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Horror 1970-1979 - 100 Years of Movie Posters - 102

Updated on April 9, 2014

A Chronology of Horror Movie Posters 1970-1979.

Posters for Hammer horror films are not included but can be found in a separate hub - Hammer Horror - 100 Years of Movie Posters - 01

Count Dracula (1970) Italian poster
Count Dracula (1970) Italian poster

Count Dracula (1970) Directed by Jesus Franco. 98mins.

Christopher Lee - Count Dracula
Herbert Lom - Abraham Van Helsing
Klaus Kinski - R.M Renfield
Soledad Miranda - Lucy Westenra
Maria Rohm - Mina Murray
Fred Williams - Jonathan Harker
Paul Muller - Dr. John Seward
Jack Taylor - Quincey Morris

Spanish-Italian-German horror film loosely based on the novel by Bram Stoker, first published in 1897.

IMDB rating 5.7

Count Yorga, Vampire (1970)
Count Yorga, Vampire (1970)

Count Yorga, Vampire (1970) Directed by Bob Kelljan. 90mins.

Robert Quarry - Count Yorga

Also starring Roger Perry, Michael Murphy, Michael Macready, Donna Anders and Judy Lang.

A sequel - The Return of Count Yorga - was released a year later.

Tagline - Dashing, Dark and Deadly.

IMDB rating 5.6

Cry of the Banshee (1970)
Cry of the Banshee (1970)

Cry of the Banshee (1970) Directed by Gordon Hessler. 91mins.

Vincent Price - Lord Edward Whitman

Also starring Elisabeth Bergner, Essy Persson, Hugh Griffith, Sally Geeson, Robert Hutton and Patrick Mower.

Despite the poster tagline, Poe had very little to do with this story of witches

IMDB rating 5.3

The Dunwich Horror (1970)
The Dunwich Horror (1970)

The Dunwich Horror (1970) Directed by Daniel Haller. 90mins.

Sandra Dee - Nancy Wagner
Dean Stockwell - Wilbur Whateley

Also starring Ed Begley, Lloyd Bochner, Sam Jaffe and Talia Shire.

Based on the short story by H.P. Lovecraft, published in 1929.

Tagline - The Devil's Spawn Is about to open the Gates of Hell!

IMDB rating 5.2

House of Dark Shadows (1970)
House of Dark Shadows (1970)

House of Dark Shadows (1970) Directed by Dan Curtis. 97mins.

Jonathan Frid - Barnabas Collins

Also starring Grayson Hall, Kathryn Leigh Scott, Roger Davis, Nancy Barrett and Thayer David.

Based on the gothic TV soap opera "Dark Shadows" (1966-1971).

Tagline - A Story of Blood Relations.

IMDB rating 6.1

Scream and Scream Again (1970)
Scream and Scream Again (1970)

Scream and Scream Again (1970) Directed by Gordon Hessler. 95mins.

Vincent Price - Dr. Browning
Christopher Lee - Fremont
Peter Cushing - Major Benedek

Also starring Judy Huxtable, Alfred Marks, Michael Gothard and Peter Sallis.

SF-Horror based on the novel by Peter Saxon

Tagline - Triple Distilled Horror... as powerful as a vat of boiling acid!

IMDB rating 5.5

The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)
The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)

The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971) Directed by Robert Fuest. 94mins.

Vincent Price - Dr. Anton Phibes
Joseph Cotten - Dr. Vesalius

Also starring Hugh Griffith, Terry-Thomas, Virginia North, Peter Jeffrey, Derek Godfrey and John Cater.

One of Vincent Price's iconic horror roles.

Sequel - Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972)

IMDB rating 7.0

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

The Blood on Satan's Claw (1971) Directed by Piers Haggard. 93mins.

Patrick Wymark - The Judge
Linda Hayden - Angel Blake
Barry Andrews - Ralph Gower

Also starring Michele Dotrice, Wendy Padbury, Anthony Ainley and Tamara Ustinov.

Witches and devil worshippers in the 17th century.

Tagline - A CHILL-FILLED Festival of HORROR!

IMDB rating 6.3

The House That Dripped Blood (1971)
The House That Dripped Blood (1971)

The House That Dripped Blood (1971) Directed by Peter Duffell. 102mins.

Christopher Lee - John Reid
Peter Cushing - Philip Grayson

Also starring Nyree Dawn Porter, Denholm Elliott, Jon Pertwee, Joss Ackland, Chloe Franks, Tom Adams and Ingrid Pitt.

Horror Anthology.

