Film The Best 70s Slasher Movies  

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List Rules Vote up your favorite slasher films that were released in the 1970s.

For all you horror fanatics out there, we're ranking the best 70's slasher movies of all time, with the help of your votes. Which is the greatest 1970s slasher movie? The 70s gave birth to multiple legendary slasher franchises, so that isn't an easy question to answer.  If you just want guts and gore, Tobe Hooper’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre might make you scream. Based on the true story of Ed Gein, it is not only a top 70’s slasher movie, but one of the best horror films of all time.

Or maybe Halloween, starring Jamie Lee Curtis, is your 1970s slasher movie pick. It's also based on a true story of Mike Myers, a serial killer who escaped from an insane asylum. The film spawned almost 10 sequels over the years, becoming a truly iconic horror franchise.

No matter what you're a fan of, this list of 70s slasher films will surely have something you'll love. Upvote your favorites below, and downvote a movie if you wouldn't recommend it to others.

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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal The Texas Chain Saw Massacre is a 1974 American slasher film, directed and produced by Tobe Hooper, who cowrote it with Kim Henkel. It stars Marilyn Burns, Paul A. Partain, Edwin Neal, Jim ...more

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Halloween Jamie Lee Curtis, Kyle Richards, Donald Pleasence Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Halloween is a 1978 American independent slasher horror film directed and scored by John Carpenter, co-written with producer Debra Hill, and starring Donald Pleasence and Jamie Lee Curtis in her ...more

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Black Christmas Margot Kidder, Andrea Martin, Olivia Hussey Black Christmas is a 1974 Canadian independent horror film directed by Bob Clark and written by A. Roy Moore. It stars Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder, Andrea Martin, Marian Waldman ...more

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The Hills Have Eyes Dee Wallace, Michael Berryman, John Steadman The Hills Have Eyes is a 1977 American exploitation-horror film written and directed by Wes Craven and starring Susan Lanier, Michael Berryman and Dee Wallace. It is about a suburan family on a ...more

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Tourist Trap Tanya Roberts, Chuck Connors, Keith McDermott Tourist Trap is a 1979 American horror film directed by David Schmoeller, and starring Chuck Connors, Jocelyn Jones, Robin Sherwood, and Tanya Roberts. The film revolves around a group of ...more

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Alice, Sweet Alice Brooke Shields, Lillian Roth, Linda Miller Alice, Sweet Alice is a 1976 American slasher film co-written and directed by Alfred Sole, and starring Linda Miller, Paula Sheppard, and Brooke Shields in her film debut. The narrative focuses ...more

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The Town That Dreaded Sundown Dawn Wells, Ben Johnson, Andrew Prine The Town That Dreaded Sundown is a 1976 American horror film by producer and director Charles B. Pierce who also co-stars as a bumbling police officer named A.C. Benson, also known as ...more

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When a Stranger Calls Carol Kane, Charles Durning, Rachel Roberts When a Stranger Calls is a 1979 psychological horror film. It was directed by Fred Walton and stars Carol Kane and Charles Durning. The film derives its story from the classic folk legend of ...more

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Silent Night, Bloody Night John Carradine, Patrick O'Neal, Mary Woronov Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Silent Night, Bloody Night is a 1972 American horror film directed by Theodore Gershuny and co-produced by Lloyd Kaufman. The film stars Patrick O'Neal and cult actress Mary Woronov in leading ...more

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A Bay of Blood

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Hitch Hike to Hell

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Last House on Dead End Street Roger Watkins Last House on Dead End Street is an American surrealist exploitation horror film written, produced, and directed by Roger Watkins, under the pseudonym Victor Janos. The plot follows a ...more

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The Toolbox Murders Cameron Mitchell, Pamelyn Ferdin, Wesley Eure The Toolbox Murders is a 1978 crime mystery thriller film directed by Dennis Donnelly, and written by Ann Kindberg, Robert Easter, and Neva Friedenn. The film was marketed as being a ...more

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Hands of the Ripper Dora Bryan, Eric Porter, Lynda Baron Hands of the Ripper is a 1971 British horror film directed by Peter Sasdy for Hammer Film Productions.

