Best Horror Movies of 1979



8.5/10 IMDB

During its return to the earth, commercial spaceship Nostromo intercepts a distress signal from a distant planet. When a three-member team of the crew discovers a chamber containing thousands of eggs on the planet, a creature inside one of the eggs attacks an explorer. The entire crew is unaware of the impending nightmare set to descend upon them when the alien parasite planted inside its unfortunate host is birthed.

Starring: Tom Skerritt, Sigourney Weaver, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton, John Hurt, Ian Holm, Yaphet Kotto, Bolaji Badejo, Helen Horton, Eddie Powell ..
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Release date: 1979-05-25

The Brood

6.8/10 IMDB

A man tries to uncover an unconventional psychologist's therapy techniques on his institutionalized wife, while a series of brutal attacks committed by a brood of mutant children coincides with the husband's investigation.

Starring: Oliver Reed, Samantha Eggar, Art Hindle, Henry Beckman, Nuala Fitzgerald, Cindy Hinds, Susan Hogan, Gary McKeehan, Robert A. Silverman, Nicholas Campbell ..
Directed by: David Cronenberg
Release date: 1979-05-25


6.6/10 IMDB

A young boy and his friends face off against a mysterious grave robber known only as the Tall Man, who keeps a mysterious arsenal of terrible weapons with him.

Starring: Angus Scrimm, A. Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, Reggie Bannister, Kathy Lester, Terrie Kalbus, Lynn Eastman-Rossi, Kenneth V. Jones, Susan Harper, David Arntzen ..
Directed by: Don Coscarelli
Release date: 1979-03-28

Salem's Lot

6.7/10 IMDB

Vampires are invading a small New England town. It's up to a novelist and a young horror fan to save it.

Release date: 1979-11-17


6.5/10 IMDB

Romanticized adaptation of Bram Stoker's 1897 classic. Count Dracula is a subject of fatal attraction to more than one English maiden lady, as he seeks an immortal bride.

Starring: Frank Langella, Laurence Olivier, Donald Pleasence, Kate Nelligan, Trevor Eve, Jan Francis, Janine Duvitski, Tony Haygarth, Teddy Turner, Sylvester McCoy ..
Directed by: John Badham
Release date: 1979-07-20

The Amityville Horror

6.1/10 IMDB

George Lutz and his wife Kathleen, move into their Long Island dream house with their children only for their lives to be turned into a hellish nightmare. The legacy of a murder committed in the house gradually affects the family and a priest is brought in to try and exorcise the demonic presence from their home.

Starring: James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger, Don Stroud, Murray Hamilton, John Larch, Natasha Ryan, K.C. Martel, Meeno Peluce, Michael Sacks ..
Directed by: Stuart Rosenberg
Release date: 1979-07-26

When a Stranger Calls

6.4/10 IMDB

A psychopathic killer terrorizes a babysitter, then returns seven years later to menace her again.

Starring: Carol Kane, Charles Durning, Colleen Dewhurst, Tony Beckley, Rutanya Alda, Carmen Argenziano, Kirsten Larkin, Ron O'Neal, Heetu, Rachel Roberts ..
Directed by: Fred Walton
Release date: 1979-10-26
Best Horror Movies of 1979 : Salem's Lot

Salem's Lot

6.7/10 IMDB

A novelist and a young horror fan attempt to save a small New England town which has been invaded by vampires.

Starring: David Soul, James Mason, Lance Kerwin, Bonnie Bedelia, Lew Ayres, Ed Flanders, Fred Willard, Julie Cobb, Kenneth McMillan, Geoffrey Lewis ..
Release date: 1979-11-17

Tourist Trap

6.1/10 IMDB

After their car breaks down, a group of young travelers find themselves stranded at a roadside museum run by the mysterious Mr. Slausen and populated by his collection of supernatural mannequins.

