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    The Criterion Channel Celebrates 70’s Horror in October

    The Criterion Channel Celebrates 70's Horror in October

    The Criterion Channel celebrates 70’s horror in October

    The Criterion Channel has announced a slew of 70’s horror that will be available on the streaming service in October leading up to the Halloween holiday. Check out the trailer below!

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    In the 1970s, everything was wilder, weirder, and more far-out—and horror movies were no exception. In North America, a new generation of maverick directors like Tobe Hooper (The Texas Chain Saw Massacre), George A. Romero (The Crazies), Wes Craven (The Hills Have Eyes), Brian De Palma (Sisters), and David Cronenberg (The Brood) responded to the decade’s heightened political anxieties and Vietnam War–era sense of disillusionment by pushing the genre’s psychological intensity and visceral violence to shocking new heights. Across the Atlantic, Britain’s legendary Hammer Films continued to serve up old-school gothic spine-tinglers (The Vampire Lovers), while auteurs like Nicolas Roeg (Don’t Look Now) wedded spellbinding terror to art-house experimentation. Bringing together some of the decade’s most iconic slashers, chillers, and killer thrillers alongside low-budget cult rarities (Let’s Scare Jessica to Death, Deathdream) and camp-tastic oddities (Trog, Theater of Blood), this tour through the 1970s nightmare realm is a veritable blood feast of perverse pleasures from a time when gore, grime, and sleaze found a permanent home in horror.

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    ’70s Horror – Criterion Channel Teaser from Criterion Collection on Vimeo.

    Trog, Freddie Francis, 1970
    The Vampire Lovers, Roy Ward Baker, 1970
    Daughters of Darkness, Harry Kümel, 1971
    Let’s Scare Jessica to Death, John D. Hancock, 1971
    The Nightcomers, Michael Winner, 1971
    Dracula A.D. 1972, Alan Gibson, 1972
    Images, Robert Altman, 1972
    Death Line, Gary Sherman, 1972
    Season of the Witch, George A. Romero, 1972
    The Crazies, George A. Romero, 1973
    Don’t Look Now, Nicolas Roeg, 1973
    Ganja & Hess, Bill Gunn, 1973
    Sisters, Brian De Palma, 1973
    Theater of Blood, Douglas Hickox, 1973
    The Wicker Man, Robin Hardy, 1973
    Black Christmas, Bob Clark, 1974
    Deathdream, Bob Clark, 1974
    It’s Alive, Larry Cohen, 1974
    The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Tobe Hooper, 1974
    Shivers, David Cronenberg, 1975
    The Tenant, Roman Polanski, 1976*
    The Witch Who Came from the Sea, Matt Cimber, 1976
    The Hills Have Eyes, Wes Craven, 1977
    Rabid, David Cronenberg, 1977
    Coma, Michael Crichton, 1978
    Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Philip Kaufman, 1978
    Long Weekend, Colin Eggleston, 1978
    The Brood, David Cronenberg, 1979
    The Driller Killer, Abel Ferrara, 1979

    *Available November 1

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    Since 1984, the Criterion Collection has been dedicated to publishing important classic and contemporary films from around the world in editions that offer the highest technical quality and award-winning, original supplements. No matter the medium-from laserdisc to DVD and Blu-ray to streaming on the Criterion Channel-Criterion has maintained its pioneering commitment to presenting each film as its maker would want it seen, in state-of-the-art restorations with special features designed to encourage repeated watching and deepen the viewer’s appreciation of the art of film.

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