10 Horror Movies from the 70s So Controversial, They Were Banned

10 Horror Movies from the 70s So Controversial, They Were Banned
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If you think that only modern horror can really scare you, and that older scary movies are just too cheesy to scare you, think again!

The heyday of horror actually came back in the 1970s, when talented filmmakers experimented with the scary movie formula and created some of the most grueling films ever made.

Here are 10 of the most controversial horrors of the '70s:

The 70s was the decade of experimentation, and horror movies had not yet been reduced to endless slasher flicks, with directors making something other than endless movies about maniacs killing high school students, as they would do in the 80s.

And, as you may have noticed, the geography of horror was quite wide, with films from Italy competing on an equal footing with American productions.

Moreover, critics were actually paying a lot of attention to horror films at that point, which helped the genre evolve from year to year, with geniuses like Pier Paolo Pasolini trying their luck at making scary movies alongside American B-movie directors.

Even if you think that even the scariest modern movie can't really creep you out, be prepared - the '70s movies on this list will probably still freak you out big time.

Consider this a warning!

Here's the list of all the movies mentioned here: The Exorcist (1973), A Bay of Blood (1971), The Hills Have Eyes (1977), The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), I Spit on Your Grave (1978), Snuff (1976), Thriller: A Cruel Picture (1973), The Last House on the Left (1972), Faces of Death (1978), Salò, or 120 Days of Sodom (1975).