Best Horror Movies of 1971



7.6/10 IMDB

Traveling businessman David Mann angers the driver of a rusty tanker while crossing the California desert. A simple trip turns deadly, as Mann struggles to stay on the road while the tanker plays cat and mouse with his life.

Starring: Dennis Weaver, Jacqueline Scott, Eddie Firestone, Lou Frizzell, Gene Dynarski, Lucille Benson, Tim Herbert, Charles Seel, Shirley O'Hara, Alexander Lockwood ..
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Release date: 1971-11-13

Johnny Got His Gun

7.8/10 IMDB

Joe, a young American soldier, is hit by a mortar shell on the last day of World War I. He lies in a hospital bed with a fate worse than death as a quadruple amputee who has lost his arms, legs, eyes, ears, mouth and nose. Unbeknown to his doctors, he remains conscious and able to think, thereby reliving his life through strange dreams and memories.

Starring: Timothy Bottoms, Kathy Fields, Marsha Hunt, Jason Robards, Donald Sutherland, Charles McGraw, Sandy Brown Wyeth, Don Barry, Peter Brocco, Kendell Clarke ..
Directed by: Dalton Trumbo
Release date: 1971-08-04

Straw Dogs

7.4/10 IMDB

David Sumner, a mild-mannered academic from the United States, marries Amy, an Englishwoman. In order to escape a hectic stateside lifestyle, David and his wife relocate to the small town in rural Cornwall where Amy was raised. There, David is ostracized by the brutish men of the village, including Amy's old flame, Charlie. Eventually the taunts escalate, and two of the locals rape Amy. This sexual assault awakes a shockingly violent side of David.

Starring: Dustin Hoffman, Susan George, Peter Vaughan, T. P. McKenna, Del Henney, Jim Norton, Donald Webster, Ken Hutchison, Len Jones, Sally Thomsett ..
Directed by: Sam Peckinpah
Release date: 1971-12-23

The Abominable Dr. Phibes

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

10 Rillington Place

7.5/10 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

Twins of Evil

6.6/10 IMDB

While dabbling in Satanism, Count Karstein resurrects Mircalla Karnstein who initiates him into vampirism. As a rash of deaths afflicts the village, Gustav the head of Puritan group leads his men to seek out and destroy the pestilence. One of his twin nieces has become inflicted with the witchcraft but Gustav's zeal and venom has trapped the innocent Maria, threatening her with a tortuous execution, whilst Frieda remains free to continue her orgy of evil.

Starring: Peter Cushing, Dennis Price, Madeleine Collinson, Mary Collinson, Isobel Black, Kathleen Byron, David Warbeck, Katya Wyeth, Damien Thomas, Luan Peters ..
Directed by: John Hough
Release date: 1971-10-03

The House That Dripped Blood

6.5/10 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

Daughters of Darkness

6.5/10 IMDB

Ostend, Belgium. In a decadent seaside hotel, Stefan and Valerie, a newlywed couple, meet the mysterious Countess Báthory and Ilona, her secretary.

Starring: Delphine Seyrig, John Karlen, Danielle Ouimet, Andrea Rau, Paul Esser, Georges Jamin, Joris Collet, Fons Rademakers ..
Directed by: Harry Kümel
Release date: 1971-10-02

Let's Scare Jessica to Death

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. Jessica's terror and paranoia resurface as evil forces surround her.

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

The Blood on Satan's Claw

6.4/10 IMDB

The accidental unearthing of Satan’s earthly remains causes the children of a 17th-century English village to slowly convert into a coven of devil worshipers.

Starring: Patrick Wymark, Linda Hayden, Barry Andrews, James Hayter, Michele Dotrice, Anthony Ainley, Howard Goorney, Charlotte Mitchell, Avice Landone, Wendy Padbury ..
Directed by: Piers Haggard
Release date: 1971-01-28

See No Evil

6.6/10 IMDB

In the English countryside, Sarah Rexton, recently blinded in a horse riding accident, moves in with her uncle's family and gallantly adjusts to her new condition, unaware that a killer stalks them.

