Horror Favorites: The 70s

by Scarecrow-88 | created - 01 May 2012 | updated - 15 May 2012 | Public

This is the decade of decadence and depravity. Everything goes. You had it all. Sure the 80s and beyond have tried to go beyond the limits and follow the groundwork of what was laid in this decade. I will list here the movies from the 70s I have seen and would recommend (or enjoyed in one way or another). Not all of these are necessarily good or even of significant quality, but many of them are personal favorites or are examples, I think, of horror in its purest, most visceral form. The movies are *not* ranked in order, just to let you know.

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1. 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: 2,151

This movie actually speeds up the soap's Barnabas storyline, covering a lot of familiar ground if you watched the show in the 60s. I love the Gothic trappings of this film and especially enjoyed the downbeat conclusion where no one is safe, no matter who you are.

2. Valerie a týden divu (1970)

Not Rated | 77 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

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.

Director: Jaromil Jires | Stars: Jaroslava Schallerová, Helena Anýzová, Petr Kopriva, Jirí Prýmek

Votes: 6,073

3. 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: 4,389

Carmella is a vampiress I salivate over and her slow seduction of a virginal teen girl blossoming into a woman was exactly what I wanted while watching the movie. I am happy to own the MGM dvd which pairs this with Countess Dracula. Ingrid Pitt...my heart skips a beat.

4. Equinox (1970)

GP | 80 min | Horror, Adventure, Mystery

Four friends are attacked by a demon while on a picnic, due to possession of a tome of mystic information. Told in flashbacks by the sole survivor.

Directors: Jack Woods, Dennis Muren, Mark Thomas McGee | Stars: Edward Connell, Barbara Hewitt, Frank Bonner, Robin Christopher

Votes: 2,470

Probably my favorite independent monster film shot on a shoestring. Because I love stop motion animation, this movie won me over, but I also applaud Criterion for giving this film a release even as elitists balked.

5. Mark of the Devil (1970)

R | 90 min | Drama, History, Horror

In 1700s Austria, a witch-hunter's apprentice has doubts about the righteousness of witch-hunting when he witnesses the brutality, the injustice, the falsehood, the torture and the arbitrary killing that go with the job.

Directors: Michael Armstrong, Adrian Hoven | Stars: Herbert Lom, Udo Kier, Olivera Katarina, Reggie Nalder

Votes: 2,457

People talk about movies of today when batting around "torture porn", but "Mark of the Devil", in my opinion, is just as potent and shocking as anything that has been produced the last ten or so years. The torture devices used in the film, which I think authentically evokes the witch trials of the old Salem days in unflinching detail. Herbert Lom is one cold blooded bastard.

6. The Nude Vampire (1970)

88 min | Horror

A young man falls in love with a beautiful woman being chased by sinister masked figures at night. He tries to track her down, and learns she's being held captive by his father and colleagues who believe she's a vampire.

Director: Jean Rollin | Stars: Caroline Cartier, Olivier Rollin, Maurice Lemaître, Bernard Musson

Votes: 930

7. Count Dracula (1970)

PG | 98 min | Horror

Jess Franco's version of the Bram Stoker classic has Count Dracula as an old man who grows younger whenever he dines on the blood of young maidens.

Director: Jesús Franco | Stars: Christopher Lee, Herbert Lom, Klaus Kinski, Maria Rohm

Votes: 2,150

Some of the Franco faithful consider this a movie where he sells out as a means to try and reach a mainstream audience. I, on the other hand, feel he just wanted to prove he could make a Gothic horror film that was as equally good as the Hammer output. I think he succeeds, and with a miniscule budget, as well. When Lee says this is his best portrayal as the Count, I think that speaks for itself.

8. 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: 4,283

9. 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. Needless to say, he is murdered. After some time has passed, the young man's brother Simon comes to ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 4,050

One of my favorite Hammer Draculas. I love how menacing Lee is here.

