The Best Slashers of the 1970s  

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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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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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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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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
Deep Red is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Slashers of the 1970s
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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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
The Bird with the Crystal Plum... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Slashers of the 1970s
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
Torso is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Slashers of the 1970s
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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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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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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A Bay of Blood
Frightmare is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Slashers of the 1970s
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
Four Flies on Grey Velvet is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Slashers of the 1970s
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
The Cat o' Nine Tails is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Slashers of the 1970s
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Hitch Hike to Hell
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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