Best Horror Movies of 1971

1.

The Abominable Dr. Phibes

5.0
7.1/10 IMDB

Famous organist Anton Phibes is horribly disfigured in an automobile accident while rushing to the side of his sick wife and presumed to be dead. Once Phibes learns that his wife died on the operating table, he is convinced the doctors are responsible and begins exacting his revenge on all those involved.

Starring: Vincent Price, Joseph Cotten, Virginia North, Terry-Thomas, Sean Bury, Susan Travers, David Hutcheson, Edward Burnham, Alex Scott, Peter Gilmore ..
Directed by: Robert Fuest
Release date: 1971-05-18
2.

10 Rillington Place

3.9
7.6/10 IMDB

The story of British serial killer John Christie, who committed most or all of his crimes in the titular terraced house, and the miscarriage of justice involving Timothy Evans.

Starring: Richard Attenborough, John Hurt, Judy Geeson, Pat Heywood, Isobel Black, Miss Riley, André Morell, Robert Hardy, Phyllis MacMahon, Gabrielle Daye ..
Directed by: Richard Fleischer
Release date: 1971-02-10
3.

The House That Dripped Blood

3.4
6.6/10 IMDB

A Scotland Yard investigator looks into four mysterious cases involving an unoccupied house.

Starring: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Nyree Dawn Porter, Denholm Elliott, Jon Pertwee, Joanna Dunham, Joss Ackland, John Bennett, Chloe Franks, Tom Adams ..
Directed by: Peter Duffell
Release date: 1971-02-22
4.

The Night Visitor

3.4
6.6/10 IMDB

An insane Swedish farmer escapes from an asylum to get revenge on his sister, her husband and others.

Starring: Max von Sydow, Trevor Howard, Liv Ullmann, Per Oscarsson, Rupert Davies, Andrew Keir, Jimmy Kennedy, Arthur Hewlett, Hanne Bork, Gretchen Franklin ..
Directed by: László Benedek
Release date: 1971-02-10
5.

What's the Matter with Helen?

3.4
6.4/10 IMDB

Two middle-aged women move to Hollywood, California after their sons are convicted of a notorious murder and open a dance school for children eager to tap their way to stardom.

Starring: Debbie Reynolds, Shelley Winters, Dennis Weaver, Micheál MacLiammóir, Agnes Moorehead, Helene Winston, Peggy Rea, Logan Ramsey, Paulle Clark, Yvette Vickers ..
Directed by: Curtis Harrington
Release date: 1971-06-30
6.

Whoever Slew Auntie Roo?

3.4
6.2/10 IMDB

A demented widow lures unsuspecting children into her mansion in a bizarre "Hansel and Gretel" twist.

Starring: Shelley Winters, Mark Lester, Chloe Franks, Ralph Richardson, Hugh Griffith, Lionel Jeffries, Pat Heywood, Rosalie Crutchley, Michael Gothard, Judy Cornwell ..
Directed by: Curtis Harrington
Release date: 1971-10-31
7.

Let's Scare Jessica to Death

3.4
6.4/10 IMDB

Newly released from a mental ward, Jessica hopes to return to life the way it was before her nervous breakdown. But when Jessica moves to a country house with her husband and a close friend, she finds a mysterious girl living in there who may or may not be a vampire. Jessica's terror and paranoia resurface as evil forces surround her, making her wonder: Are the visions real or is she slipping back into madness?

Starring: Zohra Lampert, Barton Heyman, Gretchen Corbett, Alan Manson, Mariclare Costello, Kevin O'Connor ..
Directed by: John D. Hancock
Release date: 1971-08-06
8.

The Mephisto Waltz

3.3
6.0/10 IMDB

A frustrated pianist himself, music journalist Myles Clarkson is thrilled to interview virtuoso Duncan Ely. Duncan, however, is terminally ill and not much interested in Myles until noticing that Myles' hands are ideally suited for piano. Suddenly, he can't get enough of his new friend, and Myles' wife, Paula, becomes suspicious of Duncan's intentions. Her suspicions grow when Duncan dies and Myles mysteriously becomes a virtuoso overnight.

Starring: Alan Alda, Jacqueline Bisset, Barbara Parkins, Bradford Dillman, William Windom, Curd Jürgens, Kathleen Widdoes, Pamelyn Ferdin, Curt Lowens, Gregory Morton ..
Directed by: Paul Wendkos
Release date: 1971-04-09
9.

Willard

3.3
6.2/10 IMDB

A social misfit, Willard is made fun of by his co-workers, and squeezed out of the company started by his deceased father by his boss. His only friends are a couple of rats he raised at home, Ben and Socrates. However, when one of them is killed at work, he goes on a rampage using his rats to attack those who have been tormenting him.

Starring: Bruce Davison, Ernest Borgnine, Sondra Locke, Elsa Lanchester, Michael Dante, Jody Gilbert, William Hansen, John Myhers, J. Pat O'Malley, Joan Shawlee ..
Directed by: Daniel Mann
Release date: 1971-07-30
10.

The Tell-Tale Heart

3.3
7.0/10 IMDB

A retelling of Edgar Allan's Poe haunting tale.

Starring: Alex Cord, Edward Binns, Dennis Cross, Dan Desmond, Sam Jaffe ..
Directed by: Steve Carver
Release date: 1971-01-01

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