Shadows in an Empty Room (Some Bizarre and Obscure cinema)

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1. Sweet Kill (1972)

R | 85 min | Horror, Thriller

Horror and suspense in the story of a psychotic maniac who literally "loves" women to death.

Director: Curtis Hanson | Stars: Tab Hunter, Cherie Latimer, Nadyne Turney, Isabel Jewell

Votes: 235

2. The Hunter Will Get You (1976)

110 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

L'Alpagueur is a free-lance spy from the French secret agency. He's put on the investigation about L'epervier, a serial-killer who employs young boys to help him robbing banks before ... See full summary »

Director: Philippe Labro | Stars: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Bruno Cremer, Jean Négroni, Patrick Fierry

Votes: 1,662

3. Straight on Till Morning (1972)

R | 96 min | Thriller

A timid, withdrawn woman meets a man she believes is finally the love of her life, unaware that he is a vicious serial killer.

Director: Peter Collinson | Stars: Rita Tushingham, Shane Briant, James Bolam, Katya Wyeth

Votes: 938

4. The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976)

R | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

In 1946, a hooded serial killer terrorizes the residents of a small Arkansas town.

Director: Charles B. Pierce | Stars: Ben Johnson, Andrew Prine, Dawn Wells, Jimmy Clem

Votes: 6,542

5. The Night of a Thousand Cats (1972)

R | 63 min | Horror

Millionaire playboy Hugo (whose lack of facial expressions give him the appearance of a Thundercat marionette) flies around Acapulco in his private helicopter to pick up sexy young women. ... See full summary »

Director: René Cardona Jr. | Stars: Anjanette Comer, Hugo Stiglitz, Zulma Faiad, Christa Linder

Votes: 533

6. The Killer Must Kill Again (1975)

Not Rated | 90 min | Thriller

Giorgio is a greedy adulterer who makes a deal with a serial killer to dispose of his wealthy wife, Nora. Unfortunately, a thrill-seeking young couple steal the killer's car with Nora's ... See full summary »

Director: Luigi Cozzi | Stars: George Hilton, Antoine Saint-John, Femi Benussi, Cristina Galbó

Votes: 1,013

7. When Michael Calls (1972 TV Movie)

73 min | Horror, Thriller

A woman begins receiving ominous phone calls from her nephew who died 15 years earlier. With each phone call, a family member dies. Will she be the next in line?

Director: Philip Leacock | Stars: Ben Gazzara, Elizabeth Ashley, Michael Douglas, Al Waxman

Votes: 677

8. A Scream in the Streets (1973)

Not Rated | 96 min | Action, Crime

Two Los Angeles detectives are assigned to track down and arrest a brutal rapist-murderer terrorizing the city. Their job is complicated by the fact that the killer is able to avoid capture because he can pose as a woman.

Directors: Carl Monson, Dwayne Avery, Bethel Buckalew, Harry H. Novak | Stars: Joshua Bryant, Frank Bannon, Rosie Stone, Linda York

Votes: 225

9. Carnival of Blood (1970)

R | 87 min | Horror

A psychopathic killer uses the carousel ride at a carnival to pick his victims, whom he then murders and dismembers.

Director: Leonard Kirtman | Stars: Earle Edgerton, Judith Resnick, Martin Barolsky, Kaly Mills

Votes: 386

10. The French Sex Murders (1972)

Not Rated | 83 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A prostitute in a French brothel is assassinated, the prime suspect is one of her regular clients, soon afterwards the witnesses that testified against the suspect are killed by a strange individual.

Director: Ferdinando Merighi | Stars: Anita Ekberg, Rosalba Neri, Evelyne Kraft, Howard Vernon

Votes: 478

11. Drive In Massacre (1976)

R | 74 min | Horror, Mystery

Two police detectives try to catch a serial killer who is stalking a rural California drive-in theater, randomly killing people with a sword.

Director: Stu Segall | Stars: John F. Goff, Steve Vincent, Douglas Gudbye, Verkina Flower

Votes: 1,488

12. Hotel Fear (1978)

92 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A young girl and her mother run a hotel during the war. When the mother dies, the girl finds herself at the mercy of her sex-crazed guests. Soon enough, a cloaked figure starts killing off everyone that tries to harm her.

Director: Francesco Barilli | Stars: Leonora Fani, Luc Merenda, Jole Fierro, Lidia Biondi

Votes: 478

13. Delirio caldo (1972)

Not Rated | 102 min | Mystery, Thriller, War

A respected doctor becomes the prime suspect in a series of gruesome murders.

