The First Retrospace Poll - Decades of Horror

After several years of posting nearly every single day, I still haven't tried a single reader's poll.  The primary reason: I think polls are just a lame waste of time.... but, I must say I can't help but try it at least once.

Sitting by the pool, I was reading a Rue Morgue magazine (their recent 100th issue) where they discuss the changes in horror movies over the duration of the magazine's circulation of thirteen years.  It got me thinking - what decade was the best for horror movies? Not surprisingly, I'm partial to the seventies, but it's not really a "no brainer".  There were some damn good horror flicks in the 60s and 80s.

I certainly don't want to sway the poll results, but I feel the 90s were the absolute low point in horror.  However, I've been very pleased with the horror in the 2000s - other than the lousy remakes (The Omen, Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween, etc.) and the torture porn (Hostel, Saw, etc.). I absolutely loved Drag Me to Hell, Trick or Treat, The Grudge and Planet Terror.

So, I encourage you to place your vote on the sidebar to the left. I'm actually curious how this'll turn out. You'll notice there's no option to choose decades prior to the 60s - fans of those old Universal horror movies feel free to curse me under your breath. I feel your pain.


  1. I had to choose the 60s. All the great films from Hitchcock, then Hammer Films started in the 60s. The tone and feeling was then carried over into the early 70s.

    Luckily, Horror is making a comeback away from the gore splatter movies.

  2. The only horror movies I like are the old Universal 1930s and 1940s. I didn't vote.

  3. The '60s gets my vote with Psycho, Night of the Living Dead, the Hammer movies, etc. Those were truly frightening movies with art & style, even if they were a bit cheesy at times.

    But, I know the '80s will win this poll because of the age group reading this blog. Halloween, Nightmare on Elm St. & Friday the 13th are incredibly overrated by you 30-something dweebs.

  4. 1930s

    The Bat Whispers (1930-11-13)
    Dracula (1931-02-12)
    Dracula - Spanish Version (1931-03-11)
    Frankenstein (1931-11-21)
    Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde (1931-12-31)
    The Monster Walks (1932-02-07)
    Freaks (1932-02-20)
    Murders In The Rue Morgue (1932-02-21)
    Vampyr (1932-05-06)
    White Zombie (1932-07-28)
    Doctor X (1932-08-03)
    The Most Dangerous Game (1032-09-16)
    The Old Dark House (1932-10-20)
    The Mask Of Fu Manchu (1932-11-05)
    The Mummy (1932-12-22)
    The Vampire Bat (1933-01-10)
    Island Of Lost Souls (1933-01-12)
    The Monkey's Paw (1933-01-13)
    Mystery Of The Wax Museum (1933-02-17)
    Murders In The Zoo (1933-03-01)
    King Kong (1933-03-02)
    The Invisible Man (1933-11-13)
    The Ghoul (1933-11-25)
    The Black Cat (1934-05-18)
    Maniac (1934-09-11)
    The Mystery Of Edwin Drood (1935-02-04)
    Bride Of Frankenstein (1935-04-22)
    Mark Of The Vampire (1935-04-26)
    Werewolf Of London (1935-05-13)
    The Raven (1935-07-08)
    Mad Love (1935-07-12)
    The Black Room (1935-07-15)
    Condemned To Live (1935-09-15)
    The Invisible Ray (1936-01-20)
    The Walking Dead (1936-03-01)
    Dracula's Daughter (1936-05-11)
    Revolt of the Zombies (1936-06-04)
    The Devil-Doll (1936-06-10)
    The Man Who Changed His Mind (1936-09-11)
    Night Key (1937-04-18)
    Son Of Frankenstein (1939-01-13)
    The Gorilla (1939-05-26)
    The Man They Could Not Hang (1939-08-17)
    Tower Of London (1939-11-17)
    The Return of Doctor X (1939-12-02)

  5. Tough choice, because my two favorite Hammer movies, "Scars of Dracula" and "Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed" are in different decades!

    Maybe it's a cheat, but it said, "You can choose multiple answers," and I did!

  6. I think the 60's, 70's, even the 80's had better horror movies than the 90's onwards (and, I confess, I'm only in my 20's). It just seems like every horror movie that's made now is a remake, and I miss the originality that used to be in the genre. There have been the exceptional few horror films released that were any good, but still...wish the remake bandwagon would cease already.

  7. Why weren't decades before the 60's an option? You totally knocked out so many classics!

    I'm more curious to know how Ben thinks he knows the ages of all 630 ++ of your followers.

    You've got some real 'negativity vampires' on some of your post comments lately ;-F.

    I had to vote for the 60's. I was re-watching Rosemary's Baby when I was pregnant with my twins and decided on Mia as one of their names after Mia Farrow. Not because of the movie or because I love Mia Farrow but the name was something I didn't hear a lot. Thinking back not exactly a great movie to watch while pregnant...lol!

    Hope you are enjoying your vacation.

  8. AnonymousJune 09, 2010

    The '60s if just for THE INNOCENTS and THE HAUNTING.

  9. I voted for the 70s (a no brainer for my tastes) but was surprised after giving this some consideration how great the 2000s have been. France, Japan, Australia, Germany and a few other countries have pitched up with some first class horror.

    Hopefully the torture porn chapter will come to a close soon. It's the worst.

  10. I'm with KaBluie. The 1930's was definitely the most important decade for horror entertainment. The 30's horror films established horror as a legitimate and bankable film genre. There had been other horror films before that (going all the way back to 1910) but it was the huge success (financial, artistic, and critical) of the 1930's horror films that set the tone, solidified the style, and laid the foundation for the whole genre.

    There were a slough of great horror films, of various types, throughout the 40's, 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's.

    In the 1990's horror was dead in the water. You can literally count the number of genuinely good 1990's horror movies on one hand. The 90's horror drought was primarily due to the film industry's knee-jerk reaction to the controversy over "too much blood and guts" in the horror films of the 1980's.

    The 2000's have had a great turn out of new horror films. I'm not a fan of the torture porn stuff (BORING)... And most of the slasher film remakes have left a lot to be desired. But this decade's offering of actual monster movies have been pretty satisfying for the most part.