The Best B-Pictures Of The 1970s

by Akira_Chimera | created - 23 Mar 2011 | updated - 2 months 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.

Director: Peter Sasdy | Stars: Christopher Lee, Geoffrey Keen, Gwen Watford, Linda Hayden

Votes: 5,129

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?

Director: Robert Fuest | Stars: Pamela Franklin, Michele Dotrice, Sandor Elès, John Nettleton

Votes: 2,829

3. The Horror of Frankenstein (1970)

R | 95 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

Scientist Victor Frankenstein builds a man from spare body parts; the monster comes alive and wreaks havoc.

Director: Jimmy Sangster | Stars: Ralph Bates, Kate O'Mara, Veronica Carlson, Dennis Price

Votes: 2,118

4. The Blood Rose (1970)

R | 92 min | Horror

A Famous artist becomes obsessed with restoring the beautiful face of his badly burned fiancée, resorting to blackmailing a plastic surgeon into shady operations involving the skin from young girls.

Director: Claude Mulot | Stars: Philippe Lemaire, Anny Duperey, Olivia Robin, Elizabeth Teissier

Votes: 325

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.

Director: Dan Curtis | Stars: Jonathan Frid, Grayson Hall, Kathryn Leigh Scott, Roger Davis

Votes: 2,561 | Gross: $4.00M

6. The Vampire Lovers (1970)

R | 91 min | Horror

Seductive vampire Carmilla Karnstein and her family target the beautiful and the rich in a remote area of late eighteenth-century Gemany.

Director: Roy Ward Baker | Stars: Ingrid Pitt, Pippa Steel, Madeline Smith, Peter Cushing

Votes: 5,158

7. Death Occurred Last Night (1970)

93 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A compassionate police captain searches for a mentally challenged 25 year old daughter of a widower, who's been kidnapped and forced into prostitution.

Director: Duccio Tessari | Stars: Raf Vallone, Frank Wolff, Gabriele Tinti, Gillian Bray

Votes: 414

8. 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.

Director: Mario Bava | Stars: Stephen Forsyth, Dagmar Lassander, Laura Betti, Jesús Puente

Votes: 3,189

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.

Director: Mario Bava | Stars: William Berger, Ira von Fürstenberg, Edwige Fenech, Howard Ross

Votes: 2,569

10. Scars of Dracula (1970)

R | 95 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 where all the traces end to look for him.

Director: Roy Ward Baker | Stars: Christopher Lee, Dennis Waterman, Jenny Hanley, Christopher Matthews

Votes: 4,842

11. On the Comet (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 »

Director: Karel Zeman | Stars: Magda Vásáryová, Emil Horváth, Frantisek Filipovský, Cestmír Randa

Votes: 555

12. An Evening of Edgar Allan Poe (1970)

Unrated | 53 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Vincent Price recites four Edgar Allen Poe stories: The Tell-Tale Heart, The Sphinx, The Cask of Amontillado, and The Pit and the Pendulum.

Director: Kenneth Johnson | Star: Vincent Price

Votes: 898

13. The Weekend Murders (1970)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Crime, Mystery

A family goes to a British estate to hear the reading of a will and while there they are murdered one by one.

Director: Michele Lupo | Stars: Anna Moffo, Evelyn Stewart, Gastone Moschin, Peter Baldwin

Votes: 360

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 »

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Akira Kubo, Atsuko Takahashi, Yukiko Kobayashi, Kenji Sahara

Votes: 1,009

15. Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970)

R | 97 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

Two Harlem cops investigate a robbery, believing that a reverend has staged it in order to steal the money he's collected for a local fundraiser.

Director: Ossie Davis | Stars: Godfrey Cambridge, Raymond St. Jacques, Calvin Lockhart, Judy Pace

Votes: 1,677 | Gross: $4.39M

16. Il tuo dolce corpo da uccidere (1970)

88 min | Thriller

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.

