The Best ‘Unknown’ Horror Films of the 70s, early 80s

Daughters of Darkness– The best 70’s art-house vampire movie you haven’t seen, this chamber-play of sorts is high on atmosphere, sensual imagery, and metaphor. The cast is perfect, and Delphine Seyrig in the lead role is unforgettable. It may be a bit slow for today’s audiences, but the ending is well worth the wait. And it also might be one of the most important 70’s feminist works in cinema.

Don’t Look Now – Another macabre, art-house film based on a novel, not only is this movie truly unsettling, but it features maybe the steamiest ‘love’ scene in cinema. And if you didn’t know, Donald Sutherland was once a strapping leading man, and Julie Christie was drop-dead gorgeous. And they could act then too. It is another slow-paced film with gothic trappings, but the ending delivers bigtime. I recommend this trailer only if you don’t plan on seeing this any time soon.


The Entity – The scariest part of this DVD is the 30 minute documentary of the actual para-psychologist involved in this real case with his incredible retelling of what actually happened and how it differed from the movie. He shows incredible photos of some of the “phenomena” that happened in her presence and relates some chilling testimony. Barbara Hershey gives a powerhouse performance as a woman brutally violated by . . . something. The “true story” aspect rubs off on the whole production, and Stan Winston is on board for some great effects. But watch the documentary afterwards and be prepared to be in wonder and horror over these events that happen in our world, not some movie. Scoop the trailer.

The Changeling – I triple-dog-dare you to watch this one all alone in the dead of night in a large old house. The house this movie is filmed in is straight from a collective nightmare. The actors performances still hold true, especially the legendary George C Scott. If you liked this, don’t miss The Orphanage, which owes alot to this movie. Here’s a great trailer that somewhat conveys the creepiness of the proceedings.


Death Dream – The best war-horror movie ever perhaps, and it is still relevant and makes a great metaphor for the war today. This is made by Bob Clark, the director of Black Christmas, a classic slasher-film that is probably too well-known to make this list. While it is has many dated aspects to it, it provokes enough chills and unintentional laughter to make it worthwhile. The ending is so unique and brilliant that I’m shocked no one has ever done it before, or stole it after.

Anyone seen these–or others that should make this list?


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3 Responses to “The Best ‘Unknown’ Horror Films of the 70s, early 80s”

  1. jeredunn Says:

    Ha, I’ve actually seen some movies by that director, but not this one. Pretty gross actually.

  2. mits Says:

    I’ve seen The Changeling, The Entity and Dont Look Now but I barely remember them. I need to go back and check those out again.

  3. jeredunn Says:

    That documentary on the DVD of The Entity… woah.

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