Best Horror Movies of 1978

1.

Dawn of the Dead

6.3
7.8/10 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

6.3
7.7/10 IMDB

Fifteen years after murdering his sister on Halloween Night 1963, Michael Myers escapes from a mental hospital and returns to the small town of Haddonfield, Illinois to kill again.

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.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

5.3
7.4/10 IMDB

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.

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
4.

Magic

4.9
6.8/10 IMDB

A ventriloquist is at the mercy of his vicious dummy while he tries to renew a romance with his high school sweetheart.

Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Ann-Margret, Burgess Meredith, Ed Lauter, E.J. André, Jerry Houser, David Ogden Stiers, Lillian Randolph, Joe Lowry, Robert Hackman ..
Directed by: Richard Attenborough
Release date: 1978-11-08
5.

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
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.

Coma

4.9
6.9/10 IMDB

A young female 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
8.

The Fury

4.6
6.3/10 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
6.2/10 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.

Eyes of Laura Mars

4.4
6.1/10 IMDB

Laura Mars is a renowned New York City fashion photographer who features sensual and violent images in her controversial work. Suddenly, she gains the ability to see visions from a serial killer's perspective — and it happens to be her friends and associates that he is stalking.

Starring: Faye Dunaway, Tommy Lee Jones, Brad Dourif, René Auberjonois, Raul Julia, Darlanne Fluegel, Michael Tucker, Frank Adonis, Lisa Taylor, Rose Gregorio ..
Directed by: Irvin Kershner
Release date: 1978-08-02
11.

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
Best Horror Movies of 1978 : The Medusa Touch
12.

The Medusa Touch

4.3
6.9/10 IMDB

A French detective in London reconstructs the life of a man lying in hospital with severe injuries with the help of journals and a psychiatrist. He realises that the man had powerful telekinetic abilities.

Starring: Richard Burton, Lino Ventura, Lee Remick, Harry Andrews, Alan Badel, Marie-Christine Barrault, Jeremy Brett, Michael Hordern, Gordon Jackson, Michael Byrne ..
Directed by: Jack Gold
Release date: 1978-04-13
13.

Day of the Woman

4.1
5.6/10 IMDB

After a young writer is brutally gang-raped and left for dead by four men, she systematically hunts them down one by one to exact a terrible vengeance.

Starring: Camille Keaton, Eron Tabor, Richard Pace, Anthony Nichols, Gunter Kleemann, Alexis Magnotti, Tammy Zarchi, Terry Zarchi, Traci Ferrante, William Tasgal ..
Directed by: Meir Zarchi
Release date: 1978-11-02
14.

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!

3.4
4.6/10 IMDB

Attack of the Killer Tomatoes is a 1978 comedy film directed by John De Bello and starring David Miller. The film is a spoof of B-movies. Made on a budget of less than USD $100,000, the story involves tomatoes becoming sentient by unknown means and revolting against humanity.

Starring: David Miller, George Wilson, Sharon Taylor, J. Stephen Peace, Ernie Meyers, Eric Christmas, Jack Riley, Nigel Barber, John De Bello, Gregg Berger ..
Directed by: John De Bello
Release date: 1978-10-01
15.

The Shout

3.4
6.6/10 IMDB

Bored while officiating a cricket match at a psychiatric hospital, Crossley tells Graves (a visitor) the tale of a mysterious stranger (also named Crossley) who invades the lives and house of a local musician and his wife. The stranger claims knowledge of real magic, which he uses to displace his host and dominate his wife. The musician must find a way to combat Crossley and his seemingly implacable powers. Graves doubts Crossley's claim that the story is true, and begins to believe that Crossley is actually one of the patients.

Starring: Alan Bates, Susannah York, John Hurt, Robert Stephens, Tim Curry, Julian Hough, Carol Drinkwater, John Rees, Jim Broadbent, Susan Wooldridge ..
Directed by: Jerzy Skolimowski
Release date: 1978-06-16
16.

Someone's Watching Me!

3.4
6.6/10 IMDB

A young woman moves to a high-rise apartment building where the previous tenant committed suicide. Soon, she begins to be tormented by an unknown man who seems to know her every move.