Starring: Chuck Connors, Jocelyn Jones, Jon Van Ness, Robin Sherwood, Tanya Roberts, Dawn Jeffory, Keith McDermott, Shailar Coby, Arlecchino, Victoria Richart ..
Directed by: David Schmoeller
Release date: 1979-03-16

Salem's Lot

6.7/10 IMDB

The successful writer Benjamin "Ben" Mears returns to his hometown Salem's Lot, Maine, expecting to write a new novel about the Marsten House. Ben believes that the manor is an evil house that attracts evil men since the place has many tragic stories and Ben saw a ghostly creature inside the house when he was ten. Ben finds that the Marsten House has just been rented to the antique dealers Richard K. Straker and his partner Kurt Barlow that is permanently traveling. Ben meets the divorced teacher Susan Norton that is living with her parents and they have a love affair. Ben also gets close to her father Dr. Bill Norton and his former school teacher Jason Burke. When people start to die anemic, Ben believes that Straker's partner is a vampire. But how to convince his friends that he is not crazy and that is the truth?

Starring: David Soul, James Mason, Lance Kerwin, Bonnie Bedelia, Lew Ayres, Julie Cobb, Elisha Cook Jr., George Dzundza, Ed Flanders, Clarissa Kaye-Mason ..
Directed by: Tobe Hooper
Release date: 1979-11-17
Best Horror Movies of 1979 : Salem's Lot

Salem's Lot

6.7/10 IMDB

Ben Mears has returned to his hometown to write a book about the supposedly haunted Marsten House. When people around the Marsten House start dying mysteriously, Mears discovers that the owner of the mansion is actually a vampire who is turning them into an army of undead slaves.

Release date: 1979-01-01
Best Horror Movies of 1979 : Salem's Lot: Movie

Salem's Lot: Movie

6.7/10 IMDB

A novelist and a young horror fan attempt to save a small New England town which has been invaded by vampires.

Starring: David Soul, James Mason, Lance Kerwin, Bonnie Bedelia, Lew Ayres, Kenneth McMillan ..
Directed by: Tobe Hooper
Release date: 1979-11-17

Long Weekend

6.6/10 IMDB

When a suburban couple goes camping for the weekend at a remote beach, they discover that nature isn't in an accommodating mood.

Starring: John Hargreaves, Briony Behets, Mike McEwen, Roy Day, Michael Aitkens, Sue Kiss von Soly, Colin Eggleston ..
Directed by: Colin Eggleston
Release date: 1979-03-29
Best Horror Movies of 1979 : Mission Galactica: The Cylon Attack

Mission Galactica: The Cylon Attack

6.9/10 IMDB

Running low on fuel, the Battlestar Galactica receives the help of the supposedly lost Battlestar Pegasus which is taking the offensive with the Cylons.

Starring: Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict, Lorne Greene, Herbert Jefferson Jr., John Colicos, Maren Jensen, Laurette Spang, Tony Swartz, Anne Lockhart, Terry Carter ..
Directed by: Vince Edwards, Christian I. Nyby II
Release date: 1979-01-01

The Plumber

6.5/10 IMDB

At first simply grating, the presence of a hard-edged, macho plumber who damages more than he repairs and returns day after day soon turns menacing for the intellectual wife of a distracted doctor.

Starring: Ivar Kants, Judy Morris, Robert Coleby, Candy Raymond, Henri Szeps, Yomi Abioudan, Beverley Roberts, Bruce Rosen, Daphne Grey, Meme Thorne ..
Directed by: Peter Weir
Release date: 1979-06-08

Love at First Bite

6.1/10 IMDB

Dracula and Renefield relocate to 70's era New York in search of Cindy Sondheim, the reincarnation of Dracula's one true love, Mina Harker. "Trouble adjusting" is a wild understatement for the Count as he battles Cindy's psychiatrist, Jeffrey Rosenberg, a descendant of Van Helsing, who may almost certainly, possibly, may be in love with Cindy too.

Starring: George Hamilton, Susan Saint James, Richard Benjamin, Dick Shawn, Arte Johnson, Sherman Hemsley, Isabel Sanford, Barry Gordon, Ronnie Schell, Stanley Brock ..
Directed by: Stan Dragoti
Release date: 1979-04-26

The Driller Killer

5.1/10 IMDB

An artist slowly goes insane while struggling to pay his bills, work on his paintings, and care for his two female roommates, which leads him taking to the streets of New York after dark and randomly killing derelicts with a power drill.

