Scary Seventies! Best horror movies from 70's (or at least my opinion)

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1. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

R | 83 min | Horror

7.5
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75 Metascore

Two siblings and three of their friends en route to visit their grandfather's grave in Texas end up falling victim to a family of cannibalistic psychopaths.

Director: Tobe Hooper | Stars: Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal, Allen Danziger, Paul A. Partain

Votes: 110,791 | Gross: $30.86M

Brutal and terrifying film!"

2. Black Christmas (1974)

R | 98 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

7.2
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During their Christmas break, a group of sorority girls are stalked by a stranger.

Director: Bob Clark | Stars: Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder, John Saxon

Votes: 24,904 | Gross: $4.05M

Yuletide fear

3. Tourist Trap (1979)

PG | 90 min | Horror

6.2
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A group of young friends stranded at a secluded roadside museum are stalked by a masked assailant who uses his telekenetic powers to control the attraction's mannequins.

Director: David Schmoeller | Stars: Chuck Connors, Jocelyn Jones, Jon Van Ness, Robin Sherwood

Votes: 5,629

supreme creepfest

4. Halloween (1978)

R | 91 min | Horror, Thriller

7.8
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78 Metascore

Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield to kill again.

Director: John Carpenter | Stars: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tony Moran, Nancy Kyes

Votes: 178,583 | Gross: $47.00M

The night He came home! no list would be great without this film.

5. The Omen (1976)

R | 111 min | Horror

7.6
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62 Metascore

Mysterious deaths surround an American ambassador. Could the child that he is raising actually be the Antichrist? The Devil's own son?

Director: Richard Donner | Stars: Gregory Peck, Lee Remick, Harvey Stephens, David Warner

Votes: 90,658 | Gross: $4.27M

"rise of the antichrist! the best devil movie"

6. Kingdom of the Spiders (1977)

PG | 97 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

5.9
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In rural Arizona, countless killer tarantulas are migrating through a farm town, killing every living thing in their path. The town's veterinarian will do everything in his power to survive the onslaught.

Director: John 'Bud' Cardos | Stars: William Shatner, Tiffany Bolling, Woody Strode, Lieux Dressler

Votes: 3,721 | Gross: $17.00M

"A web of flesh-crawling terror! this is the movie that arachnophobia should had been!"

7. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

PG | 115 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

7.4
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75 Metascore

In San Francisco, a group of people discover the human race is being replaced one by one, with clones devoid of emotion.

Director: Philip Kaufman | Stars: Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Jeff Goldblum, Veronica Cartwright

Votes: 42,282 | Gross: $24.95M

"most frightening sf film ever made!"

8. Messiah of Evil (1973)

R | 90 min | Horror

6.6
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A young woman goes searching for her missing artist father. Her journey takes her to a strange Californian seaside town governed by a mysterious undead cult.

Directors: Willard Huyck, Gloria Katz | Stars: Michael Greer, Marianna Hill, Joy Bang, Anitra Ford

Votes: 2,197

supremely creepy zombie movie

9. The Dunwich Horror (1970)

R | 90 min | Horror

5.4
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Wilbur Whateley travels to the Arkham Miskatonic University to borrow the legendary Necronomicon. But, little does anyone know, Whateley isn't quite human...

Director: Daniel Haller | Stars: Sandra Dee, Dean Stockwell, Ed Begley, Lloyd Bochner

Votes: 3,085

chilling Lovecraft film

10. The Return of Count Yorga (1971)

R | 97 min | Horror

5.7
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Count Yorga continues to prey on the local community while living by a nearby orphanage. He also intends to take a new wife, while feeding his bevy of female vampires.

Director: Bob Kelljan | Stars: Robert Quarry, Mariette Hartley, Roger Perry, Yvonne Wilder

Votes: 819

Yorga returns to chill the blood

11. Cover Up (1974)

R | 88 min | Horror

6.3
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Edmund and Dorothy Yates are freed after fifteen years in an asylum. Edmund covers up for his wife who is a murderer and a cannibal and Dorothy's daughter Debbie and stepdaughter Jackie, ... See full summary »

Director: Pete Walker | Stars: Rupert Davies, Sheila Keith, Deborah Fairfax, Paul Greenwood

Votes: 1,626

"a family that slays together stays together. a British family with a taste for human flesh!

12. Let's Scare Jessica to Death (1971)

PG-13 | 89 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

6.5
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A recently institutionalized woman has bizarre experiences after moving into a supposedly haunted country farmhouse and fears she may be losing her sanity once again.

Director: John D. Hancock | Stars: Zohra Lampert, Barton Heyman, Kevin O'Connor, Gretchen Corbett

Votes: 5,789

Is Jessica insane or is something out to get her? Watch this eerie film and find out!

13. The Devil's Rain (1975)

PG | 86 min | Horror

4.8
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A satanist cult leader is burnt alive by the local church. He vows to come back and haunts down, and enslave, every descendant of his congregation by the power of a book of blood contracts, in which they sold their souls to the devil.

Director: Robert Fuest | Stars: Ernest Borgnine, Eddie Albert, Ida Lupino, William Shatner

Votes: 2,492

great occult chiller

14. Phantasm (1979)

R | 88 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

6.8
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72 Metascore

A teenage boy and his friends face off against a mysterious grave robber known only as the Tall Man, who keeps a lethal arsenal of terrible weapons with him.

