Unknown 70/80's terror gems

by loic-borveau | created - 16 Jan 2018 | updated - 16 Jan 2018 | Public

A list of surprisingly good and unfairly little seen horror / thriller movies of the 70 et 80 decades

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1. Eyes of Fire (1983)

R | 90 min | Horror, Western

A preacher is accused of adultery, and he and his followers are chased out of town. They become stranded in an isolated forest, which is haunted by the spirits of long dead Native Americans.

Director: Avery Crounse | Stars: Dennis Lipscomb, Guy Boyd, Rebecca Stanley, Sally Klein

Votes: 704

2. Baker County, U.S.A. (1982)

R | 95 min | Thriller

When a group of college students come across a redneck in the wilderness murdering his wife's lover, they become the objects of his crazed vengeance.

Director: William Fruet | Stars: Henry Silva, Nicholas Campbell, Barbara Gordon, Gina Dick

Votes: 523

3. Next of Kin (1982)

Not Rated | 89 min | Horror, Mystery

In a rest home for elderly people, a daughter reads her mother's diary. Soon events that are mentioned in the mother's diary begin to happen to the daughter.

Director: Tony Williams | Stars: Jacki Kerin, John Jarratt, Alex Scott, Gerda Nicolson

Votes: 1,612

4. Courage (1984)

R | 90 min | Thriller

Marathon runners are taken captive in desert by right-wing militia.

Director: Robert L. Rosen | Stars: Ronny Cox, Art Hindle, M. Emmet Walsh, Tim Maier

Votes: 216

5. Sister, Sister (1987)

R | 91 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

Two sisters turn their family mansion in Louisiana into a guest house. One of their guests is an aide to a congressman, and turns their lives inside out.

Director: Bill Condon | Stars: Eric Stoltz, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Judith Ivey, Dennis Lipscomb

Votes: 764 | Gross: $0.74M

6. Long Weekend (1978)

Not Rated | 97 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

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

Director: Colin Eggleston | Stars: John Hargreaves, Briony Behets, Mike McEwen, Roy Day

Votes: 3,763

7. Alice or The Last Escapade (1977)

93 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

Alice Carol leaves her husband one rainy night, telling him that she does not love him anymore. She travels alone but when her windscreen breaks on a lonely road, she has to stop and seek ... See full summary »

Director: Claude Chabrol | Stars: Sylvia Kristel, Charles Vanel, Fernand Ledoux, François Perrot

Votes: 862

8. Messiah of Evil (1973)

R | 90 min | Horror

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.

Directors: Willard Huyck, Gloria Katz | Stars: Michael Greer, Marianna Hill, Joy Bang, Anitra Ford

Votes: 2,858

9. House of Whipcord (1974)

R | 102 min | Horror

An old man who lives in an old house conducts a correctional institute for girls. But he does not realize that the date is the present as he's been cooped up in the house. He is assisted by... See full summary »

Director: Pete Walker | Stars: Barbara Markham, Patrick Barr, Ray Brooks, Ann Michelle

Votes: 1,351

10. Thirst (1979)

R | 93 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

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.

Director: Rod Hardy | Stars: Chantal Contouri, Shirley Cameron, Max Phipps, Henry Silva

Votes: 1,151

11. Mort un dimanche de pluie (1986)

109 min | Horror, Thriller

Thriller about a psycho looking for revenge. Bronsky is a paraplegic because of an accident at a construction site that was partly due to the head architect, David Briand. Many years after ... See full summary »

Director: Joël Santoni | Stars: Nicole Garcia, Jean-Pierre Bacri, Dominique Lavanant, Jean-Pierre Bisson

Votes: 178

12. The Devil's Nightmare (1971)

R | 95 min | Fantasy, Horror

A group of tourists traveling on a bus take a detour to stay overnight in a castle owned by a family cursed with a history of Satanism and death.

Director: Jean Brismée | Stars: Erika Blanc, Jean Servais, Daniel Emilfork, Lucien Raimbourg

Votes: 1,570

13. The Devil's Plaything (1973)

R | 103 min | Horror

A lesbian vampire's soul is kept on in the bodies of her descendants.

