Movie Cycles: Horror Films in 1970s–Halloween and Amityville Horror

In 1979, two horror films, both modest in production values and low-budget, were released, John Carpenter’s Halloween and The Amityville Horror.

Their unanticipated commercial success–both ran in theaters for months–launched a new cycle of horror picture, both A-level and B-level.

Both films led to many sequels and pale imitations.