Low Budget 1970s US (& Canadian) Horror Films: Part One

A Listmania! list by G. Meldrum (Scotland, UK)
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Lemora: A Child's Tale of the Supernatural [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
1.  Lemora: A Child's Tale of the Supernatural [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] DVD ~ Lesley Taplin
The list author says:
  "A work of poetic, vampiric, dreamlike genius, as teenage Lila Lee searches for her father in the realm of the degenerate dead. Excellent transfer, great liner notes: unmissable."
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Messiah of Evil: Second Coming [DVD] [1973] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
2.  Messiah of Evil: Second Coming [DVD] [1973] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] DVD ~ Michael Greer
The list author says:
  "With a plot oddly similar to 'Lemora' (daughter searching for father in a ghoulish locale divorced from mainstream reality), this film is a disorientating, primary-coloured nightmare"
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Death Bed: Bed That Eats [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
3.  Death Bed: Bed That Eats [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] DVD ~ Demene Hall
The list author says:
  "Like the strangest fever-dream you've never had, this super-low budget oddity features a demonic, cannibalistic bed, the ghost of Aubrey Beardsley and a succession of bizarre, unforgettable set-pieces"
£7.17
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Black Christmas [1974] [DVD]
4.  Black Christmas [1974] [DVD] DVD ~ Olivia Hussey
The list author says:
  "The god-father of all 'slasher' films: in short, the font from which all would-be creative psychos drink. Director Bob Clark is a low budget 70s master... see the next two entries for proof."
£7.83   Used & New from: £0.99
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Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things! [1972] [DVD]
5.  Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things! [1972] [DVD] DVD ~ Alan Ormsby
The list author says:
  "An outlandish theatrical director blackmails his troupe into visiting a cemetary island: the first half of the film is darkly comical, but the latter is a truly frightening zombiefest."
£7.08   Used & New from: £6.20
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Deathdream [DVD] [1974] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
6.  Deathdream [DVD] [1974] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] DVD ~ John Marley
The list author says:
  "A bloody, satirical film from the writer and director of 'Children Shouldn't Play...', this flick features a deceased G.I. returned home via a 'Monkey's Paw' style scenario."
£5.61
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Crazies [DVD] [1973] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
7.  Crazies [DVD] [1973] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] DVD ~ Lane Carroll
The list author says:
  "Something of a dry-run for 'Dawn of the Dead', this features George A. Romero's trademark critique of the establishment, in the form of the military's attempts to contain a madness-inducing virus."
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Martin (2 Disc Special Edition) [1977] [DVD]
8.  Martin (2 Disc Special Edition) [1977] [DVD] DVD ~ John Amplas
The list author says:
  "Legendary director George A. Romero strikes again, this time with his unique and unsettling take on the vampire mythos."
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The Child [DVD] [1977]
9.  The Child [DVD] [1977] DVD ~ Laurel Barnett
The list author says:
  "Another entry in the 'scary little girl' genre, this film's particular little angel, Rosalie, has a 'Carrie'-esque penchant for animating that which should not be animated... particularly the dead..."
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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre [DVD] [1974]
10.  The Texas Chain Saw Massacre [DVD] [1974] DVD ~ Teri McMinn
The list author says:
  "An obvious choice, but no list of this nature would be complete without one of the greatest horror films ever - neither time nor a slew of imitators can blunt the sharpness of Leatherface's saw..."
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Eaten Alive [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
11.  Eaten Alive [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] DVD ~ Neville Brand
The list author says:
  "Also known as 'Death Trap', Tobe Hooper's thematic follow-up to 'Chainsaw...' features more backwoods savagery, this time complete with a pet crocodile in tow..."
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Don't Go in the House [DVD] [1981] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
12.  Don't Go in the House [DVD] [1981] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] DVD ~ Dan Grimaldi
The list author says:
  "Featuring a deranged social outcast, pathetic and disturbing at the same time, with a pyromaniacal angle on serial killing. Notorious and memorable."
