The 1970s weren’t all carefree disco and psychedelic adventures. Inspired by its tumultuous social milieu, filmmakers of the decade brought us blood-spattered bell-bottoms, crazed cannibals, aquatic negligence, and symbolic social commentary.

In this episode of Sunlit Horror, Anna looks back to the 1970s, exploring New American Cinema, a rising distrust of politicians, countercultural turmoil, and their effects on the horror genre, with a focus on The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1976), The Hills Have Eyes (1977), Ganja & Hess (1973), and Jaws (1975).

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Episode transcript + references.