Top 25 Horror Movies of the 1970s

Here is a list of the Top 25 Horror movies of the 1970s.  The Horror Syndicate’s panel of horror fans voted on a lot of movies from each decade.  These are the top 25 from the 1970s.  These films were judged in five different categories on a scale of 1 to 10 and the scores were added up and put in the order from 25 to 1.  The number 25 movie has the lowest score, where 1 has the highest.

This list is going to be a yearly list and if you think we missed something, please let us know.  We are always looking for ways to improve our lists.  Maybe next year you can be on the panel to judge.

The 1970s were a big decade for horror movies, between Grindhouse features and most of top 10 type classics, it was a decade of change.  It seems every decade offers something a little different.  The 1930s and 40s we saw a lot of classic monsters and Gothic style movies.  The 1950s were the Atomic age of horror, bleeding into the 1960s.  The 1960s were a mixed bag, we had the Atomic age, Gothic Horror thanks to Hammers, Thrillers like Psycho and the birth of the new age with films like Rosemary’s Baby and Night of the Living Dead.

The 1970s gave us something kind of different.  We saw Italian Giallos pick up their pace, Gorey horror movies pop up and the Slasher genre’s birth.

So let us dig right in to this list.  Don’t forget to let us know.  We do have two other lists for you to check out.

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25. The Wicker Man (1973)


24. It’s Alive (1974)


23. The Dunwich Horror (1970)


22. The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976)



21. Bay of Blood (1971)


20. The Last House on the Left (1972)lasthouseleft-b


19. Salem’s Lot (1979)


18. Alice, Sweet Alice (1976)


17. The Brood (1979)


16. The Hills Have Eyes (1977)


15. Black Christmas (1974)


14. Deep Red (1975)


13. The Amityville Horror (1979)


12. Phantasm (1979)


11. Zombi 2 (1979)


10. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)


9. Suspiria (1977)


8. Carrie (1976)


7. The Omen (1976)


6. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)


5. Dawn of the Dead (1978)


4. Halloween (1978)


3. The Exorcist (1973)


2. Jaws (1975)


1.Alien (1979)


So, what do you think of this list?  What did we miss?  Where do these rank in the Top 100 of All-time?  Let us know on Facebook or Twitter.


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Who am I? I am a widower now, father of two amazing children. I co-created the website, Nightfall Unlimited with a good friend of mine. Nightfall Unlimited was a great learning experience for me and I learned a lot from so many great people. I had the chance to dip my toes into blogging and even social networking. Now, we are here, the Horror Syndicate is nearly a year old and we are having fun! There is so much more about me. I hate this phrase, but I am an aspiring comic book writer. Problems with finding artists and getting published have held me back. Writing comics has been a dream for, well as long as I can remember. Now I am writing with a great team, Apogee Comics and hopefully we will make some noise in the same way Image comics did in the 1990s. One day, Rage of Rayzor and the Horror Syndicate will lead me to my dream. Support me, by sharing this site, liking and sharing posts, even following me on twitter would help @Rayzor_33. But you want to know about the horror…right? I have been watching horror films since I was 6 years old. The story, one Saturday night, my mom and I were watching movies and she fell asleep on the couch. We had the channel set on HBO and the movie we were watching ended and the next one, A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge. This was some time in 1986. I watched then entire film, I was sitting on the edge of my seat. When my mom woke, she asked me what just ended and I told her, “Freddy”. That was all I talked about for weeks and finally she broke down and rented more horror films for me. She rented, the Texas Chainsaw Massacre part 2, Re-Animator, Friday the 13th VI: Jason Lives and Halloween II. I watched all and fell in love with horror films forever. When my little brother was 2, I was 10, so were talking 1990. He was introduced to Halloween and I made him believe Haddonfield, IL was a real place. We lived in Illinois at the time and this terrified him. After the intial shock, he grew older and more interested in horror films. When he was 8, we went to the local video store and made our way to the horror section. We started with Alien and worked our way through the alphabet of horror. That day we basically started our course in horror. Since then, I have built a nice horror film collection of my own and started a Facebook Horror Group, The Horror Movie Massacre. I wrote for Nightfall and Rage of Rayzor, realized there is a lot of horror content I wanted to put out. So, I drafted some fellow horror fans to make a site, run by fans, for fans and here we are. 5 Horror Films to Watch Inferno (1980) A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) The Beyond (1981) Friday the 13th VI: Jason Lives (1986) Horror of Dracula (1958)