10 Best Horror Films of 1976

Yet another very good year for horror with some fantastic top films. As a matter of fact, this might be one of the most consistently great top ten lists. This is a time in the genre where the high-profile films become classics year after year.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
Face to Face, Marathon Man, Obsession

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
God Told Me To, House of Mortal Sin, The Town That Dreaded Sundown, Massacre at Central High, To the Devil a Daughter, Death Weekend, Deadly Strangers, Shadow of the Hawk, King Kong, The Witch Who Came from the Sea, Assault! Jack the Ripper, Inquisition, A Whisper in the Dark, Embryo, Schizo, J.D.'s Revenge, Born for Hell, When the Screaming Stops, Mansion of the Doomed, Island of Death, Grizzly, Squirm

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1.
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
 
2.
The Omen (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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
 
3.
Carrie (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Carrie White, a shy, friendless teenage 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
 
4.
Who Can Kill a Child? (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A couple of English tourists arrive on an island where all the children have gone crazy and are murdering the adults. (112 mins.)
 
5.
Assault on Precinct 13 (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A police sergeant and an unlikely band of criminals defend a closing LA precinct office on New Years Eve against an army of gang members. (91 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
 
6.
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
 
7.
The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
13-year-old Rynn Jacobs lives alone in a high-class Quebec small town, but unknown to the neighbors, she is leading a secret and dangerous life. (100 mins.)
 
8.
The Signalman (1976 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A lonely Signalman is visited by a stranger. (37 mins.)
 
9.
Helter Skelter (1976 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
The investigation and trial of the horrific Tate-LaBianca mass murders orchestrated by the psychotic pseudo-hippie cult leader, Charles Manson. (119 mins.)
Director: Tom Gries
 
10.
Burnt Offerings (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A family moves into an old, haunted house that regenerates itself by feeding off of the life forces of its injured occupants. (116 mins.)
Director: Dan Curtis