Director: Alfonso Brescia | Stars: George Ardisson, Françoise Prévost, Orchidea De Santis, Eduardo Fajardo

Votes: 127

17. Kill the Fatted Calf and Roast It (1970)

92 min | Drama, Thriller

When a young man named Enrico comes back home for his fathers funeral he discovers his brother Cesare and his sister Verde may be plotting his death.

Director: Salvatore Samperi | Stars: Jean Sorel, Marilù Tolo, Maurizio Degli Esposti, Gigi Ballista

Votes: 96

18. The Fifth Day of Peace (1970)

GP | 103 min | Drama, War

At the end of WW II, German deserters are tried for desertion by fellow POWs inside a prisoner of war camp for Nazis.

Director: Giuliano Montaldo | Stars: Bud Spencer, Franco Nero, Richard Johnson, Larry Aubrey

Votes: 356

19. 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 »

Director: Giuliano Carnimeo | Stars: Gianni Garko, Nieves Navarro, Massimo Serato, Piero Lulli

Votes: 683

20. Adiós, Sabata (1970)

PG-13 | 104 min | Action, War, Western

Master gunslinger Sabata helps a band of Mexican revolutionaries steal a wagon-load of gold.

Director: Gianfranco Parolini | Stars: Yul Brynner, Dean Reed, Ignazio Spalla, Gérard Herter

Votes: 1,722 | Gross: $0.55M

21. Violent City (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.

Director: Sergio Sollima | Stars: Charles Bronson, Telly Savalas, Jill Ireland, Umberto Orsini

Votes: 2,178

22. And God Said to Cain (1970)

Not Rated | 93 min | Horror, Western

A man takes his revenge on the family responsible for his wrongful sentence to ten years of hard labor.

Director: Antonio Margheriti | Stars: Klaus Kinski, Peter Carsten, Marcella Michelangeli, Antonio Cantafora

Votes: 891

23. Four Flies on Grey Velvet (1971)

PG | 104 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

A musician is stalked and blackmailed by an unknown killer for the accidental killing of another stalker.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: Michael Brandon, Mimsy Farmer, Jean-Pierre Marielle, Aldo Bufi Landi

Votes: 6,911

24. The Cat o' Nine Tails (1971)

GP | 112 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

63 Metascore

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.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: James Franciscus, Karl Malden, Catherine Spaak, Pier Paolo Capponi

Votes: 9,500

25. Death Walks on High Heels (1971)

Not Rated | 108 min | Mystery, Thriller

A French stripper is entrusted with her thieving father's last score, a million dollars worth of diamonds. After being threatened to handover the score, she leaves France to England in the company of a doctor, but danger follows.

Director: Luciano Ercoli | Stars: Frank Wolff, Nieves Navarro, Simón Andreu, Carlo Gentili

Votes: 1,469

26. The House That Dripped Blood (1971)

PG | 102 min | Horror

55 Metascore

An anthology of four horror stories revolving around a mysterious rental house in the U.K.

Director: Peter Duffell | Stars: John Bryans, John Bennett, John Malcolm, Denholm Elliott

Votes: 5,104

27. 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.

Directors: Seth Holt, Michael Carreras | Stars: Andrew Keir, Valerie Leon, James Villiers, Hugh Burden

Votes: 2,782

28. I, Monster (1971)

PG | 75 min | Horror

In the Nineteenth Century, in London, the psychologist Charles Marlowe researches a new drug capable to release inhibitions and uses his patients as guinea pigs. He discusses the principles... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Weeks | Stars: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Mike Raven, Richard Hurndall

Votes: 1,161

29. 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.

Director: Mario Colucci | Stars: Farley Granger, Lucia Bosè, Giacomo Rossi Stuart, Stelvio Rosi

Votes: 292

30. 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.

