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The Best 70s Zombie Movies

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List RulesVote up your favorite zombie films that were released in the 1970s.

For all the horror buffs out there, we're ranking the best zombie movies from the 70's, as voted on by the fans. In addition to George Romero’s first sequel to Night of the Living Dead, Dawn of the Dead, there are several other intriguing 70s zombie movies on this list. 
 

It’s hard to resist a title like Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things (directed by Bob Clark who went on to direct Porky’s) or Let Sleeping Corpses Lie both of which are near the top of this 1970s zombie movie list. And don’t miss Sugar Hill, a blaxploitation film and a zombie film rolled into one—for those nights when it’s hard to choose a genre.
 

So do you prefer zombies who eat any human flesh or those who must have only human brains? Let us know in the comments below and vote up your top 70s zombie movies.

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    Dawn of the Dead

    Tom Savini, Ken Foree

    Released1978

    Directed byGeorge A. Romero

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    Shock Waves

    Peter Cushing, John Carradine

    Released1977

    Directed byKen Wiederhorn

    Shock Waves, is a 1977 horror movie written and directed by Ken Wiederhorn. A group of tourists encounter aquatic Nazi zombies when they become shipwrecked. It stars Peter Cushing as a former SS...  more
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    The Ghost Galleon

    Jack Taylor, Manuel de Blas

    Released1974

    Directed byAmando de Ossorio

    The Ghost Galleon is a Spanish horror film written and directed by Amando de Ossorio and starring Jack Taylor. It is also known as Horror of the Zombies, a title frequently found on public domain DVD...  more
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    Night of the Seagulls

    María Kosti, Sandra Mozarowsky

    Released1975

    Directed byAmando de Ossorio

    Night of the Seagulls is a Spanish horror film written and directed by Amando de Ossorio. This film also inspired a song by the New York City Oi band The Templars, and a song by UK doom metal band...  more
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    Let Sleeping Corpses Lie

    Arthur Kennedy, Anita Colby

    Released1974

    Directed byJorge Grau

    Let Sleeping Corpses Lie, also known as The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue and Don't Open the Window, is a 1974 Spanish-Italian horror film written and directed by Jorge Grau and starring Ray...  more

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    Deathdream

    John Marley, Henderson Forsythe

    Released1974

    Directed byBob Clark

    Deathdream is a 1974 Canadian horror film, directed by Bob Clark and written by Alan Ormsby. It was inspired by the W.W. Jacobs short story The Monkey's Paw....  more

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    Suspiria

    Joan Bennett, Alida Valli

    Released1977

    Directed byDario Argento

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    Return of the Blind Dead

    José Canalejas, Frank Braña

    Released1973

    Directed byAmando de Ossorio

    Return of the Blind Dead, also known as Return of the Evil Dead and El Ataque de los Muertos Sin Ojos, is a 1973 Spanish horror film written and directed by Amando de Ossorio. The film is the second...  more
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    Tombs of the Blind Dead

    Rufino Ingles, Lone Fleming

    Released1972

    Directed byAmando de Ossorio

    Tombs of the Blind Dead is a 1971 Spanish horror film written and directed by Amando de Ossorio. Its original Spanish title is La noche del terror ciego, which means "The Night of the Blind Terror"....  more

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    Sugar Hill

    Charles Robinson, Richard Lawson

    Released1974

    Directed byPaul Maslansky

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    Messiah of Evil

    Anitra Ford, Royal Dano

    Released1973

    Directed byGloria Katz, Willard Huyck

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    Released1972

    Directed byBob Clark

    This film is a 1972 comedic horror film directed by Bob Clark. It later became a cult classic. This low-budget zombie film is the third film of director Bob Clark, who later became famous for...  more

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    Vengeance of the Zombies

    Paul Naschy, Luis Ciges

    Released1973

    Directed byLeón Klimovsky

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    The Hanging Woman

    Paul Naschy, Gérard Tichy

    Released1973

    Directed byJose Luis Merino

    La orgía de los muertos or the The Hanging Woman is a 1973 horror film directed by José Luis Merino and distributed by Troma Entertainment....  more
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    The Grapes of Death

    Brigitte Lahaie, Françoise Pascal

    Released1978

    Directed byJean Rollin

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    Garden of the Dead

    Lee Frost, John Dullaghan

    Released1974

    Directed byJohn Hayes

    Garden of the Dead is a 1972 horror film directed by low-budget film director John Hayes and stars Duncan McLeod, Lee Frost and Susan Charney....  more