50 Chilling Horror Movies From The '60s & '70s That Are Too Scary For Viewers

By Sarah Norman | May 3, 2023

The Wicker Man

In the 1960s and '70s, the very molecules of filmmaking were changing before our eyes, and horror movies were at the forefront of this movement. The horror movies of this era were no longer cheapo black and white pictures about giant bugs and teenage werewolves (okay, some of them were), they're films about society, many of them told from the point of view of the monster.

Collected here are the most chilling, and deeply disturbing horror movies of the '60s and '70s. We've got promo-slashers, classic haunted house movies, and even a couple of experimental films that will leave you sleeping with the lights on for weeks.

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When a policeman investigates a disappearance on an isolated island off the coast of England he gets much more than he bargained for. After encountering the cult-like leader of the island and his followers it becomes clear that the policeman is in way over his head. A daylight horror film that investigates fanaticism as well as the way in which our dedication to the old ways can doom further generations, The Wicker Man is a thoughtful, horrifying watch. 

Carnival Of Souls

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A truly surreal film, Carnival of Souls begins with a car accident and forces the audience to question the differences between being dead and alive. Filmed against the alien landscapes of Salt Lake City, nothing about this film feels real and that's what makes it so horrifying