Starring: Lauren Hutton, David Birney, Adrienne Barbeau, Len Lesser, Charles Cyphers, John Mahon, Grainger Hines, James Murtaugh, J. Jay Saunders, Michael Laurence ..
Directed by: John Carpenter
Release date: 1978-11-27
17.

Panic

3.3
6.5/10 IMDB

After being harassed by a couple of punks, a young woman picks up an old lady standing at the roadside in the rain.

Starring: Julie Neesam, Peter Blake, Avis Bunnage, John Blundell, Ray Burdis, Leonard Fenton ..
Directed by: James Dearden
Release date: 1978-01-01
Best Horror Movies of 1978 : Within the Woods
18.

Within the Woods

3.3
6.4/10 IMDB

The low budget film starring the young Bruce Campbell that influenced the Evil Dead films.

Starring: Bruce Campbell, Ellen Sandweiss, Scott Spiegel, Mary Valenti ..
Directed by: Sam Raimi
Release date: 1978-10-30
19.

Full Circle

3.3
6.2/10 IMDB

After the death of her daughter, Julia Lofting, a wealthy housewife, moves to London to re-start her life. All seems well until she is haunted by the sadness of losing her own child and the ghosts of other children.

Starring: Mia Farrow, Keir Dullea, Tom Conti, Jill Bennett, Robin Gammell, Cathleen Nesbitt, Anna Wing, Edward Hardwicke, Pauline Jameson, Peter Sallis ..
Directed by: Richard Loncraine
Release date: 1978-01-06
Best Horror Movies of 1978 : Patrick
20.

Patrick

3.2
6.1/10 IMDB

A comatose hospital patient harasses and kills though his powers of telekinesis to claim his private nurse as his own.

Starring: Susan Penhaligon, Robert Helpmann, Rod Mullinar, Bruce Barry, Julia Blake, Helen Hemingway, Maria Mercedes, Robert Thompson, María Mercedes, Carole-Ann Aylett ..
Directed by: Richard Franklin
Release date: 1978-10-01
21.

The Legacy

3.1
5.7/10 IMDB

A couple attempts to unravel a sinister plot within the English countryside estate of a dying man who has gathered an eclectic and notable group of house guests.

Starring: Katharine Ross, Sam Elliott, Roger Daltrey, John Standing, Ian Hogg, Margaret Tyzack, Charles Gray, Lee Montague, Hildegard Neil, Patsy Smart ..
Directed by: Richard Marquand
Release date: 1978-09-01
22.

The Comeback

3.1
5.8/10 IMDB

A singer holes up at a sinister estate to write new songs for his act. The ghost of his murdered wife begins to haunt him, then the person who actually killed her shows up at the mansion.

Starring: Jack Jones, Pamela Stephenson, David Doyle, Richard Johnson, Holly Palance, Sheila Keith, Bill Owen, Peter Turner, June Chadwick, Penny Irving ..
Directed by: Pete Walker
Release date: 1978-06-16
Best Horror Movies of 1978 : The World Beyond
23.

The World Beyond

3.0
6.5/10 IMDB

A golem made of mud terrorizes a couple on a remote Maine island.

Starring: Granville Van Dusen, JoBeth Williams, Barnard Hughes, Richard Fitzpatrick ..
Directed by: Noel Black
Release date: 1978-01-21
24.

Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell

3.0
5.2/10 IMDB

A dog that is a minion of Satan terrorizes a suburban family.

Starring: Richard Crenna, Yvette Mimieux, Kim Richards, R. G. Armstrong, Ike Eisenmann, Victor Jory, Ken Kercheval, Lou Frizzell, Martine Beswick, Tina Menard ..
Directed by: Curtis Harrington
Release date: 1978-10-31
Best Horror Movies of 1978 : Are You in the House Alone?
25.

Are You in the House Alone?

3.0
5.6/10 IMDB

Teenage girl is plagued by harassing phone calls. Her fear mounts when she's babysitting at a neighbor's home one evening and the caller rings her at that number.

Starring: Kathleen Beller, Blythe Danner, Tony Bill, Dennis Quaid, Alan Fudge, Robin Mattson, Scott Colomby, Tricia O'Neil, Ellen Travolta, David Keith ..
Directed by: Walter Grauman
Release date: 1978-09-20
26.