The stories are - Method for Murder, Waxworks, Sweets to the Sweet and The Cloak.

Tagline - Vampires! Voodoo! Vixens! Victims!

IMDB rating 6.5

The Asphyx (1972)
The Asphyx (1972)

The Asphyx (1972) Directed by Peter Newbrook. 99mins.

Robert Stephens - Sir Hugo Cunningham
Robert Powell - Giles Cunningham

Also starring Jane Lapotaire, Alex Scott, Ralph Arliss and Fiona Walker.

A scientist looking at films of people about to die notices a ghostly asphyx hovering near the victims, he plans on capturing his asphyx by cheating death

Tagline - Immortality ... what would you sacrifice for it?

IMDB rating 6.2

Asylum (1972)
Asylum (1972)

Asylum (1972) Directed by Roy Ward Baker. 88mins.

Peter Cushing - Mr. Smith
Britt Ekland - Lucy
Herbert Lom - Dr. Byron

Also starring Patrick Magee, Barry Morse, Robert Powell, Charlotte Rampling, Sylvia Syms and Richard Todd.

Horror Anthology.

The stories are - Frozen Fear, The Weird Tailor, Lucy Comes to Stay and Mannikins of Horror.

Tagline - You have nothing to lose but your mind.

IMDB rating 6.4

Blacula (1972)
Blacula (1972)

Blacula (1972) Directed by William Crain. 93mins.

William Marshall - Prince Mamuwalde / Blacula

Also starring Vonetta McGee, Denise Nicholas, Thalmus Rasulala, Gordon Pinsent and Charles Macaulay as Dracula.

1780. Prince Mamuwalde gets bitten by Dracula and becomes... Blacula!

Sequel - Scream Blacula Scream (1973).

Tagline - Dracula's Soul Brother!

IMDB rating 5.4

Tales from the Crypt (1972)
Tales from the Crypt (1972)

Tales from the Crypt (1972) Directed by Freddie Francis. 92mins.

Ralph Richardson - The Crypt Keeper
Joan Collins - Joanne Clayton
Peter Cushing - Arthur Grimsdyke

Also starring Roy Dotrice, Richard Greene, Ian Hendry, Patrick Magee and Barbara Murray.

Horror Anthology based on EC comics stories.

The stories are - And All Through the House, Reflection of Death, Poetic Justice, Wish You Were Here and Blind Alleys.

IMDB rating 6.9

Horror Express (1972)
Horror Express (1972)

Horror Express (1972) Directed by Eugenio Martin. 90mins.

Christopher Lee - Sir Alexander Saxton
Peter Cushing - Dr. Wells
Telly Savalas - Captain Kazan

Also starring Alberto de Mendoza, Silvia Tortosa and Julio Pena.

Spanish SF-horror.

A cult classic.

Tagline - A nightmare of terror travelling aboard the Horror Express!

IMDB rating 6.4

Last House on the Left (1972)
Last House on the Left (1972)

Last House on the Left (1972) Directed by Wes Craven. 91mins.

Starring Sandra Peabody, Lucy Grantham, David Hess, Fred J. Lincoln, Jeramie Rain, Marc Sheffler and Richard Towers.

Wes Craven's first movie.

Tagline - To avoid fainting, keep repeating: "It's only a movie, only a movie, only a movie..."

IMDB rating 5.9

(a remake was released in 2009 and directed by Dennis Lliadis)

Frogs (1972)
Frogs (1972)

Frogs (1972) Directed by George McCowan. 91mins.

Ray Milland - Jason Crockett
Sam Elliott - Pickett Smith

Also starring Joan Van Ark, Adam Roarke, Judy Pace and Lynn Borden.

"... ribbit... ribbit... ribbit..."

Eco-Horror. Today the pond, tomorrow the world!

Tagline - Nature Strikes Back!

IMDB rating 4.0

And Now the Screaming Starts (1973)
And Now the Screaming Starts (1973)

And Now the Screaming Starts (1973) Directed by Roy Ward Baker. 91mins.

Peter Cushing - Dr. Pope
Herbert Lom - Henry Fengriffen
Stephanie Beacham - Catherine Fengriffen

Also starring Patrick Magee, Ian Ogilvy, Geoffrey Whitehead and Guy Rolfe.

Supernatural horror based on a novel by David Case.

Tagline - The hand crawls... the hand threatens... the hand LIVES!!

IMDB rating 5.7

The Vault of Horror (1973)
The Vault of Horror (1973)

The Vault of Horror (1973) Directed by Roy Ward Baker. 83mins.