Starring: Mia Farrow, Dorothy Alison, Robin Bailey, Diane Grayson, Brian Rawlinson, Norman Eshley, Paul Nicholas, Christopher Matthews, Michael Elphick, Donald Bisset ..
Directed by: Richard Fleischer
Release date: 1971-09-02

The Night Visitor

6.7/10 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

Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde

6.6/10 IMDB

In foggy London Dr Jekyll experiments on newly deceased women determined to discover an elixir for immortal life. Success enables his spectacular transformation into the beautiful but psychotic Sister Hyde who stalks the dark alleys of Whitechapel for young, innocent, female victims, ensuring continuation of the bloodstained research. With each transformation Sister Hyde becomes the more dominant personality, determined to eventually suppress the frail, ineffectual Dr Jekyll forever.

Starring: Ralph Bates, Martine Beswick, Gerald Sim, Lewis Fiander, Susan Brodrick, Dorothy Alison, Ivor Dean, Philip Madoc, Irene Bradshaw, Neil Wilson ..
Directed by: Roy Ward Baker
Release date: 1971-10-17
Best Horror Movies of 1971 : The Tell-Tale Heart

The Tell-Tale Heart

7.2/10 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
Best Horror Movies of 1971 : The Road Builder

The Road Builder

6.3/10 IMDB

The dreary existence of middle-aged spinster Maura Prince takes an unexpected turn with the arrival of young handyman Billy Jarvis, but there is more to Billy than meets the eye. Based on the novel *Nest in a Fallen Tree* by Joy Cowley.

Starring: Patricia Neal, Pamela Brown, Graham Crowden, Jean Anderson, Peter Sallis, Yootha Joyce, Brigit Forsyth, Zoe Alexander, Nicholas Clay, Sebastian Breaks ..
Directed by: Alastair Reid
Release date: 1971-02-25

Hands of the Ripper

6.2/10 IMDB

A series of murders occur that mirror those committed by the Whitechapel Ripper. Through his experiments with psychoanalysis Dr Pritchard discovers a deadly violence in one of his young female patients. As he delves into the recesses of her mind he uncovers that Anna is possessed by her dead father's spirit, willing her to commit acts of gruesome savagery over which she has no control. But the most chilling revelation of all is the identity of her father: Jack the Ripper himself.

Starring: Eric Porter, Angharad Rees, Jane Merrow, Keith Bell, Derek Godfrey, Dora Bryan, Marjorie Rhodes, Barry Lowe, Lynda Baron, Marjie Lawrence ..
Directed by: Peter Sasdy
Release date: 1971-10-17

What's the Matter with Helen?

6.3/10 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 Mac Liammóir, Agnes Moorehead, Helene Winston, Peggy Rea, Logan Ramsey, Paulle Clark, Yvette Vickers ..
Directed by: Curtis Harrington
Release date: 1971-06-30


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
Best Horror Movies of 1971 : The Mephisto Waltz

The Mephisto Waltz

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
Best Horror Movies of 1971 : Fright


5.8/10 IMDB

Young babysitter Amanda arrives at the Lloyd residence to spend the evening looking after their young son. Soon after the Lloyds leave, a series of frightening occurrences in the gloomy old house have Amanda's nerves on edge. The real terror begins, however, when the child's biological father appears after recently escaping from a nearby mental institution.

Starring: Susan George, Honor Blackman, Ian Bannen, John Gregson, George Cole, Dennis Waterman, Tara Collinson, Maurice Kaufmann, Roger Lloyd Pack, Michael Brennan ..
Directed by: Peter Collinson
Release date: 1971-09-18

Countess Dracula

5.9/10 IMDB

Hungary, XVII century. After being widowed, the old countess Elizabeth Nádasdy, of the Báthory lineage, fortunately discovers a way to become young again; but the price to be paid by those around her will be high and bloody.

Starring: Ingrid Pitt, Nigel Green, Sandor Elès, Maurice Denham, Patience Collier, Peter Jeffrey, Lesley-Anne Down, Andrea Lawrence, Susan Brodrick, Leon Lissek ..
Directed by: Peter Sasdy
Release date: 1971-01-30

Lust for a Vampire

5.7/10 IMDB

In 1830, the Karnstein heirs use the blood of an innocent to bring forth the evil that is the beautiful Mircalla - or as she was in 1710, Carmilla. The nearby Finishing School offers rich pickings not only in in the blood of nubile young ladies but also with the headmaster who is desperate to become Mircalla's disciple, and the equally besotted and even more foolish author Richard Lestrange.

