Best Horror Movies of 1973

1.

The Exorcist

6.6
8.0/10 IMDB

12-year-old Regan MacNeil begins to adapt an explicit new personality as strange events befall the local area of Georgetown. Her mother becomes torn between science and superstition in a desperate bid to save her daughter, and ultimately turns to her last hope: Father Damien Karras, a troubled priest who is struggling with his own faith.

Starring: Linda Blair, Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn, Jason Miller, Lee J. Cobb, Kitty Winn, William O'Malley, Jack MacGowran, Barton Heyman, Peter Masterson ..
Directed by: William Friedkin
Release date: 1973-05-31
2.

The Wicker Man

5.3
7.5/10 IMDB

Police sergeant Neil Howie is called to an island village in search of a missing girl whom the locals claim never existed. Stranger still, however, are the rituals that take place there.

Starring: Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee, Britt Ekland, Ingrid Pitt, Robin Hardy, Aubrey Morris, Diane Cilento, Russell Waters, Lindsay Kemp, Irene Sunters ..
Directed by: Robin Hardy
Release date: 1973-12-01
3.

Westworld

4.9
7.0/10 IMDB

In a futuristic resort, wealthy patrons can visit recreations of different time periods and experience their wildest fantasies with life-like robots. But when Richard Benjamin opts for the wild west, he gets more than he bargained for when a gunslinger robot goes berserk.

Starring: Yul Brynner, Richard Benjamin, James Brolin, Norman Bartold, Alan Oppenheimer, Victoria Shaw, Dick Van Patten, Linda Gaye Scott, Steve Franken, Michael T. Mikler ..
Directed by: Michael Crichton
Release date: 1973-08-15
4.

Sisters

4.9
6.9/10 IMDB

Inquisitive journalist Grace Collier is horrified when she witnesses her neighbor, fashion model Danielle Breton, violently murder a man. Panicking, she calls the police. But when the detective arrives at the scene and finds nothing amiss, Grace is forced to take matters into her own hands. Her first move is to recruit private investigator Joseph Larch, who helps her to uncover a secret about Danielle's past that has them both seeing double.

Starring: Margot Kidder, Jennifer Salt, Charles Durning, William Finley, Lisle Wilson, Barnard Hughes, Mary Davenport, Dolph Sweet, Olympia Dukakis, Catherine Gaffigan ..
Directed by: Brian De Palma
Release date: 1973-03-26
5.

The Legend of Hell House

4.8
6.7/10 IMDB

A team consisting of a physicist, his wife, a young female psychic and the only survivor of the previous visit are sent to the notorious Hell House to prove/disprove survival after death. Previous visitors have either been killed or gone mad, and it is up to the team to survive a full week in isolation, and solve the mystery of the Hell House.

Starring: Pamela Franklin, Roddy McDowall, Clive Revill, Gayle Hunnicutt, Roland Culver, Peter Bowles, Michael Gough, Miles Jonn-Dalton ..
Directed by: John Hough
Release date: 1973-06-15
6.

Theatre of Blood

4.5
7.2/10 IMDB

A Shakespearean actor takes poetic revenge on the critics who denied him recognition.

Starring: Vincent Price, Diana Rigg, Ian Hendry, Harry Andrews, Coral Browne, Robert Coote, Jack Hawkins, Michael Hordern, Arthur Lowe, Robert Morley ..
Directed by: Douglas Hickox
Release date: 1973-03-16
7.

The Crazies

4.3
6.1/10 IMDB

Citizens of a small town are infected by a biological weapon that causes its victims to become violently insane. As uninfected citizens struggle to survive, the military readies its own response.

Starring: Lane Carroll, Will MacMillan, Harold Wayne Jones, Lynn Lowry, Lloyd Hollar, Richard Liberty, Richard France, Harry Spillman, Bill Thunhurst, Stephen Liska ..
Directed by: George A. Romero
Release date: 1973-03-16
Best Horror Movies of 1973 : The Night Strangler
8.

The Night Strangler

3.8
7.5/10 IMDB

After being run out of Las Vegas, Kolchak heads for Seattle and another reporting job with the local paper. It's not long before he is on the trail of another string of bizarre murders. It seems that every 21 years, for the past century, a killer kills a certain number of people, drains them of their blood and then disappears into the night. Kolchak is on his trail, but can he stop him?

Starring: Darren McGavin, Jo Ann Pflug, Simon Oakland, Scott Brady, Wally Cox, Margaret Hamilton, John Carradine, Al Lewis, Nina Wayne, Virginia Peters ..
Directed by: Dan Curtis
Release date: 1973-01-16
9.

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark

3.4
6.7/10 IMDB

A young couple inherits an old mansion inhabited by small demon-like creatures who are determined to make the wife one of their own.

Starring: Kim Darby, Jim Hutton, William Demarest, Barbara Anderson, Pedro Armendáriz Jr., Lesley Woods, Robert Cleaves, Sterling Swanson, Joel Lawrence, William Sylvester ..
Directed by: John Newland
Release date: 1973-10-10
10.

Messiah of Evil

3.4
6.4/10 IMDB

A young woman goes searching for her missing artist father. Her journey takes her to a strange Californian seaside town governed by a mysterious undead cult.

Starring: Michael Greer, Marianna Hill, Joy Bang, Anitra Ford, Royal Dano, Elisha Cook Jr., Charles Dierkop, Bennie Robinson, Dyanne Asimow, Walter Hill ..
Directed by: Willard Huyck, Gloria Katz
Release date: 1973-05-02

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