Starring Daniel Massey, Terry-Thomas, Curt Jurgens, Dawn Addams, Michael Craig, Edward Judd, Tom Baker, Denholm Elliott, Anna Massey and Glynis Johns.

Horror Anthology based on EC comics stories.

The stories are - Midnight Mess, The Neat Job, This Trick'll Kill You, Bargain in Death and Drawn and Quartered.

IMDB rating 6.4

The Creeping Flesh (1973)
The Creeping Flesh (1973)

The Creeping Flesh (1973) Directed by Freddie Francis. 94mins.

Christopher Lee - James Hildern
Peter Cushing - Emmanuel Hildern

Also starring Lorna Heilbron, George Benson, Kenneth J. Warren and Duncan Lamont.

A scientist discovers a strange prehistoric humanoid skeleton which starts to grow flesh when exposed to water.

Tagline - A terrifying journey through the nightmare worlds of evil, insanity and terrible revenge.

IMDB rating 6.2

The Legend of Hell House (1973)
The Legend of Hell House (1973)

The Legend of Hell House (1973) Directed by John Hough. 95mins.

Roddy McDowall - Benjamin Fischer
Pamela Franklin - Florence Tanner
Clive Revill - Dr. Barrett
Gayle Hunnicutt - Ann Barrett
Michael Gough - Emeric Belasco

Based on the novel 'Hell House' by Richard Matheson, published in 1971.

A team of psychic investigators spend a week at the Belasco House, which claims to be the 'Mount Everest' of haunted houses.

Tagline - For the sake of your sanity, pray it isn't true!

IMDB rating 6.8

Theatre of Blood (1973)
Theatre of Blood (1973)

Theatre of Blood (1973) Directed by Douglas Hickox. 104mins.

Vincent Price - Edward Lionheart
Diana Rigg - Edwina Lionheart
Ian Hendry - Peregrine Devlin

Also starring Harry Andrews, Coral Browne, Robert Coote, Diana Dors, Jack Hawkins, Michael Hordern, Arthur Lowe, Robert Morley, Dennis Price, Milo O'Shea and Eric Sykes.

Excellent horror movie and one of Vincent Price's best roles.

A Shakespearean actor takes bloody revenge on his harshest critics

Tagline - Vincent Price has reserved a seat for you in the "Theatre of Blood."

IMDB rating 7.1

The Wicker Man (1973) Belgian poster
The Wicker Man (1973) Belgian poster

The Wicker Man (1973) Directed by Robin Hardy. 88mins (100mins)

Edward Woodward - Sergeant Howie
Christopher Lee - Lord Summerisle

Also starring Diane Cilento, Britt Ekland, Ingrid Pitt and Aubrey Morris.

Critically acclaimed horror thriller written by Anthony Shaffer and based on the novel "Ritual" by David Pinner, published in 1967.

IMDB rating 7.7

(Remade in 2006, directed by Neil LaBute and starring Nicolas Cage.)

The Exorcist (1973)
The Exorcist (1973)

The Exorcist (1973) Directed by William Friedkin. 122mins (132mins)

Ellen Burstyn - Chris MacNeil
Linda Blair - Regan MacNeil
Max von Sydow - Father Merrin
Jason Miller - Father Damian Karras
Lee J. Cobb - Lt. William Kinderman
Kitty Winn - Sharon Spencer
Jack MacGowran - Burke Dennings
Mercedes McCambridge - Demon (voice)

Based on the demonic bestseller by William Peter Blatty, published in 1971.

Georgetown, Washington. A young girl is possessed by a demon, her mother frantically scans yellow pages for an exorcist.

The Exorcist was incredibly successful at the box office, costing $12m to produce the film grossed $441m worldwide catapaulting it into the top 5 highest grossing films ever made at the time.

Adjusted for inflation it is currently the 9th highest grossing film of all time and has sold more cinema tickets than any other horror movie.

Nominated for 10 Oscars including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress (Ellen Burstyn), Best Supporting Actress (Linda Blair) and Best Supporting Actor (Jason Miller), winning 2 - Best Screenplay and Best Sound.

IMDB rating 8.0

(Followed by two sequels and two prequels)

Flesh for Frankenstein (1973) UK poster
Flesh for Frankenstein (1973) UK poster

Flesh for Frankenstein (1973) Directed by Paul Morrissey. 95mins.

Udo Kier - Baron Frankenstein
Joe Dallesandro - Nicholas

Also starring Monique van Vooren, Arno Juerging, Dalila Di Lazzaro and Srdjan Zelenovic.

