The 24 Best Horror Movies of 1974

1). The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

Score: 7.96/10 IMDB: 7.5/10 Trailer Review
En route to visit their grandfather's grave (which has apparently been ritualistically desecrated), five teenagers drive past a slaughterhouse, pick…
Director: Tobe Hooper
Stars: John Larroquette, Marilyn Burns, William Vail, Gunnar Hansen, Jim Siedow


2). Dead of Night (1974)

Score: 7.5/10 IMDB: 6.7/10 Trailer
A young Soldier is killed in the line of duty in Vietnam. That same night, the soldier returns home, brought…
Director: Bob Clark
Stars: Henderson Forsythe, Bud Hoey, Mal Jones, Robert R. Cannon, John Marley

3). The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue (1974)

Score: 7.45/10 IMDB: 6.9/10 Trailer
A cop chases two young people visiting the English countryside, suspecting them of a local murder; unbeknownst to him, the…
Director: Jorge Grau
Stars: José Lifante, José Lifante, Cristina Galbó, Vito Salier, Ray Lovelock

4). Black Christmas (1974)

Score: 7.1/10 IMDB: 7.2/10 Trailer
It's time for Christmas break, and the sorority sisters make plans for the holiday, but the strange anonymous phone calls…
Director: Bob Clark
Stars: Margot Kidder, John Saxon, Doug McGrath, Art Hindle, Olivia Hussey

5). Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)

Score: 7.06/10 IMDB: 6.4/10 Trailer Review
Aliens intend to take over the planet and, just in case Godzilla tries to interfere, have built a mechanical version…
Director: Jun Fukuda
Stars: Takamitsu Watanabe, Koji Ozaki, Akihiko Hirata, Isao Zushi, Kenji Sahara

6). It's Alive (1974)

Score: 6.5/10 IMDB: 5.8/10 Trailer
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Director: Larry Cohen
Stars: James Dixon, Andrew Duggan, W. Allen York, Michael Ansara, Gwil Richards

7). Blood for Dracula (1974)

Score: 6.45/10 IMDB: 6.2/10 Trailer
Udo Kier is without a doubt the sickliest of vampires in any director's interpretation of the Bram Stoker tale. Count…
Director: Paul Morrissey
Stars: Udo Kier, Stefania Casini, Arno Jürging, Joe Dallesandro, Roman Polanski

8). Phase IV (1974)

Score: 6.1/10 IMDB: 6.6/10 Trailer
Desert ants suddenly form a collective intelligence and begin to wage war on the desert inhabitants. It is up to…
Director: Saul Bass
Stars: Michael Murphy, Helen Horton, Robert Henderson, David Healy, Alan Gifford

9). She sha shou (1974)

Score: 5.74/10 IMDB: 6.3/10
A young man who has been beaten, abused, humiliated and laughed at all his life finds that he has an…
Director: Chih-Hung Kuei
Stars: Feng Lin, Yen Ling, Kwok-Leung Gan, Terry Liu, Lin Lin Li

10). What Have They Done to Your Daughters? (1974)

Score: 5.65/10 IMDB: 7.0/10 Trailer
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Director: Massimo Dallamano
Stars: Michael Forest, Edward Mannix, Larry Dolgin, Lorenzo Piani, Micaela Pignatelli

11). From Beyond the Grave (1974)

Score: 5.56/10 IMDB: 6.8/10 Trailer
Anthology film from Amicus adapted from four short stories by R. Chetwynd-Hayes strung together about an antique dealer who owns…
Director: Kevin Connor
Stars: David Warner, Donald Pleasence, Peter Cushing, Robert Rietty, Lesley-Anne Down

12). Lorna the Exorcist (1974)

Score: 5.51/10 IMDB: 5.9/10
The businessman Patrick takes his wife Marianne and daughter Linda on a vacation. Patrick's old friend Lorna shows up just…
Directors: Jesús Franco, Jesús Franco
Stars: Lina Romay, Howard Vernon, Jesús Franco, Pamela Stanford, Guy Delorme

13). Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter (1974)

Score: 5.47/10 IMDB: 6.6/10 Trailer
Vampire hunter and expert swordsman Kronos finds himself in a small village where several of the local young women have…
Director: Brian Clemens
Stars: John Hollis, Caroline Munro, Steve James, John Cater, Ian McKay

14). Chosen Survivors (1974)

Score: 5.34/10 IMDB: 5.6/10 Trailer
A group of diverse individuals are suddenly taken from their homes and flown via helicopter to a futuristic bomb shelter…
Director: Sutton Roley
Stars: Jackie Cooper, Bradford Dillman, Alex Cord, Lincoln Kilpatrick, Barbara Babcock

