After 'The Black Phone,' here are 10 modern horror films set in the 1970s to watch

After 'The Black Phone,' here are 10 modern horror films set in the 1970s to watch ...

Thanks to Stranger Things, nostalgia for the 1980s is at an all-time high. Whether it's the IT remake (one of several horror films to feature a Stranger Things cast member) or the recently Amazon series Paper Girls, artists are attempting to emulate the decade that gave us the Atari.

The Black Phone, directed by Scott Derrickson, follows the events surrounding a child murderer stalking the youth of the 1970s, and its 1978 setting offers a different perspective of adolescence. The same passion from the below films provides a unique perspective amongst the current wave of 1980s nostalgia.

'The Conjuring' (2013)

The Conjuring, based on real-life situations of paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, is considered as one of the greatest supernatural horror films. When a family in 1971 experienced disturbing occurrences at their farmhouse, they contact the Warrens (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) for assistance.

The Conjuring was a smash hit, and it solidified director James Wan as one of the greatest emerging horror filmmakers. The sequel to The Conjuring was released to similar success, forming an expanded universe like the MCU.

'X' (2022)

Ti West's X, a recent release, is a throwback to the 1970s' slasher films, especially inspired by The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The cast and crew of a pornographic film travel to a remote location in Texas to shoot their next film, but soon become victims of their sinister hosts.

The X sequel, which follows one of the villains in their younger years, has recently released a trailer, which is expected to be released later this year.

'My Friend Dahmer' (2017)

My Friend Dahmer, a collection of short stories about famous serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer, is an investigation into a highly disturbed individual's mind. Based on a graphic novel by John Backderf, a real-life friend of Dahmer, the story follows the teenager until he commits his first crime.

My Friend Dahmer is a film that is more about psychological drama than horror, but it is easily the most distressing film on this list. The murders Dahmer committed are particularly horrific, and this portrayal of how such a monster was created is a haunting tale that will stay with you for a while.

'The Love Witch' (2016)

The Love Witch isn't technically illegal since it isn't stated to have taken place in the 1970s, but its dedication to refining the cinema style of this decade merits it a place on this list.

The Love Witch was created and edited to resemble a horror film from the 1960s and 1970s, resulting in a film that would seamlessly fit into that period. The film aims to defy the'male gaze' prevalent in horror.

'The Amityville Horror' (2005)

The Amityville Horror, a remake of the classic 1979 film, follows the Lutz family as they move into the house where a massive murder took place. As predicted, disturbing events begin to haunt the family's everywaking moment.

The Amityville Horror was chastised by critics, and while it does not have anything new in terms of the original, it is worth seeing for an early performance from Ryan Reynolds. Reynolds plays the young family's father, eventually turning him into an ax-wielding psychopath like Jack Torrance from The Shining. Chloe Grace Moretz also makes her film debut, playing the family's daughter.

'The Clinic' (2010)

The Clinic, a 1979 Australian thriller starring Beth and her husband Cameron, finds Beth and her baby missing in a bathtub full of ice. Beth is trapped in a sick game along with other women who have had their babies stolen and is driven to the limit to reclaim her child.

Beth and Cameron are caught up in a frantic quest for his wife. However, the majority of the focus is on Beth and the women as they try to survive the agony they have been forced to endure.

'House of 1000 Corpses' (2003)

House of 1000 Corpses, the shock rocker's debut, is a tribute to classic horror films. Four teenagers meet the murderous Firefly family when their car breaks down on Halloween 1977. The group is then sent to horrific horrors unimaginable.

House of 1000 Corpses proved to be a cult classic, with two sequels, The Devil's Rejects and 3 From Hell, which continue the story of the surviving members of the Firefly family as their killing spree continues. Available on HBO Max and AMC+.

'Knife + Heart' (2018)

Knife + Heart, a slasher film set in Paris, honors the giallo films of the 1970s. Annie, a professional filmmaker of gay porn, promises to win her back by filming her finest film yet. However, her cast begins to be targeted by a masked murderer.

Knife + Heart is as much a LGBTQ+ film as it is a giallo, with a focus on sexuality and queer identity alongside its horror themes. The soundtrack and the color scheme, which give the film an almost dreamlike quality, help sell the film's 1979 setting and transport the viewer to this past period in Paris.

'Suspiria' (2018)

Dakota Johnson will play Susie, an American ballet dancer who goes to Berlin in 1977 to study at a prestigious academy. While there, she discovers that the dancing school is only a front for a coven of witches.

Suspiria, directed by Luca Guadagnino, is a visually stunning film that spannes from mesmerizing ballet sequences to brutal death scenes. Along with Johnson, the film stars Mia Goth, Chloe Grace Moretz, and Tilda Swinton, who plays three different roles throughout the film.

'Super 8' (2011)

Super 8 should appeal to you. Seeing something escape from the destroyed train in 1979, a group of young teens tries to warn their town of the imminent danger.

Super 8 is a modern day adaptation of classic films such as The Goonies and E.T., although it is darker. The film is worth revisiting in a post-Stranger Thingsworld.