The 24 Best Horror Movies of 1973

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1). The Exorcist (1973)

Score: 8.87/10 IMDB: 8.0/10 Trailer Review
A visiting actress in Washington, D.C., notices dramatic and dangerous changes in the behavior and physical make-up of her 12-year-old…
Director: William Friedkin
Stars: Max von Sydow, Eileen Dietz, Linda Blair, Jason Miller, John Mahon

2). Don't Look Now (1973)

Score: 8.45/10 IMDB: 7.3/10 Trailer
John and Laura Baxter are in Venice when they meet a pair of elderly sisters, one of whom claims to…
Director: Nicolas Roeg
Stars: Donald Sutherland, Julie Christie, Renato Scarpa, Hilary Mason, Massimo Serato

3). The Wicker Man (1973)

Score: 8.43/10 IMDB: 7.6/10 Trailer
On Sunday, April 29, 1973, Sergeant Neil Howie with the West Highland Constabulary flies solo to Summerisle off the coast…
Director: Robin Hardy
Stars: Christopher Lee, John Hallam, Jennifer Martin, Roy Boyd, Aubrey Morris

4). Theater of Blood (1973)

Score: 8.3/10 IMDB: 7.3/10 Trailer
Edward Lionheart (Vincent Price) stars as an actor overlooked for a critics' acting award, despite producing a season of Shakespeare…
Director: Douglas Hickox
Stars: Vincent Price, Tutte Lemkow, Harry Andrews, Michael Hordern, Eric Sykes

5). The Night Strangler (1973)

Score: 8.15/10 IMDB: 7.7/10
Reporter Carl Kolchak is now in Seattle, Washington, trying to solve the mystery of several strangulations that recur every few…
Director: Dan Curtis
Stars: Virginia Peters, Bob Harks, George DiCenzo, Bill Clark, Simon Oakland

6). The Baby (1973)

Score: 7.65/10 IMDB: 6.1/10 Trailer
A social worker who recently lost her husband investigates the strange Wadsworth family. The Wadsworths might not seem too unusual…
Director: Ted Post
Stars: Joseph Bernard, Virginia Vincent, Michael Pataki, Anjanette Comer, Beatrice Manley

7). Flesh for Frankenstein (1973)

Score: 7.55/10 IMDB: 5.9/10 Trailer
In Serbia, Baron Frankenstein lives with the Baroness and their two children. He dreams of a super-race, returning Serbia to…
Directors: Paul Morrissey, Antonio Margheriti
Stars: Udo Kier, Nicoletta Elmi, Carla Mancini, Liù Bosisio, Joe Dallesandro

8). The Creeping Flesh (1973)

Score: 7.15/10 IMDB: 6.3/10 Trailer
A Victorian-age scientist returns to London with his paleontological bag-of-bones discovery from Papua New Guinea. Unfortunately, when exposed to water,…
Director: Freddie Francis
Stars: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Fred Wood, Lewis Alexander, Jenny Runacre

9). The Death Wheelers (1973)

Score: 7.05/10 IMDB: 5.8/10 Trailer
A gang of young people call themselves the Living Dead. They terrorize the population from their small town. After an…
Director: Don Sharp
Stars: James Payne, Rocky Taylor, Roy Evans, Marc Boyle, Robert Hardy

10). Don't Be Afraid of the Dark (1973)

Score: 6.8/10 IMDB: 6.9/10 Trailer
A neurotic housewife named Sally and her business exec husband move into Sally's family house, a spooky two story Victorian…
Director: John Newland
Stars: Felix Silla, Kim Darby, Celia Milius, Sterling Swanson, Joel Lawrence

11). Lemora: A Child's Tale of the Supernatural (1973)

Score: 6.67/10 IMDB: 6.5/10 Trailer
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Director: Richard Blackburn
Stars: Hy Pyke, Richard Blackburn, Steve Johnson, Cheryl Smith, Jack Fisher

12). The Legend of Hell House (1973)

Score: 6.4/10 IMDB: 6.8/10 Trailer
A team consisting of a physicist, his wife, a young female psychic and the only survivor of the previous visit…
Director: John Hough
Stars: Michael Gough, Roddy McDowall, Clive Revill, Roland Culver, Pamela Franklin

13). Ganja & Hess (1973)

Score: 6.29/10 IMDB: 6.2/10
Dr. Hess Green, an archaeologist overseeing an excavation at the ancient civilization of Myrthia, is stabbed by his research assistant,…
Director: Bill Gunn
Stars: Duane Jones, Leonard Jackson, Marlene Clark, John Hoffmeister, Bill Gunn

14). The Crazies (1973)

Score: 6.27/10 IMDB: 6.1/10 Trailer
A biological weapon gone awry is only the start of problems in the little town of Evan's City, Pennsylvania. Bouts…
Director: George A. Romero
Stars: George A. Romero, Lynn Lowry, Richard France, Vincent D. Survinski, Richard Liberty

