Best Horror Movies of the 1970s


The Top Ten

1 Alien
2 Halloween

Today’s youth think that Halloween is slow, but compared to Alien it felt like Die Hard.

3 The Exorcist

I've seen 3 horror movies and the exorcist is the only one that scared the crap out of me and gave me nightmares - Ajkloth

The MOST terrifying movie you will ever see. - fireinside96

This will leave you shivering

Great movie. loved it. its creepy for sure, and really well done.

4 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
5 Dawn of the Dead

The best zombie film of all time deserves to be in the top 3 at least on this list. In my opinion, this and Texas Chainsaw Massacre were the best horror movies of the 1970s.

6 Carrie
7 Black Christmas
8 Jaws
9 The Omen
10 The Brood

The Contenders

11 The Hills Have Eyes
12 The Wicker Man
13 King Kong
14 The Last House on the Left
15 Sisters
16 Invasion of the Body Snatchers
17 Vampire Circus
18 Horror Express
19 Shivers
20 The Prophecy
21 Eraserhead
22 The Tenant
23 When a Stranger Calls
24 Eaten Alive
25 I Spit On Your Grave
26 And Soon the Darkness
27 See No Evil
28 The Other
29 The Stepford Wives
30 Obsession
31 Flesh for Frankenstein
32 Nosferatu the Vampyre
33 Piranha
34 The Swarm
35 Parts: The Clonus Horror
36 The Island of Dr. Moreau
37 Rabid
38 The Omega Man
39 Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom
40 Phantasm

Halloween is my favorite horror movie of any decade. How could Phantasm be way down here, behind a bunch of no named B-movies? Hasn’t anybody heard of or seen the Tall Man and his metal spheres? Should be, at least, top 15.

41 The Amityville Horror
42 Suspiria
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Top Remixes

1. The Exorcist
2. Halloween
3. Alien
1. Dawn of the Dead
2. The Exorcist
3. Alien
1. The Exorcist
2. Alien
3. Halloween


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