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.
- A writer (David Soul) and a boy (Lance Kerwin) hunt a vampire in their New England town.
- After several high-profile newspapers fire him for his difficult attitude, investigative journalist Carl Kolchak (Darren McGavin) finds a job following the police beat for a small Las Vegas ...more
- 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 Film ...more
- 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
- 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 upon a ...more
- 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 Troughton, ...more
- A man washes ashore in England after a shipwreck and is found by Mina Van Helsing (Jan Francis). The man introduces himself as Count Dracula (Frank Langella) of Transylvania, and proceeds to ...more
- Imprisoned in a coffin for more than a hundred years, the vampire Barnabas Collins (Jonathan Frid) is freed when a local drunk (John Karlen) discovers the Collins crypt and opens the coffin. Now free ...more
- 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 the ...more
- 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 one to ...more
- 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 released ...more
- When the government of Transylvania appropriates his castle, Count Dracula (George Hamilton) is obliged to relocate and decides to give New York City a try. He suffers all manner of adjustment ...more
- 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
- 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
- Daughters of Darkness is a 1971 Belgian horror film, directed by Harry Kümel. It is an erotic vampire film.
- Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free TrialThe 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
- Newly released from a mental ward, Jessica (Zohra Lampert) hopes to return to life the way it was before her nervous breakdown. But when Jessica moves to a country house with her husband (Barton ...more
- Lust For a Vampire is a 1971 British Hammer Horror film directed by Jimmy Sangster, starring Yutte Stensgaard, Michael Johnston and Barbara Jefford. It was given an R rating in the United States for ...more
- Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free TrialDuring a visit to Transylvania, an African prince (William Marshall) gets turned into a vampire by Count Dracula (Charles McCauley). Sealed in a coffin for several lifetimes, "Blacula" reawakens in ...more
- Vampyres is a 1974 British erotic/lesbian vampire horror film directed by José Ramón Larraz. It was filmed on location in England.
- Attorney Jonathan Harker (Bosco Hogan) travels to a castle in Transylvania to finish a real estate deal with the mysterious Count Dracula (Louis Jourdan). While writing letters to his fiancée, Mina ...more
- Weeks after her mother dies, Donna (Donna Anders) and her boyfriend, Michael (Michael Macready), invite Bulgarian emigre Count Yorga (Robert Quarry) to conduct what turns out to be a failed seance. ...more
- Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free TrialWhen a hated rival, Lisa Fortier (Pam Grier), is chosen to lead the voodoo cult of Willis Daniels' (Richard Lawson) late mother, a vengeful Willis brings the doomed vampire Prince Mamuwalde (William ...more
- Young Martin (John Amplas) is entirely convinced that he is an 84-year-old blood-sucking vampire. Without fangs or mystical powers, Martin injects women with sedatives and drinks their blood through ...more
- 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