The Evil

3.0
5.6/10 IMDB

Shortly after moving into a dark, brooding mansion, a psychologist and his co-workers are terrorized by a horrible evil being.

Starring: Richard Crenna, Joanna Pettet, Andrew Prine, Cassie Yates, George O'Hanlon Jr., Lynne Moody, Mary Louise Weller, Robert Viharo, Victor Buono, Milton Selzer ..
Directed by: Gus Trikonis
Release date: 1978-05-05
27.

The Swarm

3.0
4.5/10 IMDB

Scientist Dr. Bradford Crane and army general Thalius Slater join forces to fight an almost invisible enemy threatening America; killer bees that have deadly venom and attack without reason. Disaster movie-master Irwin Allen's film contains spectacular special effects, including a train crash caused by the eponymous swarm.

Starring: Michael Caine, Katharine Ross, Richard Widmark, Richard Chamberlain, Olivia de Havilland, Ben Johnson, Lee Grant, José Ferrer, Patty Duke, Slim Pickens ..
Directed by: Irwin Allen
Release date: 1978-07-14
28.

The Cat and the Canary

3.0
5.6/10 IMDB

A group of potential heirs gather in a forbidding old house to learn which of them will inherit a fortune. Later, they learn that a flesh-rending maniac is loose.

Starring: Honor Blackman, Edward Fox, Michael Callan, Wendy Hiller, Olivia Hussey, Carol Lynley, Beatrix Lehmann, Daniel Massey, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Peter McEnery ..
Directed by: Radley Metzger
Release date: 1978-11-01
Best Horror Movies of 1978 : The Night Nurse
29.

The Night Nurse

2.9
5.6/10 IMDB

A private nurse uncovers strange goings-on in the home where she is working.

Starring: Kay Taylor, Davina Whitehouse, Gary Day, Gary Day ..
Directed by: Igor Auzins
Release date: 1978-01-01
30.

The Manitou

2.9
5.3/10 IMDB

A psychic's girlfriend finds out that a lump on her back is a growing reincarnation of a 400 year-old demonic Native American spirit.

Starring: Tony Curtis, Michael Ansara, Susan Strasberg, Stella Stevens, Jon Cedar, Ann Sothern, Burgess Meredith, Paul Mantee, Jeanette Nolan, Lurene Tuttle ..
Directed by: William Girdler
Release date: 1978-04-28
31.

The Toolbox Murders

2.8
5.2/10 IMDB

No one is safe when a killer, wielding the deadly contents of his toolbox, methodically stalks his prey.

Starring: Cameron Mitchell, Pamelyn Ferdin, Wesley Eure, Aneta Corsaut, Nicolas Beauvy, Tim Donnelly, Faith McSwain, Marciee Drake, Evelyn Guerrero, Kelly Nichols ..
Directed by: Dennis Donnelly
Release date: 1978-03-15
32.

It Lives Again

2.8
5.2/10 IMDB

An epidemic of mutant monster babies sweeps America.

Starring: Frederic Forrest, Kathleen Lloyd, John P. Ryan, John Marley, Eddie Constantine, Andrew Duggan, James Dixon, Dennis O'Flaherty, Jill Gatsby, Lynn Wood ..
Directed by: Larry Cohen
Release date: 1978-05-10
Best Horror Movies of 1978 : Terror
33.

Terror

2.8
5.2/10 IMDB

The descendants of a witch hunting family and their close friends are stalked and killed by a mysterious entity.

Starring: John Nolan, Carolyn Courage, James Aubrey, Sarah Keller, Tricia Walsh, Michael Craze, Rose Collins, Chuck Julian, Elaine Ives-Cameron, Patti Love ..
Directed by: Norman J. Warren
Release date: 1978-01-01
34.

The Redeemer: Son of Satan!

2.7
5.1/10 IMDB

Six people are trapped within the confines of their old high school during their 10th high school reunion with a psychotic, masked preacher who kills them off for their sinful lives they have made for themselves.

Starring: Damien Knight, Jeannetta Arnette, Nick Carter, Nikki Barthen, Michael Hollingsworth ..
Directed by: Constantine S. Gochis
Release date: 1978-04-07
Best Horror Movies of 1978 : The Mafu Cage
35.

