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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Halloween is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1978
Halloween Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence

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Dawn of the Dead Tom Savini, Ken Foree, James A. Baffico

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Piranha Keenan Wynn, John Sayles, Barbara Steele

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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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Martin Tom Savini, John Amplas, Christine Forrest

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

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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 Medusa Touch Richard Burton, Lee Remick, Harry Andrews

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The Legacy Sam Elliott, Roger Daltrey, Katharine Ross

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Alucarda Claudio Brook, David Silva, Manuel Dondé

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Attack of the Killer Tomatoes Jack Riley, Eric Christmas, Stephen Peace

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The Fury Kirk Douglas, Daryl Hannah, Jim Belushi

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Long Weekend Briony Behets, John Hargreaves, Michael Aitkens

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The Varrow Mission Dan Harville, Chad Bennion, Vern Adix

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

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

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Killer's Moon is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1978
Killer's Moon Lisa Vanderpump, David Jackson, Paul Rattee

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Patrick Susan Penhaligon, Robert Helpmann, Julia Blake

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Death Train Hugh Keays-Byrne

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The Comeback Pamela Stephenson, David Doyle, Richard Johnson

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

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

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Prey Barry Stokes, Glory Annen Clibbery, Sally Faulkner

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Stigma Alexandra Bastedo, Helga Liné, Emilio Gutiérrez Caba

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Hallucinations of a Deranged Mind José Mojica Marins, Jaime Cortez, Andreia Bryan

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Terror Glynis Barber, James Aubrey, Michael Craze

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

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Within the Woods Bruce Campbell, Scott Spiegel, Ellen Sandweiss

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Die Sister, Die! is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1978
Die Sister, Die! Antoinette Bower, Kent Smith, Robert Emhardt

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The Ghost of Flight 401 Ernest Borgnine

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Killer Butterfly Park Am, Namkoong Won, Kim Ja-ok

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Plague Celine Lomez

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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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The Bloodstained Shadow Massimo Serato, Sonia Viviani, Lino Capolicchio

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Stranger in Our House Fran Drescher, Linda Blair, Carol Lawrence

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Effects Tom Savini, John Harrison, Bernard McKenna

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The Manitou Stella Stevens, Burgess Meredith, Tony Curtis

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Alien Zone Bernard Fox, John Ericson, Charles Aidman

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Full Circle Mia Farrow, Tom Conti, Keir Dullea

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The Bees Gerald Ford, John Carradine, John Saxon

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Blue Sunshine Marcy Hanson, Alice Ghostley, Brion James

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