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Let's Scare Jessica to Death [DVD] [2006] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
13.  Let's Scare Jessica to Death [DVD] [2006] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] DVD ~ Zohra Lampert
The list author says:
  "A subtle psychological 'vampire' flick (well, maybe), filtered through a distinctive 'bad trip' ambience to create a haunting, paranoid journey into a damaged world."
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Phantasm 5 DVD Box Set [DVD]
14.  Phantasm 5 DVD Box Set [DVD] DVD ~ Angus Scrimm
The list author says:
  "A justified genre classic, this wonderful, phantasmagorical film, like many on this list, delves into the realm of nightmare (and in the process gives the world Angus Scrimm's iconic Tall Man.)"
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Frogs [DVD]
15.  Frogs [DVD] DVD ~ Ray Milland
The list author says:
  "Well, they can't bite... but they can direct other animals to take nature's revenge on the bayou-polluting rich. Demented, ludicrous but effortlessly entertaining."
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Pigs [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
16.  Pigs [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] DVD ~ Toni Lawrence
The list author says:
  "These guys, however, can bite... and they do! Also known as 'Daddy's Deadly Darling', this film shows us that pigs eat anything... even the evidence."
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Blue Sunshine (1976) (Region 2) (import)
17.  Blue Sunshine (1976) (Region 2) (import) DVD ~ Zalman King
The list author says:
  "The dark side of the hippie dream, 'Blue Sunshine' shows us what happens when those who've sold out their dreams of peace and love start to succumb to the effects of a murderous narcotic."
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Criterion Collection: Equinox [DVD] [1970] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
18.  Criterion Collection: Equinox [DVD] [1970] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] DVD ~ Edward Connell
The list author says:
  "Based on a film from 1967, monster movie 'Equinox' was released in 1970 and, whilst Sam Raimi has denied any link, seems at times like a blueprint for 'Evil Dead'. Brilliant double-disc edition."
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Ganja & Hess [DVD] [1972] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
19.  Ganja & Hess [DVD] [1972] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] DVD ~ Duane Jones
The list author says:
  "Now advertised as 'the thinking man's black horror film' (so, not 'Blacula' then?), 'Ganja and Hess' memorably stars the wonderful Duane Jones, Ben from 'Night of the Living Dead'."
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Psychic Killer [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
20.  Psychic Killer [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] DVD ~ Paul Burke
The list author says:
  "Also known as 'The Kirlian Effect', this is a grim saga of nihilistic intensity, featuring one man's quest to inflict psychic vengeance on those who have wronged him."
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Last House on Dead End Street [DVD] [1973] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
21.  Last House on Dead End Street [DVD] [1973] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] DVD ~ Roger Watkins
The list author says:
  "And speaking of nihilistic and nasty... a savage saga of misanthropic cruelty in which a film director decides to take revenge, with the aid of his degenerate 'friends', on those who have irked him."
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The Giant Spider Invasion [DVD]
22.  The Giant Spider Invasion [DVD] DVD ~ Steve Brodie
The list author says:
  "One of those films where the title really does say it all, folks. All other comment is superfluous. 'Arachnophobia', eat your heart out. Enjoy."
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The Corpse Grinders [DVD]
23.  The Corpse Grinders [DVD] DVD ~ Sean Kenney
The list author says:
  "Possibly best known as the origin of George 'Cannibal Corpse' Fisher's nom du stage, this bizarre film features homicidal felines fed on human meat. One for a joint showing with 'The Uncanny'?"
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Axe [DVD] [1977]
24.  Axe [DVD] [1977] DVD ~ Lynne Bradley
The list author says:
  "In which an odd young girl's home is invaded by violent criminals... only for them to discover that the girl they thought was their quarry is in fact quite unhinged and far more dangerous than them..."
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Nightmare USA: The Untold Story of the Exploitation Independents
25.  Nightmare USA: The Untold Story of the Exploitation Independents by Stephen Thrower
The list author says:
  "Not a film at all, of course, but instead Stephen Thrower's whopping, superbly-written account of the 'secret' history of US exploitation cinema. Absolutely essential."
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