15). Abby (1974)

Score: 5.34/10 IMDB: 5.6/10 Trailer
A possession film about a marriage counselor who becomes possessed by a Demon of Sexuality, when her father in law,…
Director: William Girdler
Stars: Julia Jones, Bob Holt, Casey Brown, Bill Wilson, Charles Broaddus

16). Madhouse (1974)

Score: 5.34/10 IMDB: 6.3/10 Trailer
Horror movie actor Paul Toombes, famous for playing "Dr. Death," suffers a nervous breakdown before going to England to do…
Director: Jim Clark
Stars: Barry Dennen, Peter Cushing, Boris Karloff, Ian Thompson, Vincent Price

17). Dracula (1974)

Score: 5.34/10 IMDB: 6.3/10 Trailer
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Director: Dan Curtis
Stars: Sarah Douglas, Eddie Powell, Jack Palance, Pamela Brown, Roy Spencer

18). Vampyres (1974)

Score: 5.25/10 IMDB: 6.1/10 Trailer
Fran and Miriam are a pair of beautiful vampires who get victims to pull over by hitchhiking. They proceed to…
Directors: José Ramón Larraz, José Ramón Larraz
Stars: Michael Byrne, Margaret Heald, Marianne Morris, Anulka Dziubinska, Murray Brown

19). The Hand That Feeds the Dead (1974)

Score: 5.23/10 IMDB: 5.4/10 Trailer
Baron Ivan Rassimov, a brilliant doctor, died horribly during a fire burst in his laboratory. Since that day, his daughter…
Director: Sergio Garrone
Stars: Klaus Kinski, Carla Mancini, Katia Christine, Marzia Damon, Carmen Silva

20). Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974)

Score: 5.2/10 IMDB: 6.4/10 Trailer
Last of the Hammer Frankenstein films, this one deals with the Baron hiding out in an insane asylum, so that…
Director: Terence Fisher
Stars: Peter Cushing, Patrick Troughton, Sydney Bromley, Hugh Cecil, Charles Lloyd Pack

21). The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974)

Score: 5.2/10 IMDB: 6.0/10 Trailer
Count Dracula journeys to a remote Chinese village in the guise of a warlord to support six vampires who are…
Directors: Roy Ward Baker, Cheh Chang
Stars: Peter Cushing, David de Keyser, John Forbes-Robertson, David Chiang, Chi Cheng Ho

22). Welcome to Arrow Beach (1974)

Score: 5.17/10 IMDB: 5.3/10 Trailer
A hippie girl wandering on a California beach is taken in by a Korean War veteran who lives in a…
Director: Laurence Harvey
Stars: Meg Foster, Stuart Whitman, John Ireland, Robert Lussier, Tony Ballen

23). House of Whipcord (1974)

Score: 5.16/10 IMDB: 5.9/10 Trailer
An old man who lives in an old house conducts a correctional institute for girls. But he does not realize…
Director: Pete Walker
Stars: Celia Imrie, Patrick Barr, Ron Smerczak, Barry Martin, Judy Robinson

24). The Night of the Sorcerers (1974)

Score: 5.11/10 IMDB: 5.2/10 Trailer
A team of researchers travel into the African jungle to study the mysterious disappearance of elephants in the area. Instead…
Director: Amando de Ossorio
Stars: Jack Taylor, Simón Andreu, José Thelman, Simón Andreu, José Thelman

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Best Horror Movies of 1974

Looking for the best 1974 horror movies? At the top of our list of the best horror movies of 1974 are "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974), Dead of Night (1974), The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue (1974), Black Christmas (1974), and Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)." Our top list is an average of our review scores, Hell Horror viewers, and a few other sources.

The best horror film of 1974 is The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) scoring 7.96/10 stars with our combined scores. IMDB already has over 116,360+ votes for this movie. Starring in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) is John Larroquette, Marilyn Burns, William Vail, Gunnar Hansen, and Jim Siedow. Director Tobe Hooper did a phenomenal job treating us with this 1974 best horror film which was remarkable.The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) is in Horror, and Thriller movie genres.

Next Best Horror Movies of 1974 The next best 1974 horror movie is Dead of Night (1974) with a score of 7.5/10 stars. Henderson Forsythe, Bud Hoey, Mal Jones, Robert R. Cannon, and John Marley star in "Dead of Night (1974)". Dead of Night (1974) is directed by Bob Clark and has over 3,670+ IMDB votes. You can find Dead of Night (1974) in Horror movie genres.

These are the best horror films of 1974, and we hope you enjoy the 31 movies on our list of good 1974 horror movies sorted best to worst.

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