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List of the best 1979 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 1979, 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.

This list contains movies like Alien and The Brood. This isn't necessarily a list of all horror movies from 1979, but it does contain all the ones worth watching.
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Phantasm Angus Scrimm, A. Michael Baldwin, Reggie Bannister

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Alien is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1979
Alien Sigourney Weaver, John Hurt, Ian Holm

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The Amityville Horror James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger

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Salem's Lot David Soul, Bonnie Bedelia, Lew Ayres

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The Brood Oliver Reed, Samantha Eggar, Art Hindle

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Zombie Flesh Eaters Lucio Fulci, Richard Johnson, Tisa Farrow

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When a Stranger Calls Carol Kane, Charles Durning, Rachel Roberts

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The Driller Killer Abel Ferrara, James O'Hara, Carolyn Marz

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Prophecy Talia Shire, Armand Assante, Robert Foxworth

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The Visitor Shelley Winters, John Huston, Glenn Ford

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Nosferatu the Vampyre Isabelle Adjani, Klaus Kinski, Bruno Ganz

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Dracula Laurence Olivier, Frank Langella, Donald Pleasence

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Up from the Depths R. Lee Ermey, Sam Bottoms, Virgil Frye

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Tourist Trap Tanya Roberts, Chuck Connors, Keith McDermott

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Little Tragedies Vladimir Vysotsky

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Nightwing David Warner, Strother Martin, Nick Mancuso

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Love at First Bite Susan Saint James, Sherman Hemsley, George Hamilton

The Most Utterly Terrifying Figures in Horror Film

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One More Minute Hugh Keays-Byrne, Julia Blake, Sigrid Thornton

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The Cat and the Canary Honor Blackman, Carol Lynley, Wendy Hiller

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The Butterfly Murders Michelle Yim

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The Halloween That Almost Wasn't Henry Gibson, Judd Hirsch, John Schuck

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The House by the Edge of the Lake Vincent Gardenia, Massimo Vanni, Luis Induni

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Dominique Jean Simmons, Jenny Agutter, Cliff Robertson Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Wolfman Ed Grady, Earl Owensby

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Dr. Jekyll's Dungeon of Death James Mathers, John F. Kearney, Earl Garlin

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The Queen of Black Magic Dorman Borisman, Sofia W.D., W.D. Mochtar

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The Dark Casey Kasem, Keenan Wynn, William Devane

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Fascination Brigitte Lahaie, Muriel Montossé, Fanny Magier

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Bloodrage Clee Burtonya, Patrick Hines, Jerry McGee

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Ring of Darkness Marisa Mell, Valentina Cortese, Frank Finlay

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Screams of a Winter Night Gil Glasgow, Matt Borel, Mary Agen Cox

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Neeya Kamal Haasan, Sridevi, Sripriya Sethupathi

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Parts: The Clonus Horror Peter Graves, Keenan Wynn, Dick Sargent

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Beyond the Darkness Cinzia Monreale, Kieran Canter, Franca Stoppi

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The Demon Cameron Mitchell, Jennifer Holmes, Zoli Marki

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Robbie Peter Purves, Keith Chegwin, Deborah Norton

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The Plumber Ivar Kants, Judy Morris, Robert Coleby

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Island of the Fishmen Barbara Bach, Joseph Cotten, Richard Johnson

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Killer Fish Lee Majors, Karen Black, Margaux Hemingway

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Murder by Decree Donald Sutherland, Christopher Plummer, John Gielgud Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Lust at First Bite Annette Haven, Seka, John Holmes

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Zoom Up: Rape Site is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Horror Movies of 1979
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Demoniac Jesús Franco, Lina Romay, Monica Swinn Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Thirst David Hemmings, Henry Silva, Rod Mullinar

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Star of David: Hunting for Beautiful Girls Bunta Sugawara, Asami Ogawa, Norifumi Suzuki

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Dracula Blows His Cool Bea Fiedler, Dan van Husen, Ralf Wolter

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Nocturna: Granddaughter of Dracula Yvonne De Carlo, John Carradine, Antony Hamilton

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Weasels Rip My Flesh Fred Borges, John Smihula, Carol Cancro

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Bhayaanak Mithun Chakraborty, Reena Roy, Sharat Saxena