The Best B-Pictures Of The 1970sby Akira_Chimera | created - 23 Mar 2011 | updated - 1 month ago | Public
This list is dedicated to those pictures that are not much talked about or sometimes even sneered at. Most of these movies were made on a small budget but can be very entertaining nevertheless. That is, if you generally dig B-pictures of the sci-fi or horror genre, for example. Some of the entries might be considered trash, but I assure you that you will find only the hilarious ones here. So, if you are in the mood for a somewhat different movie that does not necessarily follow mainstream rules, chances are that you will find here what you are looking for.
As usual, don't hesitate to leave a comment if you feel up to it.
PS: The movies are sorted by year and not necessarily by my preference. This list is by no means complete as I will add new worthwhile films as I stumble across them.
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1. Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970)
R | 91 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Three distinguished English gentlemen accidentally resurrect Count Dracula, killing a disciple of his in process. The Count seeks to avenge his dead servant, by making the trio die in the hands of their own children.
2. And Soon the Darkness (1970)
GP | 94 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Two young English women go on a cycling tour of the French countryside. When one of them goes missing, the other begins to search for her. But who can she trust?
4. The Blood Rose (1970)
R | 92 min | Horror
An artist becomes obsessed with restoring the beautiful face of his badly burned fiancée, resorting to blackmailing a plastic surgeon into a shady operation.
5. House of Dark Shadows (1970)
PG | 97 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Vampire Barnabas Collins is accidentally released from his centuries-long confinement at his family's estate in Maine. He targets his clueless descendants who live there now and pursues Maggie, the incarnation of his lost love.
7. La morte risale a ieri sera (1970)
93 min | Crime, Drama
A chief police inspector investigates the disappearance of a 25-year-old, intellectually disabled woman, the daughter of a lonely widower. After she turns up dead, the cops race to find the... See full summary »
8. A Hatchet for the Honeymoon (1970)
GP | 88 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A cleaver-wielding bridal designer murders various young brides-to-be in an attempt to unlock a repressed childhood trauma concerning the death of his mother.
9. Five Dolls for an August Moon (1970)
Not Rated | 82 min | Mystery, Thriller
A small group of people come to an island to relax but soon find themselves trapped on the island with a murderer in their midst.
10. Scars of Dracula (1970)
R | 96 min | Horror
A young man, Paul Carlson, is on a trip and spends the night at Count Dracula's castle. He is murdered. After some time has passed, the young man's brother Simon comes to the small town ... See full summary »
11. Na komete (1970)
74 min | Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi
When a comet passes the earth very closely, it pulls a small part of North Africa with it. Carried along is a bunch of people. Among them Angelika, who just escaped from a ruthless weapon ... See full summary »
14. Space Amoeba (1970)
G | 84 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi
A space probe is infiltrated by alien beings and then crashes on a remote Pacific atoll. A group planning to build a resort hotel land on the island and discover it to be inhabited by giant... See full summary »
15. Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970)
R | 97 min | Action, Comedy
Gravedigger Jones and Coffin Ed Johnson are two black cops with a reputation for breaking the odd head. Both are annoyed at the success of the Reverend Deke O'Mailey who is selling trips ... See full summary »
16. Il tuo dolce corpo da uccidere (1970)
88 min | Horror
A man fantasizes about killing his wife. When he receives an anonymous letter with information that his wife is cheating on him, he decides to come up with a plan making his fantasies come true.
18. Light the Fuse... Sartana Is Coming (1970)
Not Rated | 99 min | Western
Wily roving gunslinger Sartana arrives in a small town and tries to find a hidden fortune of half a million dollars in gold and two million dollars in counterfeit money. Naturally, a bunch ... See full summary »
20. The Family (1970)
R | 100 min | Action, Crime, Thriller
A hitman is double-crossed by his girlfriend and barely escapes a murder attempt. He then sets out to take his revenge on the woman and the gang boss who put her up to it.
21. 4 mosche di velluto grigio (1971)
PG | 104 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller
A musician is stalked by an unknown killer who's blackmailing him for an accidential killing of another stalker. But is everything what it appears to be?
22. The Cat o' Nine Tails (1971)
GP | 112 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
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.
23. Death Walks on High Heels (1971)
Not Rated | 108 min | Mystery, Thriller
After a heist, the notorious jewel thief Rochard is murdered in a train. In Paris, his daughter Nicole Rochard, who is a stripper, is summoned by the police that wants to know the ... See full summary »
25. Blood from the Mummy's Tomb (1971)
PG | 94 min | Horror
An archaeological expedition brings back to London the coffin of an Egyptian queen known for her magical powers. Her spirit returns in the form of a young girl and strange things start to happen.
