Appendix D, Then and now : recommended viewing -- Appendix E, The best horror movies of the 1970s.
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The seventies were a decade of groundbreaking horror films: The Exorcist, Carrie, and Halloween were three. This detailed filmography covers these and 173 more. Section One provides an introduction and a brief history of the decade. Section Two proceeds chronologically (from 1970) by year of U.S. release with an entry for each film. Each entry includes: Critical Reception (sampling both '70s and later reviews), Cast and Credits, Filmmaker's Comment (quoting a person pertinent to that film's production), Synopsis (summarizing the film's story), Commentary (analyzing the film from Muir's perspective), Legacy (noting the rank of especially worthy '70s films in the horror pantheon of decades following). Section Three contains a conclusion and these five appendices: horror film cliches of the 1970s, frequently appearing performers, memorable movie ads, recommended films that illustrate how 1970s horror films continue to impact the industry, and the 15 best genre films of the decade as chosen by Muir.

Author Notes

Independent filmmaker John Kenneth Muir, a contributor to Cinescape, Filmfax and The Official Farscape Magazine, writes a monthly column on science fiction and horror films and television shows for Deep Outside. Muir has appeared on the Sci Fi Channel series Sciography and is the author of acclaimed books. He lives in the historic district of Monroe, North Carolina

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Booklist Review

The 1970s is one of the great decades for horror films. Classics such as Carrie, The Exorcist, Jaws, Halloween, and Texas Chainsaw Massacre all debuted during this time. Works by directors Stephen Spielberg, John Carpenter, Brian de Palma, Wes Craven, and others helped shape horror cinema. Focusing mostly on American films, this resource examines 200 movies released from 1970 to 1979. The book is organized into 10 year-by-year sections, with the films arranged alphabetically by title and given ratings of between one and four stars. Most of the entries begin with excerpts from reviews, information on cast and crew, a synopsis, commentary by the author, and in some cases comments about the film's legacy. The cast and crew information and plot summaries are important reference resources. The commentary, which can go on for several pages, puts each film in context and discusses style and filmmaking techniques. It also explores how topics such as racism, religion, and women's rights are represented in films like Blacula, The Exorcist, and The Stepford Wives, respectively. Perhaps the best part of the work is the beginning essay, "The History of the Decade (in Brief . . .)," which explains why horror films were so unique during the 1970s and explores some of the common themes, such as post-Vietnam distrust of government, nature run amuck, and the failure of science. The work ends with five appendixes: "Horror Film Conventions of the 1970s," "The 1970s Horror Hall of Fame," "Memorable Movie Ad Lines," "Then and Now--Recommended Viewing," and "The Best Horror Movies of the 1970s." Horror Films of the 1970s is an important reference tool for film collections in academic and public libraries and a must for fans.

Library Journal Review

Independent filmmaker Muir (The Films of John Carpenter; Wes Craven: The Art of Horror) offers a top-notch overview of American horror movies of the 1970s, an era rife with social and political turmoil. Many of the films made at the time reflected changes in conventional morals and ideals while introducing a new brand of monsters and new versions of classics. Muir opens with an entertaining and informative "Brief History," which discusses actors Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing, the influence of productions by Hammer Films (the most financially successful British film company), and some of the best, worst, and most controversial flicks of the period. Part 2, which makes up the bulk of the book, consists of some 228 chronological entries on standout movies, including Carrie and The Exorcist. Each entry covers cast and crew, critical reception (based on reviews from the 1970s and later), synopsis, direct quotes from cast when available, and commentary providing further information on the film's merits or bad points. Muir's commentaries are well worth reading, especially for those who have seen the particular film. He closes with five appendixes, including his pick of the ten best movies of the decade and memorable ad lines, such as "You have been warned" from The Omen. An impressive resource for all film collections, this work complements Mike Mayo's excellent VideoHound's Horror Show: 99 Hair-Raising, Hellish, and Humorous Movies, which covers the 1950s through the 1990s but with less analysis. Highly recommended.-Rosalind Dayen, South Regional Lib., Pembroke Pines, FL (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vi
Introductionp. 1
Part I The History of the Decade (in Brief...)p. 9
Part II The Films (by Year)p. 37
And Soon the Darknessp. 38
The Blood on Satan's Clawp. 41
Bram Stoker's Draculap. 44
Count Yorga, Vampirep. 50
The Crimson Cultp. 53
Cry of the Bansheep. 53
The Dunwich Horrorp. 54
Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed!p. 54
Horror of Frankensteinp. 58
House of Dark Shadowsp. 59
Lust for a Vampirep. 62
Next!p. 65
Scars of Draculap. 66
Scream and Scream Againp. 67
Shock Wavesp. 70
Trogp. 73
The Vampire Loversp. 75
The Abominable Dr. Phibesp. 78
The Andromeda Strainp. 82
Asylum of Satanp. 87
The Beast in the Cellarp. 89
Big Footp. 89
The Brotherhood of Satanp. 90
Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunterp. 93
Carnival of Bloodp. 94
Cauldron of Bloodp. 96
A Clockwork Orangep. 96
Crucible of Horrorp. 101
Crucible of Terrorp. 104
Daughters of Darknessp. 106
The Devilsp. 109
Dr. Jekyll & Sister Hydep. 109
Duelp. 110
Equinoxp. 112
Hands of the Ripperp. 115
Hatchet for a Honeymoonp. 118
The House That Dripped Bloodp. 119
I, Monsterp. 120
Jack's Wifep. 121
Let's Scare Jessica to Deathp. 124
The Man Who Haunted Himselfp. 128
The Mephisto Waltzp. 128
Night of Dark Shadowsp. 131
The Night Visitorp. 134
The Omega Manp. 136
Play Misty for Mep. 140
See No Evilp. 144
Straw Dogsp. 147
Vampire Circusp. 151
Werewolves on Wheelsp. 152
Who Slew Auntie Roo?p. 152
The Wicker Manp. 154
Willardp. 158
Asylump. 162
The Asphyxp. 164
The Babyp. 166
Baron Bloodp. 167
Benp. 169
Beware! The Blob!p. 171
Blaculap. 172
Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Thingsp. 175
Countess Draculap. 179
Daughters of Satanp. 179
Dear Dead Delilahp. 182
Deliverancep. 184
Demons of the Mindp. 188
Dr. Phibes Rises Againp. 190
Dracula AD 1972p. 192
Frenzyp. 196
Frogsp. 201
Horror Expressp. 203
I Dismember Mamap. 206
The Last House on the Leftp. 209
The Mark of the Devilp. 213
Night of the Lepusp. 216
Nothing but the Nightp. 219