Starring: Abel Ferrara, Carolyn Marz, Baybi Day, Harry Schultz, Alan Wynroth, Maria Helhoski, James O’Hara, Abel Ferrara, Carolyn Marz, Baybi Day ..
Directed by: Abel Ferrara
Release date: 1979-06-15
Best Horror Movies of 1979 : Once Upon a Midnight Scary

Once Upon a Midnight Scary

5.8/10 IMDB

"Once Upon a Midnight Scary" is a 1979 television program that aired as part of a CBS television anthology series. The program, hosted by noted actor Vincent Price, features scenes from three stories, including The Ghost Belonged to Me by Richard Peck, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving, and The House with a Clock in its Walls by John Bellairs.

Starring: Vincent Price, René Auberjonois, Severn Darden, Mike Brick, Mary Betten, Alexandria Johnson, Christian Berrigan, Pat Petersen, Jessica Pennington, Pamela Brown ..
Directed by: Nell Cox
Release date: 1979-11-21
Best Horror Movies of 1979 : Robbie


8.0/10 IMDB

Young Robbie, a keen footballer and a railway enthusiast, is persuaded by his big brother to go through a hole in a railway fence on to the track for some reason. His laces become caught on the tracks and he has an accident so serious that he will never play football again. A film for showing to eight to eleven-year old children and their parents, which points out the folly of breaking railway fences and trespassing on the line, and illustrates the immediate dangers. Part of BFI collection "The Age of the Train".

Starring: Peter Purves, Robin Crane, Deborah Norton, Peter Bolt, Gary Forbes, Alison Bond, Matthew Robertson, Philippa Howell ..
Directed by: Ronald Dunkley
Release date: 1979-01-02
Best Horror Movies of 1979 : The Horror Show

The Horror Show

8.9/10 IMDB

A history of horror movies.

Starring: Anthony Perkins ..
Directed by: Richard Schickel
Release date: 1979-02-06

The Evictors

5.4/10 IMDB

In the 1940s, a young couple moves into a remote house near a small town in Louisiana. The house has a history of violence that seems to be repeating itself…

Starring: Vic Morrow, Michael Parks, Jessica Harper, Sue Ane Langdon, Dennis Fimple, Bill Thurman, Jimmy Clem, Harry Thomasson, John H. Meyer, Foster Litton ..
Directed by: Charles B. Pierce
Release date: 1979-04-17

The Dumb Waiter

6.5/10 IMDB

A woman on her way home notices a car following her.

Starring: Geraldine James, John White, David Casey, Hilary Gasson, John White ..
Directed by: Robert Bierman
Release date: 1979-08-01


5.8/10 IMDB

The descendant of Elizabeth Bathory is abducted by a cult of self-proclaimed supermen who achieve this state of superiority by drinking from the "blood cows" (read: people) kept at the "dairy farm", and they try to get her to join them.

Starring: Chantal Contouri, Max Phipps, David Hemmings, Henry Silva, Shirley Cameron, Robert Thompson, Rod Mullinar, Rosie Sturgess, Walter Pym, Amanda Muggleton ..
Directed by: Rod Hardy
Release date: 1979-09-28

Silent Scream

5.8/10 IMDB

Scotty moves into Mrs. Engels' seaside mansion where three other college students are boarding. Mrs. Engels prefers to stay in her room in the attic, but her son Mason helps the students get settled. Soon one of the students is killed. The policemen on the case begin uncovering the Engels family secret as the remaining students become endangered

Starring: Rebecca Balding, Barbara Steele, Yvonne De Carlo, Avery Schreiber, Steve Doubet, Brad Rearden, Juli Andelman, John Widelock, Cameron Mitchell, Tina Tyler ..
Directed by: Denny Harris
Release date: 1979-11-23

The Flintstones Meet Rockula and Frankenstone

6.6/10 IMDB

The Flintstones and Rubbles win a trip on "Make a Deal or Don't" to Count Rockula's castle in Rocksylvania where they have an unpleasant meeting with the Count and his servant Frankenstone.

