Best Horror Movies of 1978

1.

Dawn of the Dead

6.3
7.9/10 IMDB

During an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia SWAT team members, a traffic reporter, and his television-executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall.

Starring: David Emge, Ken Foree, Scott H. Reiniger, Gaylen Ross, David Crawford, David Early, Richard France, Howard Smith, Daniel Dietrich, Fred Baker ..
Directed by: George A. Romero
Release date: 1978-09-02
2.

Halloween

6.2
7.8/10 IMDB

On a black and unholy Halloween night years ago, little Michael Myers brutally slaughtered his sister in cold bold. But for the last fifteen years, town residents have rested easy, knowing that he was safely locked away in a mental hospital – until tonight. Tonight, Michael returns to the same quiet neighbourhood to relive his grisly murder again…and again…and again. For this is a night of evil. Tonight is Halloween!

Starring: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, P.J. Soles, Nancy Kyes, Nick Castle, Tony Moran, Will Sandin, Charles Cyphers, Kyle Richards, Brian Andrews ..
Directed by: John Carpenter
Release date: 1978-10-24
3.

Eraserhead

6.1
7.4/10 IMDB

Henry Spencer tries to survive his industrial environment, his angry girlfriend, and the unbearable screams of his newly born mutant child.

Starring: Jack Nance, Charlotte Stewart, Allen Joseph, Jeanne Bates, Judith Roberts, Laurel Near, T. Max Graham, Jennifer Chambers Lynch, Hal Landon Jr., Jean Lange ..
Directed by: David Lynch
Release date: 1978-02-03
4.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

5.3
7.4/10 IMDB

The first remake of the paranoid infiltration classic moves the setting for the invasion, from a small town to the city of San Francisco and starts as Matthew Bennell notices that several of his friends are complaining that their close relatives are in some way different. When questioned later they themselves seem changed, as they deny everything or make lame excuses. As the invaders increase in number they become more open and Bennell, who has by now witnessed an attempted "replacement", realises that he and his friends must escape or suffer the same fate. But who can he trust to help him and who has already been snatched?

Starring: Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Leonard Nimoy, Veronica Cartwright, Jeff Goldblum, Art Hindle, Lelia Goldoni, Kevin McCarthy, Don Siegel, Tom Luddy ..
Directed by: Philip Kaufman
Release date: 1978-12-19
5.

Coma

4.9
6.9/10 IMDB

A young woman doctor discovers something sinister going on in her hospital. Relatively healthy patients are having 'complications' during simple operations and ending up in comas. The patients are then shipped off to an institute that looks after them. The young doctor suspects there is more to this than meets the eye.

Starring: Geneviève Bujold, Michael Douglas, Elizabeth Ashley, Richard Widmark, Rip Torn, Lois Chiles, Hari Rhodes, Gary Barton, Frank Downing, Alan Haufrect ..
Directed by: Michael Crichton
Release date: 1978-01-06
6.

Jaws 2

4.9
5.8/10 IMDB

Police chief Brody must protect the citizens of Amity after a second monstrous shark begins terrorizing the waters.

Starring: Roy Scheider, Lorraine Gary, Murray Hamilton, Joseph Mascolo, Jeffrey Kramer, Collin Wilcox Paxton, Ann Dusenberry, Mark Gruner, Barry Coe, Susan French ..
Directed by: Jeannot Szwarc
Release date: 1978-06-16
7.

The Boys from Brazil

4.9
7.0/10 IMDB

Nazi hunter Ezra Lieberman discovers a sinister and bizarre plot to rekindle the Third Reich.

Starring: Gregory Peck, Laurence Olivier, James Mason, Lilli Palmer, Uta Hagen, Steve Guttenberg, Denholm Elliott, Rosemary Harris, John Dehner, John Rubinstein ..
Directed by: Franklin J. Schaffner
Release date: 1978-10-05
8.

The Fury

4.6
6.4/10 IMDB

A government agent is determined to come to his son's rescue, when a sinister official kidnaps him to harness his extremely powerful psychic abilities.

Starring: Kirk Douglas, John Cassavetes, Charles Durning, Amy Irving, Jim Belushi, Fiona Lewis, Carrie Snodgress, Andrew Stevens, Carol Eve Rossen, Rutanya Alda ..
Directed by: Brian De Palma
Release date: 1978-03-10
9.

Damien: Omen II

4.6
6.3/10 IMDB

Since the sudden and highly suspicious death of his parents, 12-year-old Damien has been in the charge of his wealthy aunt and uncle. Widely feared to be the Antichrist, Damien relentlessly plots to seize control of his uncle's business empire—and the world. Anyone attempting to unravel the secrets of Damien's sinister past or fiendish future meets with a swift and cruel demise.

Starring: William Holden, Lee Grant, Jonathan Scott-Taylor, Robert Foxworth, Lance Henriksen, Elizabeth Shepherd, Nicholas Pryor, Lew Ayres, Sylvia Sidney, Lucas Donat ..
Directed by: Don Taylor, Mike Hodges
Release date: 1978-06-09
10.

Piranha

4.3
5.9/10 IMDB

When flesh-eating piranhas are accidently released into a summer resort's rivers, the guests become their next meal.

Starring: Bradford Dillman, Heather Menzies, Kevin McCarthy, Dick Miller, Barbara Steele, Keenan Wynn, Belinda Balaski, Melody Thomas Scott, Bruce Gordon, Barry Brown ..
Directed by: Joe Dante
Release date: 1978-08-03

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