The Mafu Cage

2.7
5.9/10 IMDB

Two strange sisters live in a crumbling mansion, where they keep a pet ape, which belonged to their late father, locked in a cage. While one of the sisters seems to be keeping her head on straight, as it were, the other appears to be sinking further and further into barbarism and insanity.

Starring: Lee Grant, Carol Kane, Will Geer, James Olson, William Sherwood ..
Directed by: Karen Arthur
Release date: 1978-01-01
Best Horror Movies of 1978 : The Death Train
36.

The Death Train

2.6
6.1/10 IMDB

An insurance investigator comes to a small town to investigate the death of a man insured by his company. The local residents believe his death was caused by his being run over by a ghost train. However, the investigator is sure there is a more rational explanation...

Starring: Hugh Keays-Byrne, Ingrid Mason, Max Meldrum, Ken Goodlet, Terry Camilleri ..
Directed by: Igor Auzins
Release date: 1978-08-21
37.

Jennifer

2.6
5.4/10 IMDB

Ostracized at a snooty private school because of her rural, poor background, a scholarship student is tormented to the point where her only remaining recourse is revenge, using the only method she knows: her psychic control over snakes!

Starring: Lisa Pelikan, Bert Convy, Nina Foch, Amy Johnston, John Gavin, Jeff Corey, Louise Hoven, Ray Underwood, Wesley Eure, Florida Friebus ..
Directed by: Brice Mack
Release date: 1978-05-13
38.

Faces of Death

2.6
4.1/10 IMDB

A collection of death scenes, ranging from TV-material to home-made super-8 movies. The common factor is death by some means.

Starring: Michael Carr, Samuel Berkowitz, Mary Ellen Brighton, John Alan Schwartz, Adolf Hitler, Thomas Noguchi ..
Directed by: John Alan Schwartz
Release date: 1978-11-10
Best Horror Movies of 1978 : Mirrors
39.

Mirrors

2.6
4.4/10 IMDB

A newlywed couple checks into an old hotel in New Orleans where the wife begins having dreams in which she encounters a sinister group of people who seem to want her for some nefarious purpose. When people around her start dying, she realizes she is not dreaming.

Starring: Kitty Winn, Peter Donat, William Swetland, Mary-Robin Redd, William Paul Burns, Lou Wagner, Don Keefer, Barbara Coleman, Becki Davis, Tom Alden ..
Directed by: Noel Black
Release date: 1978-02-01
Best Horror Movies of 1978 : The Initiation of Sarah
40.

The Initiation of Sarah

2.6
5.7/10 IMDB

A withdrawn young girl joins an unpopular sorority in college. It turns out she has psychic and telekinetic powers, and she uses them against a rival sorority.

Starring: Kay Lenz, Shelley Winters, Tony Bill, Kathryn Grant, Morgan Fairchild, Morgan Brittany, Robert Hays, Tisa Farrow, Elizabeth Stack, Deborah Ryan ..
Directed by: Robert Day
Release date: 1978-02-06
41.

Night Cries

2.5
6.7/10 IMDB

A young woman whose baby died in childbirth refuses to believe it and has dreams that her child is still alive and in danger. A scientist who is conducting experiments about dreams tries to help her.

Starring: Susan Saint James, Michael Parks, Jamie Smith-Jackson, Dolores Dorn, Cathleen Nesbitt, Britt Leach, S. Pearl Sharp, William Conrad, James Keane, Ellen Geer ..
Directed by: Richard Lang
Release date: 1978-01-29
Best Horror Movies of 1978 : Crazed
42.

Crazed

2.5
5.2/10 IMDB

After moving into a boardinghouse, a young woman becomes the object of her lonely neighbor's obsessions.

Starring: Laszlo Papas, Belle Mitchell, Beverly Ross, Tommy McFadden, Dorothy Buhrman ..
Directed by: Richard Cassidy
Release date: 1978-01-01
43.

The Hound of the Baskervilles

2.4
4.5/10 IMDB

Director Paul Morrissey applies a hefty dose of humor to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic detective story in this interpretation of The Hound of the Baskervilles. Comedian Peter Cook takes on the role of brilliant detective Sherlock Holmes, who's not so gifted here as he relegates much of the investigation of demonic dogs to his bumbling sidekick, Watson (Dudley Moore), while he spends time with his mother and searches for an assistant.

