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10 Modern Horror Movies Set In The 1970s To Watch After ‘The Black Phone’


Thanks to stranger things, nostalgia for the 1980s is at its peak. Whether the THIS remake (one of many horror films to feature a stranger things actor) or the recent Amazon series paper girls, the studios are trying to get into the urge of the decade that gave us the Atari. The 1980s aren’t the only time period worth revisiting, and recent efforts have shed light on the 1970s instead.

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Scott Derricksonit is The black phone follows the events surrounding a child killer stalking the youth of the 70s, and its 1978 setting offers a different take on adolescence. The same commitment of the films below to recreating the 1970s offers a unique perspective among the current wave of 1980s nostalgia.


“The Conjuring” (2013)

Based on the real cases of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, Conspiracy is considered one of the greatest supernatural horror films. When a family in 1971 experienced disturbing events on their farm, they contacted the Warrens (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) to help.

Conspiracy was a smash hit and solidified director James Wan as one of horror’s brightest talents. The film’s success led to the birth of a franchise, and The Conjuring 2 was released with similar success. Characters from the films have also received spin-offs, such as annabelle and the nuncreating an extended universe like the MCU. Conspiracy is available to stream on Netflix and HBO Max.

‘X’ (2022)

A recent release Ti Westit is X is a throwback to 1970s slasher movies, notably inspired by The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The cast and crew of a pornographic film travel to a remote Texas home to shoot their latest production, but soon fall victim to their sinister hosts.

X will appeal to anyone looking for a quality slasher flick, as the film’s cast is killed off in a variety of creative ways. A prequel named pearlwhich follows one of the villains in their youth, recently released a trailer and is slated for release later this year.

“My Friend Dahmer” (2017)

Recounting the high school years of the famous serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, My friend Dahmer is an examination of the mind of a very disturbed individual. Based on a graphic novel by Jean Backderfan actual friend of Dahmer, the story follows the teenager until he commits his first murder.

Whereas My friend Dahmer is more psychological drama than horror, it’s by far the most disturbing film on this list. The murders committed by Dahmer are particularly heinous, and this depiction of the creation of such a monster is a chilling story that will stick with you for some time. My friend Dahmer is available to stream on Peacock, AMC+, and Tubi.

“The Witch of Love” (2016)

Cheat technically since The witch of love is never stated to take place in the 1970s, but its commitment to recreating the cinematic style of that decade earns it a spot on this list. The film follows a young witch named Elaine, who tries to find a lover through potions and spells. The results are disastrous.

The film was shot and edited to look like a horror film from the 1960s and late 1970s, resulting in a film that would fit right in with that era. The witch of love was praised for its focus on feminist themes, and the film aims to subvert the “male gaze” prevalent in horror. The witch of love is available to stream on Shudder and Peacock.

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“The Amityville Horror” (2005)

A remake of the classic 1979 film, The Amityville Horror follows the Lutz family as they move into the house where a mass murder took place. As expected, frightening events begin to haunt the family’s every waking moment.

The film was savaged by critics, and while it doesn’t offer anything new from the original, it’s well worth watching for a debut performance from Ryan Reynolds. The father of the young family, Reynolds plays against type as the house corrupts him, eventually turning him into an axe-wielding psychopath similar to Jack Torrance from the brilliant. Chloe Grace Moretz also made her film debut playing the daughter of the family. The Amityville Horror is available to stream on Starz.

“The Clinic” (2010)

An Australian thriller with a truly nightmarish scenario, The clinic finds Beth pregnant and her fiancé Cameron traveling in the backcountry in 1979. When Beth is abducted, she wakes up in a bathtub full of ice with her missing baby. Trapped in an unhealthy game with other women who have had their babies stolen, Beth is pushed to her limits to find her child.

The story jumps between Beth and Cameron, who frantically searches for his wife. However, the focus is mostly on Beth and the women as they attempt to survive the nightmare inflicted on them.

‘House of 1000 Corpses’ (2003)

The beginnings of a divisive filmmaker Rob Zombie, House of 1000 Corpses is the shock rocker’s homage to classic horror movies. Centered on the psychotic Firefly family, the film finds four teenagers crossing paths with the murderous clan after their car breaks down on Halloween 1977. The friends are then tormented by unimaginable horrors.

Zombie attracts critics and fans alike, and House of 1000 corpses turned out to be a cult hit. He followed the film with two sequels, The devil’s rejections and 3 From Hellwhich tell the story of the surviving members of the Firefly family as their killing spree continues. House of 1000 Corpses is available to stream on HBO Max and AMC+.

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‘Knife + Heart’ (2018)

A tribute to the giallo films that prevailed in the 1970s, Knife + Heart is a slasher film set in Paris. When Annie, a gay porn producer, is dumped by his girlfriend/editor, she vows to win him back by creating her best movie yet. However, her cast begins to be targeted by a masked killer.

With a focus on gender and queer identity alongside its horror themes, Knife + Heart is as much an LGBTQ+ film as it is a giallo. The film’s soundtrack and color palette, which gives the film an almost dreamlike quality, help sell the 1979 setting and transport the viewer to that time spent in Paris. Knife + Heart is available to stream on Shudder and AMC+.

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‘Suspiria’ (2018)

Another giallo, this time a remake of Dario Argentothe classic horror movie. Suspiria stars dakota johnson as Susie, an American ballet dancer who travels to Berlin in 1977 to train at a prestigious academy. There, she discovers that the dance school is just a front for a clan of witches.

Realized by Luca Guadagnino (call me by your name), Suspiria is visually dazzling as it moves from compelling ballet sequences to gruesome death scenes. With Johnson, movie stars mia goth, Chloe Grace Moretzand Tilda Swintonwhich is fantastic because she plays three different roles throughout the movie. Suspiria is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.

‘Super 8’ (2011)

If your favorite parts of The black phone were the times when Finney and Gwen were able to act like normal kids, and then Super 8 should please you. Following a group of young teenagers filming their own amateur horror film in 1979, they soon stumble upon a train derailment. Seeing something escape from the wrecked train, they attempt to warn their town of the impending danger.

Realized by JJ Abrams, Super 8 is a tribute to classic films such as The Goonies and HEY, although with a slightly darker tone. With its premise of a group of children attempting to save their families from a supernatural threat, the film is worth revisiting in a post-stranger things world. Super 8 is available to stream on HBO Max.

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