Film The Best 70s Slasher Movies  

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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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Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal This movie 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 Siedow and Gunnar ...more

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Torso is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best 70s Slasher Movies
Piotr Siemczonek added Luc Merenda, John Richardson, Tina Aumont Torso is an Italian giallo thriller directed by Sergio Martino. The film was shot on location in Perugia and the Italian countryside in early 1972, and was subsequently released in 1973. Torso ...more

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Deep Red is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best 70s Slasher Movies
Piotr Adamowski added Dario Argento, David Hemmings, Gabriele Lavia Deep Red is a 1975 Italian giallo film, directed by Dario Argento and co-written by Argento and Bernardino Zapponi. It was released on 7 March 1975. It was produced by Claudio and Salvatore ...more

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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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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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The Cat o' Nine Tails is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best 70s Slasher Movies
Piotr Adamowski added Karl Malden, James Franciscus, Catherine Spaak The Cat o' Nine Tails is a 1971 Italian giallo film written and directed by Dario Argento. Although it is the middle entry in Argento's so-called "Animal Trilogy", the titular ...more

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The Bird with the Crystal Plum... is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best 70s Slasher Movies
Piotr Adamowski added Mario Adorf, Tony Musante, Suzy Kendall The Bird with the Crystal Plumage is a 1970 Italian giallo film directed by Dario Argento, in his directorial debut. The film is considered a landmark in the Italian giallo genre. Written by ...more

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Four Flies on Grey Velvet is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best 70s Slasher Movies
Piotr Adamowski added Bud Spencer, Jean-Pierre Marielle, Michael Brandon Four Flies on Grey Velvet is a 1971 Italian giallo film written and directed by Dario Argento. The film is the third in director Argento's "Animal Trilogy", which started with The Bird ...more

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Frightmare is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best 70s Slasher Movies
Piotr Adamowski added Rupert Davies, Sheila Keith, Edward Kalinski Frightmare is a 1974 British horror film directed by Pete Walker and written by Pete Walker and David McGillivray. It starred Rupert Davies and Sheila Keith. The story focuses around Dorothy and ...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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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 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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Hitch Hike to Hell

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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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A Bay of Blood

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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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The Redeemer: Son of Satan!

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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