Director: Joseph W. Sarno | Stars: Nadia Henkowa, Anke Syring, Ulrike Butz, Nico Wolferstetter

Votes: 463

14. Opposing Force (1986)

R | 100 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

A group of soldiers, including a female for the first time, enroll in the ultimate training mission. They parachute onto an island in the Philippines, only to find that the commandant will stop at nothing to try and break his trainees.

Director: Eric Karson | Stars: Tom Skerritt, Lisa Eichhorn, Anthony Zerbe, Richard Roundtree

Votes: 696

15. Revenge of the Dead (1983)

R | 89 min | Horror

Stefano, a young journalist, buys a used typewriter and accidentally sees that some text is still readable on the ribbon. He manages to reconstruct the story of a scientist, Paolo Zeder, ... See full summary »

Director: Pupi Avati | Stars: Gabriele Lavia, Anne Canovas, Paola Tanziani, Cesare Barbetti

Votes: 1,805

16. Bell from Hell (1973)

Unrated | 93 min | Horror, Thriller

A young man is released from an asylum and returns home for revenge on his aunt and her three daughters, who had him declared insane in order to steal his inheritance.

Directors: Claudio Guerín, Juan Antonio Bardem | Stars: Renaud Verley, Viveca Lindfors, Alfredo Mayo, Maribel Martín

Votes: 1,114

17. The Blood Spattered Bride (1972)

R | 82 min | Horror

Newlywed Susan is haunted by visions of Mircalla Karnstein, a centuries-old bride who murdered her husband on their wedding night.

Director: Vicente Aranda | Stars: Simón Andreu, Maribel Martín, Alexandra Bastedo, Dean Selmier

Votes: 1,536

18. Bloody New Year (1987)

R | 90 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

Five shipwrecked English teenagers take refuge in an island hotel that is decorated for New Years. The problem is, it's early summer, and soon enough, even the walls themselves are striking out against them...

Director: Norman J. Warren | Stars: Suzy Aitchison, Nikki Brooks, Daniel James, Mark Powley

Votes: 849

19. Hunter's Blood (1986)

R | 101 min | Adventure, Horror, Thriller

Five "city boys" travel to the country to relax by doing some hunting, drinking Bud, and generally having good time. However, the local inbred backwoods psychos turn the hunters into the ... See full summary »

Director: Robert C. Hughes | Stars: Sam Bottoms, Kim Delaney, Clu Gulager, Ken Swofford

Votes: 641

20. Turkey Shoot (1982)

R | 80 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

In a totalitarian future where deviants are held in rehabilitation camps, a freedom fighter and a wrongly-accused prisoner form an alliance to survive their decadent oppressors' game of kill-or-be-killed - and turn the tide against them.

Director: Brian Trenchard-Smith | Stars: Steve Railsback, Olivia Hussey, Michael Craig, Carmen Duncan

Votes: 2,885

21. La nuit de la mort! (1980)

Not Rated | 95 min | Fantasy, Horror

Young Martine begins working as a nurse at Deadlock House, a secluded grande retirement home, but from the beginning not everything is as it seems, strange residents each with their own ... See full summary »

Director: Raphaël Delpard | Stars: Isabelle Goguey, Charlotte de Turckheim, Michel Flavius, Betty Beckers

Votes: 339

22. The House by the Lake (1976)

R | 87 min | Horror, Thriller

A rich playboy has a large house in the Ontario countryside. One weekend he invites his girlfriend, a fashion model, but on his way to the house he drives past a gang of crazed young men. ... See full summary »

Director: William Fruet | Stars: Brenda Vaccaro, Don Stroud, Chuck Shamata, Richard Ayres

Votes: 952

23. Queens of Evil (1970)

90 min | Fantasy, Horror

A young hippie kills a man, and seeks refuge at the lakeside house of three beautiful sisters, who seem to be hiding a dark secret.

Director: Tonino Cervi | Stars: Haydée Politoff, Silvia Monti, Evelyn Stewart, Ray Lovelock

Votes: 242

24. Demon Is on the Island (1983)

102 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

On an island, things start going crazy as the islands house hold appliances go rouge. It's up to Dr. Gabrielle Martin to discover whats causing this evil, and much more.