Starring: Ralph Bates, Barbara Jefford, Suzanna Leigh, Michael Johnson, Yutte Stensgaard, Helen Christie, Pippa Steel, Mike Raven, Christopher Cunningham, Harvey Hall ..
Directed by: Jimmy Sangster
Release date: 1971-01-17

Blood from the Mummy's Tomb

5.6/10 IMDB

Two Egyptologists, Professor Fuchs and Corbeck, are instrumental in unleashing unmitigated horror by bringing back to England the mummified body of Tara, the Egyptian Queen of Darkness. Fuchs’s daughter becomes involved in a series of macabre and terrifying incidents, powerless against the forces of darkness, directed by Corbeck, that are taking possession of her body and soul to fulfill the ancient prophesy that Queen Tara will be resurrected to continue her reign of unspeakable evil.

Starring: Valerie Leon, Andrew Keir, James Villiers, Hugh Burden, George Coulouris, Mark Edwards, Rosalie Crutchley, Aubrey Morris, David Markham, Joan Young ..
Directed by: Seth Holt, Michael Carreras
Release date: 1971-06-16

The Brotherhood of Satan

5.5/10 IMDB

A family is trapped in a desert town by a cult of senior-citizens who recruit the town's children to worship Satan.

Starring: Strother Martin, L.Q. Jones, Charles Bateman, Ahna Capri, Charles Robinson, Geri Reischl, Alvy Moore, Judith McConnell, Helene Winston, Joyce Easton ..
Directed by: Bernard McEveety
Release date: 1971-08-06

I, Monster

5.8/10 IMDB

Christopher Lee stars in this Amicus production of “Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde” where the names have been changed to Dr. Marlowe and Mr. Blake. Lee as Dr. Marlowe experiments with intravenous drugs that are suppose to release inner inhibitions. So comes forth Mr. Blake (also Lee) who gets more monstrous with each transformation. Peter Cushing plays his friend and colleague, Dr. Utterson.

Starring: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Mike Raven, Richard Hurndall, George Merritt, Kenneth J. Warren, Susan Jameson, Marjie Lawrence, Aimée Delamain, Michael Des Barres ..
Directed by: Stephen Weeks
Release date: 1971-11-01

The Return of Count Yorga

5.6/10 IMDB

Count Yorga continues to prey on the local community while living by a nearby orphanage. He also intends to take a new wife, while feeding his bevy of female vampires.

Starring: Robert Quarry, Mariette Hartley, Roger Perry, Yvonne Wilder, Tom Toner, Rudy De Luca, George Macready, Walter Brooke, Edward Walsh, Craig T. Nelson ..
Directed by: Bob Kelljan
Release date: 1971-08-18
Best Horror Movies of 1971 : The Stalls of Barchester

The Stalls of Barchester

6.8/10 IMDB

Scholar Dr. Black's seemingly mundane assignment of sorting through the assets of the Barchester Cathedral library takes an eerie turn when he comes across the papers of the late Archdeacon, who plotted to gain his position through murder. However, he soon comes to discover something truly horrific about the wooden choir stalls in the church, which are tied to a famous local tree and a sinister local legend.

Starring: Robert Hardy, Clive Swift, Thelma Barlow, Will Leighton, Harold Bennett, Penny Service, Martin Hoyle, Erik Chitty, David Pugh, Ambrose Coghill ..
Directed by: Lawrence Gordon Clark
Release date: 1971-12-24

Night of Dark Shadows

5.4/10 IMDB

A newlywed painter and his wife move into his family's ancestral home and find themselves plagued by spirits of past residents.

Starring: David Selby, Kate Jackson, Grayson Hall, Lara Parker, John Karlen, Nancy Barrett, Jim Storm, Thayer David, Christopher Pennock, Diana Millay ..
Directed by: Dan Curtis
Release date: 1971-08-04

Blood and Lace

5.4/10 IMDB

After her prostitute mother and her john are beaten to death while they are asleep in bed, teen-aged Ellie Masters is sent to an isolated orphanage...

Starring: Gloria Grahame, Melody Patterson, Milton Selzer, Vic Tayback, Len Lesser, Terri Messina, Ronald Taft, Dennis Christopher, Peter Armstrong, Maggie Corey ..
Directed by: Philip S. Gilbert
Release date: 1971-03-17
Best Horror Movies of 1971 : Hotter Than Hell

Hotter Than Hell

3.6/10 IMDB

Satan sends his two sons to Earth to seduce and corrupt young women.

