Horror Movies from 1974

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1. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

R | 83 min | Horror

7.5
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75 Metascore

In this cult horror classic, five friends pick up a traumatized young hitchhiker, and find themselves stalked and hunted by a deformed chain saw-wielding killer and his family of psychopaths.

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

Votes: 109,548 | Gross: $30.86M

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: 24,349 | Gross: $4.05M

3. Phantom of the Paradise (1974)

PG | 92 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

7.4
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A disfigured composer sells his soul for the woman he loves so that she will perform his music. However, an evil record tycoon betrays him and steals his music to open his rock palace, The Paradise.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Paul Williams, William Finley, Jessica Harper, Gerrit Graham

Votes: 12,661

4. It's Alive (1974)

PG | 91 min | Horror

5.8
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The Davies expect a baby, which turns out to be a monster with a nasty habit of killing when it's scared. And it's easily scared.

Director: Larry Cohen | Stars: John P. Ryan, Sharon Farrell, Andrew Duggan, Guy Stockwell

Votes: 5,562

5. The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue (1974)

R | 95 min | Horror

6.9
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A cop chases two hippies suspected of a series of Manson family-like murders; unbeknownst to him, the real culprits are the living dead, brought to life with a thirst for human flesh by chemical pesticides being used by area farmers.

Director: Jorge Grau | Stars: Cristina Galbó, Ray Lovelock, Arthur Kennedy, Aldo Massasso

Votes: 6,107

6. Beyond the Door (1974)

R | 99 min | Horror

4.4
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Juliet Mills plays a young pregnant woman in San Francisco who is going to have the devil's baby during her strange possession. Richard Johnson shows up to help her... but what does he really want?

Directors: Ovidio G. Assonitis, Robert Barrett | Stars: Juliet Mills, Richard Johnson, Gabriele Lavia, Nino Segurini

Votes: 1,174

7. Silent Night, Bloody Night (1972)

R | 81 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

5.3
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A man inherits a mansion, which once was a mental home. He visits the place and begins to investigate some crimes that happened in old times, scaring the people living in the region.

Director: Theodore Gershuny | Stars: Patrick O'Neal, James Patterson, Mary Woronov, Astrid Heeren

Votes: 2,207

8. Devil Times Five (1974)

R | 88 min | Horror

5.1
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Five extremely disturbed, sociopathic children escape from their psychiatric transport and are taken in unwittingly by a group of adult villagers on winter vacation.

Directors: Sean MacGregor, David Sheldon | Stars: Sorrell Booke, Gene Evans, Taylor Lacher, Joan McCall

Votes: 980

9. Deranged: Confessions of a Necrophile (1974)

R | 84 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

6.5
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Based on the Ed Gein case, a deranged rural farmer becomes a grave robber and murderer after the death of his possessive mother, whose corpse he keeps (among others) as his companion in a decaying farmhouse.

Directors: Jeff Gillen, Alan Ormsby | Stars: Roberts Blossom, Cosette Lee, Leslie Carlson, Robert Warner

Votes: 3,607

10. Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974)

R | 93 min | Horror

6.4
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Baron Frankenstein works with a mental patient to reanimate the dead.

Director: Terence Fisher | Stars: Peter Cushing, Shane Briant, Madeline Smith, David Prowse

Votes: 2,548

11. The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974)

R | 83 min | Action, Horror

6.0
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While lecturing in China, Van Helsing agrees to help seven kung fu trained siblings reclaim their ancestral mountain village, now the domain of seven powerful vampires and their army of undead slaves.

Directors: Roy Ward Baker, Cheh Chang | Stars: Peter Cushing, David Chiang, Julie Ege, Han Chen Wang

Votes: 3,024

12. House of Whipcord (1974)

R | 102 min | Horror

5.9
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An old man who lives in an old house conducts a correctional institute for girls. But he does not realize that the date is the present as he's been cooped up in the house. He is assisted by... See full summary »

Director: Pete Walker | Stars: Barbara Markham, Patrick Barr, Ray Brooks, Ann Michelle

Votes: 1,144

13. Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter (1974)

R | 91 min | Horror

6.6
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A master swordsman and former soldier and his hunchbacked assistant hunt vampires.

Director: Brian Clemens | Stars: Horst Janson, John Carson, Shane Briant, Caroline Munro

Votes: 3,331

14. Abby (1974)

R | 89 min | Horror

5.7
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A possession film about a marriage counselor who becomes possessed by a Demon of Sexuality, when her father in law, an Exorcist, freed it while in Africa. He returns home, along with his ... See full summary »

Director: William Girdler | Stars: Carol Speed, William Marshall, Terry Carter, Austin Stoker

Votes: 619

15. Horror of the Zombies (1974)

R | 89 min | Horror

4.3
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The living corpses of the Satan-worshiping Knights Templar hunt for human victims in a 16th century galleon.

Director: Amando de Ossorio | Stars: Maria Perschy, Jack Taylor, Bárbara Rey, Carlos Lemos

Votes: 1,947

16. Madhouse (1974)

PG | 89 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

6.3
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A horror movie star returns to his famous role after years in a mental institution. But the character seems to be committing murders independent of his will.

Director: Jim Clark | Stars: Vincent Price, Peter Cushing, Robert Quarry, Adrienne Corri

Votes: 2,664

17. The Beast Must Die (1974)

PG | 93 min | Horror, Mystery

5.8
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Eight people have been invited to an island estate for the weekend. One of them is a werewolf. Can you guess which one?

Director: Paul Annett | Stars: Calvin Lockhart, Peter Cushing, Marlene Clark, Charles Gray

Votes: 2,212

18. The Antichrist (1974)

R | 112 min | Drama, Horror

5.6
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A paralyzed young woman becomes possessed by the Devil when a hypnosis session - intended to heal her disability - accidentally awakens memories of her past life as a witch.

Director: Alberto De Martino | Stars: Carla Gravina, Mel Ferrer, Arthur Kennedy, George Coulouris

Votes: 1,217

19. Drive In Massacre (1976)

R | 74 min | Horror, Mystery

3.1
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Two police detectives try to catch a serial killer who is stalking a rural California drive-in theater, randomly killing people with a sword.

Director: Stu Segall | Stars: John F. Goff, Steve Vincent, Douglas Gudbye, Verkina Flower

Votes: 1,174

20. The Bat People (1974)

PG | 93 min | Horror, Romance

2.3
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After being bitten by a bat in a cave, a doctor undergoes an accelerating transformation into a man-bat, which ruins his vacation and causes considerable distress for his wife.

Director: Jerry Jameson | Stars: Stewart Moss, Marianne McAndrew, Michael Pataki, Paul Carr

Votes: 1,988

21. Les démoniaques (1974)

R | 77 min | Horror

5.4
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A gang of pirates rape the two sole survivors of a ship wreck. The violated girls are rescued by the strange inhabitants of a supposedly haunted island, where they are granted supernatural powers to strike revenge against the pirates.

Director: Jean Rollin | Stars: Joëlle Coeur, John Rico, Willy Braque, Paul Bisciglia

Votes: 840

22. Der Fluch der schwarzen Schwestern (1973)

R | 103 min | Horror

4.8
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A lesbian vampire's soul is kept on in the bodies of her descendants.

Director: Joseph W. Sarno | Stars: Nadia Henkowa, Anke Syring, Ulrike Butz, Nico Wolferstetter

Votes: 372

23. Enter the Devil (1974)

R | 92 min | Horror

4.6
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The story in this horror movie revolves around a strange religious icon and the demonic sexual influence it exerts on a young art student. After a gory dream sequence in which the woman ... See full summary »

Director: Mario Gariazzo | Stars: Stella Carnacina, Chris Avram, Lucretia Love, Ivan Rassimov

Votes: 372

24. Flavia (1974)

R | 96 min | Drama, Horror

5.9
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After a cult besieges her convent, a young nun goes with an army of Muslims to destroy the convent and kill who wronged her.

Director: Gianfranco Mingozzi | Stars: Florinda Bolkan, María Casares, Claudio Cassinelli, Anthony Higgins

Votes: 793

25. 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: 1,604

26. Horror High (1973)

PG | 85 min | Horror

5.1
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A nerdy high school super whiz experiments with a chemical which will transform his guinea pig "Mr. Mumps" from a gentle pet into a ravenous monster. In a fit of rage against his tormentors... See full summary »

Director: Larry N. Stouffer | Stars: Pat Cardi, Austin Stoker, Rosie Holotik, John Niland

Votes: 631

27. The House of Seven Corpses (1974)

PG | 88 min | Horror

4.0
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A director is filming on location in a house where seven murders were committed. The caretaker warns them not to mess with things they do not understand (the murders were occult related), ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Harrison | Stars: John Ireland, Faith Domergue, John Carradine, Carole Wells

Votes: 1,014

28. The House on Skull Mountain (1974)

PG | 89 min | Horror, Mystery

4.7
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Murders occur at the southern estate of a voodoo priestess when four relatives gather to hear her will.