Starring: Dudley Moore, Peter Cook, Denholm Elliott, Joan Greenwood, Hugh Griffith, Irene Handl, Terry-Thomas, Max Wall, Kenneth Williams, Roy Kinnear ..
Directed by: Paul Morrissey
Release date: 1978-07-21
Best Horror Movies of 1978 : Dracula Sucks
44.

Dracula Sucks

2.4
4.8/10 IMDB

Everybody's favorite legendary vampire is back, but this time he wants more than just blood in this sexy spoof. Count Dracula preys on shapely women but has one problem: he can only consume the blood of virgins. So with the help of his whimpering assistand Redfield, the count tries to seduce the tantalizing Mina to the side of the undead. But can he do so while avoiding the audacious Professor Van Helsing and his wooden stakes?

Starring: Jamie Gillis, Annette Haven, John Leslie, Serena, Reggie Nalder, Kay Parker, John Holmes, Mike Ranger, Paul Thomas, Richard Bulik ..
Directed by: Phillip Marshak
Release date: 1978-10-13
45.

Dracula's Dog

2.4
4.4/10 IMDB

A Romanian vampire-hunter tracks Dracula's servant to Los Angeles, home of the last of his line.

Starring: Michael Pataki, Jan Shutan, José Ferrer, JoJo D'Amore, Libby Chase, John Levin, Reggie Nalder, Cleo Harrington, Arlene Martel, Katherine Fitzpatrick ..
Directed by: Albert Band
Release date: 1978-06-01
Best Horror Movies of 1978 : Deathmoon
46.

Deathmoon

2.4
4.0/10 IMDB

A manager is sent to vacation by his doctor due to symptoms of stress. He chooses Hawaii, because that's where his grandfather worked as a missionary. He doesn't know that his grandpa and all male successors are cursed by the Voodoo clan. Every night he transforms into a werewolf and horribly slays young women.

Starring: Robert Foxworth, Debralee Scott, Joe Penny, Barbara Trentham, Dolph Sweet, Charles Haid, France Nuyen, Carole Kai, Branscombe Richmond, Joan Freeman ..
Directed by: Bruce Kessler
Release date: 1978-05-30
Best Horror Movies of 1978 : The Ice House
47.

The Ice House

2.3
5.6/10 IMDB

After his wife leaves him, Paul (John Stride) seeks solace at a sophisticated health spa run by a pair of sinister siblings (played by Geoffrey Burridge and Elizbeth Romilly). Strangely attracted by the scent of a vine that grows on the old ice house in the spa's grounds, Paul is drawn ever deeper into a horrifying mystery.

Starring: John Stride, Elizabeth Romilly, Geoffrey Burridge, David Beames, Gladys Spencer, Eirene Beck, Sam Avent ..
Directed by: Derek Lister
Release date: 1978-12-24
48.

Clockwork

2.3
5.3/10 IMDB

A very wealthy, but lonely woman is stalked in her home by a violent serial killer.

Starring: Cheryl Guttridge, Scott Spiegel ..
Directed by: Sam Raimi
Release date: 1978-01-01
49.

Spawn of the Slithis

2.3
3.9/10 IMDB

A nuclear leak creates a mutant Slithis sea monster, which terrorizes the variety of pets, winos, and hippies who hang around Venice, California.

Starring: Alan Blanchard, Judy Motulsky, J.C. Claire, Dennis Falt, Mello Alexandria, Win Condict, Rocky Fumarelli, John Hatfield, Hy Pyke, Daphnae Cohen ..
Directed by: Stephen Traxler
Release date: 1978-07-21
Best Horror Movies of 1978 : Killer's Delight
50.

Killer's Delight

2.3
5.4/10 IMDB

A detective tracks a serial killer through San Francisco.

Starring: James Luisi, Susan Sullivan, John Karlen, Martin Speer, Hilarie Thompson, Anne-Marie Martin, George Buck Flower, Sandy Serrano, Al Dunlap, Carol Bilger ..
Directed by: Jeremy Hoenack
Release date: 1978-01-01

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