The 24 Best Horror Movies of 1971

1). The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)


Score: 7.9/10
IMDB: 7.2/10
Trailer
Doctors are being murdered in a bizarre manner: bats, bees, killer frog masks, etc., which represent the nine Biblical plagues.…
Director: Robert Fuest
Stars: Guy Standeven, Joanna Lumley, Caroline Munro, Vincent Price, George Hilsdon

2). The Beast in the Cellar (1971)


Score: 7.35/10
IMDB: 6.7/10
Trailer
An elderly heiress is killed by her husband who wants control of her fortunes. What ensues is an all-out murder…
Director: Mario Bava
Stars: Edward Mannix, Nicoletta Elmi, Cicely Browne, Andy Luotto, Laura Betti

3). Twins of Evil (1971)


Score: 7.25/10
IMDB: 6.6/10
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In nineteenth century middle-Europe, orphaned teenage twins Maria and Frieda go to live with their uncle Gustav Weil, who heads…
Director: John Hough
Stars: Harry Fielder, Peter Cushing, Fred Wood, Jason James, Roy Boyd

4). Hands of the Ripper (1971)


Score: 7.15/10
IMDB: 6.3/10
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The infant daughter of Jack the Ripper is witness to the brutal murder of her mother by her father. Fifteen…
Director: Peter Sasdy
Stars: Charles Lamb, Lewis Alexander, Ann Way, Marjie Lawrence, Norman Bird

5). 4 mosche di velluto grigio (1971)


Score: 7.1/10
IMDB: 6.7/10
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Roberto, a drummer in a rock band, keeps receiving weird phone calls and being followed by a mysterious man. One…
Director: Dario Argento
Stars: Charles Howerton, Edward Mannix, Marc Smith, Fulvio Mingozzi, Sandro Dori

6). The Cat o' Nine Tails (1971)


Score: 7.03/10
IMDB: 6.7/10
Trailer
Franco Arno is a blind man that lives with his young niece and makes a living writing crossword puzzles. One…
Director: Dario Argento
Stars: Margherita Horowitz, Fulvio Mingozzi, James Franciscus, Aldo Parenti, Karl Malden

7). Daughters of Darkness (1971)


Score: 7/10
IMDB: 6.7/10
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A chic, good-looking and suitably 70's couple arrive at an extravagant and deserted seaside hotel after eloping. Stefan is wealthy…
Directors: Harry Kümel, Harry Kümel
Stars: John Karlen, Delphine Seyrig, Danielle Ouimet, Andrea Rau, Paul Esser

8). The House That Dripped Blood (1971)


Score: 6.77/10
IMDB: 6.6/10
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A Scotland Yard investigator looks into four mysterious cases involving an unoccupied house and its tragic previous tenants: 1) A…
Director: Peter Duffell
Stars: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, John Bennett, Roy Beck, Joanna Lumley

9). The Mephisto Waltz (1971)


Score: 6.05/10
IMDB: 6.1/10
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Myles Clarkson (Alan Alda), a classical piano player on the rise, befriends Duncan Mowbray Ely (Curt Jurgens), a famous player…
Director: Paul Wendkos
Stars: Lilyan Chauvin, Berry Kroeger, Curt Lowens, Ethelreda Leopold, Terrence Scammell

10). Willard (1971)


Score: 6.05/10
IMDB: 6.2/10
Trailer
A social misfit, Willard is made fun of by his co-workers, and squeezed out of the company started by his…
Director: Daniel Mann
Stars: Bruce Davison, Ernest Borgnine, Elsa Lanchester, Arthur Tovey, Almira Sessions

11). A Taste of Evil (1971)


Score: 6.03/10
IMDB: 6.8/10
On her way home from a stay at a mental institution after a traumatic rape, a woman realizes that someone…
Director: John Llewellyn Moxey
Stars: Roddy McDowall, William Windom, Barbara Parkins, Arthur O'Connell, Bing Russell

12). Cuadecuc, vampir (1971)


Score: 6.03/10
IMDB: 6.8/10
Trailer
Vampir-Cuadecuc is possibly a key film in understanding the transition in the Spanish film world from the period of the…
Director: Pere Portabella
Stars: Christopher Lee, Jack Taylor, Herbert Lom, Paul Muller, Fred Williams

13). Whoever Slew Auntie Roo? (1971)


Score: 5.95/10
IMDB: 6.2/10
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This is a retelling of the old tale of Hansel and Gretel, but set in England in the 1920s. To…
Director: Curtis Harrington
Stars: Ralph Richardson, Michael Gothard, Rosalie Crutchley, Richard Beaumont, Marianne Stone

14). Revenge! (1971)


Score: 5.74/10
IMDB: 6.3/10
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Director: Jud Taylor
Stars: Stuart Whitman, Gary Clarke, Bradford Dillman, Shelley Winters, Roger Perry