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Three on a Meathook Sherry Steiner, Madelyn Buzzard, Charles Kissinger Three on a Meathook is a 1972 horror film written and directed by William Girdler and was based loosely on the real-life story of Ed Gein. The film stars Charles Kissinger, James Pickett and ...more

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Killer's Moon Lisa Vanderpump, David Jackson, Paul Rattee Killer's Moon is a 1978 British horror film written and directed by Alan Birkinshaw, with uncredited dialogue written by his novelist sister, Fay Weldon. In spite of its low budget, and other ...more

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Home for the Holidays Sally Field, Eleanor Parker, Walter Brennan Home for the Holidays is a 1972 American television slasher film from ABC, directed by John Llewellyn Moxey and produced by Aaron Spelling, and starring Sally Field, Eleanor Parker, Julie ...more

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Tower of Evil Dennis Price, Derek Fowlds, Robin Askwith Tower of Evil, also known by the title Beyond the Fog in the United States and Horror of Snape Island and Horror on Snape Island in Canada, is a 1972 British horror film. The film is regarded by ...more

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Dear Dead Delilah Agnes Moorehead, Will Geer, Michael Ansara The matriarch of a family living in a creepy old Southern mansion finds that a killer is loose in the house, searching for a fortune rumored to be hidden there, and murdering anyone getting in ...more

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The Fiend David Lodge, Patrick Magee, Tony Beckley The Fiend is a 1972 British serial killer horror film, directed by Robert Hartford-Davis and starring Ann Todd, Tony Beckley and Patrick Magee. The film is set against a background of religious ...more

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Eaten Alive Kyle Richards, Robert Englund, Carolyn Jones Eaten Alive is an American horror film, directed by Tobe Hooper and released in May 1977. It was written by Kim Henkel, Alvin L. Fast and Mardi Rustam and produced by Fast, Larry Huly, Robert ...more

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Don't Look in the Basement William McGhee, Gene Ross, Jessie Lee Fulton Nurse Charlotte Beale arrives at the isolated Stephens Sanitarium to work, only to learn that Dr. Stephens was murdered by one of the patients and his successor, Dr. Geraldine Masters, is not ...more

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Hatchet for the Honeymoon Laura Betti, Dagmar Lassander, Luciano Pigozzi Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Hatchet for the Honeymoon; also known as Blood Brides and An Axe for the Honeymoon is a 1970 Italian giallo film directed by Mario Bava and starring Stephen Forsyth, Dagmar Lassander and Laura

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The Redeemer: Son of Satan!

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Schizo Stephanie Beacham, Colin Jeavons, Jack Watson Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Schizo is a 1976 drama horror mystery film written by Murray Smith and David McGillivray and directed by Pete Walker.

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Blood and Lace Vic Tayback, Gloria Grahame, Len Lesser Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Blood and Lace is a 1971 horror film directed by Philip Gilbert, starring Gloria Grahame, Melody Patterson, Len Lesser, and Milton Selzer.

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Terror in the Wax Museum Ray Milland, John Carradine, Broderick Crawford Terror in the Wax Museum is a film directed by Georg Fenady released on May 1973.

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Mardi Gras Massacre Laura Misch, Curt Dawson, Gwen Arment Mardi Gras Massacre is a 1978 horror film written and directed by Jack Weis. It is a semi-remake of the 1963 film Blood Feast.

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The Flesh and Blood Show Robin Askwith, Candace Glendenning, Patrick Barr The Flesh and Blood Show is a 1972 British horror film directed by Pete Walker. It stars Ray Brooks, Jenny Hanley and Luan Peters.

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The Severed Arm John Crawford, Paul Carr, Marvin Kaplan When a cave-in traps a group of men underground, they are driven to eat the arm of one of their companions to survive. Years later, the past comes back to haunt the members of the fateful ...more

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Drive-In Massacre George Buck Flower, Bruce Kimball, John Alderman Drive-In Massacre is a 1977 horror film written and directed by Stu Segall, and co-written by John F. Goff and George Buck Flower.

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I Dismember Mama Greg Mullavey, Geri Reischl, Zooey Hall I Dismember Mama, also known as Poor Albert and Little Annie, is a 1974 horror film about a violent sex criminal with a fixation on his mother. During its original theatrical release, patrons ...more

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Haunts Cameron Mitchell, Aldo Ray, May Britt Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial

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Axe Leslie Lee Axe is an American exploitation-horror film written and directed by Frederick R. Friedel and starring Leslie Lee. The film is one of the infamous "Video Nasties" that was banned in the ...more

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The Comeback Pamela Stephenson, David Doyle, Richard Johnson Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The Comeback is a 1978 British horror film directed by Pete Walker. The film was first released in the United Kingdom on 16 June 1978 and was given a theatrical showing at the Barbican Centre in ...more

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Savage Weekend Yancy Butler, William Sanderson, David Gale Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Savage Weekend is an American horror film. It was filmed in 1976 as The Killer Behind the Mask and was eventually released in 1979 by Cannon Films. It was written, produced and directed by David ...more