Also known as - Andy Warhol's Frankenstein.

Violence, gore and nudity with a dash of necrophilia.

Released in 3D.

IMDB rating 5.6

Blood for Dracula (1974) Spanish poster
Blood for Dracula (1974) Spanish poster

Blood for Dracula (1974) Directed by Paul Morrissey. 106mins.

Udo Kier - Count Dracula
Joe Dallesandro - Mario Balato

Also starring Vittorio De Sica, Maxime McKendry, Arno Juerging and Milena Vukotic.

Also known as - Andy Warhol's Dracula.

Dracula (Udo Kier) is dying, he needs the blood of young virgins to keep himself alive and they are getting scarce.

The film had to be cut by 9 minutes to receive an R rating in the U.S. It was released uncut on DVD.

IMDB rating 6.0

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) French poster
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) French poster
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974) Directed by Tobe Hooper. 83mins.

Starring Marilyn Burns, Allen Danziger, Paul A. Partain, William Vail, Teri McMinn and Gunnar Hansen as Leatherface.

Banned in some countries, it's notoriety made The Texas Chainsaw Massacre a big hit at the box office, costing just $300,000 to produce and grossing $30.8m making it a very profitable film.

Surprisingly little gore and almost continuous screaming by the leading lady in the last half hour, nevertheless one of the landmark movies in modern horror.

IMDB rating 7.5

It's Alive (1974)
It's Alive (1974)

It's Alive (1974) Directed by Larry Cohen. 91mins.

John P. Ryan - Frank Davis
Sharon Farrell - Lenore Davis

Also starring James Dixon, Andrew Duggan, Guy Stockwell and Michael Ansara.

A mother gives birth to a vicious mutant baby which escapes the hospital and goes on a killing spree.

The film flopped on it's first release, it was rereleased in 1977 with a new publicity campaign and became a hit.

Followed by 2 sequels and a remake.

IMDB rating 5.6

From Beyond the Grave (1974) Japanese poster
From Beyond the Grave (1974) Japanese poster

From Beyond the Grave (1974) Directed by Kevin Connor. 94mins.

Peter Cushing - The Proprietor
Ian Bannen - Christopher Lowe
Donald Pleasence - Jim Underwood

Also starring Ian Carmichael, Diana Dors, Margaret Leighton, Nyree Dawn Porter, David Warner, Ian Ogilvy, Lesley-Anne Down and Angela Pleasance.

Horror Anthology.

The stories are - The Gatecrasher, An Act of Kindness, The Elemental and The Door.

Tagline - Terror to delight worshippers of the Macabre.

IMDB rating 6.6

Madhouse (1974)
Madhouse (1974)

Madhouse (1974) Directed by Jim Clark. 92mins.

Vincent Price - Paul Toombes
Peter Cushing - Herbert Flay
Robert Quarry - Oliver Quayle

Also starring Adrienne Corri, Natasha Pyne and Linda Hayden.

Vincent Price plays a famous horror actor, when people working on his latest film are horribly murdered, he becomes the main suspect.

Tagline - Lights, Camera, Murder!

IMDB rating 6.1

Legend of the Werewolf (1975)
Legend of the Werewolf (1975)

Legend of the Werewolf (1975) Directed by Freddie Francis. 85mins.

Peter Cushing - Professor Paul
Ron Moody - Zookeeper
David Rintoul - Etoile

Also starring Hugh Griffith, Roy Castle, Stefan Gryff and Lynn Dalby.

Made by the shortlived Tyburn studios, which started making horror films in the Hammer style and with one of it's best directors but even the legendary Hammer Films were on the way out by the mid 70's.

IMDB rating 5.5

The Devil's Rain (1975)
The Devil's Rain (1975)

The Devil's Rain (1975) Directed by Robert Fuest. 86mins.

Ernest Borgnine - Jonathan Corbis
Eddie Albert - Dr. Sam Richards
William Shatner - Mark Preston

Also starring Ida Lupino, Keenan Wynn, Tom Skerritt and John Travolta.

Silly horror film about devil worshippers with almost the entire cast melting into a puddle of goo at the finale. What a world!

Tagline - Heaven help us all when The Devils Rain!

IMDB rating 4.1

Deep Red (1975) Italian poster
Deep Red (1975) Italian poster

Deep Red (1975) Directed by Dario Argento. 126mins.

David Hemmings - Marcus Daly

Also starring Daria Nicolodi, Gabriele Lavia, Macha Méril, Eros Pagni and Giuliana Calandra.