26. I, Monster (1971)
PG | 75 min | Horror
Sir Christopher Lee stars in the Amicus production of "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde", where the names have been changed to Dr. Marlowe and Mr. Blake. Lee as Dr. Marlowe ... See full summary »
27. Something Creeping in the Dark (1971)
Unrated | 90 min | Horror
A group of stranded travelers takes refuge in an old abandoned house, only to find out that they are not the only residents of the building.
28. Simon, King of the Witches (1971)
R | 99 min | Horror
Simon, a young man with magic powers, invokes the help of the evil forces in order to take revenge on a man who cheated him with a bad cheque.
29. L'iguana dalla lingua di fuoco (1971)
92 min | Mystery, Thriller
In Dublin, a young woman is brutally murdered in her home by a maniac that throws acid in her face and then slits her throat with a razor. Her mangled body is later discovered in the boot ... See full summary »
30. Black Belly of the Tarantula (1971)
R | 89 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Inspector Tellini investigates serial crimes where victims are paralyzed while having their bellies ripped open with a sharp knife, much in the same way tarantulas are killed by the black ... See full summary »
31. The Case of the Scorpion's Tail (1971)
Not Rated | 95 min | Mystery, Thriller
The Case of the Scorpion's Tail begins with the mysterious death of a millionaire and spirals into the murder of his suddenly rich wife, which draws the attention of a dogged investigator, who follows a trail of blood to the bitter end.
32. Giornata nera per l'ariete (1971)
Not Rated | 93 min | Mystery, Thriller
An alcoholic journalist finds himself on the trail of a murderer after the police make him a suspect in their investigation.
33. The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave (1971)
R | 103 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
A wealthy pervert lures beautiful young women to his castle so he can have his way with them.
34. The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh (1971)
R | 81 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery
An ambassador's wife discovers that one of the men in her life - either her husband, an ex-lover or her current lover - may be a vicious serial killer.
35. La controfigura (1971)
88 min | Mystery, Thriller
A man is shot in an underground car-park by a mysterious bearded man. As he dies he recollects the events that led him to this situation, including adulterous liaisons and jealous envy.
36. Lake of Dracula (1971)
Not Rated | 82 min | Horror
A doctor investigates the murders of several women at a lakeside resort. His investigation leads him to believe that a vampire is responsible for the murders. He sets out to track the vampire down.
38. Una farfalla con le ali insanguinate (1971)
Not Rated | 95 min | Mystery, Thriller
When a girl is murdered in a park, a man is tried and convicted for the crime but afterwards the killings continue.
39. Countess Dracula (1971)
PG | 93 min | Horror
In 17th-century Hungary, elderly widow Countess Elisabeth Nádasdy maintains her misleading youthful appearance by bathing in the blood of virgins regularly supplied to her by faithful servant Captain Dobi.
40. Twins of Evil (1971)
R | 87 min | Horror
A religious sect led by Gustav Weil hunts all women suspected of witchcraft, killing a number of innocent victims. Young Katy, Gustav's niece, will involve herself in a devilish cult, and become an instrument of Justice in the region.
41. Lust for a Vampire (1971)
R | 91 min | Horror
In 1830, forty years to the day since the last manifestation of their dreaded vampirism, the Karnstein heirs use the blood of an innocent to bring forth the evil that is the beautiful ... See full summary »
43. A Lizard in a Woman's Skin (1971)
Not Rated | 95 min | Mystery, Thriller
The potentially unhinged daughter of a British politician is accused of killing her hedonistic neighbor after she witnesses the murder in a dream.
44. Hanno cambiato faccia (1971)
90 min | Drama, Horror
In this allegory on capitalism, director of a known car corporation invites one of his employees to his country villa to give him the good news. He just got promoted. However, the old man is not what he seems and promotion has a price.
45. Murders in the Rue Morgue (1971)
PG-13 | 87 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery
Paris...at the turn of the century. Inspector Vidocq investigates a series of unexplained murders at a Grand Guignol-type theatre...where the players have suddenly become real-life victims. Based on the story by Edgar Allan Poe.
46. Gojira tai Hedora (1971)
PG | 85 min | Animation, Action, Adventure
From Earth's pollution a new monster is spawned. Hedorah, the smog monster, destroys Japan and fights Godzilla while spewing his poisonous gas to further the damage.
48. The Designated Victim (1971)
105 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller