‘The Omen’ Is Everything That Makes ’70s Horror Great

The 1970s unleashed a wave of classics upon the movie-going world.

Indisputably a momentous era in the history of cinema across the world at large, the decade’s abundance of creative horror outings is similarly undeniable.

Some of the movies hailing from the timeframe became overnight, epoch-defining sensations — instant classics lapped up by casual audiences and discerning cinephiles alike.

Others endeared themselves slowly over time, garnering new fans and more widespread appreciation with age.

Obvious winners from the era can be name-dropped forever.

Robin Hardy’s The Wicker Man (1973) was a shocking exploration of cultism and John Carpenter’s monolithic Halloween redefined what can be achieved on a small budget, using low-key effects to generate high-order scares.

Giallo horror received a massive boot in the iconic direction with Dario Argento’s Suspiria, Nicholas Roeg took slow-building menace and the power of visual motifs to the next level in Don’t Look Now…

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