10. The Wizard of Gore (1970)

Not Rated | 95 min | Horror

A TV talk-show hostess and her boyfriend investigate a shady magician whom has the ability to hypnotize and control the thoughts of people in order to stage gory on-stage illusions using his powers of mind bending.

Director: Herschell Gordon Lewis | Stars: Ray Sager, Judy Cler, Wayne Ratay, Phil Laurenson

Votes: 2,735

While I think this is a poor movie overall, I think the schlocky gore, the savagery in all its hokey glory, is worthy of viewing for those who seek out movies that base their entertainment value significantly in the extreme violence on screen. The characters have broad acting styles certain to give many of you the giggles.

11. I Drink Your Blood (1970)

R | 83 min | Horror

A group of hippies wreak havoc on a small town and a young boy, whose grandfather and sister were attacked by them, decides to get even, with deadly results.

Director: David E. Durston | Stars: Bhaskar Roy Chowdhury, Jadin Wong, Rhonda Fultz, George Patterson

Votes: 2,636

I think the plot on paper is better than the actual movie, but Lynn Lowery has a GREAT scene in this. And, in my mind, the mere mention of her name warrants essential viewing. I love the over-the-top acting in this movie.

12. 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: 2,140

13. Multiple Maniacs (1970)

Not Rated | 91 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror

Lady Divine becomes enraged when her boyfriend cheats on her, and descends into a life of murder and mayhem.

Director: John Waters | Stars: Divine, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce, Mink Stole

Votes: 1,994 | Gross: $0.03M

14. Girly (1970)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror

A wealthy, fatherless British clan kidnaps bums and hippies and forces them to participate in an elaborate role-playing game in which they are the perfect family; those who refuse or attempt escape are ritualistically murdered.

Director: Freddie Francis | Stars: Michael Bryant, Ursula Howells, Pat Heywood, Howard Trevor

Votes: 892

Freddie Francis has often been criticized as a poor director despite his accolades as a super cinematographer. I think Girly is an example of what he can do as director. Of course, the film is more about the demented, out-there family of sociopaths who take in lodgers, later killing them, but the humor is of the dark variety, black as pitch and certain to win over the hearts of many fans of horror.

15. A Hatchet for the Honeymoon (1970)

GP | 88 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A bridal design shop owner kills various young brides-to-be in an attempt to unlock a repressed childhood trauma that's causing him to commit murder.

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

Votes: 2,669

This was my first Bava experience. Judging by my review for the movie, I loved it wholeheartedly. Not sure how the second viewing would be. Most think it is lesser Bava, some even consider it poor/crap. I have never paid too much mind to Bava's critics or those who consider his films dull throwbacks/wannabes of horror yesteryear. I think he was entering this decade willing to set his films in the modern era and embraces black comedy rather happily as evident with this demented movie.

16. Count Yorga, Vampire (1970)

PG-13 | 93 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A couple invites a Count from Hungary, who recently immigrated to America, to conduct a seance for the woman's recently deceased mother, oblivious to the fact that he is actually a vampire.

Director: Bob Kelljan | Stars: Robert Quarry, Roger Perry, Michael Murphy, Michael Macready

Votes: 1,859

17. Blood Mania (1970)

R | 81 min | Horror

A sex-crazed nympho helps speed along her father's death so she can use the inheritance to help out her depraved boyfriend.

Director: Robert Vincent O'Neill | Stars: Peter Carpenter, Maria De Aragon, Vicki Peters, Reagan Wilson

Votes: 668

18. Awakening of the Beast (1970)

93 min | Drama, Horror

Psychiatrist experiments LSD on 4 volunteers, to investigate Coffin Joe's influence over them. Each patient presents a different reaction, involving sex, perversion and sadism.

Director: José Mojica Marins | Stars: José Mojica Marins, Ângelo Assunção, Ronaldo Beibe, Andreia Bryan

Votes: 937

19. Blind Woman's Curse (1970)

Not Rated | 85 min | Action, Crime, Horror

The head of a yakuza gang is being trailed by a mysterious, vengeful blind woman.

