The Best Vampire Movies of the 1970s

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Vote up your favorite vampire films that were released in the 1970s.

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
    • Released: 1979
    • Directed by: Tobe Hooper
  • The Night Stalker
    Darren McGavin, Carol Lynley, Simon Oakland
    • Released: 1971
    • Directed by: John Llewellyn Moxey
  • The Vampire Lovers
    Peter Cushing, Madeline Smith, Ingrid Pitt
    • Released: 1970
    • Directed by: Roy Ward Baker
  • Nosferatu the Vampyre
    Isabelle Adjani, Klaus Kinski, Bruno Ganz
    • Released: 1979
    • Directed by: Werner Herzog
  • Taste the Blood of Dracula
    Christopher Lee, Peter Sallis, Roy Kinnear
    • Released: 1970
    • Directed by: Peter Sasdy
  • Scars of Dracula
    Christopher Lee, Patrick Troughton, Wendy Hamilton
    • Released: 1970
    • Directed by: Roy Ward Baker
  • Dracula
    Frank Langella, Laurence Olivier, Donald Pleasence
    • Released: 1979
    • Directed by: John Badham
  • House of Dark Shadows
    Jonathan Frid, Joan Bennett, Grayson Hall
    • Released: 1970
    • Directed by: Dan Curtis
  • Twins of Evil
    Peter Cushing, Dennis Price, Kathleen Byron
    • Released: 1972
    • Directed by: John Hough
  • Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter
    Caroline Munro, Ian Hendry, Julian Holloway
    • Released: 1974
    • Directed by: Brian Clemens
  • Love at First Bite
    George Hamilton, Susan Saint James, Richard Benjamin
    • Released: 1979
    • Directed by: Stan Dragoti
  • Lust for a Vampire
    Yutte Stensgaard, Ralph Bates, Mike Raven
    • Released: 1971
    • Directed by: Jimmy Sangster
  • The Satanic Rites of Dracula
    Christopher Lee, Joanna Lumley, Peter Cushing
    • Released: 1974
    • Directed by: Alan Gibson
  • Dracula A.D.1972
    Christopher Lee, Caroline Munro, Peter Cushing
    • Released: 1972
    • Directed by: Alan Gibson
  • Daughters of Darkness
    John Karlen, Delphine Seyrig, Fons Rademakers
    • Released: 1971
    • Directed by: Harry Kümel
  • Vampire Circus
    David Prowse, Lalla Ward, Adrienne Corri
    • Released: 1972
    • Directed by: Robert Young
  • Let’s Scare Jessica to Death
    Zohra Lampert, Barton Heyman, Kevin O'Connor
    • Released: 1971
    • Directed by: John D. Hancock
  • Count Yorga, Vampire
    Robert Quarry, Roger Perry, Donna Anders
    • Released: 1970
    • Directed by: Bob Kelljan
  • The House That Dripped Blood
    Christopher Lee, Joanna Lumley, Peter Cushing
    • Released: 1971
    • Directed by: Peter Duffell
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  • Vampyres
    Anulka Dziubinska, Bessie Love, Michael Byrne
    • Released: 1974
    • Directed by: José Ramón Larraz
  • Blacula
    William Marshall, Denise Nicholas, Vonetta McGee
    • Released: 1972
    • Directed by: William Crain
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  • Count Dracula
    Louis Jourdan, Susan Penhaligon, Frank Finlay
    • Released: 1977
    • Directed by: Philip Saville
  • Martin
    John Amplas, Lincoln Maazel, Christine Forrest
    • Released: 1978
    • Directed by: George A. Romero
  • Scream Blacula Scream
    William Marshall, Pam Grier, Don Mitchell
    • Released: 1973
    • Directed by: Bob Kelljan
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  • Lemora: A Child's Tale of the Supernatural
    Richard Blackburn, Rainbeaux Smith, Monty Pyke
    • Released: 1975
    • Directed by: Richard Blackburn