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Old 01-22-06, 02:59 AM
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Your favorite horror decade

I like the '60s stuff most, Hammer and Amicus are my favorite Horror and they were in their prime in that decade, lots of surreal/gothic psychological stuff with Price/Cushing/Lee and of course Psycho, '50s was peaking in scifi but obviously horror elements in there as well so i pick that right behind (The Thing From Another World.) Followed by the silent decades, the early part of the century was still continuing the effects on celluloid of the 19th century interest in the macabre and phantasmagorical stuff headed by Poe. And lastly 30s, the Universal prime. 40s didn't have much, but i don't blame them, no one wanted horror because there was real life horror with the war.

The '70s horror i can understand why many like this (it won in imdb's top horror decade poll) and this decade has some freaky stuff; while i like all the undead flicks from the 80s, they relied too much on the 'jump at you' type and reliance on gore (all the Friday 13th, etc) which has never even budged a scare from me, but even so i like the undead flicks (Evil Dead, Re-Animator). In contrast, the 70s stuff that's not gore or jump-out is just plain out freaky with its subdued elements like Don't Look Now, Invasion of Body snatchers, Halloween, Clonus Horror.
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Not sure, but it is definitely NOT the 90s.
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Originally Posted by FRwL
In contrast, the 70s stuff that's not gore or jump-out is just plain out freaky with its subdued elements like Don't Look Now, Invasion of Body snatchers, Halloween, Clonus Horror.
The 1978 Invasion of Body Snatchers, though, is really just a good remake of the 1956 original film. Aside from that, it didn't add much except a darker ending and changing the subtext of the film from the body snatchers representing either McCarthyist or Commies in the '50s version (both interpretations work), to the body snatchers representing - gasp! - Republicans in the '70s version.
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I'd vote (if there was a poll) for the 70's.
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I'm also a big Hammer/AIP fan, so I would put the 60's at the top as well, although for me it would probably be a tie with the 30's. Frankenstein, Bride, The Mummy, Invisible Man, Dracula were just really amazing movies, and a number of the earlier sequels were still quite strong (IMO the Universals started to do downhill in the 40's) Also, some of the lesser Lugosi/Karloff ones were quite good, and there's King Kong (if you want to count that as horror). A solid, groundbreaking decade.
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I likd the 80's - two words: Tom Savini
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I was born in the 80s but I would say the 70s was the best decade for music and movies, especially horror films.
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70s, easily. 80s had a lot of good stuff, but it eventually got into that slasher rut.
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The 60's. Hammer and Amicus have already been mentioned. Plus the AIP stuff, especially all the Price and Corman stuff. Also the 60s had a lot of great european horror films, especially from Italy.
There was a lot of good stuff in the 70s too, before the slasher/body count trend took over: Rabid, The Hills Have Eyes, Dawn of the Dead, Phantasm, it's Alive, Piranha, Hammer/Amicus/AIP were still in business, and of course Halloween.
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The 80's. Not only was there some great horror films in the early 80's, but there seems to be a lot more gratuitous nudity. Which is always a plus.
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80s does it for me with all the campy slashers

70s was good too
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The 80s for me, mainly because I like even most of the bad horror movies from that decade (especially the slasher movies). The 70s had more all-time greats, but the average-to-poor horror movies from that decade are harder for me to sit through. Plus I grew up in the 80s watching 80s horror on HBO, Showtime, etc.
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Tough. I love the 70's & 80's. Edge to the 80's, though, as I'm a huge fan of the slasher genre.
90's were disappointing, save for a few gems like In the Mouth of Madness, Se7en, Sleepy Hollow, Jacob's Ladder, Stir of Echoes, and Blade.
The 00's have been disappointing as well with all the crappy and unnecessary remakes, however, their's been promise of late with new classics (IMO) like Saw I & II, Identity, High Tension, The Devils Rejects, House of Wax, and Land of the Dead. And I can't fucking wait for what will likely be my one of my all time favorite's...

Silent Hill.
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80s.
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90s. there's a lot of great horror films mostly underrated. exorcist 3, army of darkness, in the mouth of madness, candyman, alien 3, tales from the hood, new nightmare, etc.
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For gore, 80's.

For spooks, 70's.
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80's

Nowadays we just get kiddie horror flix.
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Originally Posted by DRG
The 80s for me, mainly because I like even most of the bad horror movies from that decade (especially the slasher movies). The 70s had more all-time greats, but the average-to-poor horror movies from that decade are harder for me to sit through. Plus I grew up in the 80s watching 80s horror on HBO, Showtime, etc.
I agree. 80s for me for the same reason. Even the worst stuff could at least be watchable because it was funny. The 90s were terrible, but most of the 70s stuff isn't really my thing.
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For me it's the 70's. The first 4 years of the 80's had some pretty terrific films, too.
If anyone believes it's the 90's they don't deserve to live.
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Horror is my least watched genre so I don't watch hardly any of them.

I liked the 90's. Scream was the first series I looked forward to more chapters and would watch again. I Know What You Did Last Summer was also entertaining. 80's had the movies of stupid people that would wander off alone knowing the killer was there. Also too many indestructible monsters that would never die. Never really seen ones from 50's-70's. The ones from the 30's/40's (Dracula,Wolfman,Frankenstein) might have been scary then but laughably bad now. Would you really be scared by Dracula. I'd laugh in his slow moving face.
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Originally Posted by DRG
The 70s had more all-time greats, but the average-to-poor horror movies from that decade are harder for me to sit through.
Really? I find the b-horror from the 70s to still be unusually creepy for such small budgets like Incredible Melting Man (severed head cracking open on some rocks), Clonus Horror (the calm and efficient demeanor of some scientists who drug, inject, tag and bag an unknowing subject for future organ use), Blood Sucking Freaks;
the same can't be said for the 80s, its b-horror on the other hand is great for laughing through like Zombie Nightmare!

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House of Wax
That's a remake, the first and still best was done with Vincent Price in the '50s --and a young Charles Bronson)

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1. 30's
2. 70's
3. 50's (love the cheese factor...Them! anyone?)
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Definitely not the present. Present horror films are awful, and if the horror genre has to rely in completely talentless twits like Zombie and Roth, then it's in deep doo-doo. I long for the days of Carpenter, Craven, and even Barker.

I would say the 70s, only because my favorite horror film, Halloween, came from that decade.

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