Starring: Henry Corden, Jean Vander Pyl, Mel Blanc, Gay Autterson, Casey Kasem, Ted Cassidy, John Stephenson, Don Messick, Lennie Weinrib ..
Directed by: Ray Patterson
Release date: 1979-01-01

Don't Go in the House

5.6/10 IMDB

As a child, Donald was tormented by his mother who used fire as a punishment. Now a deranged adult, Donald stalks women at clubs, then takes them home where he kills them with a flamethrower.

Starring: Dan Grimaldi, Robert Carnegie, Ruth Dardick, Charles Bonet, Bill Ricci, Johanna Brushay, Ralph D. Bowman, Mary Ann Chinn, Susan Smith, Darcy Shean ..
Directed by: Joseph Ellison
Release date: 1979-11-01


5.4/10 IMDB

The wife of a greedy man comes back to haunt him after he scares her to death.

Starring: Cliff Robertson, Jean Simmons, Jenny Agutter, Simon Ward, Ron Moody, Flora Robson, David Tomlinson, Judy Geeson, Michael Jayston ..
Directed by: Michael Anderson
Release date: 1979-01-01


6.2/10 IMDB

An architect builds a new church in San Francisco that ultimately displeases the local vampire community so its leader, Anton Voytek, kills the man's girlfriend to show his displeasure. The architect then teams with a local cop to get even.

Starring: Jason Miller, Richard Lynch, Kathryn Harrold, Jessica Walter, Barrie Youngfellow, Michael Tucker, Jonelle Allen, E.G. Marshall, Joe Spinell ..
Directed by: E.W. Swackhamer
Release date: 1979-10-07

Stranger in Our House

5.4/10 IMDB

A well-to-do family of five takes in cousin Julia, whose parents recently perished in a car crash. While the rest of the family and those around them are completely charmed by Julia, teenaged daughter Rachel comes to suspect that her cousin has an ulterior agenda – one that possibly includes witchcraft.

Starring: Linda Blair, Lee Purcell, Jeremy Slate, Fran Drescher, Jeff McCracken, Jeff East, Carol Lawrence, Macdonald Carey, James Jarnigan, Kerry Arquette ..
Directed by: Wes Craven
Release date: 1979-08-16
Best Horror Movies of 1979 : Salem's Lot

Salem's Lot

6.7/10 IMDB

A novelist and a young horror fan attempt to save a small New England town which has been invaded by vampires.

Starring: David Soul, James Mason, Lance Kerwin, Bonnie Bedelia, Lew Ayres, Julie Cobb, Ed Flanders, Fred Willard, Reggie Nalder, Kenneth McMillan ..
Directed by: Tobe Hooper
Release date: 1979-11-17

Salem's Lot

6.7/10 IMDB

When Ben Mears (David Soul) returns to his hometown (Salem's Lot) to work on his novel, he discovers a series of strange events that lead him to suspect that a vampire is stalking the community. It's something to do with the mysterious antique dealer, Mr. Straker (James Mason).

Release date: 1979-11-17
Best Horror Movies of 1979 : Schalcken the Painter

Schalcken the Painter

7.1/10 IMDB

Can Schalcken save his love, Rose, from the clutches of a ghastly suitor before it is too late?

Starring: Jeremy Clyde, Maurice Denham, Cheryl Kennedy, John Justin, Anne Tirard, Anthony Sharp, Val Penny, Roy Evans, Eric Francis, Charles Gray ..
Directed by: Leslie Megahey
Release date: 1979-12-22

Attack of the Helping Hand!

5.9/10 IMDB

General Mills' popular Hamburger Helper mascot also known as Helping Hand or Lefty, a four-fingered, left-hand white glove, which appears on the product's packaging, comes to life in a woman's kitchen and tries to grope her and kill her.

Starring: Linda Quiroz, Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell ..
Directed by: Scott Spiegel
Release date: 1979-01-01

The Visitor

5.1/10 IMDB

An ancient intergalactic warrior arrives on Earth to put a stop to a demonic child's plot to reproduce Satan's next generation of evil.

Starring: Glenn Ford, Lance Henriksen, John Huston, Joanne Nail, Sam Peckinpah, Shelley Winters, Mel Ferrer, Paige Conner, Joe Dorsey, Johnny Popwell ..
Directed by: Giulio Paradisi
Release date: 1979-03-14


5.2/10 IMDB

Killer bats plague an Indian reservation in Arizona.