Director: Renato Polselli | Stars: Mickey Hargitay, Rita Calderoni, Raul Lovecchio, Carmen Young

Votes: 877

14. The Get-Man (1974)

PG | 92 min | Drama, Thriller

A police officer becomes obsessed with a satistic killer called "The Zebra Killer" who has kidnapped his girlfriend and discoveries many murders along the way while tracking him down.

Director: William Girdler | Stars: Juanita Moore, Austin Stoker, Hugh Smith, James Carroll Pickett

Votes: 95

15. Sans mobile apparent (1971)

PG | 100 min | Mystery, Thriller

A strange series of murders are being committed in Nice on the French riviera. The commissionaire Carella is in charge and tries desperately to find a missing link between all of these ... See full summary »

Director: Philippe Labro | Stars: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Dominique Sanda, Sacha Distel, Carla Gravina

Votes: 582

16. Deep Red (1975)

R | 127 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

89 Metascore

A jazz pianist and a wisecracking journalist are pulled into a complex web of mystery after the former witnesses the brutal murder of a psychic.

Director: Dario Argento | Stars: David Hemmings, Daria Nicolodi, Gabriele Lavia, Macha Méril

Votes: 29,541

17. The Beast in the Cellar (1971)

R | 88 min | Horror, Thriller

Soldiers in a rural English town are being brutally murdered by an unknown creature. Two sisters living nearby realize they might understand what's happening.

Director: James Kelley | Stars: Beryl Reid, Flora Robson, John Hamill, Tessa Wyatt

Votes: 772

18. Rings of Fear (1978)

Not Rated | 85 min | Mystery, Thriller

A detective investigating the murder of a teenage girl begins to focus his suspicions on the three girlfriends of the victim, who call themselves "The Inseparables."

Director: Alberto Negrin | Stars: Fabio Testi, Christine Kaufmann, Ivan Desny, Jack Taylor

Votes: 538

19. Stone Cold Dead (1979)

R | 100 min | Crime, Thriller

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

Director: George Mendeluk | Stars: Richard Crenna, Paul Williams, Linda Sorensen, Belinda Montgomery

Votes: 345

20. A Knife for the Ladies (1974)

R | 86 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A private detective travels out west to investigate the murders of several prostitutes, facing off against the reluctance of the town's grizzled sheriff, and several suspicious characters, each with something to hide.

Director: Larry G. Spangler | Stars: Jack Elam, Ruth Roman, Jeff Cooper, John Kellogg

Votes: 235

21. Criminally Insane (1975)

R | 61 min | Horror, Thriller

An obese woman recently released from an insane asylum kills anyone who attempts to get her to stop eating.

Director: Nick Millard | Stars: Priscilla Alden, Michael Flood, Jane Lambert, Robert Copple

Votes: 757

22. The Confessional (1976)

R | 104 min | Horror

A troubled young girl goes to confession at the local church. Unfortunately, the sexually frustrated priest she confesses to becomes obsessed with her. At first, the priest stalks the girl,... See full summary »

Director: Pete Walker | Stars: Anthony Sharp, Susan Penhaligon, Stephanie Beacham, Norman Eshley

Votes: 679

23. Haunts (1976)

PG | 97 min | Horror

May Britt plays a seemingly innocent farm girl convinced that her slovenly uncle (Cameron Mitchell) is the man responsible for the bloody scissor-murders of several local girls.

Director: Herb Freed | Stars: May Britt, Cameron Mitchell, Aldo Ray, William Gray Espy

Votes: 510

24. The Bloodstained Butterfly (1971)

Not Rated | 99 min | Mystery, Thriller

When a girl is murdered in a park, a television presenter is accused of killing the girl, who happens to be his daughter's best friend.

Director: Duccio Tessari | Stars: Helmut Berger, Giancarlo Sbragia, Evelyn Stewart, Silvano Tranquilli

Votes: 1,125

25. Eyes of Laura Mars (1978)

R | 104 min | Mystery, Thriller

49 Metascore

A famous fashion photographer develops a disturbing ability to see through the eyes of a killer.

Director: Irvin Kershner | Stars: Faye Dunaway, Tommy Lee Jones, Brad Dourif, Rene Auberjonois

Votes: 8,288 | Gross: $20.00M

26. The Swinging Barmaids (1975)

R | 88 min | Crime, Drama

A deranged serial killer infiltrates a popular club and slowly starts killing cocktail waitresses.

Director: Gus Trikonis | Stars: Bruce Watson, Laura Hippe, Katie Saylor, Renie Radich

Votes: 183

27. Puzzle (1974)

92 min | Mystery, Romance, Thriller

An amnesiac man begins to think he may have lived a double life.