Starring: Suzanne Fields, Paul Dodge, Jane Fondler, Elizabeth Tail, Raquel Belch, John McGaughtery, Ron Darby, Fanny Fiddler, Lotta Goodbody, Judy Angel ..
Directed by: Al Mamar
Release date: 1971-07-01
Best Horror Movies of 1971 : Crucible of Horror

Crucible of Horror

5.2/10 IMDB

A mother and daughter hatch a scheme to murder their family's domineering and sadistic patriarch.

Starring: Michael Gough, Yvonne Mitchell, Sharon Gurney, Simon Gough, Nicholas Jones, Olaf Pooley, Mary Hignett, David Butler, Howard Goorney ..
Directed by: Viktors Ritelis
Release date: 1971-11-10

Murders in the Rue Morgue

5.2/10 IMDB

In Paris, in the beginning of the Twentieth Century, Cesar Charron owns a theater at the Rue Morgue where he performs the play "Murders in the Rue Morgue" with his wife Madeleine Charron, who has dreadful nightmares. When there are several murders by acid of people connected to Cesar, the prime suspect of Inspector Vidocq would be Cesar's former partner Rene Marot. But Marot murdered Madeleine's mother many years ago and committed suicide immediately after.

Starring: Jason Robards, Herbert Lom, Christine Kaufmann, Adolfo Celi, Maria Perschy, Lilli Palmer, Michael Dunn, Peter Arne, Rosalind Elliot, Marshall Jones ..
Directed by: Gordon Hessler
Release date: 1971-07-21
Best Horror Movies of 1971 : A Taste of Evil

A Taste of Evil

6.3/10 IMDB

On her way home from a stay at a mental institution after a traumatic rape, a woman realizes that someone is deliberately trying to drive her insane.

Starring: Barbara Stanwyck, Barbara Parkins, Roddy McDowall, William Windom, Arthur O'Connell, Bing Russell, Dawn Frame ..
Directed by: John Llewellyn Moxey
Release date: 1971-10-11
Best Horror Movies of 1971 : Sweet, Sweet Rachel

Sweet, Sweet Rachel

5.7/10 IMDB

An ESP expert uses his powers to try to track down a psychic who uses telepathy to commit murder.

Starring: Stefanie Powers, Pat Hingle, Louise Latham, Richard Bull, Steve Ihnat, Brenda Scott, Rod McCary, Alex Dreier, Mark Tapscott, John Alvin ..
Directed by: Sutton Roley
Release date: 1971-10-01
Best Horror Movies of 1971 : Revenge!


6.0/10 IMDB

A deranged mother avenges herself on the man she thinks seduced her daughter by imprisoning him in a cage in her basement.

Starring: Shelley Winters, Stuart Whitman, Bradford Dillman, Carol Eve Rossen, Roger Perry, Gary Clarke, Leslie Charleson, Johnny Scott Lee, George Burrafato, Pelly Sutton ..
Directed by: Jud Taylor
Release date: 1971-11-06

The Velvet Vampire

5.3/10 IMDB

A married couple accept the invitation of mysterious vixen Diane LeFanu to visit her in her secluded desert estate. Tensions arise when the couple, unaware at first that Diane is a centuries-old vampire, realize that they are both objects of the pale temptress' seductions.

Starring: Michael Blodgett, Sherry E. DeBoer, Celeste Yarnall, Gene Shane, Jerry Daniels, Sandy Ward, Paul Prokop, Chris Woodley, Robert Tessier ..
Directed by: Stephanie Rothman
Release date: 1971-10-13
Best Horror Movies of 1971 : Black Noon

Black Noon

5.8/10 IMDB

Reverend John Keyes and his wife, Lorna, on their way to a new congregation out west, break down in the desert and are rescued by the residents of a nearby town. At first warm and welcoming, the townspeople become more and more solicitous of John and insistent that he stay on as their minister, against the wishes of Lorna, who goes unheeded and slowly becomes deathly ill. Will John realize the danger before it is too late?