Director: Don Coscarelli | Stars: A. Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, Reggie Bannister, Kathy Lester

Votes: 26,125 | Gross: $11.99M

creepy and imaginative shocker!"

15. Count Yorga, Vampire (1970)

PG-13 | 93 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

5.8
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A couple invites a Count from Hungary, who recently immigrated to America, to conduct a seance for the woman's recently deceased mother, oblivious to the fact that he is actually a vampire.

Director: Bob Kelljan | Stars: Robert Quarry, Roger Perry, Michael Murphy, Michael Macready

Votes: 1,832

vampire shocker set in modern day California

16. Alien (1979)

R | 116 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

8.5
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83 Metascore

After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt, Veronica Cartwright

Votes: 653,174 | Gross: $78.90M

"the movie that made space a frightening place to be!"

17. Shriek of the Mutilated (1974)

R | 86 min | Horror

3.2
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A group of college students are led by their professor into the mountains in search of the Yeti. The students start to be killed off one by one.

Director: Michael Findlay | Stars: Alan Brock, Jennifer Stock, Tawm Ellis, Michael Harris

Votes: 634

the Hunt for Bigfoot leads to terror in this twisted film

18. The Fury (1978)

R | 118 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

6.4
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A former CIA agent uses the talents of a young psychic to help retrieve his telekinetic son from terrorists, who want to use him mental powers for evil.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Kirk Douglas, John Cassavetes, Carrie Snodgress, Charles Durning

Votes: 11,056

gripping combination of conspiracy and the supernatural! Unforgettable climax and great comeuppance for the villian!"

19. The Child (1977)

R | 82 min | Horror

4.7
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A newly hired house-keeper in a secluded area is alarmed to discover that her boss's eleven-year-old daughter is using her supernatural powers to take revenge on the people she holds ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Voskanian | Stars: Laurel Barnett, Rosalie Cole, Frank Janson, Richard Hanners

Votes: 645

evil little girl and her zombie friends.

20. Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (1973 TV Movie)

Unrated | 74 min | Horror

6.9
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A young couple inherits an old mansion inhabited by small demon-like creatures who are determined to make the wife one of their own.

Director: John Newland | Stars: Kim Darby, Jim Hutton, Barbara Anderson, William Demarest

Votes: 2,806

this movie scared the crap out of a seven year old boy (me) one of the scariest tv movies.

21. Burnt Offerings (1976)

PG | 116 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.5
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A family moves into an old, haunted house that regenerates itself by feeding off of the life forces of its injured occupants.

Director: Dan Curtis | Stars: Karen Black, Oliver Reed, Burgess Meredith, Eileen Heckart

Votes: 7,654

chilling haunted house film

22. Damien: Omen II (1978)

R | 107 min | Horror

6.3
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Damien the Antichrist, now thirteen years old, finally learns of his destiny under the guidance of an unholy disciple of Satan. Meanwhile dark forces begin to eliminate all those who suspect the child's true identity.

Directors: Don Taylor, Mike Hodges | Stars: William Holden, Lee Grant, Jonathan Scott-Taylor, Robert Foxworth

Votes: 24,728 | Gross: $3.88M

Son of Satan returns in this sinister film!

23. Shivers (1975)

R | 87 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

6.6
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The residents of a suburban high-rise apartment building are being infected by a strain of parasites that turn them into mindless, sex-crazed fiends out to infect others by the slightest sexual contact.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Paul Hampton, Joe Silver, Lynn Lowry, Allan Kolman

Votes: 14,032

erotic and chilling venereal horror movie.

24. Rabid (1977)

R | 91 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

6.4
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A young woman develops a taste for human blood after undergoing experimental plastic surgery, and her victims turn into rabid, blood-thirsty zombies who proceed to infect others, which turns into a city-wide epidemic.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Marilyn Chambers, Frank Moore, Joe Silver, Howard Ryshpan

Votes: 12,025

Cronenberg's second chilling venereal shocker

25. Race with the Devil (1975)

PG | 88 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

6.6
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Two couples vacationing together in an R.V. from Texas to Colorado are terrorized after they witness a murder during a Satanic ritual.

Director: Jack Starrett | Stars: Peter Fonda, Warren Oates, Loretta Swit, Lara Parker

Votes: 4,651

the hitcher meets Rosemary's baby!

26. The Toolbox Murders (1978)

R | 93 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

5.3
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A ski-masked maniac kills apartment complex tenants with the contents of a toolbox.

Director: Dennis Donnelly | Stars: Cameron Mitchell, Pamelyn Ferdin, Wesley Eure, Nicolas Beauvy

Votes: 2,703

brutal and disturbing shocker

27. Warlock Moon (1973)

PG | 89 min | Horror, Thriller

5.3
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A college girl meets a reporter, they take a trip to the country, and they wind up meeting a creepy old woman who lives in a closed-down resort.

Director: Bill Herbert | Stars: Laurie Walters, Joe Spano, Edna MacAfee, Harry Bauer

Votes: 282

ghosts and cannibal witch are the order of this eerie chiller!