Reel Dread: What's So Funny 'Bout Peace, Love, and Beheadings?


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The 1970s were a decade where it seemed there were no limits. Decency and subtlety were often thrown to the wind for the sake of sheer terror and unbridled exploitation. It was a dangerous time that most look upon as a revolution in genre filmmaking. Gone were the sympathetic monsters of yesteryear; hello to the madman hiding under your bed, in your closet, in your head. But, where did this "revolution" come from?

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Good article.

I would say that the 70's were the point when we stopped getting the sympathetic villians, like Norman Bates, tormented by his mother, and then started to get villians, who were just that villians, Michael Myers being the best example from the 70's and Freddy from the 80's.

Also, this was a time when innocence was going out the window, no longer were people open with each other and saw mostly the good and truly bad people came from elsewhere, people who were bad lived next door to you, and dammit didn't you know it.

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