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The Best Vampire Movies of the 1970s 

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Updated September 24, 2019 1.6k votes 381 voters 18.1k views 36 items

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How many of the top '70s vampire movies have you seen? Take a look at our list of the greatest 1970s vampire films and start crossing movies off the list. There are so many classics to choose from, as '70s vampire movies really captured the essence of the decade. In these movies, you will find themes of isolation, alienation, crisis, and excess. Who better to embody these common threads than the original tragic loner - the vampire?

David Cronenberg, who went on to make Videodrome, The Fly, and Naked Lunch in the '80s and '90s, but he started out making skin-crawling vampiric epics like Rabid in the '70s. George Romero redefined the zombie movie with The Night of the Living Dead in 1968, but in the 1970s, he left an indelible mark on vampire cinema with Martin, the horrifying tale of a wannabe vampire.

Other lesser known auteurs, battling against a financially strained Hollywood, churned out some sinfully good exploitation films. Foreign institutions like Hammer Films continued to churn out vampiric gold. The 1970s also gave us one of the most iconic on-screen Draculas of all time, portrayed by Frank Langella.

This list of 1970s vampire films is yours to rank, so vote up your favorite 70s vampire movies, and vote down the vampire films that you think should be locked away in a Transylvanian castle, never to be seen again.

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David Soul, Bonnie Bedelia, Lew Ayres

Released: 1979

Directed by: Tobe Hooper

Salem's Lot is a 1979 American television adaptation of the novel of the same name by Stephen King. Directed by Tobe Hooper and starring David Soul and James Mason, the plot revolves around a ...more

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Carol Lynley, Darren McGavin, Larry Linville

Released: 1972

Directed by: John Llewellyn Moxey

The Night Stalker is a made for television movie which aired on ABC on January 11, 1972. In it an investigative reporter, played by Darren McGavin, comes to suspect that a serial killer in the ...more
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House of Dark Shadows Joan Bennett, Jonathan Frid, Grayson Hall

Released: 1970

Directed by: Dan Curtis

House of Dark Shadows is a 1970 feature-length horror film directed by Dan Curtis based on his Dark Shadows television series. Filming took place at Lyndhurst Estate in Tarrytown, New York, with ...more
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Peter Cushing, Madeline Smith, Ingrid Pitt

Released: 1970

Directed by: Roy Ward Baker

The Vampire Lovers is a 1970 British gothic horror film directed by Roy Ward Baker and starring Peter Cushing, Ingrid Pitt, Madeline Smith, Kate O'Mara and Jon Finch. It was produced by Hammer ...more

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Christopher Lee, Patrick Troughton, Wendy Hamilton

Released: 1970

Directed by: Roy Ward Baker

Scars of Dracula is a 1970 British horror film directed by Roy Ward Baker for Hammer Studios. It stars Christopher Lee as Count Dracula, along with Dennis Waterman, Jenny Hanley, Patrick ...more
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Laurence Olivier, Frank Langella, Donald Pleasence

Released: 1979

Directed by: John Badham

Dracula is a 1979 American/British horror film starring Frank Langella as Count Dracula, based on the novel Dracula by Bram Stoker. The film was directed by John Badham and the cinematography ...more

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Isabelle Adjani, Klaus Kinski, Bruno Ganz

Released: 1979

Directed by: Werner Herzog

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Peter Cushing, Dennis Price, Kathleen Byron

Released: 1972

Directed by: John Hough

Twins of Evil is a 1971 horror film by Hammer Film Productions starring Peter Cushing, with Damien Thomas and the real-life twins and former Playboy Playmates Mary and Madeleine Collinson. It is ...more

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Christopher Lee, Caroline Munro, Peter Cushing

Released: 1972

Directed by: Alan Gibson

Dracula A.D. 1972 is a 1972 horror film, directed by Alan Gibson and produced by Hammer Film Productions. It was written by Don Houghton and stars Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and Stephanie ...more
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Vonetta McGee, Elisha Cook, Jr.

Released: 1972

Directed by: William Crain

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Christopher Lee, Peter Sallis, Roy Kinnear

Released: 1970

Directed by: Peter Sasdy

Taste the Blood of Dracula is a British horror film produced by Hammer Film Productions and released in 1970. It stars Christopher Lee as Count Dracula, and was directed by Peter Sasdy based ...more
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Let’s Scare Jessica to D... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Vampire Movies of the 1970s
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Christopher Lee, Joanna Lumley, Peter Cushing

Released: 1974

Directed by: Alan Gibson

The Satanic Rites of Dracula is a 1973 horror film directed by Alan Gibson and produced by Hammer Film Productions. It is the eighth film in Hammer's Dracula series, and the seventh and final ...more
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Caroline Munro, Ian Hendry, Julian Holloway

Released: 1974

Directed by: Brian Clemens

Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter is a 1972 British horror film. It was written and directed by Brian Clemens, produced by Clemens and Albert Fennell for Hammer Film Productions, and belatedly ...more
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Pam Grier, Craig T. Nelson, Michael Conrad

Released: 1973

Directed by: Bob Kelljan

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Christopher Lee, Joanna Lumley, Peter Cushing

Released: 1971

Directed by: Peter Duffell

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John Karlen, Delphine Seyrig, Fons Rademakers

Released: 1971

Directed by: Harry Kümel

Daughters of Darkness is a 1971 Belgian horror film, directed by Harry Kümel. It is an erotic vampire film.
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David Prowse, Lalla Ward, Adrienne Corri

Released: 1972

Directed by: Robert Young

Vampire Circus is a 1972 British horror film, directed by Robert Young. It was written by Judson Kinberg, and produced by Wilbur Stark and Michael Carreras for Hammer Film Productions. It stars ...more
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Peter Cushing, Julie Ege, David Chiang

Released: 1974

Directed by: Roy Ward Baker, Chang Cheh

The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires is a 1974 horror film produced by Hammer Studios and Shaw Brothers Studio. It was released in North America in an edited version as The Seven Brothers Meet ...more
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Anulka Dziubinska, Bessie Love, Michael Byrne

Released: 1974

Directed by: José Ramón Larraz

Vampyres is a 1974 British erotic/lesbian vampire horror film directed by José Ramón Larraz. It was filmed on location in England.
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Marilyn Chambers, Joe Silver, Susan Roman

Released: 1977

Directed by: David Cronenberg

Rabid is a 1977 Canadian drama horror film written and directed by David Cronenberg. It features Marilyn Chambers in the lead role, supported by Howard Ryshpan, Joe Silver and Robert A. ...more
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Susan Saint James, Sherman Hemsley, George Hamilton

Released: 1979

Directed by: Stan Dragoti

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Roman Polanski, Vittorio De Sica, Udo Kier

Released: 1974

Directed by: Antonio Margheriti, Paul Morrissey

Blood for Dracula is a 1974 Italian-French horror film written and directed by Paul Morrissey and produced by Andy Warhol, Andrew Braunsberg, and Jean Yanne. It stars Udo Kier, Joe Dallesandro, ...more
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Dennis Price, Soledad Miranda, Paul Muller

Released: 1971

Directed by: Jesús Franco

Vampyros Lesbos is a 1971 West German-Spanish horror film directed and co-written by Jesús Franco. The film stars Ewa Stroemberg as Linda Westinghouse, an American who works in a Turkish ...more
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Tom Savini, John Amplas, Christine Forrest

Released: 1978

Directed by: George A. Romero

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