Best Modern Horror 1970s

Horror movies from the 1970s that myself or others have found to be of lasting quality. Not in any particular order.
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1.
The Exorcist (1973)
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When a preteen girl is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother seeks the help of two priests to save her daughter. (122 mins.)
 
2.
The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
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Two siblings visit their grandfather's grave in Texas along with three of their friends and are attacked by a family of cannibalistic psychopaths. (83 mins.)
Director: Tobe Hooper
 
3.
Jaws (1975)
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When a gigantic great white shark begins to menace the small island community of Amity, a police chief, a marine scientist and a grizzled fisherman set out to stop it. (124 mins.)
 
4.
The Omen (1976)
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Mysterious deaths surround an American ambassador. Could the child that he is raising actually be the Antichrist? The Devil's own son? (111 mins.)
Director: Richard Donner
 
5.
The Last House on the Left (1972)
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Two teenage girls head to a rock concert for one's birthday. While trying to score marijuana in the city, they are kidnapped by a gang of psychotic convicts. (84 mins.)
Director: Wes Craven
 
6.
Alien (1979)
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After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as distress call, their landing on the source planet finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform. Continuing their journey back to Earth with the attacked crew having recovered and the critter deceased, they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun. (117 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
 
7.
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
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Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia S.W.A.T. team members, a traffic reporter, and his television executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall. (127 mins.)
 
8.
Halloween (1978)
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On Halloween night of 1963, six-year-old Michael Myers stabbed his sister to death. After sitting in a mental hospital for 15 years, Myers escapes and returns to Haddonfield to kill. (91 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
 
9.
The Wicker Man (1973)
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A police sergeant is sent to a Scottish island village in search of a missing girl whom the townsfolk claim never existed. Stranger still are the rites that take place there. (88 mins.)
Director: Robin Hardy
 
10.
Deep Red (1975)
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After witnessing the murder of a famous psychic, a musician teams up with a feisty reporter to find the killer while evading attempts on their lives by the unseen assailant bent on keeping a dark secret buried. (126 mins.)
Director: Dario Argento
 
11.
Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)
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During a rural picnic, a few students and a teacher from an Australian girls' school vanish without a trace. Their absence frustrates and haunts the people left behind. (115 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
 
12.
10 Rillington Place (1971)
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Based on the real-life case of the British serial killer John Christie, and what happened to his neighbours Tim and Beryl Evans. (111 mins.)
 
13.
Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)
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Jonathan and Lucy live in Wismar and the Count wants a house there. Varna is a port on the Black Sea, close to Dracula's castle. (107 mins.)
Director: Werner Herzog
 
14.
Don't Look Now (1973)
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A married couple grieving the recent death of their young daughter are in Venice when they encounter two elderly sisters, one of whom is psychic and brings a warning from beyond. (110 mins.)
Director: Nicolas Roeg
 
15.
Carrie (1976)
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Carrie White, a shy, friendless 17 year-old girl who is sheltered by her domineering, religious mother, unleashes her telekinetic powers after being humiliated by her classmates at her senior prom. (98 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
 
16.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
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In San Francisco, a group of people discover the human race is being replaced one by one, with clones devoid of emotion. (115 mins.)
Director: Philip Kaufman
 
17.
Eraserhead (1977)
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Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child. (89 mins.)
Director: David Lynch
 
18.
House (1977)
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A schoolgirl and six of her classmates travel to her aunt's country home, which tries to devour the girls in bizarre ways. (88 mins.)
 
19.
Who Can Kill a Child? (1976)
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A couple of English tourists arrive on an island where all the children have gone crazy and are murdering the adults. (112 mins.)
 
20.
The Third Part of the Night (1971)
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Set during the occupation of Poland during World War II. Some German soldiers, slaughter a woman, her son and daughter-in-law... (105 mins.)
 
21.
Black Christmas (1974)
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During their Christmas break, a group of sorority girls are stalked by a stranger. (98 mins.)
Director: Bob Clark
 
22.
Theatre of Blood (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A Shakespearean actor takes poetic revenge on the critics who denied him recognition. (104 mins.)
Director: Douglas Hickox
 
23.
Images (1972)
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Schizophrenic housewife, engulfed by terrorizing apparitions, kills off each, unknowing if these demons are merely figments of her hallucinatory imagination or part of reality. (101 mins.)
Director: Robert Altman
 
24.
The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)
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A doctor, scientist, organist, and biblical scholar, Dr. Anton Phibes, seeks revenge on the nine doctors he considers responsible for his wife's death. (94 mins.)
Director: Robert Fuest
 
25.
Martin (1977)
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A young man, who believes himself to be a vampire, goes to live with his elderly and hostile cousin in a small Pennsylvania town where he tries to redeem his blood-craving urges. (95 mins.)
 
