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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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Salem's Lot David Soul, Bonnie Bedelia, Lew Ayres 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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Twins of Evil Peter Cushing, Dennis Price, Kathleen Byron 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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The Vampire Lovers Peter Cushing, Madeline Smith, Ingrid Pitt 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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The Night Stalker Carol Lynley, Darren McGavin, Larry Linville 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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Dracula Laurence Olivier, Frank Langella, Donald Pleasence 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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Dracula A.D.1972 Christopher Lee, Caroline Munro, Peter Cushing 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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Scars of Dracula Christopher Lee, Patrick Troughton, Wendy Hamilton 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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House of Dark Shadows Joan Bennett, Jonathan Frid, Grayson Hall 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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Vampyres Anulka Dziubinska, Bessie Love, Michael Byrne 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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Nosferatu the Vampyre Isabelle Adjani, Klaus Kinski, Bruno Ganz Nosferatu the Vampyre is a 1979 West German art house vampire film written and directed by Werner Herzog. Its original German title is Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht. The film is set primarily in ...more

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Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter Caroline Munro, Ian Hendry, Julian Holloway 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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Let’s Scare Jessica to Death is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '70s Vampire Movies
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Blacula is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best '70s Vampire Movies
Blacula Vonetta McGee, Elisha Cook, Jr. Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Blacula is a 1972 American blaxploitation horror film produced for American International Pictures. It was directed by William Crain and stars William Marshall in the title role about an ...more

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The Satanic Rites of Dracula Christopher Lee, Joanna Lumley, Peter Cushing 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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Love at First Bite Susan Saint James, Sherman Hemsley, George Hamilton Love at First Bite is a 1979 comedy horror film directed by Stan Dragoti and written by Robert Kaufman, using characters originally created by Bram Stoker. It stars George Hamilton, Susan Saint ...more

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Vampyros Lesbos Dennis Price, Soledad Miranda, Paul Muller 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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Martin Tom Savini, John Amplas, Christine Forrest Martin is a 1978 American horror film written and directed by George A. Romero. Romero claims that Martin is the favorite of all his films. The film is also notable as the first collaboration ...more

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Valerie and Her Week of Wonders Jan Klusák, Josef Abrhám, Helena Anýžová Valerie and Her Week of Wonders is a 1970 Czechoslovakian surrealist film directed by Jaromil Jireš and based on the 1932 novel of the same name by Vítězslav Nezval. The 1970 film ...more

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Rabid Marilyn Chambers, Joe Silver, Susan Roman 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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The House That Dripped Blood Christopher Lee, Joanna Lumley, Peter Cushing Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The House That Dripped Blood is a 1971 British horror anthology film directed by Peter Duffell and distributed by Amicus Productions. It stars Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Nyree Dawn Porter, ...more

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Female Vampire Jesús Franco, Lina Romay, Jack Taylor Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Female Vampire is a 1975 French-Belgian film directed, written and co-edited by Jesús Franco. The film is set in Europe and stars actress Lina Romay as Irina von Karlstein, a vampire who ...more

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Vampire Circus David Prowse, Lalla Ward, Adrienne Corri 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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Daughters of Darkness John Karlen, Delphine Seyrig, Fons Rademakers Daughters of Darkness is a 1971 Belgian horror film, directed by Harry Kümel. It is an erotic vampire film.

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Taste the Blood of Dracula Christopher Lee, Peter Sallis, Roy Kinnear 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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The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires Peter Cushing, Julie Ege, David Chiang 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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Scream Blacula Scream Pam Grier, Craig T. Nelson, Michael Conrad Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Scream Blacula Scream is a 1973 blaxploitation horror film, made under the working titles Blacula Is Beautiful and Blacula Lives Again!. This is the only sequel to the 1972 film Blacula. The ...more

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Blood for Dracula Roman Polanski, Vittorio De Sica, Udo Kier 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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Alex Malkavian added Count Dracula Louis Jourdan, Judi Bowker, Frank Finlay Count Dracula is a British television adaptation of the novel Dracula by Bram Stoker. Produced by the BBC, it first aired on BBC 2 on 22 December 1977. It is among the more faithful of the many ...more

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Alex Malkavian added Fascination Brigitte Lahaie, Muriel Montossé, Fanny Magier Fascination is a 1979 film directed by Jean Rollin, who is famous for his vampire films of a dream-like quality.

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Alex Malkavian added Lips of Blood Marie-Pierre Castel, Paul Bisciglia, Natalie Perrey Lèvres de Sang is a 1975 French vampire film directed by Jean Rollin. The film tells the story of a man who begins to have visions of a young woman dressed in white who is locked behind ...more

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The Shiver of the Vampires is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best '70s Vampire Movies
Alex Malkavian added The Shiver of the Vampires Marie-Pierre Castel, Jacques Robiolles, Michel Delahaye Le Frisson des Vampires is a 1971 film directed by Jean Rollin. It is his third vampire movie.

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Ganja & Hess Duane Jones, Leonard Jackson, Mabel King Ganja & Hess is a 1973 horror film directed by Bill Gunn and stars Marlene Clark and Duane Jones. The film follows the exploits of archaeologist Dr. Hess Green who becomes a vampire after ...more

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The Vault of Horror Tom Baker, Denholm Elliott, Anna Massey The Vault of Horror is a British anthology horror film made in 1973 by Amicus Productions. Like the 1972 Amicus film Tales from the Crypt, it is based on stories from the EC Comics series ...more

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The Blood Spattered Bride Alexandra Bastedo, Simón Andreu, Maribel Martín The Blood Spattered Bride is a 1972 Spanish horror film written and directed by Vicente Aranda, based on the vampire story, "Carmilla" by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu. It stars Simón ...more