Parlor Of Horror’s Top 5 Non – Horror Films of the 1970’s

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Hi, gang!  Vic here.  Just wanted to introduce a new Top 5 Post for you all. My good friend and regular contributor Michael T. Knight who runs the awesome Horror Blog called “Parlor of Horror” drops by Vic’s Movie Den to give us his latest Top 5 List. Michael, who is well known for his popular Horror Blog and his Horror Stories, gives us a “Non-Horror” list. Yep. You heard correctly. This is his Top 5 Non – Horror Movies from the 1970’s!

I would also like to announce that Michael had a new story recently published in “SNM Horror Magazine” Issue #55. The story is called “X-Ray Specs”  I totally recommend you drop by here and check out his very well written piece that is equal parts creepy, gory and stylish. It was a fantastic read. Please feel free to give Michael some feedback on his latest written work. Now on to Parlor of Horror’s new Top 5 List for Vic’s Movie Den. Enjoy, boys and ghouls! ( Sorry, I couldn’t resist )

Author Michael T. Knight

My Top 5:  Non-Horror Films of the 1970’s

By Mike from Parlor of Horror

Dirty Harry (1971)

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What a damn good movie for 1971. This was long before every cop was a bad-ass and said fuck the law! These days every cop in a movie gets a gun and just kills everyone and wrecks everything. How about a little dose of reality? Dirty Harry is pushed to taking the law into his own hands by an irreverent serial killer.

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory (1971)

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The hypnotic, psychedelic, fantasy adventure that brought the bizarre to the mainstream. Outstanding performance by Gene Wilder. When I was young, the Oompa-loompa’s frightened me.

Apocalypse Now – (1979 )

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This is one of Francis Ford Coppola’s greatest achievements. It really brought the story of Vietnam to light in ways that were not told to that date. It also brought the ‘war movie’ into modern times. “Love the smell of napalm in the morning!”

Death Wish (1974)

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Who didn’t want to be Charles Bronson after this film? One of the early vigilante movies about a guy who’s family was murdered by thugs and will not stop killing until justice is done. He was the quiet, soft-spoken outlaw that everyone was rooting for.

Animal House (1978)

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This is one of my favorite comedies of all time. On a negative note, this may have contributed to my poor grades and lack of enthusiasm in education during my high school years. John Belushi’s Magnum Opus. A half dozen sub-plots all intertwine in a knot. But most important of all, “Animal House” makes me laugh, not just smile, not just chuckle, actually laugh. Most comedies do not.

Honorable Mentions:

The Taking Of Pelham 123 (1974)
The Warriors (1979)
The Mechanic (1972)
Enter the Dragon (1973)
Live and Let Die (1973)


Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)

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Hope you guys enjoyed the latest Parlor of Horror contribution to Vic’s Movie Den! Thanks, Michael! Please come back soon, buddy!

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