26.
Smile Before Death (1972)
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After the death of her mother under strange circumstances, a teenage girl quickly begins to suspect that her recently widowed stepfather may be involved. (85 mins.)
Director: Silvio Amadio
 
27.
What Have You Done to Solange? (1972)
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A teacher who is having an affair with one of his students takes her out on a boat. They see a knife killing on shore... (103 mins.)
 
28.
Don't Torture a Duckling (1972)
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A reporter and a promiscuous young woman try to solve a series of child killings in a remote southern Italian town that's rife with superstition and distrust of outsiders. (102 mins.)
Director: Lucio Fulci
 
29.
Blind Woman's Curse (1970)
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The head of a yakuza gang is being trailed by a mysterious, vengeful blind woman. (85 mins.)
Director: Teruo Ishii
 
30.
Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970)
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Inspired by fairy-tales such as Alice in Wonderland and Little Red-Riding Hood, "Valerie and her Week of Wonders" is a surreal tale in which love, fear, sex and religion merge into one fantastic world. (77 mins.)
Director: Jaromil Jires
 
31.
The House of the Laughing Windows (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Stefano, a young restorer, is commissioned to save a controversial mural located in the church of a small, isolated village. (110 mins.)
Director: Pupi Avati
 
32.
Nazareno Cruz and the Wolf (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Nazareno Cruz is the seventh son of a couple living in a high mountain village. According to a myth... (92 mins.)
Director: Leonardo Favio
 
33.
Morgiana (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Klara and Viktoria are sisters. Their father dies, leaving most of his property to Klara. When Klara becomes involved with a man that her sister loves, Viktoria begins to plot her murder. (100 mins.)
Director: Juraj Herz
 
34.
Sisters (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A journalist witnesses a brutal murder in a neighboring apartment, but the police do not believe that the crime took place. With the help of a private detective, she seeks out the truth. (93 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
 
35.
Tales from the Crypt (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Five strangers get lost in a crypt and meet the mysterious Crypt Keeper, and receive visions of how they will die. (92 mins.)
Director: Freddie Francis
 
36.
Voices (1973)
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After her young son accidentally drowns, a woman has a breakdown and is finally placed in a mental hospital... (91 mins.)
 
37.
The Other (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Down in the farm country of the US twins are born. One of them turns out to be good, while the other becomes rather evil. (108 mins.)
Director: Robert Mulligan
 
38.
The Legend of Hell House (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Physicist Lionel Barrett and his wife lead a team of mediums into the Belasco House, which is supposedly haunted by the victims of its late owner, a six-foot-five serial killer. (95 mins.)
Director: John Hough
 
39.
The Stepford Wives (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Joanna Eberhart has come to the quaint little town of Stepford, Connecticut with her family, but soon discovers there lies a sinister truth in the all too perfect behavior of the female residents. (115 mins.)
Director: Bryan Forbes
 
40.
The Brood (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A man tries to uncover an unconventional psychologist's therapy techniques on his institutionalized wife, amidst a series of brutal murders. (92 mins.)
 
41.
The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
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. (95 mins.)
Director: Jorge Grau
 
42.
Chungyo (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A schoolgirl goes from braids to bouffant when her mother makes her a bar hostess/prostitute. She cures... (110 mins.)
Director: Ki-young Kim
 
43.
Legend of the Mountain (1979)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A scholar, tasked to copy a sutra, meets with a mysterious old lady and her daughter in the mountains. (184 mins.)
Director: King Hu
 
44.
The Perfume of the Lady in Black (1974)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Sylvia, an industrial scientist, is troubled by strange hallucinations related to the tragic suicide of her mother. (101 mins.)
 
45.
The Devil (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
During the Prussian army's invasion to Poland in 1793, a young Polish nobleman Jakub is saved from the... (119 mins.)
 
46.
The Rat Savior (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A poor writer discovers that a species of rats has banded together to impersonate humans and supplant them unnoticed... (80 mins.)
Director: Krsto Papic
 
47.
Short Night of Glass Dolls (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
An American journalist in Prague searches for his girlfriend who has suddenly disappeared. (97 mins.)
Director: Aldo Lado
 
48.
The Inugami Family (1976)
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(146 mins.)
Director: Kon Ichikawa
 
49.
Shivers (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
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. (87 mins.)
 
50.
The Cat o' Nine Tails (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A newspaper reporter and a retired, blind journalist try to solve a series of killings connected to a pharmaceutical company's experimental, top-secret research projects and in so doing, both become targets of the killer. (115 mins.)
Director: Dario Argento
 
51.
The Tenant (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A bureaucrat rents a Paris apartment where he finds himself drawn into a rabbit hole of dangerous paranoia. (126 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski