horror The Best Horror Movies of 1978  

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List of the best 1978 horror movies, ranked by how many upvotes they've received by other fans of the genre. All types of scary movies are represented below, including thrillers, slashers, gore, psychological horror films and more. These are all the horror movies that defined the year 1978, so vote for your favorites and help them rise to the top. This poll is also a great resource for finding new movies that you haven't already seen, especially since you can watch trailers for each film right on this page. To make sure this list is as accurate as possible, please don't downvote a movie if you haven't seen it.

List features Halloween, Dawn of the Dead and more movies. This isn't necessarily a list of all horror movies from 1978, but it does contain all the ones worth watching.
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Dawn of the Dead Tom Savini, Ken Foree, James A. Baffico

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Jaws 2 Roy Scheider, Murray Hamilton, Ann Dusenberry

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I Spit on Your Grave Camille Keaton, Richard Pace, Gunter Kleeman

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Magic Anthony Hopkins, Ann-Margret, Burgess Meredith

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The Last House on the Beach Florinda Bolkan, Ray Lovelock, Isabel Pisano

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Piranha Keenan Wynn, John Sayles, Barbara Steele

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Halloween is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1978
Halloween Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence

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The Swarm Michael Caine, Henry Fonda, Olivia de Havilland

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The Sister of Ursula Marc Porel, Barbara Magnolfi, Vanni Materassi

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Darwaza Shakti Kapoor, Satyendra Kapoor, Bhagwan Dada

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The Legacy Sam Elliott, Roger Daltrey, Katharine Ross

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The Medusa Touch Richard Burton, Lee Remick, Harry Andrews

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Alucarda Claudio Brook, David Silva, Manuel Dondé

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The Fury Kirk Douglas, Daryl Hannah, Jim Belushi

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Krabat – The Sorcerer's Apprentice Luděk Munzar, Jaroslav Moučka

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Martin Tom Savini, John Amplas, Christine Forrest

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The Varrow Mission Dan Harville, Chad Bennion, Vern Adix

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Nero veneziano Yorgo Voyagis, Olga Karlatos, Lorraine De Selle

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The Manitou Stella Stevens, Burgess Meredith, Tony Curtis

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The Bees Gerald Ford, John Carradine, John Saxon

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Alien Zone Bernard Fox, John Ericson, Charles Aidman

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The Initiation of Sarah Morgan Fairchild, Shelley Winters, Morgan Brittany

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The Mountain of the Cannibal God Ursula Andress, Stacy Keach, Franco Fantasia

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The Shout Tim Curry, John Hurt, Jim Broadbent

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Dracula's Dog José Ferrer, Michael Pataki, Reggie Nalder

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Killer's Moon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1978
Killer's Moon Lisa Vanderpump, David Jackson, Paul Rattee

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The Comeback Pamela Stephenson, David Doyle, Richard Johnson

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Eyes of Laura Mars Tommy Lee Jones, Faye Dunaway, Brad Dourif

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Attack of the Helping Hand Sam Raimi, Linda Quiroz

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Patrick Susan Penhaligon, Robert Helpmann, Julia Blake

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Killer Nun Anita Ekberg, Alida Valli, Lou Castel

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Laserblast Roddy McDowall, Keenan Wynn, Dennis Burkley

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Nightmare in Blood Kerwin Mathews, Monty Pyke, Barrie Youngfellow

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Effects Tom Savini, John Harrison, Bernard McKenna

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Long Weekend Briony Behets, John Hargreaves, Michael Aitkens

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Prey Barry Stokes, Glory Annen Clibbery, Sally Faulkner

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The Mafu Cage Carol Kane, Lee Grant, Will Geer

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Stigma Alexandra Bastedo, Helga Liné, Emilio Gutiérrez Caba

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Mardi Gras Massacre is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1978
Mardi Gras Massacre Laura Misch, Curt Dawson, Gwen Arment

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Die Sister, Die! is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1978
Die Sister, Die! Antoinette Bower, Kent Smith, Robert Emhardt

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Possession of Nurse Sherri John Goff, Marilyn Joi, Geoffrey Land

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Jennifer John Gavin, Nina Foch, Bert Convy

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Are You in the House Alone? Dennis Quaid, Blythe Danner, Tony Bill

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Hot Snake Eric del Castillo, Carlos East, Christa Linder

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Barracuda Bert Freed, Cliff Emmich, Jason Evers

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Death Train Hugh Keays-Byrne