Starring: Nick Mancuso, David Warner, Kathryn Harrold, Stephen Macht, Strother Martin, George Clutesi, Ben Piazza, Donald Hotton, Charles Hallahan, Judith Novgrod ..
Directed by: Arthur Hiller
Release date: 1979-06-22
Best Horror Movies of 1979 : Casting the Runes

Casting the Runes

6.4/10 IMDB

Like NIGHT OF THE DEMON, this adaptation is based only very loosely on the original ghost story by M.R. James. However, it does feature eerie scenic views and is directed by Lawrence 'Ghost Story for Christmas' Gordon Clark.

Starring: Iain Cuthbertson, Jan Francis, Bernard Gallagher, Joanna Dunham, Edward Petherbridge, Christopher Good, Patricia Shakesby, David Calder, Jane Lowe, Alan Downer ..
Directed by: Lawrence Gordon Clark
Release date: 1979-04-24
Best Horror Movies of 1979 : Tales of the Unexpected: Edward the Conqueror

Tales of the Unexpected: Edward the Conqueror

6.1/10 IMDB

Elderly marrieds Edward and Louisa discover a stray cat in their garden. It reacts so positively to Louisa's classical piano playing that she is convinced the cat is the reincarnation of Franz Liszt. Edward grows tired of her obsession and decides to get rid of the cat.

Starring: Roald Dahl, Wendy Hiller, Joseph Cotten, Phil Brown ..
Directed by: Rodney Bennett
Release date: 1979-05-05
Best Horror Movies of 1979 : Satan’s Triangle

Satan’s Triangle

6.0/10 IMDB

The female survivor of a shipwreck and two Coast Guard helicopter pilots sent to rescue her find themselves trapped in a mysterious part of the ocean known as Satan's Triangle.

Starring: Kim Novak, Doug McClure, Alejandro Rey, Ed Lauter, Jim Davis, Michael Conrad, Titos Vandis, Zitto Kazann, Peter Bourne, Hank Stohl ..
Directed by: Sutton Roley
Release date: 1979-02-05

The Darker Side of Terror

5.0/10 IMDB

When a scientist at a research lab is passed over for a promotion, he creates a clone of himself to attempt to seduce the wife of the man who got the job.

Starring: Robert Forster, Adrienne Barbeau, Ray Milland, David Sheiner, John Lehne, Denise DuBarry, Jack De Mave, Thomas Bellin, Heather Hobbs, Eddie Quillan ..
Directed by: Gus Trikonis
Release date: 1979-04-03
Best Horror Movies of 1979 : The Halloween That Almost Wasn't

The Halloween That Almost Wasn't

6.2/10 IMDB

Upset by rumors that Halloween may end, Dracula calls his mild-mannered monsters together and delivers an ultimatum - either regain their frightening image, or leave his Transylvania castle forever.

Starring: Judd Hirsch, Mariette Hartley, Henry Gibson, Jack Riley, Josip Elic, John Schuck ..
Directed by: Bruce Bilson
Release date: 1979-10-28

Stone Cold Dead

5.2/10 IMDB

Sergeant Boyd's police search to find a sniper who has been shooting hookers.

Starring: Richard Crenna, Paul Williams, Belinda Montgomery, Chuck Shamata, Alberta Watson, Andrée Cousineau, Monique Mercure, George Chuvalo, Jennifer Dale, Frank Moore ..
Directed by: George Mendeluk
Release date: 1979-09-14
Best Horror Movies of 1979 : Plague


4.9/10 IMDB

An outbreak of a bacteria called M-3 causes people to die in extreme pain via body spasms. A woman who is a carrier escapes from a hospital and goes on the run, spreading the plague to people she encounters, and onto food in fast food stops etc. She has no idea however that she is a carrier, and as such may carry a cure.

Starring: Daniel Pilon, Kate Reid, Céline Lomez, Michael J. Reynolds, Brenda Donohue, Jonah Royston ..
Directed by: Ed Hunt
Release date: 1979-01-26
Best Horror Movies of 1979 : Killing Me Softly

Killing Me Softly

5.5/10 IMDB

Jack Wrangler, David King, Stan Richards and the fantastic Giuseppe Welsh team up in this spine-tingling story of sex, passion and murder as a fiend — with an uncontrollable need to kill in order to have an orgasm — roams the city looking for victims.

