TV Horror Movies from 60s & 70sby michaelgosullivan | created - 20 Mar 2018 | updated - 30 Mar 2018 | Public
Beginning in the 1960s through its heyday in the 1970s made-for-TV horror movies were a genre unto themselves. Made specifically for the small screen what these humble movies lacked in budget, they made up for in other ways. They served as a lucrative genre for Stars of yesterday as well young as up and coming Stars, Producers and Directors. Many of these treasures are still highly watchable, memorable, and have even enjoyed big budget remakes. There's something about made for TV movies of the 70s and 80s that I just love. They bring back fond memories of evenings or rainy Saturday afternoons being immersed in a tale of terror. Here is a list of some of my favourites in no particular order
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2. Honeymoon with a Stranger (1969 TV Movie)
74 min | Thriller
While vacationing with her husband in Italy, a middle-aged woman wakes up one morning to find that the man in bed with her is not her husband but an imposter. He, however, claims he is her ... See full summary »
3. The House That Would Not Die (1970 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 74 min | Horror
A woman and her niece move into an ancestral house in the Amish countryside haunted by two ghosts from the Revolutionary War.
4. The Old Man Who Cried Wolf (1970 TV Movie)
73 min | Thriller
Emile Pulska is visiting his old friend Abe Stillman. During the visit they are attacked and Emile is struck senseless. When he wakes up he is told that Abe is dead, dead by natural causes,... See full summary »
6. How Awful About Allan (1970 TV Movie)
PG | 73 min | Thriller
After an eight-month stay in a mental hospital, a tormented man comes home to live with his sister; but a mysterious boarder may be trying to kill him.
7. Crowhaven Farm (1970 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 74 min | Drama, Horror
A young couple inherits a farm. Hoping that the rural location might help to patch up their strained marriage, they move into it, only to be confronted by the supernatural forces that inhabit it.
8. A Taste of Evil (1971 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 73 min | Horror, Thriller
On her way home from a stay at a mental institution after a traumatic rape, a woman realizes that someone is deliberately trying to drive her insane.
9. Five Desperate Women (1971 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 73 min | Drama, Thriller
Five young women vacation together at a resort on an isolated island. They are the resort's only customers and, aside from the boat Captain who brought them there and the resort's handyman,... See full summary »
10. A Howling in the Woods (1971 TV Movie)
PG | 100 min | Thriller
A disillusioned housewife on a vacation in the woods is disturbed by her husband continually trying to get her to come home and, more ominously, a mysterious howling at night.
13. Do Not Fold, Spindle or Mutilate (1971 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 73 min | Comedy, Mystery
Four elderly ladies with a lot of time on their hands get the idea to create a fictional "girl" for a computer dating service. However, things take a turn for the worse when their ... See full summary »
14. When Michael Calls (1972 TV Movie)
73 min | Horror, Thriller
A woman begins receiving ominous phone calls from her nephew who died 15 years earlier. With each phone call, a family member dies. Will she be the next in line?
16. The Screaming Woman (1972 TV Movie)
TV-PG | 73 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller
A wealthy former mental patient goes home to her estate to rest and recuperate. While walking the grounds one day she hears the screams of a woman coming from underneath the ground who has ... See full summary »
18. Crawlspace (1972 TV Movie)
74 min | Horror, Thriller
A childless middle-age couple adopt a troubled youth they find living in their crawlspace and attempt to get him to rejoin society with tragic results.
20. Home for the Holidays (1972 TV Movie)
73 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
An ailing man summons his four daughters home for Christmas and asks them to kill his new wife, who he suspects is poisoning him.
21. Haunts of the Very Rich (1972 TV Movie)
75 min | Drama, Thriller
A group of wealthy but secretly very troubled people travel to an island resort but find themselves wondering about their existences after a while.
22. Night of Terror (1972 TV Movie)
Unrated | 73 min | Thriller
A hired killer hunts down a schoolteacher to get something she has. She doesn't know what it is, but he's already killed twice to get it.
23. The Devil's Daughter (1973 TV Movie)
Unrated | 74 min | Horror
A young girl whose mother had sold her soul to Satan when she was born is told by Satan that she must marry a fellow demon.
25. Scream, Pretty Peggy (1973 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 74 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
A sculptor hires young college girls to take care of his elderly mother and his supposedly insane sister, both of whom live in the old family mansion with him.
27. The Norliss Tapes (1973 TV Movie)
72 min | Horror
An investigative reporter stumbles onto an artist that has made a pact to come back after his death to sculpt a statue of a demon using human blood and clay. Once the demon is awakened he will be granted immortality.
28. Satan's School for Girls (1973 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 78 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery
A young woman investigating her sister's suicide at a private girls' school finds herself battling a Satanic cult.
30. The Strange and Deadly Occurrence (1974 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 78 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
A family moves into a new home in an isolated area, and soon realizes that someone--or something--doesn't want them there.
31. All the Kind Strangers (1974 TV Movie)
TV-PG | 73 min | Horror, Thriller
A couple traveling through a backwoods area are held by a a group of orphans who want them to become their parents. Unfortunately, the kids have a habit of killing adults who refuse that particular honor.
32. The Legend of Lizzie Borden (1975 TV Movie)
TV-14 | 96 min | Drama, History, Mystery
In Massachusetts in 1893, Lizzie Borden is put on trial for murdering her father and stepmother with an axe.
34. Satan's Triangle (1975 TV Movie)
74 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
A US coast guard finds only a woman still alive aboard a shipwreck. She tells her rescuer what happened and soon, they find themselves trapped in a mysterious part of the ocean known as Satan's Triangle.
35. Death at Love House (1976 TV Movie)
Unrated | 74 min | Horror, Mystery
Donna and Joel Gregory are researching a book about long dead Hollywood goddess Lorna Love. They are staying at Lorna's estate while interviewing old "friends" of Lorna. Joel, whose father ... See full summary »
39. The Initiation of Sarah (1978 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 96 min | Horror, Thriller
A withdrawn young girl joins an unpopular sorority in college. It turns out she has psychic and telekinetic powers, and she uses them against a rival sorority.
40. Summer of Fear (1978 TV Movie)
PG-13 | 100 min | Horror, Thriller
A teenage girl's life is turned upside down after her cousin moves into her house, and as time goes by, she begins to suspect that she may be a practitioner of witchcraft.
41. Cruise Into Terror (1978 TV Movie)
100 min | Thriller, Horror
An Egyptian sarcophagus that is cargo on a pleasure cruise ship has a secret - it contains the son of Satan, and its effects start to make the ship's passengers behave strangely.