Director: Ron Honthaner | Stars: Victor French, Janee Michelle, Jean Durand, Mike Evans

Votes: 523

29. Moonchild (1974)

R | 90 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

2.5
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A young artists spends the night at a mysterious inn, where he meets a group of strange, sullen people, among them the innkeeper's beautiful daughter. What he doesn't know is that he has ... See full summary »

Director: Alan Gadney | Stars: Victor Buono, John Carradine, William Challee, Janet Landgard

Votes: 172

30. Nuda per Satana (1974)

Unrated | 82 min | Adult, Horror

4.2
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Italian Gothic horror that tells the tale of a man who stops at a remote castle hoping to get medical help for an injured woman, only to find the inhabitants mirror the darker sides of the woman and himself.

Director: Luigi Batzella | Stars: Rita Calderoni, Stelio Candelli, James Harris, Renato Lupi

Votes: 1,076

31. Sugar Hill (1974)

PG | 91 min | Action, Crime, Horror

5.7
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When her boyfriend is murdered by gangsters, Sugar Hill decides not to get mad, but BAD! She entreats voodoo queen Mama Maitresse to call on Baron Samedi, Lord of the Dead, for help with a ... See full summary »

Director: Paul Maslansky | Stars: Marki Bey, Robert Quarry, Don Pedro Colley, Betty Anne Rees

Votes: 1,192

32. The Thirsty Dead (1974)

PG | 88 min | Adventure, Horror, Action

2.9
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Beautiful young girls are kidnapped off the streets of Manila by a death cult that needs their blood to remain immortal.

Director: Terry Becker | Stars: Jennifer Billingsley, John Considine, Judith McConnell, Tani Guthrie

Votes: 412

33. Vampyres (1974)

R | 87 min | Horror

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A lesbian vampire couple waylay and abduct various passer-byes, both male and female, to hold them captive at their rural manor in the English countryside in order to kill and feed on them to satisfy their insatiable thirst for blood.

Director: José Ramón Larraz | Stars: Marianne Morris, Anulka Dziubinska, Murray Brown, Brian Deacon

Votes: 2,419

34. Exorcismo Negro (1974)

100 min | Horror

6.4
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The director José Mojica Marins travels to spend Christmas with friends in the small farm where they live and write the story of his next film. However, he observes eerie things in the ... See full summary »

Director: José Mojica Marins | Stars: José Mojica Marins, Agenor Alves, Ariane Arantes, Geórgia Gomide

Votes: 152

35. The Hand That Feeds the Dead (1974)

87 min | Horror

5.5
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Baron Ivan Rassimov, a brilliant doctor, died horribly during a fire burst in his laboratory. Since that day, his daughter Tanja retired to a life of seclusion, covering with a dark veil ... See full summary »

Director: Sergio Garrone | Stars: Klaus Kinski, Katia Christine, Marzia Damon, Carmen Silva

Votes: 148

36. Killdozer (1974 TV Movie)

Unrated | 74 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

5.2
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A small construction crew on an island is terrorized when some strange spirit-like being takes over a large bulldozer, and goes on a killing rampage.

Director: Jerry London | Stars: Clint Walker, Robert Urich, Carl Betz, Neville Brand

Votes: 1,067

37. Les possédées du diable (1974)

X | 81 min | Horror

5.9
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A man is tormented by an ex-lover, Lorna, who posseses a strange power over a women, including the man's daughter.

Director: Jesús Franco | Stars: Pamela Stanford, Guy Delorme, Lina Romay, Jacqueline Laurent

Votes: 394

38. Seizure (1974)

PG | 94 min | Horror

4.8
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Jonathan Frid portrays a horror novelist who has a recurring nightmare about three figures out of his book who terrorize him and his family and friends during a weekend of fun. Then the ... See full summary »

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Jonathan Frid, Martine Beswick, Joseph Sirola, Christina Pickles

Votes: 554