Also known under it's original title - Profondo Rosso.

Acclaimed Italian horror and one of Argento's best known films.

IMDB rating 7.6

Burnt Offerings (1976)
Burnt Offerings (1976)

Burnt Offerings (1976) Directed by Dan Curtis. 116mins.

Karen Black - Marian Rolf
Oliver Reed - Ben Rolf
Bette Davis - Aunt Elizabeth

Also starring Burgess Meredith, Eileen Heckart, Lee Montgomery and Dub Taylor.

Supernatural horror based on the novel by Robert Marasco, first published in 1973.

Tagline - The perfect summer rental for the last vacation you'll ever take.

IMDB rating 6.1

Carrie (1976)
Carrie (1976)

Carrie (1976) Directed by Brian De Palma. 98mins.

Sissy Spacek - Carrie White
Piper Laurie - Margaret White

Also starring Amy Irving, William Katt, John Travolta, Nancy Allen, Betty Buckley and P.J. Soles.

Based on Stephen King's first novel, published in 1974.

Costing $1.8m to make, Carrie was one of the biggest hits of the year grossing $33.8m at the U.S. box office.

Nominated for 2 Oscars - Best Actress (Sissy Spacek) and Best Supporting Actress (Piper Laurie).

Tagline - If You've Got A Taste For Terror... Take Carrie To The Prom.

IMDB rating 7.4

(Followed by a sequel, a TV movie, a musical and a remake in 2013 starring Chloe Moretz as Carrie White and Julianne Moore as her mother)

The Omen (1976)
The Omen (1976)
The Omen (1976) Czech poster
The Omen (1976) Czech poster

The Omen (1976) Directed by Richard Donner. 111mins.

Gregory Peck - Robert Thorn
Lee Remick - Katherine Thorn
Harvey Stephens - Damien Thorn
David Warner - Jennings
Billie Whitelaw - Mrs. Baylock
Patrick Troughton - Father Brennan

Horror hit based on the novel by David Seltzer who also wrote the screenplay.

The wife of the US Ambassador to Great Britain gives birth to a stillborn baby, a priest suggests to Robert Thorn that he could substitute the dead child with a recently orphaned healthy baby boy without the mother knowing. Thorn reluctantly agrees. As little Damien Thorn grows up a series of freak accidents and mysterious deaths begin to occur.

One of the most successful horror films of the 1970s, grossing over $100m worldwide.

Nominated for 2 Oscars winning for Best Music Score (Jerry Goldsmith).

Tagline - It is a warning foretold for thousands of years. It is our final warning. It is The Omen.

IMDB rating 7.6

(Followed by 3 sequels and a remake)

Exorcist II The Heretic (1977)
Exorcist II The Heretic (1977)

Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977) Directed by John Boorman. 118mins.

Linda Blair - Regan MacNeil
Richard Burton - Father Lamont
Louise Fletcher - Dr. Gene Tuskin
Max von Sydow - Father Merrin

Also starring Kitty Winn, Paul Henreid, Ned Beatty and James Earl Jones.

Sequel to The Exorcist and considered to be one of the worst movies ever made.

Seems that Regan MacNeil has not fully recovered from her demonic possession in the first film.

Cost $14m - Box Office $30.7m (US)

Tagline - It's four years later...what does she remember?

IMDB rating 3.6

The Sentinel (1977)
The Sentinel (1977)

The Sentinel (1977) Directed by Michael Winner. 92mins.

Chris Sarandon - Michael Lerman
Cristina Raines - Alison Parker

Also starring Martin Balsam, John Carradine, Beverly D'Angelo, José Ferrer, Ava Gardner, Arthur Kennedy, Burgess Meredith, Sylvia Miles, Eli Wallach and Christopher Walken.

Spooky horror based on the 1974 novel by Jeffrey Konvitz, who also wrote the screenplay.

Old and blind, John Carradine guards the gateway to hell which is situated at a Brownstone house in Brooklyn, New York.

Tagline - She was young. She was beautiful. She was next!

IMDB rating 6.2

Audrey Rose (1977)
Audrey Rose (1977)

Audrey Rose (1977) Directed by Robert Wise. 113mins.

Anthony Hopkins - Elliot Hoover
Marsha Mason - Janice Templeton
John Beck - Bill Templeton

Also starring Susan Swift, Norman Lloyd and John Hillerman.

Based on the novel by Frank De Felitta, published in 1975.

Elliott Hoover (Hopkins) is convinced a young girl is the reincarnation of his daughter, she died in a car crash 11 years earlier.