15). Scream, Pretty Peggy (1973)

Score: 6.2/10 IMDB: 7.1/10 Trailer
A sculptor hires young college girls to take care of his elderly mother and his supposedly insane sister, both of…
Director: Gordon Hessler
Stars: Tovah Feldshuh, Allan Arbus, Christiane Schmidtmer, Charles Drake, Bette Davis

16). A Cold Night's Death (1973)

Score: 6.14/10 IMDB: 7.0/10 Trailer
Scientists Robert Jones and Frank Enari are dispatched to the Tower Mountain Research Station to replace a colleague, Dr. Vogel.…
Director: Jerrold Freedman
Stars: Michael C. Gwynne, Vic Perrin, Robert Culp, Eli Wallach

17). And Now the Screaming Starts! (1973)

Score: 6/10 IMDB: 6.0/10 Trailer
In 1795, in England, the young woman Catherine moves to the house of her fiancé Charles Fengriffen in the country…
Director: Roy Ward Baker
Stars: Rocky Taylor, Peter Cushing, Herbert Lom, Larry Taylor, Guy Rolfe

18). Leptirica (1973)

Score: 5.92/10 IMDB: 7.6/10
Story follows young man Strahinja who is in love with a local beauty Radojka, but their relationship has an obstacle…
Director: Djordje Kadijevic
Stars: Mirjana Nikolic, Petar Bozovic, Vasja Stankovic, Aleksandar Stojkovic, Tanasije Uzunovic

19). Frankenstein: The True Story (1973)

Score: 5.88/10 IMDB: 7.5/10 Trailer
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Director: Jack Smight
Stars: Julian Barnes, Peter Sallis, Ralph Richardson, John Gielgud, Tom Baker

20). The Norliss Tapes (1973)

Score: 5.86/10 IMDB: 6.5/10 Trailer
A newspaper publisher listens to the personal tapes of investigative reporter David Norliss, who has disappeared during an investigation. The…
Director: Dan Curtis
Stars: George DiCenzo, Bob Harks, Bob Schott, Angie Dickinson, Vonetta McGee

21). The Devil's Daughter (1973)

Score: 5.74/10 IMDB: 6.3/10 Trailer
A young girl who returns for her mothers furneral, is "adopted" by an older woman, who is member of a…
Director: Jeannot Szwarc
Stars: Robert Foxworth, Lucille Benson, Diane Ladd, Gail Bonney, Abe Vigoda

22). Hunchback of the Morgue (1973)

Score: 5.69/10 IMDB: 6.2/10 Trailer
Paul Naschy plays a hunchback with below average intelligence who works at the morgue. He is in love with a…
Director: Javier Aguirre
Stars: Paul Naschy, José Luis Chinchilla, Antonio Mayans, Manuel de Blas, José Luis Chinchilla

23). Death Smiles on a Murderer (1973)

Score: 5.63/10 IMDB: 6.1/10 Trailer
A man discovers an ancient Incan formula for raising the dead, and uses it for a series of revenge murders.
Stars: Klaus Kinski, Fernando Cerulli, Carla Mancini, Giacomo Rossi Stuart, Giorgio Dolfin

24). Schlock (1973)

Score: 5.54/10 IMDB: 5.9/10 Trailer
A monkey-type monster falls in love with a blind girl, which thinks that he's a giant dog. After kidnapping the…
Director: John Landis
Stars: John Landis, Forrest J. Ackerman, Harriet Medin, Harry Goins, Ryan Folsey

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Best Horror Movies of 1973

Looking for the best 1973 horror movies? At the top of our list of the best horror movies of 1973 are "The Exorcist (1973), Don't Look Now (1973), The Wicker Man (1973), Theater of Blood (1973), and The Night Strangler (1973)." Our top list is an average of our review scores, Hell Horror viewers, and a few other sources.

The best horror film of 1973 is The Exorcist (1973) scoring 8.87/10 stars with our combined scores. IMDB already has over 321,450 votes for this movie. Starring in The Exorcist (1973) is Max von Sydow, Eileen Dietz, Linda Blair, Jason Miller, and John Mahon. Director William Friedkin did a phenomenal job treating us with this 1973 best horror film which was remarkable.The Exorcist (1973) is in Horror movie genres.

Next Best Horror Movies of 1973 The next best 1973 horror movie is Don't Look Now (1973) with a score of 8.45/10 stars. Donald Sutherland, Julie Christie, Renato Scarpa, Hilary Mason, and Massimo Serato star in "Don't Look Now (1973)". Don't Look Now (1973) is directed by Nicolas Roeg and has over 40,810 IMDB votes. You can find Don't Look Now (1973) in Horror, Thriller, and Drama movie genres.

These are the best horror films of 1973, and we hope you enjoy the 52 movies on our list of good 1973 horror movies sorted best to worst.

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