Best Horror Movies of 1974

1.

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

6.1
7.5/10 IMDB

When Sally hears that her grandfather's grave may have been vandalized, she and her paraplegic brother, Franklin, set out with their friends to investigate. After a detour to their family's old farmhouse, they discover a group of crazed, murderous outcasts living next door. As the group is attacked one by one by the chainsaw-wielding Leatherface, who wears a mask of human skin, the survivors must do everything they can to escape.

Starring: Marilyn Burns, Allen Danziger, Paul A. Partain, William Vail, Teri McMinn, Edwin Neal, Jim Siedow, Gunnar Hansen, John Dugan, Robert Courtin ..
Directed by: Tobe Hooper
Release date: 1974-10-01
2.

Phantom of the Paradise

5.3
7.4/10 IMDB

Fledgling singer-songwriter Winslow Leach finds himself double-crossed by the nefarious music producer Swan, who steals both his music and the girl Winslow wants to sing it, Phoenix, for the grand opening of his rock palace, the Paradise. After Swan has Winslow sent to prison for trespassing, Winslow endures a freak accident that leaves him disfigured, after which he seeks revenge on both Swan and the Paradise.

Starring: William Finley, Paul Williams, Jessica Harper, Gerrit Graham, George Memmoli, Archie Hahn, Jeffrey Comanor, Peter Elbling, Jennifer Ashley, Janit Baldwin ..
Directed by: Brian De Palma
Release date: 1974-10-31
3.

Black Christmas

5.2
7.2/10 IMDB

A sorority house is terrorized by a stranger who makes frightening phone calls and then murders the sorority sisters during Christmas break.

Starring: Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder, John Saxon, Marian Waldman, Andrea Martin, James Edmond, Doug McGrath, Art Hindle, Lynne Griffin ..
Directed by: Bob Clark
Release date: 1974-10-11
4.

The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue

4.1
6.8/10 IMDB

When a series of murders hit the remote English countryside, a detective suspects a pair of travelers when it is actually the work of the undead, jarred back to life by an experimental ultra-sonic radiation machine used by the Ministry of Agriculture to kill insects.

Starring: Cristina Galbó, Ray Lovelock, Arthur Kennedy, Aldo Massasso, Giorgio Trestini, Roberto Posse, José Lifante, Jeannine Mestre, Gengher Gatti, Fernando Hilbeck ..
Directed by: Jorge Grau
Release date: 1974-11-28
5.

Phase IV

3.9
6.5/10 IMDB

Arizona ants mock the food chain on their way to a desert lab to get two scientists and a woman.

Starring: Michael Murphy, Nigel Davenport, Lynne Frederick, Alan Gifford, Robert Henderson, Helen Horton, David Healy ..
Directed by: Saul Bass
Release date: 1974-09-01
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6.

Frankenstein: The True Story

3.9
7.3/10 IMDB

Victor Frankenstein witnesses his creation turn uncontrollable after he's duped by his associate, Dr. Polidori.

Starring: James Mason, Leonard Whiting, David McCallum, Jane Seymour, Nicola Pagett, Michael Sarrazin, Michael Wilding, Tom Baker, Clarissa Kaye-Mason, Agnes Moorehead ..
Directed by: Jack Smight
Release date: 1974-09-19
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7.

Lucifer Rising

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

Egyptian gods summons the angel Lucifer - in order to usher in a new occult age.

Starring: Kenneth Anger, Bobby Beausoleil, Donald Cammell, Marianne Faithfull, Myriam Gibril, Chris Jagger, Jimmy Page, Haydn Couts, Leslie Huggins, Francis Rose ..
Directed by: Kenneth Anger
Release date: 1974-04-10
8.

It's Alive

3.6
5.8/10 IMDB

Lenore Davis and her husband Frank are about to have their second child. As she gives birth, the newborn baby vanishes and leaves behind five dead bodies. It's up to the police and Frank to figure out where their mutated child has gone.

Starring: John P. Ryan, Sharon Farrell, Andrew Duggan, Guy Stockwell, Michael Ansara, William Wellman Jr., Robert Emhardt, James Dixon, Shamus Locke, Patrick McAllister ..
Directed by: Larry Cohen
Release date: 1974-04-26
9.

From Beyond the Grave

3.5
6.7/10 IMDB

Four customers purchase (or take) items from Temptations Limited, an antiques shop whose motto is "Offers You Cannot Resist". A nasty fate awaits all of them—particularly those who cheat the shop's Proprietor.

Starring: Peter Cushing, David Warner, Donald Pleasence, Ian Ogilvy, Ian Carmichael, Lesley-Anne Down, Ian Bannen, Diana Dors, Margaret Leighton, Nyree Dawn Porter ..
Directed by: Kevin Connor
Release date: 1974-02-21
10.

Bad Ronald

3.5
6.8/10 IMDB

When awkward teen Ronald Wilby accidentally kills a young girl whose sister rejected his affections, his overbearing mother decides to hide him from the law by creating a concealed room in their home for him to live.

Starring: Scott Jacoby, Pippa Scott, John Larch, Dabney Coleman, Kim Hunter, John Fiedler, Linda Watkins, Cindy Fisher, Cindy Eilbacher, Lisa Eilbacher ..
Directed by: Buzz Kulik
Release date: 1974-10-23

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