Starring: Roy Thinnes, Yvette Mimieux, Ray Milland, Henry Silva, Gloria Grahame, Lynn Loring, Leif Garrett, Buddy Foster, Hank Worden, William Bryant ..
Directed by: Bernard L. Kowalski
Release date: 1971-11-05
Best Horror Movies of 1971 : The Devil and Miss Sarah

The Devil and Miss Sarah

6.0/10 IMDB

A notorious outlaw being escorted to prison by a homesteader and his wife turns out to have satanic powers. He uses them on the man's wife to try to possess her and help him escape.

Starring: James Drury, Janice Rule, Gene Barry, Donald Moffat, Slim Pickens, Charles McGraw, Logan Ramsey ..
Directed by: Michael Caffey
Release date: 1971-12-04
Best Horror Movies of 1971 : The Night God Screamed

The Night God Screamed

5.8/10 IMDB

A woman is persecuted by Jesus freaks after they've crucified her preacher husband.

Starring: Jeanne Crain, Alex Nicol, Dan Spelling, Michael Sugich, Barbara Hancock, Dawn Cleary, Gary Morgan, Stewart Bradley, James B. Sikking, Miller Pettit ..
Directed by: Lee Madden
Release date: 1971-01-01

Werewolves on Wheels

4.3/10 IMDB

A biker gang visits a monastery where they encounter black-robed monks engaged in worshipping Satan. When the monks try to persuade one of the female bikers, Helen, to become a satanic sacrifice the bikers smash up the monastery and leave. The monks have the last laugh, though, as Helen, as a result of the satanic rituals, is now possessed and at night changes into a werewolf, with dire results for the biker gang.

Starring: Steve Oliver, D.J. Anderson, Gene Shane, Billy Gray, Gray Johnson, Barry MacGuire, Owen Orr, Anna Lynn Brown, Ingrid Grunewald, Marilyn Munger ..
Directed by: Michel Levesque
Release date: 1971-08-11

Simon, King of the Witches

5.8/10 IMDB

Simon is a modern day warlock. Though he lives in a storm drain and sometimes talks to trees, he's deadly serious about his witchcraft. After being picked up for vagrancy, Simon spends a night in jail with Turk, a young hustler with connections to powerful people such as Hercules, an aging hipster who hires Simon to work one of his groovy parties. There he meets Linda, the DA's pill-popping daughter. In between romanic dallances and colorful sex magic ceremonies, Simon must contend with those who dare to challenge his magical prowess causing him to summon the dark world for his revenge.

Starring: Andrew Prine, Brenda Scott, Norman Burton, Sharon Berryhill, Allyson Ames, Buck Holland, Jerry Brooke, Ultra Violet, Elizabeth Saxon, George Paulsin ..
Directed by: Bruce Kessler
Release date: 1971-04-02
Best Horror Movies of 1971 : Night of the Damned

Night of the Damned

5.1/10 IMDB

Jean Duprey and his wife Danielle are famous journalists with a special interest in unsolved mysteries. They receive a request of help by an old noble friend of Jean, Guillaume de Saint Lambert, who is about to die by an unknown illness. He lives, obviously, in ancient castle with his wife and the servants. Soon Duprey discover that his friend's wife is a witch (originally burnt in the 18th century) and that Guillaume is under her wicked influence. She practices the art of black magic and by making die slowly all members of the Saint Lambert family she gains eternal beauty. When Duprey breaks the marble casket containing the ashes of the witch she shows her real aspect before dying.

Starring: Pierre Brice, Patrizia Viotti, Angela De Leo, Antonio Pavan, Alessandro Tedeschi, Mario Carra, Daniela D'Agostino, Irio Fantini, Carla Mancini ..
Directed by: Filippo Walter Ratti
Release date: 1971-09-10
Best Horror Movies of 1971 : A Howling in the Woods

A Howling in the Woods

6.2/10 IMDB

A disillusioned housewife on a vacation in the woods is disturbed by her husband continually trying to get her to come home and, more ominously, a mysterious howling at night.

Starring: Barbara Eden, Larry Hagman, John Rubinstein, Vera Miles, Tyne Daly, Ruta Lee, George Murdock, Ford Rainey, Bill Vint, Karl Swenson ..
Directed by: Daniel Petrie
Release date: 1971-11-05

Die Screaming Marianne

4.9/10 IMDB

After their parents divorce, one daughter lives with her mother in England while the other lives with her father in Portugal. After the untimely death of her mother, the one daughter stands to inherit a large sum of money and also a number of documents containing information that will incriminate her father, who was a crooked judge. While her father wants the documents, her sister wants the money and they will each stop at nothing, even murder, to get what they want.

