The 24 Best Horror Movies of 1972

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1). The Night Stalker (1972)

Score: 8.2/10 IMDB: 7.8/10 Trailer
Carl Kolchak is a newspaper reporter with an abrasive personality that has gotten him fired ten times from various big-city…
Director: John Llewellyn Moxey
Stars: Virginia Gregg, Elisha Cook Jr., Monty O'Grady, Carol Lynley, Simon Oakland

2). Tales from the Crypt (1972)

Score: 7.9/10 IMDB: 7.0/10 Trailer
Five persons are visiting a catacomb following a guide and get lost. They find that they are trapped in a…
Director: Freddie Francis
Stars: Peter Cushing, Robert Rietty, Fred Wood, Ralph Richardson, Edward Evans

3). Sisters (1972)

Score: 7.75/10 IMDB: 7.0/10 Trailer
The Staten Island apartment of lovely model Danielle becomes the scene of a grisly murder that is witnessed by her…
Director: Brian De Palma
Stars: Margot Kidder, Barnard Hughes, Sealo, Laun Maurer, Charles Durning

4). Non si sevizia un paperino (1972)

Score: 7.6/10 IMDB: 7.2/10 Trailer
In the backward village of Accendura, the boy Bruno Lo Casio goes missing and the police inspector and the local…
Director: Lucio Fulci
Stars: Michael Forest, Larry Dolgin, Carolyn De Fonseca, Susan Spafford, Frank von Kuegelgen

5). Death Line (1972)

Score: 7.55/10 IMDB: 6.0/10 Trailer
There's something pretty grisly going on under London in the Tube tunnels between Holborn and Russell Square. When a top…
Director: Gary Sherman
Stars: Christopher Lee, Donald Pleasence, James Culliford, Terence Plummer, Jack Woolgar

6). Vampire Circus (1972)

Score: 7.25/10 IMDB: 6.5/10 Trailer
A village in Nineteenth Century Europe is at first relieved when a circus breaks through the quarantine to take the…
Director: Robert Young
Stars: Sean Hewitt, Jason James, Robin Sachs, David de Keyser, Thorley Walters

7). The Asphyx (1972)

Score: 6.5/10 IMDB: 6.3/10 Trailer
Hugo is a brilliant mid-Victorian scientist, loved and respected by his family and friends, admired by his colleagues. But he…
Director: Peter Newbrook
Stars: John Lawrence, Alex Scott, Robert Stephens, Robert Powell, Terry Scully

8). Private Parts (1972)

Score: 6.39/10 IMDB: 6.6/10 Trailer Review
After a falling out with her roommate Judy Adams, a friend from home and her only real friend in Los…
Director: Paul Bartel
Stars: Paul Bartel, Lucille Benson, Ayn Ruymen, John Lupton, John Ventantonio

9). Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972)

Score: 6.25/10 IMDB: 6.5/10 Trailer
The moon rises at a predestined angle and awakens the sleeping Dr. Phibes three years later. To his dismay, he…
Director: Robert Fuest
Stars: Peter Cushing, Caroline Munro, Vincent Price, John Cater, Lewis Fiander

10). The Last House on the Left (1972)

Score: 6.24/10 IMDB: 6.0/10 Trailer Review
On the eve of her seventeenth birthday, Mari Collingwood tells her parents that she is going to the concert of…
Director: Wes Craven
Stars: Steve Miner, David Hess, Jonathan Craven, Martin Kove, Marc Sheffler

11). Horror Express (1972)

Score: 6.1/10 IMDB: 6.5/10 Trailer
An English anthropologist has discovered a frozen monster in the frozen wastes of Manchuria which he believes may be the…
Directors: Eugenio Martín, Eugenio Martín
Stars: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Fernando Villena, Juan Olaguivel, José Marco

12). You'll Like My Mother (1972)

Score: 6.09/10 IMDB: 6.9/10 Trailer
Francesa Kinsolving, a very pregnant widow whose husband was recently killed in action in Vietnam, travels to visit her late…
Director: Lamont Johnson
Stars: Joel Thingvall, Richard Thomas, Patty Duke, Rosemary Murphy, Sian Barbara Allen

13). Home for the Holidays (1972)

Score: 6.03/10 IMDB: 6.8/10 Trailer
Adult sisters Alex, Freddy, Jo and Chris Morgan have been estranged from their wealthy father Benjamin Morgan for nine years,…
Director: John Llewellyn Moxey
Stars: Sally Field, Julie Harris, John Fink, Jessica Walter, Walter Brennan

14). Ben (1972)

Score: 6/10 IMDB: 5.3/10 Trailer
A lonely boy named Danny Garrison befriends Ben, the rat leader of the swarm of rats trained by Willard Stiles.…
Director: Phil Karlson
Stars: Bruce Davison, Kenneth Tobey, Bob Harks, Paul Carr, Norman Alden

15). Night of the Devils (1972)