Starring: Jack Wrangler, Stanley Richards, David King, Giuseppe Welch, Johnny Kovacs, Kurt Mann, Adam de Haven, Lance Prentis, Snapper Foster, Derek Thurston ..
Directed by: Lem Amero, John Amero
Release date: 1979-01-08
Best Horror Movies of 1979 : The Haunting of M.

The Haunting of M.

5.5/10 IMDB

This ghost story, set at the turn of the century, centers on the plight of elderly dowager Marianna, who is tormented by the alleged specter of a young man roaming the corridors of her mansion. After spotting a face in an old photograph that seems to match the old woman's description of the "visitor", Marianna's sister decides to check things out and see if any of this is for real.

Starring: Sheelagh Gilbey, Nini Pitt, Evie Garratt, Alan Hay, Jo Scott Matthews ..
Directed by: Anna Thomas
Release date: 1979-10-01

Savage Weekend

4.5/10 IMDB

Several couples head upstate to the country to watch a boat being built. Unfortunately they are stalked by a murderer behind a ghoulish mask.

Starring: Christopher Allport, James Doerr, David Gale, Devin Goldenberg, Marilyn Hamlin, Caitlin O'Heaney, Jeff Pomerantz, William Sanderson, Yancy Butler ..
Directed by: David Paulsen
Release date: 1979-03-09

The Dark

4.2/10 IMDB

At night the Mangler stalks the streets of Los Angeles, killing and mutilating random victims. On the trail are a TV reporter, the father of one of the victims, and a police detective, but despite their efforts only the mysterious psychic DeRenzy knows what the killer is and how to stop it.

Starring: William Devane, Cathy Lee Crosby, Keenan Wynn, Richard Jaeckel, Warren J. Kemmerling, Biff Elliot, Jacquelyn Hyde, Casey Kasem, Vivian Blaine, John Bloom ..
Directed by: John “Bud” Cardos
Release date: 1979-04-27

Killer Fish

4.1/10 IMDB

Jewel thieves attempt to recover treasure from piranha infested waters. Mistrust and betrayals happen amongst the gang in the quest for gold.

Starring: Lee Majors, Karen Black, Margaux Hemingway, Marisa Berenson, James Franciscus, Anthony Steffen, Roy Brocksmith, Dan Pastorini, Frank Pesce, Gary Collins ..
Directed by: Antonio Margheriti
Release date: 1979-12-07
Best Horror Movies of 1979 : Effects


5.2/10 IMDB

Some crew members of a company shooting a horror film begin to suspect that the "killings" in the movie are real, and that they are actually making a "snuff" film.

Starring: Joseph Pilato, Susan Chapek, John Harrison, Bernard McKenna, Debra Gordon, Tom Savini, Charles Hoyes, Blay Bahnsen, Jackie Lahane ..
Directed by: Dusty Nelson
Release date: 1979-04-01
Best Horror Movies of 1979 : Screams of a Winter Night

Screams of a Winter Night

4.8/10 IMDB

Ten college friends take a winter weekend camping trip to Lake Durand. The group holes up in an old cabin where the original owners were once found dead, with local Native Americans suspecting they were the victims of a spirit called Shataba. As the group nestles in for the night, they start telling each other scary stories.

Starring: Matt Borel, Gil Glasgow, Patrick Byers, Mary Agen Cox, William Ragsdale, Robin Bradley, Ray Gaspard, Beverly Allen, Brandy Barrett, Charles Rucker ..
Directed by: James L. Wilson
Release date: 1979-01-26
Best Horror Movies of 1979 : Parts: The Clonus Horror

Parts: The Clonus Horror

3.9/10 IMDB

An escaped clone tries to expose a government plot to clone everyone and make a perfect society.

Starring: Peter Graves, Eileen Dietz, Paulette Breen, Tim Donnelly, Frank Ashmore, Dick Sargent, Zale Kessler, William Bufkin, Tony Haig, Boyd Holister ..
Directed by: Robert S. Fiveson
Release date: 1979-08-01

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