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


Score: 5.61/10
IMDB: 6.9/10
Anne and Lore, neighbors and best friends, barely into their teens, board at a convent school where they have taken…
Director: Joël Séria
Stars: Jeanne Goupil, Francine Istel, Catherine Wagener, Ann Lewis, Bernard Dhéran

16). Vampyros Lesbos (1971)


Score: 5.6/10
IMDB: 5.5/10
In Istanbul, the lawyer of Simpson & Simpson Linda Westinghouse has erotic dreams with a strange woman every night and…
Director: Jesús Franco
Stars: Paul Muller, Dennis Price, Andrea Montchal, Soledad Miranda, Jesús Franco

17). The Velvet Vampire (1971)


Score: 5.57/10
IMDB: 5.3/10
Trailer
Sleepy-eyed nice guy Lee Ritter and his vapid, but pretty wife, Susan accept the invitation of mysterious vixen Diane LeFanu…
Director: Stephanie Rothman
Stars: Sandy Ward, Robert Tessier, Sherry E. DeBoer, Gene Shane, Chris Woodley

18). Black Belly of the Tarantula (1971)


Score: 5.43/10
IMDB: 6.5/10
Trailer
Inspector Tellini investigates serial crimes where victims are paralyzed while having their bellies ripped open with a sharp knife, much…
Director: Paolo Cavara
Stars: Giancarlo Giannini, Fulvio Mingozzi, Carla Mancini, Anna Saia, Eugene Walter

19). The Return of Count Yorga (1971)


Score: 5.4/10
IMDB: 5.7/10
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Director: Bob Kelljan
Stars: Craig T. Nelson, Ferdy Mayne, Corinne Conley, Helen Baron, Michael Pataki

20). Web of the Spider (1971)


Score: 5.4/10
IMDB: 5.7/10
The journalist Alan Foster makes a bet than he can spend one night at the haunted Blackwood Castle. As he…
Director: Antonio Margheriti
Stars: Klaus Kinski, Omero Capanna, Carla Mancini, Enrico Osterman, Anthony Franciosa

21). The Blood on Satan's Claw (1971)


Score: 5.38/10
IMDB: 6.4/10
Trailer
In the XVIII Century, in the countryside of England, the landsman Ralph Gower finds a skull with one eye and…
Director: Piers Haggard
Stars: Harry Fielder, Linda Hayden, Anthony Ainley, Les Conrad, Barry Andrews

22). Something Creeping in the Dark (1971)


Score: 5.34/10
IMDB: 5.6/10
Trailer
A group of stranded travelers takes refuge in an old abandoned house, only to find out that they are not…
Director: Mario Colucci
Stars: Giacomo Rossi Stuart, Cesare Barbetti, Farley Granger, Lucia Bosé, Franco Beltramme

23). Countess Dracula (1971)


Score: 5.2/10
IMDB: 6.0/10
Trailer
In medieval Europe aging Countess Elisabeth rules harshly with the help of lover Captain Dobi. Finding that washing in the…
Director: Peter Sasdy
Stars: John Moore, Lesley-Anne Down, Paddy Ryan, Nigel Green, Albert Wilkinson

24). She Killed in Ecstasy (1971)


Score: 5.16/10
IMDB: 5.9/10
Trailer
A young doctor kills himself after a medical committee terminates his research into human embryos, considering it too inhumane. His…
Directors: Jesús Franco, Jesús Franco
Stars: Paul Muller, Fred Williams, Howard Vernon, Jesús Franco, Soledad Miranda

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24+ List of 1971 Horror Films Worth Watching!

Best Horror Movies of 1971

Looking for the best 1971 horror movies? At the top of our list of the best horror movies of 1971 are "The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971), The Beast in the Cellar (1971), Twins of Evil (1971), Hands of the Ripper (1971), and 4 mosche di velluto grigio (1971)." Our top list is an average of our review scores, Hell Horror viewers, and a few other sources.

The best horror film of 1971 is The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971) scoring 7.9/10 stars with our combined scores. IMDB already has over 11,820+ votes for this movie. Starring in The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971) is Guy Standeven, Joanna Lumley, Caroline Munro, Vincent Price, and George Hilsdon. Director Robert Fuest did a phenomenal job treating us with this 1971 best horror film which was remarkable.The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971) is in Horror, and Comedy movie genres.

Next Best Horror Movies of 1971 The next best 1971 horror movie is The Beast in the Cellar (1971) with a score of 7.35/10 stars. Edward Mannix, Nicoletta Elmi, Cicely Browne, Andy Luotto, and Laura Betti star in "The Beast in the Cellar (1971)". The Beast in the Cellar (1971) is directed by Mario Bava and has over 7,620+ IMDB votes. You can find The Beast in the Cellar (1971) in Horror, Thriller, and Mystery movie genres.

These are the best horror films of 1971, and we hope you enjoy the 42 movies on our list of good 1971 horror movies sorted best to worst.

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