Score: 5.97/10 IMDB: 6.7/10 Trailer
In this adaptation of Tolstoy's story the Wurdulak, a mentally ill patient known as Nicola (Gianni Garko) flashes back to…
Director: Giorgio Ferroni
Stars: Teresa Gimpera, John Bartha, Tom Felleghy, Gianni Garko, Agostina Belli

16). Tombs of the Blind Dead (1972)

Score: 5.95/10 IMDB: 6.2/10 Trailer
In the 13th century there existed a legion of evil knights known as the Templars, who quested for eternal life…
Director: Amando de Ossorio
Stars: José Thelman, Francisco Sanz, Antonio Orengo, Lone Fleming, Carmen Yazalde

17). The Cannibal Man (1972)

Score: 5.74/10 IMDB: 6.3/10 Trailer
A young man, Marco, working as a butcher, accidentally kills a taxi driver. His girlfriend Paula wants to go to…
Director: Eloy de la Iglesia
Stars: Rafael Hernández, Rafael Hernández, Charly Bravo, Manuel Calvo, Emilio Hortela

18). Images (1972)

Score: 5.74/10 IMDB: 7.2/10 Trailer
Like Polanski's heroine in Repulsion, Susannah York's character is one that is seemingly haunted by memories of undisclosed magnitude. These…
Director: Robert Altman
Stars: Susannah York, Barbara Baxley, Rene Auberjonois, Marcel Bozzuffi, Hugh Millais

19). When Michael Calls (1972)

Score: 5.69/10 IMDB: 6.2/10 Trailer
Helen keeps on receiving phone calls from a child, who claims being her nephew Michael - but Michael died 15…
Director: Philip Leacock
Stars: Al Waxman, Michael Douglas, Elizabeth Ashley, Alan McRae, Marian Waldman

20). The Red Queen Kills Seven Times (1972)

Score: 5.52/10 IMDB: 6.7/10 Trailer
When two sisters inherit their family castle, a string of murders committed by a mysterious dark haired woman in a…
Director: Emilio Miraglia
Stars: Sybil Danning, Rudolf Schündler, Rudolf Schündler, Marc Smith, Carolyn De Fonseca

21). All the Colors of the Dark (1972)

Score: 5.52/10 IMDB: 6.7/10 Trailer
Jane lives in London with Richard, her boyfriend. When she was five, her mother was murdered, and she recently lost…
Director: Sergio Martino
Stars: Guy Standeven, Victor Harrington, Ivan Rassimov, Carla Mancini, Edwige Fenech

22). Dear Dead Delilah (1972)

Score: 5.51/10 IMDB: 5.9/10 Trailer
The stern matriarch of a family that lives in a creepy mansion finds that a killer is hiding in the…
Director: John Farris
Stars: Ann Gibbs, William Kerwin, Michael Ansara, Agnes Moorehead, Dennis Patrick

23). Love Me Deadly (1972)

Score: 5.4/10 IMDB: 5.7/10 Trailer
A young socialite struggling to control her necrophiliac urges is torn between her affection for a kind businessman and the…
Director: Jacques Lacerte
Stars: Christopher Stone, Bob Harks, Bob Westmoreland, I. William Quinn, Michael Jacobs

24). Doctor Jekyll y el Hombre Lobo (1972)

Score: 5.4/10 IMDB: 5.7/10 Trailer
Paul Naschy returns as El Hombre Lobo for the sixth time as he searches for a cure to his full…
Director: León Klimovsky
Stars: Jack Taylor, Paul Naschy, Heinrich Starhemberg, Luis Induni, Marisol Delgado

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Best Horror Movies of 1972

Looking for the best 1972 horror movies? At the top of our list of the best horror movies of 1972 are "The Night Stalker (1972), Tales from the Crypt (1972), Sisters (1972), Non si sevizia un paperino (1972), and Death Line (1972)." Our top list is an average of our review scores, Hell Horror viewers, and a few other sources.

The best horror film of 1972 is The Night Stalker (1972) scoring 8.2/10 stars with our combined scores. IMDB already has over 4,270 votes for this movie. Starring in The Night Stalker (1972) is Virginia Gregg, Elisha Cook Jr., Monty O'Grady, Carol Lynley, and Simon Oakland. Director John Llewellyn Moxey did a phenomenal job treating us with this 1972 best horror film which was remarkable.The Night Stalker (1972) is in Horror, and Mystery movie genres.

Next Best Horror Movies of 1972 The next best 1972 horror movie is Tales from the Crypt (1972) with a score of 7.9/10 stars. Peter Cushing, Robert Rietty, Fred Wood, Ralph Richardson, and Edward Evans star in "Tales from the Crypt (1972)". Tales from the Crypt (1972) is directed by Freddie Francis and has over 8,090 IMDB votes. You can find Tales from the Crypt (1972) in Horror movie genres.

These are the best horror films of 1972, and we hope you enjoy the 53 movies on our list of good 1972 horror movies sorted best to worst.

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