The Best 22 Horror Movie Trailers from the 70s & 80s

Image of The Car PosterWhile working on my mashup for Digital Storytelling (ds106) I found working through trailers on YouTube was the easiest way to come up with ideas (which I must admit was pretty difficult). I stumbled upon a 4-part series that collects the so-called “best” 22 horror movie trailers from the 70s and 80. And if you are familiar with the bava, you’ll know why I really couldn’t resist. Not only did I watch them through (and I’m glad to say the only two films I haven’t seen are Shock Waves (1977) and The Beyond (1981)), but I asked myself which of the following twenty two film trailers are actually scary. And so I picked what I think were the five scariest trailers of the lot (in order): 1) Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2) Halloween 3) The Omen 4) Zombie 5) Evil Dead.

Fact is, most of these trailers weren’t really scary at all (though The Exorcist is downright high art), but the truly great horror films (namely Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Halloween) are downright horrifying. I mean these trailers probably couldn’t be made today, they give you pretty much everything but the gore. And Evil Dead gives you that, kinda wild. Not to mention that both Halloween and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre may be two of the legitimately scariest films ever made.

Here are a list of the trailers in this four part collection:

And here are the coming attractions:

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5 Responses to The Best 22 Horror Movie Trailers from the 70s & 80s

  1. Megan says:

    Speaking of horror movies, have you ever seen one of “The Fine Bros” movie spoilers videos? Here is “100 Horror Movie Spoilers in 5 Minutes:”

  2. Martin says:

    Dear Professor Bava
    I loved this post, it’s practically my youth in list form (don’t think I’ve seen Shockwaves tho). Some of these were underrated I feel – the Omen is often written off as big budget and overwrought but has some great scenes & Amityville Horror is forgotten now but it scared the crap out of me then.
    So, thanks for the ride lady.

  3. Reverend says:

    And Marting, just to contextualize for all those unwashed bava readers how awesome you are, here is the Thanks for the ride, Lady reference

    That may be the coolest unassuming reference anyone has ever left on this hallowed site 😉

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  5. Bigshot says:

    As a horror movie lover, I must say that these trailers take me back to a small town theater as a kid. So many great B-movies that I watched every Friday and Saturday night. Thanks for the memories!

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