Starring: Susan George, Barry Evans, Christopher Sandford, Judy Huxtable, Leo Genn, Kenneth Hendel, Paul Stassino, Alan Curtis, Anthony Sharp, Jon Laurimore ..
Directed by: Pete Walker
Release date: 1971-08-13


5.5/10 IMDB

After one schoolgirl is raped while taking a short cut through the local woods, and another is murdered in the same woods a few days later, the local police are baffled. With the help of a reporter from one of the local papers, and against the wishes of a psychologist at the local hospital, a young teacher at the school the girls attended uses herself as bait to lure the perpetrator out. Could it be the creepy husband of the head mistress at the school, the psychologist who seems to be taking an unusual interest in the case, or something altogether more sinister?

Starring: Suzy Kendall, Frank Finlay, Freddie Jones, James Laurenson, Lesley-Anne Down, Tony Beckley, Anthony Ainley, Dilys Hamlett, James Cosmo, Marianne Stone ..
Directed by: Sidney Hayers
Release date: 1971-02-11
Best Horror Movies of 1971 : Sometimes Aunt Martha Does Dreadful Things

Sometimes Aunt Martha Does Dreadful Things

5.0/10 IMDB

Two eccentric fugitives become roommates in Miami to avoid the law, while one dresses in drag as the other's aunt, leading to deception and murder.

Starring: Wayne Crawford, Abe Zwick, Don Craig, Robin Hughes, Yanka Mann, Marty Cordova, Maggie Wood, Mike Mingoia, Robert DeMeo, Sandra Lurie ..
Directed by: Thomas Casey
Release date: 1971-01-01
Best Horror Movies of 1971 : Venom


4.6/10 IMDB

A Nazi scientist and a woman known as a "spider goddess" attempt to develop a nerve gas made from spider venom.

Starring: Simon Brent, Neda Arneri?, Sheila Allen, Derek Newark, Terence Soall, Gerard Heinz, Gertan Klauber, Sean Gerrard, Bette Vivian, Ray Barron ..
Directed by: Peter Sykes
Release date: 1971-01-01
Best Horror Movies of 1971 : The Only House in Town

The Only House in Town

4.3/10 IMDB

Based on Ed's book, The Only House, was thought to be just an alternate version of Necromania, which is also based on the book. This has proven to be untrue, although it appears to have been unfinished. According to Rudolph Grey: "Wood evidently began as director but was replaced by producer-cameraman Saul Resnick. In his resume, Wood tales screenplay credit. Uschi Digard did not remember shooting this 1970 1-day wonder, although she has extensive dialogue."

Starring: Uschi Digard, Neola Graef, Lynn Harris, Paul Sine, Marv Murray, Ron Polkee, Jane Tsentas ..
Directed by: Edward D. Wood Jr.
Release date: 1971-01-01
Best Horror Movies of 1971 : The Man with Icy Eyes

The Man with Icy Eyes

5.3/10 IMDB

A state senator is murdered outside his home, and the police arrest a strange man described as having "icy eyes" for the crime. An Italian reporter finds a stripper who claims to have been an eyewitness to the assassination and saw the man with the icy eyes commit it. At his trial she testifies against him, and he's sentenced to death. However, the reporter soon begins to find holes in the stripper's story, and other circumstances arise which makes him believe that the wrong man may have been convicted

Starring: Antonio Sabàto, Barbara Bouchet, Faith Domergue, Corrado Gaipa, Victor Buono, Keenan Wynn, Giovanni Petti, Joe Pollini, Bill Stevenson, James Smith ..
Directed by: Alberto De Martino
Release date: 1971-04-10

Night of the Witches

6.1/10 IMDB

A lecherous thief posing as a preacher is wandering in northern coastal Mexico. After stealing a car and evading police, he stumbles on a small coven of mysterious witches living in a seaside mansion. The preacher attempts to extort money from the witches, not knowing how dangerous they really are.

Starring: Keith Larsen, Randy Stafford, Ronald Taft, Kathryn Loder, Leon Charles, Anakorita, Roxanne Brewer, Julie Conners, Ernest Lawrence Rossi, Beverly LaRue ..
Directed by: Keith Larsen
Release date: 1971-12-03

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