Director: Teruo Ishii | Stars: Meiko Kaji, Hoki Tokuda, Makoto Satô, Hideo Sunazuka

Votes: 824

20. In the Folds of the Flesh (1970)

Not Rated | 92 min | Drama, Thriller, Horror

The guests of a villa are killed off one by one by their hosts. Incest, decapitations and a cyanide bath feature amongst the other bizarre delights.

Director: Sergio Bergonzelli | Stars: Eleonora Rossi Drago, Pier Angeli, Fernando Sancho, Alfredo Mayo

Votes: 412

People have to see this to believe it. Crazy as a loon. Those crazy Italians...I love 'em.

21. Let's Scare Jessica to Death (1971)

PG-13 | 89 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A recently institutionalized woman has bizarre experiences after moving into a supposedly haunted country farmhouse and fears she may be losing her sanity once again.

Director: John D. Hancock | Stars: Zohra Lampert, Barton Heyman, Kevin O'Connor, Gretchen Corbett

Votes: 5,851

22. Night of Dark Shadows (1971)

GP | 95 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A painter and his wife move into a home and find themselves plagued by ghosts and spirits of his ancestors that used to be witches.

Director: Dan Curtis | Stars: David Selby, Grayson Hall, Kate Jackson, Lara Parker

Votes: 1,063

23. The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Horror

A doctor, scientist, organist, and biblical scholar, Anton Phibes, seeks revenge on the nine doctors he considers responsible for his wife's death.

Director: Robert Fuest | Stars: Vincent Price, Joseph Cotten, Hugh Griffith, Terry-Thomas

Votes: 11,449

24. Daughters of Darkness (1971)

R | 87 min | Horror

A newlywed couple are passing through a vacation resort. Their paths cross with a mysterious, strikingly beautiful countess and her aide.

Director: Harry Kümel | Stars: Delphine Seyrig, John Karlen, Danielle Ouimet, Andrea Rau

Votes: 3,476

25. Vampyros Lesbos (1971)

Unrated | 89 min | Drama, Horror

An erotic horror tale about a vixen vampiress seducing and killing women to appease her insatiable thirst for female blood.

Director: Jesús Franco | Stars: Soledad Miranda, Dennis Price, Paul Muller, Ewa Strömberg

Votes: 3,642

26. A Bay of Blood (1971)

R | 84 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

The murder of a wealthy heiress by her husband triggers a series of brutal killings in the surrounding bay area.

Director: Mario Bava | Stars: Claudine Auger, Luigi Pistilli, Claudio Camaso, Anna Maria Rosati

Votes: 7,271

27. 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: 3,573

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

Not Rated | 95 min | Mystery, Thriller

A young woman is accused of murdering her debauched neighbor after dreaming it. Was she set up, or did she really do it?

Director: Lucio Fulci | Stars: Florinda Bolkan, Stanley Baker, Jean Sorel, Silvia Monti

Votes: 3,354

29. The House That Dripped Blood (1971)

GP | 102 min | Horror

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

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

Votes: 3,732

30. The Shiver of the Vampires (1971)

R | 95 min | Horror

A young honeymooning couple stop for the night at an ancient castle. Unbeknownst to them, the castle is home to a horde of vampires, who have their own plans for the couple.

Director: Jean Rollin | Stars: Sandra Julien, Jean-Marie Durand, Jacques Robiolles, Michel Delahaye

Votes: 1,221

31. La corta notte delle bambole di vetro (1971)

Not Rated | 97 min | Horror, Mystery

An American journalist in Prague searches for his girlfriend who has suddenly disappeared.