Tagline - A haunting vision of reincarnation.

IMDB rating 5.7

Suspiria (1977) Spanish poster
Suspiria (1977) Spanish poster

Suspiria (1977) Directed by Dario Argento. 98mins.

Jessica Harper - Suzy Bannion

Also starring Joan Bennett, Alida Valli, Udo Kier, Stefania Casini, Flavio Bucci and Miguel Bosé.

A young ballet student travels to Berlin, Germany to join a prestigious dance academy, she is shocked to discover the school is managed by a coven of witches.

Italian horror maestro Dario Argento's best known and most popular film.

Followed by two sequels, Inferno (1980) and Mother of Tears (2007).

IMDB rating 7.4

Rabid (1977)
Rabid (1977)

Rabid (1977) Directed by David Cronenberg. 91mins.

Marilyn Chambers - Rose

Also starring Frank Moore, Joe Silver, Howard Ryshpan, Patricia Gage and Susan Roman.

Marilyn Chambers plays a woman who gets injured in a motorcycle accident, after a surgical operation she somehow grows an orifice with phallic stinger under one of her armpits. She uses it to feed on people's blood, the victims become infected and turn into rabid zombies.

Tagline - Pray it doesn't happen to you.

IMDB rating 6.4

The Hills Have Eyes (1977)
The Hills Have Eyes (1977)

The Hills Have Eyes (1977) Directed by Wes Craven. 89mins.

Starring Susan Lanier, Michael Berryman, Robert Houston, Martin Speer, Dee Wallace and Russ Grieve.

A family on a road trip in the California mountains are terrorized by a psychotic tribe of cannibals.

Tagline - Just keep telling yourself it's only a film...It's only a film.

IMDB rating 6.3

(Followed by a sequel, a remake and a sequel to the remake)

Damien Omen II (1978) Turkish poster
Damien Omen II (1978) Turkish poster

Damien Omen II (1978) Directed by Don Taylor. 107mins.

William Holden - Richard Thorn
Lee Grant - Ann Thorn
Jonathan Scott-Taylor - Damien Thorn

Also starring Robert Foxworth, Nicholas Pryor, Lew Ayres, Sylvia Sidney, Elizabeth Shepherd and Lance Henriksen.

Damien is now a teenager and he discovers his true heritage, as usual people around him die horribly, in mysterious circumstances.

Tagline - The First Time Was Only a Warning...

IMDB rating 6.1

The Fury (1978)
The Fury (1978)

The Fury (1978) Directed by Brian De Palma. 118mins.

Kirk Douglas - Peter Sandza
John Cassavetes - Ben Childress

Also starring Amy Irving, Carrie Snodgress, Charles Durning, Fiona Lewis and Andrew Stevens.

Supernatural thriller based on the novel of the same name by John Farris, published in 1976.

Daryl Hannah's movie debut.

Cost $7.5m - Box Office $24m (US)

Tagline - An experience in terror and suspense.

IMDB rating 6.3

The Manitou (1978)
The Manitou (1978)

The Manitou (1978) Directed by William Girdler. 104mins.

Tony Curtis - Harry Erskine
Susan Strasberg - Karen Tandy
Michael Ansara - John Singing Rock

Also starring Stella Stevens, Jon Cedar, Ann Sothern and Burgess Meredith.

Karen has a tumor growing on her neck, doctors examine an X-ray of the tumor and discover a foetus inside. The growth turns out to be Misquamacus, an evil Native American spirit.

Tagline - Evil does not die... It waits to be re-born!

IMDB rating 4.8

Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Dawn of the Dead (1978) Directed by George Romero. 127mins (139mins)

David Emge - Stephen
Ken Foree - Peter
Scott H. Reiniger - Roger
Gaylen Ross - Francine

Also starring David Crawford, Richard France and Tom Savini.

The Ben-Hur of zombie films, the one all others are measured by.

George Romero's sequel to his zombie classic Night of the Living Dead (1968) was a big success, which triggered a torrent of gory zombie horrors during the 1980s.

Tagline - When there's no more room in hell, the dead will walk the Earth

IMDB rating 8.0

Halloween (1978)
Halloween (1978)

Halloween (1978) Directed bu John Carpenter. 91mins (101mins)

Donald Pleasence - Dr. Sam Loomis
Jamie Lee Curtis - Laurie Strode

Also starring Nancy Kyes, P.J. Soles, Charles Cyphers and Nick Castle as The Shape.

Costing just $325,000 to produce, Halloween became the most profitable movie of all time when it grossed $70m around the world.

