Horror Movies of the 1970s

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1. 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: 2,183

2. 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: 3,681

3. Dracula (1974 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 98 min | Horror

Dracula is searching for a woman who looks like his long dead wife.

Director: Dan Curtis | Stars: Jack Palance, Simon Ward, Nigel Davenport, Pamela Brown

Votes: 1,353

4. 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: 1,918

5. Cry of the Banshee (1970)

GP | 91 min | Horror

In Elizabethan England, a wicked lord massacres nearly all the members of a coven of witches, earning the enmity of their leader, Oona. Oona calls up a magical servant, a "banshee", to ... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Hessler | Stars: Vincent Price, Essy Persson, Hilary Heath, Carl Rigg

Votes: 1,543

6. The Dunwich Horror (1970)

R | 90 min | Horror

Wilbur Whateley travels to the Arkham Miskatonic University to borrow the legendary Necronomicon. But, little does anyone know, Whateley isn't quite human...

Director: Daniel Haller | Stars: Sandra Dee, Dean Stockwell, Ed Begley, Lloyd Bochner

Votes: 3,162

7. Flesh for Frankenstein (1973)

R | 95 min | Horror

Baron Frankenstein creates two "zombies" - one male, one female - planning to mate them in order to create a master race.

Directors: Paul Morrissey, Antonio Margheriti | Stars: Joe Dallesandro, Udo Kier, Dalila Di Lazzaro, Monique van Vooren

Votes: 4,814

8. 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: 1,786

9. 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: 2,179

10. 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 »

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

Votes: 1,824

11. 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: 2,970

Next! aka The Strange Vice of Mrs.Wardh

12. 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: 4,177

13. Scream and Scream Again (1970)

R | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

A serial killer who drains his victims' blood is on the loose in London; the police follow him to a house owned by an eccentric scientist.

Director: Gordon Hessler | Stars: Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Judy Huxtable

Votes: 2,676

14. Shock Waves (1977)

PG | 85 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Visitors to a remote island discover that a reclusive Nazi commandant has been breeding a group of Zombie soldiers.

Director: Ken Wiederhorn | Stars: Peter Cushing, John Carradine, Brooke Adams, Fred Buch

Votes: 4,225

15. 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: 4,479

16. 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: 11,652

17. The Andromeda Strain (1971)

G | 131 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

60 Metascore

A group of scientists investigate a deadly new alien virus before it can spread.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: James Olson, Arthur Hill, David Wayne, Kate Reid

Votes: 29,304

18. The Beast in the Cellar (1971)

R | 88 min | Horror, Thriller

Soldiers in a rural English town are being brutally murdered by an unknown creature. Two sisters living nearby realize they might understand what's happening.

Director: James Kelley | Stars: Beryl Reid, Flora Robson, John Hamill, Tessa Wyatt

Votes: 673

19. Bigfoot (1970)

GP | 84 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Bigfoot kidnaps some women and some bikers decide to go on a rescue mission to save them.

Director: Robert F. Slatzer | Stars: John Carradine, Joi Lansing, Judith Jordan, John Mitchum

Votes: 635

20. The Brotherhood of Satan (1971)

GP | 92 min | Horror

A family is trapped in a desert town by a cult of senior-citizens who recruit the town's children to worship Satan.

Director: Bernard McEveety | Stars: Strother Martin, L.Q. Jones, Charles Bateman, Ahna Capri

Votes: 1,075

21. Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter (1974)

R | 91 min | Adventure, Horror, Mystery

A master swordsman and former soldier and his hunchbacked assistant hunt vampires.

Director: Brian Clemens | Stars: Horst Janson, John Carson, Shane Briant, Caroline Munro

Votes: 3,479

22. Carnival of Blood (1970)

R | 87 min | Horror

A psychopathic killer uses the carousel ride at a carnival to pick his victims, whom he then murders and dismembers.

Director: Leonard Kirtman | Stars: Earle Edgerton, Judith Resnick, Martin Barolsky, Kaly Mills

Votes: 344

23. Cauldron of Blood (1970)

GP | 95 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A blind sculptor works on his magnum opus unaware that the skeletons he has been using for armatures are the remains of the victims of his evil wife and that he is the next target.

Director: Edward Mann | Stars: Jean-Pierre Aumont, Boris Karloff, Viveca Lindfors, Rosenda Monteros

Votes: 287

Cauldron of Blood

24. A Clockwork Orange (1971)

R | 136 min | Crime, Drama, Sci-Fi

80 Metascore

In the future, a sadistic gang leader is imprisoned and volunteers for a conduct-aversion experiment, but it doesn't go as planned.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Patrick Magee, Michael Bates, Warren Clarke

Votes: 658,230

25. Crucible of Terror (1971)

Not Rated | 91 min | Drama, Horror

An obsessed sculptor kills a young woman to make a perfect bronze sculpture of her. Years later at his secluded home a number of people become trapped in a web of revenge, murder and horror.