Director: Aldo Lado | Stars: Ingrid Thulin, Jean Sorel, Mario Adorf, Barbara Bach

Votes: 1,999

32. Sie tötete in Ekstase (1971)

Unrated | 73 min | Horror

A young doctor kills himself after a medical committee terminates his research into human embryos, considering it too inhumane. His wife then seeks revenge on those who drove her husband to... See full summary »

Director: Jesús Franco | Stars: Soledad Miranda, Fred Williams, Paul Muller, Howard Vernon

Votes: 1,120

33. 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: 2,278

34. 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 »

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

Votes: 2,119

35. The Werewolf Versus the Vampire Woman (1971)

R | 82 min | Horror

Elvira is travelling through the French countryside with her friend Genevieve, searching for the lost tomb of a medieval murderess and possible vampire, Countess Wandessa. They find a ... See full summary »

Director: León Klimovsky | Stars: Paul Naschy, Gaby Fuchs, Barbara Capell, Andrés Resino

Votes: 1,298

36. Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde (1971)

PG | 94 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A Victorian scientist tests a serum that transforms him into a sensuous murderess.

Director: Roy Ward Baker | Stars: Ralph Bates, Martine Beswick, Gerald Sim, Lewis Fiander

Votes: 1,912

37. Girl Slaves of Morgana Le Fay (1971)

86 min | Horror

Two French girls get lost in the woods and accidentally enter the realm of sorceress Morgana Le Fay - who gives them the choice of either staying young forever as her lovers, or rot in a dungeon for eternity.

Director: Bruno Gantillon | Stars: Dominique Delpierre, Alfred Baillou, Mireille Saunin, Régine Motte

Votes: 561

38. Malpertuis (1971)

125 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A young sailor finds himself trapped in the labyrinthine mansion of his occultist uncle, along with a number of eccentric and mysterious relatives who all seem to be harboring a dark secret.

Director: Harry Kümel | Stars: Orson Welles, Susan Hampshire, Michel Bouquet, Mathieu Carrière

Votes: 1,081

39. La coda dello scorpione (1971)

Not Rated | 90 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, Ida Galli

Votes: 1,853

40. La plus longue nuit du diable (1971)

R | 95 min | Fantasy, Horror

Six of seven tourists in a east European castle overnight are victims of a helper of the devil. Is Satan willing to spare their souls?

Director: Jean Brismée | Stars: Erika Blanc, Jean Servais, Daniel Emilfork, Jacques Monseau

Votes: 1,381

41. Hands of the Ripper (1971)

R | 85 min | Horror

As a young child Jack the Ripper's daughter witnesses him kill her mother. As a young woman she carries on the murderous reign of her father. A psychiatrist tries to cure her with tragic consequences.

Director: Peter Sasdy | Stars: Eric Porter, Angharad Rees, Jane Merrow, Keith Bell

Votes: 1,726

42. 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.

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

Votes: 1,131

43. I, Monster (1971)

PG | 75 min | Horror

Christopher Lee stars in the Amicus production of "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde" where the names have been changed to Dr. Marlowe and Mr. Blake. Lee as Dr. Marlowe experiments with intravenous ... See full summary »

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

Votes: 1,005

44. La morte cammina con i tacchi alti (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 »

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

Votes: 1,030

45. In the Devil's Garden (I) (1971)

R | 91 min | Mystery, Crime, Drama

After one schoolgirl is raped while taking a short cut through the local woods, and another is murdered in the same woods a few days later, the local police are baffled. With the help of a ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Hayers | Stars: Suzy Kendall, Frank Finlay, Freddie Jones, James Laurenson

Votes: 361

46. The Velvet Vampire (1971)

R | 80 min | Horror

Sleepy-eyed nice guy Lee Ritter and his vapid, but pretty wife, Susan accept the invitation of mysterious vixen Diane LeFanu to visit her in her secluded desert estate. Tensions arise when ... See full summary »

Director: Stephanie Rothman | Stars: Michael Blodgett, Sherry E. DeBoer, Celeste Yarnall, Gene Shane

Votes: 476