Director: Bruce Kessler | Stars: Andrew Prine, Brenda Scott, George Paulsin, Norman Burton

Votes: 680

31. The Iguana with the Tongue of Fire (1971)

Not Rated | 92 min | Mystery, Thriller

A corpse is found in the trunk of a car that belongs to the Swiss ambassador to the UK. Speculations run wild, as more people around the ambassador keep falling victim to the vicious killer. A former detective is hired to investigate.

Director: Riccardo Freda | Stars: Luigi Pistilli, Dagmar Lassander, Anton Diffring, Arthur O'Sullivan

Votes: 593

32. Black Belly of the Tarantula (1971)

Not Rated | 89 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A series of victims are paralyzed while having their bellies ripped open, much in the same way tarantulas are killed by the black wasp. The victims all seem to have a connection with a spa.

Director: Paolo Cavara | Stars: Giancarlo Giannini, Claudine Auger, Barbara Bouchet, Rossella Falk

Votes: 2,618

33. 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.

Director: Sergio Martino | Stars: George Hilton, Anita Strindberg, Alberto de Mendoza, Janine Reynaud

Votes: 2,482

34. The Fifth Cord (1971)

Not Rated | 93 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

A journalist finds himself on the trail of a murderer who's been targeting people around him, while the police are considering him a suspect in their investigation.

Director: Luigi Bazzoni | Stars: Franco Nero, Silvia Monti, Wolfgang Preiss, Ira von Fürstenberg

Votes: 1,601

35. The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave (1971)

R | 103 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A rich, mentally unstable man who's obsessed with his deceased wife invites women to the family castle for a game of deadly S&M. He suddenly decides to get married to the beautiful Gladys, but does she have his best interests at heart?

Director: Emilio Miraglia | Stars: Anthony Steffen, Marina Malfatti, Enzo Tarascio, Giacomo Rossi Stuart

Votes: 2,056

36. 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.

Director: Sergio Martino | Stars: George Hilton, Edwige Fenech, Conchita Airoldi, Manuel Gil

Votes: 3,702

37. The Double (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.

Director: Romolo Guerrieri | Stars: Ewa Aulin, Jean Sorel, Lucia Bosè, Silvano Tranquilli

Votes: 209

38. 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.

Director: Michio Yamamoto | Stars: Midori Fujita, Chôei Takahashi, Sanae Emi, Shin Kishida

Votes: 576

39. Willard (1971)

GP | 95 min | Horror

49 Metascore

A social misfit uses his only friends, his pet rats, to exact revenge on his tormentors.

Director: Daniel Mann | Stars: Bruce Davison, Elsa Lanchester, Sondra Locke, Ernest Borgnine

Votes: 3,634 | Gross: $19.22M

40. The Bloodstained Butterfly (1971)

Not Rated | 99 min | Mystery, Thriller

When a girl is murdered in a park, a television presenter is accused of killing the girl, who happens to be his daughter's best friend.

Director: Duccio Tessari | Stars: Helmut Berger, Giancarlo Sbragia, Evelyn Stewart, Silvano Tranquilli

Votes: 1,179

41. 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.

Director: Peter Sasdy | Stars: Ingrid Pitt, Nigel Green, Sandor Elès, Maurice Denham

Votes: 3,508

42. 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.

Director: John Hough | Stars: Peter Cushing, Dennis Price, Mary Collinson, Madeleine Collinson

Votes: 4,550

43. 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 Mircalla - or as she was in 1710, Carmilla.

Director: Jimmy Sangster | Stars: Barbara Jefford, Ralph Bates, Suzanna Leigh, Yutte Stensgaard

Votes: 2,242

44. The Blood on Satan's Claw (1971)

R | 97 min | Horror

Horror thriller set in 17th century England about the children of a village slowly converting into a coven of devil worshipers.

Director: Piers Haggard | Stars: Patrick Wymark, Linda Hayden, Barry Andrews, Michele Dotrice

Votes: 4,637

45. A Lizard in a Woman's Skin (1971)

Not Rated | 95 min | Mystery, Thriller

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