Director: Ted Hooker | Stars: Mike Raven, James Bolam, Mary Maude, Ronald Lacey

Votes: 422

26. Crucible of Horror (1971)

R | 91 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

A mother and daughter hatch a scheme to murder their family's domineering and sadistic patriarch.

Director: Viktors Ritelis | Stars: Michael Gough, Yvonne Mitchell, Sharon Gurney, Simon Gough

Votes: 595

27. 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: 3,695

28. The Devils (1971)

R | 111 min | Biography, Drama, History

In 17th-century France, Father Urbain Grandier seeks to protect the city of Loudun from the corrupt establishment of Cardinal Richelieu. Hysteria occurs within the city when he is accused of witchcraft by a sexually repressed nun.

Director: Ken Russell | Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Oliver Reed, Dudley Sutton, Max Adrian

Votes: 10,837

29. 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: 1,991

30. Duel (1971 TV Movie)

PG | 90 min | Action, Horror, Thriller

A business commuter is pursued and terrorized by the malevolent driver of a massive tractor-trailer.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Dennis Weaver, Jacqueline Scott, Eddie Firestone, Lou Frizzell

Votes: 54,679

31. Equinox (1970)

M/PG | 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: 2,507

32. 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: 2,732

33. The House That Dripped Blood (1971)

GP | 102 min | Horror

55 Metascore

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: 3,899

34. 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: 1,028

35. Season of the Witch (1972)

R | 130 min | Drama

40 Metascore

A bored, unhappy suburban housewife gets mixed up in witchcraft and murder.

Director: George A. Romero | Stars: Jan White, Raymond Laine, Ann Muffly, Joedda McClain

Votes: 1,824

Season of The Witch aka Jack's Wife

36. 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: 5,953

37. The Man Who Haunted Himself (1970)

GP | 94 min | Thriller

Harold Pelham encounters a duplicate of himself in the aftermath of a car crash. After that moment, his life is upset.

Director: Basil Dearden | Stars: Roger Moore, Hildegard Neil, Alastair Mackenzie, Hugh Mackenzie

Votes: 1,664

38. The Mephisto Waltz (1971)

R | 115 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Alan Alda's character is a music journalist whose career as a piano player came to an end when his debut concert received undeservedly scathing reviews.

Director: Paul Wendkos | Stars: Alan Alda, Jacqueline Bisset, Barbara Parkins, Bradford Dillman

Votes: 1,875

39. 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: 1,078

40. The Night Visitor (1971)

GP | 106 min | Crime, Thriller, Horror

A man named Salem escapes from an insane asylum where he was confined for an axe-murder. Falsely convicted under a plea of "guilty due to insanity", he does not plan to let his sister and ... See full summary »

Director: Laslo Benedek | Stars: Max von Sydow, Trevor Howard, Liv Ullmann, Per Oscarsson

Votes: 939

41. The Omega Man (1971)

GP | 98 min | Action, Sci-Fi, Thriller

56 Metascore

Army doctor Robert Neville struggles to create a cure for the plague that wiped out most of the human race.

Director: Boris Sagal | Stars: Charlton Heston, Anthony Zerbe, Rosalind Cash, Paul Koslo

Votes: 25,784 | Gross: $8.72M

42. Play Misty for Me (1971)

R | 102 min | Thriller

78 Metascore

A brief fling between a male disc jockey and an obsessed female fan takes a frightening, and perhaps even deadly turn when another woman enters the picture.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Jessica Walter, Donna Mills, John Larch

Votes: 22,145 | Gross: $10.60M

43. Asylum (I) (1972)

PG | 88 min | Horror

In order to secure a job at a mental institution, a young psychiatrist must interview four patients inside the asylum.

Director: Roy Ward Baker | Stars: Barbara Parkins, Richard Todd, Sylvia Syms, Peter Cushing

Votes: 4,743

44. The Asphyx (1972)

PG | 83 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

English country squire Sir Hugo Cunningham searches for immortality by literally 'bottling up' the Spirit of the Dead, or Asphyx.

Director: Peter Newbrook | Stars: Robert Powell, Robert Stephens, Jane Lapotaire, Alex Scott

Votes: 1,808

45. The Baby (1973)

PG | 84 min | Horror, Thriller

A social worker, still reeling from the loss of her architect husband, investigates the eccentric, psychedelic Wadsworth Family, consisting of a mother, two daughters, and an adult son with the apparent mental capacity of an infant.

Director: Ted Post | Stars: Anjanette Comer, Ruth Roman, Marianna Hill, Susanne Zenor

Votes: 2,197