Tagline - The Night He Came Home!

IMDB rating 7.9

(Followed by 7 sequels, a remake and a sequel to the remake)

The Amityville Horror (1979)
The Amityville Horror (1979)

The Amityville Horror (1979) Directed by Stuart Rosenberg. 117mins.

James Brolin - George Lutz
Margot Kidder - Kathy Lutz
Rod Steiger - Father Delaney

Also starring Don Stroud, Murray Hamilton, John Larch and Helen Shaver.

Supernatural chiller based on Jay Anson's 1977 novel which tells the supposedly real life experiences of a family who move into a house in Amityville, New York where another family had previously been murdered and was now haunted by the victims and a malevolent spirit.

Oscar nomination for Best Music score (Lalo Schifrin).

Cost $4.7m - Box Office $86.4m (US)

Tagline - "For God's Sake, Get Out!"

IMDB rating 6.0

(Followed by 8 sequels and a remake)

The Brood (1979)
The Brood (1979)

The Brood (1979) Directed by David Cronenberg. 92mins.

Oliver Reed - Dr. Hal Raglan
Samantha Eggar - Nola Carveth

Also starring Art Hindle, Nuala Fitzgerald, Susan Hogan, Gary McKeehan and Cindy Hinds.

A doctor's experiments on a mentally disturbed woman causes an external womb to develop where she eventually gives birth to murderous dwarf-like children.

Tagline - They're waiting... for you!

IMDB rating 6.8

Phantasm (1979)
Phantasm (1979)

Phantasm (1979) Directed by Don Coscarelli. 88mins.

Michael Baldwin - Mike Pearson
Bill Thornbury - Jody Pearson
Reggie Bannister - Reggie
Kathy Lester - Lady in Lavender
Angus Scrimm - The Tall Man

Cult horror favourite which includes evil dwarves, the Tall Man, other dimensions and a dangerous flying silver sphere which kills.

Tagline - If you're looking for horror that's got balls...IT'S FOUND YOU.

IMDB rating 6.7

(Followed by 3 sequels and no remake, so far)

Prophecy (1979)
Prophecy (1979)

Prophecy (1979) Directed by John Frankenheimer. 102mins.

Robert Foxworth - Dr. Robert Verne
Talia Shire - Maggie Verne
Armand Assante - John Hawks

Also starring Richard Dysart, Victoria Racimo and George Clutesi.

Eco-horror which was written by David Seltzer and later also wrote the novelization of the film.

Toxic waste pouring into a river in Maine results in deformed fish and monstrous mutated bears.

Tagline - She Lives. Don't Move. Don't Breathe. She Will Find You.

IMDB rating 5.0

Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)
Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)

Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979) Directed by Werner Herzog. 107mins.

Klaus Kinski - Count Dracula
Isabelle Adjani - Lucy Harker
Bruno Ganz - Jonathan Harker
Roland Topor - Renfield
Walter Ladengast - Abraham Van Helsing

A remake of F.W. Murnau's classic 1922 silent.

Unlike the original, director Werner Herzog was allowed to use the names from Bram Stoker's Dracula after the novel passed into the public domain.

Klaus Kinski's bald-headed rat-like vampire was an homage to Max Schrecks iconic Count Orlok.

IMDB rating 7.5

Dracula (1979)
Dracula (1979)

Dracula (1979) Directed by John Badham. 109mins.

Frank Langella - Count Dracula
Laurence Olivier - Abraham Van Helsing
Donald Pleasence - Dr. Jack Seward
Kate Nelligan - Lucy Seward
Trevor Eve - Jonathan Harker
Jan Francis - Mina Van Helsing
Tony Haygarth - Milo Renfield

Romantic vampire horror based on the Broadway play which first opened in 1977 and starred Frank Langella as Count Dracula.

Director John Badham saw the stage production and signed Langella up for the big-budget movie version. The film has it's fans but was not a big success grossing $20.1m in the U.S.

Tagline - Throughout history he has filled the hearts of men with terror, and the hearts of women with desire.

IMDB rating 6.2

Salem's Lot (1979) Spanish poster
Salem's Lot (1979) Spanish poster

Salem's Lot (1979) Directed by Tobe Hooper. 112mins (184mins)

David Soul - Ben Mears
Bonnie Bedelia - Susan Norton
James Mason - Richard Straker

Also starring Lance Kerwin, Lew Ayres, Julie Cobb, George Dzundza, Geoffrey Lewis and Reggie Nalder as Kurt Barlow.

Excellent made for TV vampire movie based on the novel by Stephen King, first published in 1975.