Director: Duccio Tessari | Stars: Senta Berger, Luc Merenda, Umberto Orsini, Anita Strindberg

Votes: 619

28. Mardi Gras Massacre (1978)

Not Rated | 97 min | Horror

Police try to capture someone who is commiting ritual murders of women during Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

Director: Jack Weis | Stars: Curt Dawson, Gwen Arment, William Metzo, Laura Misch Owens

Votes: 551

29. Alice, Sweet Alice (1976)

R | 107 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

67 Metascore

In 1961 suburban New Jersey, a withdrawn adolescent girl is suspected of her younger sister's brutal murder during her First Communion, and a series of subsequent stabbings.

Director: Alfred Sole | Stars: Linda Miller, Mildred Clinton, Paula E. Sheppard, Niles McMaster

Votes: 8,699

30. Welcome to Arrow Beach (1974)

R | 85 min | Horror

A hippie girl wandering on a California beach is taken in by a Korean War veteran who lives in a nearby mansion with his sister. The girl soon begins to suspect that the mansion is home to ... See full summary »

Director: Laurence Harvey | Stars: Laurence Harvey, Joanna Pettet, Stuart Whitman, John Ireland

Votes: 315

31. Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll (1974)

R | 89 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

An ex-convict, troubled by dreams that he strangles women, is hired as the caretaker on an estate owned by three very strange sisters. Soon after his arrival, a serial killer begins ... See full summary »

Director: Carlos Aured | Stars: Paul Naschy, Diana Lorys, Eduardo Calvo, Eva León

Votes: 663

32. Watch Me When I Kill (1977)

R | 95 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A pharmacist is murdered, and a woman happens to see the culprit leave the scene. She soon finds herself being stalked by the killer, and when her boyfriend tries to discover who the ... See full summary »

Director: Antonio Bido | Stars: Corrado Pani, Paola Tedesco, Franco Citti, Fernando Cerulli

Votes: 831

33. Three on a Meathook (1972)

R | 80 min | Horror

Four girls go on a romping weekend at a lake, and have car problems on the way home. A nice local boy takes them back to his farm, where he lives with his father. Something ghastly happens,... See full summary »

Director: William Girdler | Stars: Charles Kissinger, James Carroll Pickett, Sherry Steiner, Madelyn Buzzard

Votes: 613

34. The Night Digger (1971)

R | 97 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

The dreary existence of middle-aged spinster Maura Prince takes an unexpected turn with the arrival of young handyman Billy Jarvis, but there is more to Billy than meets the eye.

Director: Alastair Reid | Stars: Patricia Neal, Pamela Brown, Nicholas Clay, Jean Anderson

Votes: 860

35. The Iguana with the Tongue of Fire (1971)

Not Rated | 92 min | Mystery, Thriller

A corpse is found in the trunk of a car that belongs to the Swiss ambassador to the UK. Speculations run wild, as more people around the ambassador keep falling victim to the vicious killer. A former detective is hired to investigate.

Director: Riccardo Freda | Stars: Luigi Pistilli, Dagmar Lassander, Anton Diffring, Arthur O'Sullivan

Votes: 536

36. The Todd Killings (1971)

R | 93 min | Crime, Drama

Based on the true story of '60s thrill-killer Charles Schmid ("The Pied Piper of Tucson"), Skipper Todd (Robert F. Lyons) is a charismatic 23-year old who charms his way into the lives of ... See full summary »

Director: Barry Shear | Stars: Robert F. Lyons, Richard Thomas, Belinda Montgomery, Sherry E. DeBoer

Votes: 200

37. The Headless Eyes (1971)

X | 78 min | Horror

Poor artist gets eye gouged out while committing a robbery. When his eye heals, he goes on a killing spree and cuts out women's eyes with a spoon.

Director: Kent Bateman | Stars: Bo Brundin, Ramon Gordon, Kelly Swartz, Ann Wells

Votes: 345

38. The Girl in Room 2A (1974)

R | 90 min | Mystery, Thriller

A sadistic killer cult kidnaps and sacrifices beautiful women. A young girl, just paroled from prison, moves into a strange house and appears to be the cult's next victim.

Directors: William Rose, Dick Randall | Stars: Daniela Giordano, Angelo Infanti, John Scanlon, Rosalba Neri

Votes: 331

39. Kill Me If You Can (1977 TV Movie)

100 min | Biography, Drama

The story of Caryl Chessman, a convicted California rapist who spent 12 years on death row before finally being executed.

Director: Buzz Kulik | Stars: Alan Alda, Talia Shire, John Hillerman, Barnard Hughes

Votes: 206

40. To Love, Perhaps to Die (1973)

R | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

Set in the future, the story follows a nurse who tries to bring her own style of relief to people condemned to die. Her identity is a mystery and she may not be quite what she seems.

Director: Eloy de la Iglesia | Stars: Sue Lyon, Christopher Mitchum, Jean Sorel, Ramón Pons

Votes: 316



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