The Otherp. 220
The Possession of Joel Delaneyp. 222
Return of Count Yorgap. 224
Stanleyp. 227
Superbeastp. 229
Tales from the Cryptp. 230
Terror at Red Wolf Innp. 233
The Thing with Two Headsp. 235
Three on a Meathookp. 237
Tombs of the Blind Deadp. 238
Twins of Evilp. 240
Westworldp. 240
And Now the Screaming Startsp. 244
Blackenstein: The Black Frankensteinp. 245
Blood Couplep. 248
The Craziesp. 251
The Creeping Fleshp. 255
Don't Look in the Basementp. 255
Don't Look Nowp. 257
The Exorcistp. 262
Fear in the Nightp. 270
From Beyond the Gravep. 272
It's Alivep. 274
The Legend of Boggy Creekp. 278
The Legend of Hell Housep. 283
Phase IVp. 286
The Pyxp. 287
The Satanic Rites of Draculap. 289
Scream, Blacula, Scream!p. 292
Silent Night, Bloody Nightp. 295
Sistersp. 297
Sssssssp. 300
Tales That Witness Madnessp. 303
Theatre of Bloodp. 304
The Touch of Satanp. 307
The Vault of Horrorp. 307
Abbyp. 308
Andy Warhol's Draculap. 308
Andy Warhol's Frankensteinp. 310
The Beast Must Diep. 313
Black Christmasp. 313
The Cars That Ate Parisp. 316
The Dead Don't Diep. 317
Frankenstein and the Monster from Hellp. 319
The Ghoulp. 319
House of Whipcordp. 322
It Lives by Nightp. 322
The Legend of Seven Golden Vampiresp. 322
Seizurep. 325
Shriek of the Mutilatedp. 328
The Terminal Manp. 329
The Texas Chainsaw Massacrep. 332
Vampyresp. 339
Beyond the Doorp. 339
Blood Waters of Dr. Zp. 341
The Bugp. 342
The Devil's Rainp. 344
The Giant Spider Invasionp. 348
In Search of Draculap. 348
Jawsp. 349
Legend of the Werewolfp. 354
Lisa and the Devilp. 356
Picnic at Hanging Rockp. 358
Race with the Devilp. 363
The Reincarnation of Peter Proudp. 366
Shiversp. 367
The Stepford Wivesp. 370
Assault on Precinct 13p. 376
Burnt Offeringsp. 379
Carriep. 383
Deep Red: The Hatchet Murdersp. 389
Eaten Alivep. 391
Embryop. 394
Food of the Godsp. 397
God Told Me Top. 398
Grizzlyp. 400
The Haunting of Juliap. 403
Hauntsp. 405
J.D.'s Revengep. 407
King Kongp. 410
Martinp. 418
Obsessionp. 421
Old Draculap. 424
The Omenp. 424
Psychic Killerp. 430
Schizop. 431
Squirmp. 433
To the Devil a Daughterp. 436
The Town That Dreaded Sundownp. 438
Track of the Moonbeastp. 441
Alice, Sweet Alicep. 443
Audrey Rosep. 446
Bloodsucking Freaksp. 450
The Carp. 452
Clawsp. 456
The Crater Lake Monsterp. 456
Day of the Animalsp. 459
Death Gamep. 462
Demon Seedp. 466
Empire of the Antsp. 470
Exorcist II: The Hereticp. 474
The Hills Have Eyesp. 478
The Island of Dr. Moreaup. 482
Kingdom of the Spidersp. 486
The Last Wavep. 489
Night Creaturep. 493
Orcap. 495
The Packp. 499
Rabidp. 501
Rubyp. 504
The Sentinelp. 506
Suspiriap. 509
Tentaclesp. 513
Tintorera--Tiger Sharkp. 513
Bogp. 513
The Boys from Brazilp. 515
Comap. 518
Damien--Omen IIp. 523
Dominiquep. 526
Eyes of Laura Marsp. 528
The Furyp. 531
Halloweenp. 535
I Spit on Your Gravep. 541
Invasion of the Body Snatchersp. 544
It Lives Againp. 550
Jaws IIp. 553
Jenniferp. 556
Laserblastp. 558
Magicp. 561
The Manitoup. 564
The Night Daniel Diedp. 568
Patrickp. 568
Piranhap. 571
Savage Weekendp. 574
The Swarmp. 575
The Toolbox Murdersp. 579
Alienp. 580
The Amityville Horrorp. 586
The Broodp. 589
The Clonus Horrorp. 590
Dawn of the Deadp. 590
The Day Time Endedp. 595
Draculap. 598
The Legacyp. 602
Nightwingp. 602
Nosferatup. 605
Phantasmp. 609
Prophecyp. 613
Tourist Trapp. 617
When a Stranger Callsp. 620
Zombiep. 624
Conclusionp. 627
Appendix A Horror Film Conventions of the 1970sp. 629
Appendix B The 1970s Horror Hall of Famep. 636
Appendix C Memorable Movie Ad Linesp. 638
Appendix D Then and Now--Recommended Viewingp. 640
Appendix E The Best Horror Movies of the 1970sp. 642
Notesp. 645
Bibliographyp. 647
Indexp. 651