Reggie Nalder's sudden first appearance as the hideous rat-faced vampire Kurt Barlow is guaranteed to make the viewer jump.

Tagline - The ultimate in terror!

IMDB rating 6.6

(Remade in 2004, starring Rob Lowe and directed by Mikael Salomon)

Zombie Flesh Eaters (1979)
Zombie Flesh Eaters (1979)

Zombie Flesh Eaters (1979) Directed by Lucio Fulci. 91mins.

Ian McCulloch - Peter West
Tisa Farrow - Anne Bowles
Richard Johnson - Dr. David Menard

Also starring Al Cliver, Auretta Gay and Olga Karlatos.

Italian horror director Lucio Fulci's most popular and most notorious film. An unofficial sequel to George Romero's Dawn of the Dead (1978) which was a big hit in Italy.

The movie was badly censored in the UK, finally released uncut on DVD 25 years after it first opened in cinemas.

Tagline - When the earth spits out the dead.....they will return to tear the flesh of the living.

IMDB rating 6.7


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    • Steve Lensman profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Lensman 

      4 years ago from Manchester, England

      Thanks, glad you liked them. Never heard of Alucarda. Btw I'm continuing the movie poster series at my blog, no moderator looking over my shoulder there.

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      John Albu 

      4 years ago from Albuquerque, New Mexico, 87102

      Great, breathtaking posters! IMHO - Alucarda also deserves a place of honor among them :)

    • Steve Lensman profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Lensman 

      6 years ago from Manchester, England

      Thanks David, appreciate the comment amigo. I remember first seeing The Wicker Man at a SF-Horror convention in the late 70's. And it's been a favourite ever since.

      I watched Last House on the Left once and that was quite enough, ditto the remake. But for some strange reason I liked Hooper's Texas Chainsaw Massacre and bought it on DVD.

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      David Hunt 

      6 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

      I was surprised at how many of these I hadn't seen-- mostly the early ones and then realized they kind of sucked. The improvement as the decade wore on is astonishing. My favorite of these is "The Wicker Man"-- great atmosphere. I do remember that "Last House on the Left" was quite shocking and disturbing for its violence-- for its time. No big deal nowadays. Another great series, Steve.

    • Steve Lensman profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Lensman 

      6 years ago from Manchester, England

      Bruce, Elias, thanks for checking out my hub of horrors, much appreciated.

      Bruce, Ray Milland has been in worse films than Frogs, have you seen The Thing With Two Heads? :)

      Exorcist II was painfully bad and John Boorman was a respected director, well okay he also directed Zardoz but he has done some good work.

      Vincent Price would never turn down a horror role and I don't blame him, the horror genre made him famous, and like Karloff and Lugosi, never to be forgotten.

      I have successfully avoided seeing Nic Cage's version of The Wicker Man.

      Elias, hi, glad you liked the poster gallery. Yeah posters were a little more artistic and stylish in the old days, now it's just a montage of photos. Saying that, I have to admit one of the best here is the famous poster for The Exorcist, the simplicity of using a scene from the film, but so creepily effective.

      Thanks all for posting!

    • Elias Zanetti profile image

      Elias Zanetti 

      6 years ago from Athens, Greece

      Great hub! Very good movie selection and in many cases even better artwork. Back in the movies of 60s - 70s you can find some of the better examples of poster artwork. Many thanks!

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      6 years ago from Virginia

      I thought this one was going to be part 4 of the John Wayne series....but a look through all of this posters and I do not see a single John Wayne horror film....not even Brannigan which was a truly frighteningly bad

      Wow you have packed a ton of posters into this hub.....not being a huge horror fan....I have seen 11 of the movies in the hub....with Halloween(there is actual very little violence shown on the screen), Dawn of the Dead and The Exorcist being the best of those 11 that I have seen.

      So do you think Ray Milland was somewhat embarrassed when he was making Frogs? Is The Exorcist Part 2 one of the worst sequels ever? Did Vincent Price ever turn down a role?

      I always wanted to watch the original Wicker Man...but I have never been able find it anywhere....although I did waste my time on the Nic Cage version which was a truly awful movie watching experience.

      Lots of great up and across the board.

    • Steve Lensman profile imageAUTHOR

      Steve Lensman 

      6 years ago from Manchester, England

      Geekdom, Mhatter99, thank you for commenting, always appreciated amigos.

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      Martin Kloess 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      As always, thank you for this.

    • Geekdom profile image


      6 years ago

      Great and diverse selection of horror movies.


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