Director: Francis Leroi | Stars: Anny Duperey, Jean-Claude Brialy, Pierre Santini, Gabriel Cattand

Votes: 224

25. Grandmother's House (1988)

R | 90 min | Horror, Thriller

After the death of their beloved father, two teens go to their grandmother's house in California and begin to suspect their grandparents of murder.

Director: Peter Rader | Stars: Eric Foster, Kim Valentine, Len Lesser, Ida Lee

Votes: 788

26. Brothers in Arms (1988)

R | 95 min | Drama, Thriller

Two brothers on a hike in the woods, one of them with a hidden motive, get in trouble with hill-billies, when they save a girl from rape.

Director: George Bloom | Stars: Todd Allen, Charles Grant, Dedee Pfeiffer, Jack Starrett

Votes: 85

27. The Shiver of the Vampires (1971)

R | 95 min | Horror

A young honeymooning couple stop for the night at an ancient castle. Unbeknownst to them, the castle is home to a horde of vampires, who have their own plans for the couple.

Director: Jean Rollin | Stars: Sandra Julien, Jean-Marie Durand, Jacques Robiolles, Michel Delahaye

Votes: 1,449

28. Don't Deliver Us from Evil (1971)

Unrated | 102 min | Drama, Horror

During summer break, two bored Catholic schoolgirls vow to become Satanists and play a series of increasingly dangerous and morbid games.

Director: Joël Séria | Stars: Jeanne Goupil, Catherine Wagener, Bernard Dhéran, Gérard Darrieu

Votes: 1,975

29. The Haunting of Julia (1977)

R | 98 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

After her daughter's death, wealthy American homemaker Julia Lofting moves to London to restart her life. All seems well until she is haunted by the ghosts of other children while mourning for her own.

Director: Richard Loncraine | Stars: Mia Farrow, Keir Dullea, Tom Conti, Jill Bennett

Votes: 1,678

30. Forbidden World (1982)

R | 77 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

In the distant future, a federation marshal arrives at a research lab on a remote planet where a genetic experiment has gotten loose and begins feeding on the dwindling scientific group.

Director: Allan Holzman | Stars: Jesse Vint, Dawn Dunlap, June Chadwick, Linden Chiles

Votes: 3,814

31. Satan's Triangle (1975 TV Movie)

74 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A US coast guard finds only a woman still alive aboard a shipwreck. She tells her rescuer what happened and soon, they find themselves trapped in a mysterious part of the ocean known as Satan's Triangle.

Director: Sutton Roley | Stars: Kim Novak, Doug McClure, Alejandro Rey, Ed Lauter

Votes: 775

32. The Chosen (1977)

R | 105 min | Horror

An executive in charge of a Middle Eastern nuclear plant discovers that his son is the Anti Christ and sets out to stop him from using the nuclear power at his fingertips to wipe out ... See full summary »

Director: Alberto De Martino | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Simon Ward, Agostina Belli, Anthony Quayle

Votes: 1,049

33. The Silent Scream (1979)

R | 87 min | Horror, Thriller

During her first semester at college, a co-ed finds housing at a seaside mansion where, following the death of a fellow-student, she becomes entangled in a murder mystery surrounding the property and its secretive tenants.

Director: Denny Harris | Stars: Rebecca Balding, Cameron Mitchell, Avery Schreiber, Barbara Steele

Votes: 1,342

34. High Desert Kill (1989 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 89 min | Action, Drama, Horror

Like every year, Jim, Ray, Brad and Paul leave the town for a week to go hunting in the woods. But this year everything is different: There's not a single animal to be found, the whole ... See full summary »

Director: Harry Falk | Stars: Marc Singer, Anthony Geary, Micah Grant, Chuck Connors

Votes: 240

35. The Survivor (1981)

Not Rated | 87 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

A plane crashes just after takeoff and the only survivor, the pilot, walks out of the wreckage. He doesn't remember the crash, but 300 passengers and crew are dead. As the investigation goes on people are wanting answers.

Director: David Hemmings | Stars: Robert Powell, Jenny Agutter, Joseph Cotten, Angela Punch McGregor

Votes: 917



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