The 24 Best Horror Movies of 1978

1). Halloween (1978)

Score: 8.98/10 IMDB: 7.8/10 Trailer Review
The year is 1963, the night: Halloween. Police are called to 43 Lampkin Ln. only to discover that 15 year…
Director: John Carpenter
Stars: Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, John Carpenter, P.J. Soles, Nancy Stephens

2). Dawn of the Dead (1978)

Score: 8.44/10 IMDB: 8.0/10 Trailer Review
Following the events of Night of the Living Dead (1968), we follow the exploits of four survivors of the expanding…
Director: George A. Romero
Stars: Tom Savini, Ken Foree, David Early, George A. Romero, Christine Forrest

3). Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)

Score: 8.1/10 IMDB: 7.4/10 Trailer
The first remake of the paranoid infiltration classic moves the setting for the invasion from a small town to the…
Director: Philip Kaufman
Stars: Veronica Cartwright, Jeff Goldblum, Donald Sutherland, Michael Chapman, Brooke Adams

4). Martin (1978)

Score: 7.67/10 IMDB: 7.2/10 Trailer
George Romero does for vampires what he has already done to zombies - an intense and realistic treatment that follows…
Director: George A. Romero
Stars: Tom Savini, George A. Romero, Christine Forrest, John Amplas, Vincent D. Survinski

5). Magic (1978)

Score: 7.55/10 IMDB: 6.8/10 Trailer
Magician's assistant Corky performs disastrously at his first solo appearance. He is given a ventriloquist dummy called Fats to improve…
Director: Richard Attenborough
Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Ed Lauter, David Ogden Stiers, Burgess Meredith, Patrick McCullough

6). Long Weekend (1978)

Score: 7.5/10 IMDB: 6.7/10 Trailer
When a suburban couple go camping for the weekend at a remote beach, they discover that nature isn't in an…
Director: Colin Eggleston
Stars: John Hargreaves, Briony Behets, Mike McEwen, Roy Day, Michael Aitkens

7). The Shout (1978)

Score: 7.5/10 IMDB: 6.8/10 Trailer
Bored while officiating a cricket match at a psychiatric hospital, Crossley tells Graves (a visitor) the tale of a mysterious…
Director: Jerzy Skolimowski
Stars: John Hurt, Tim Curry, Peter Benson, Susannah York, Alan Bates

8). The Fury (1978)

Score: 7.2/10 IMDB: 6.4/10 Trailer
A secret US agency behind the unscrupulous Childress gathers children with parapsychologic abilities and trains them to become killers in…
Director: Brian De Palma
Stars: Rutanya Alda, Daryl Hannah, J. Patrick McNamara, Amy Irving, Carrie Snodgress

9). Piranha (1978)

Score: 6.73/10 IMDB: 5.9/10 Trailer
When flesh-eating piranhas are accidentally released into a summer resort's rivers, the guests become their next meal.
Director: Joe Dante
Stars: Dick Miller, R.C. Keene, Belinda Balaski, Paul Bartel, Joe Dante

10). Jaws 2 (1978)

Score: 6.03/10 IMDB: 5.7/10 Trailer Review
Four years after the events of the original "Jaws", the town of Amity suddenly experiences series of mysterious boating accidents…
Director: Jeannot Szwarc
Stars: Roy Scheider, Robin Eddins, Jeffrey Kramer, Fritzi Jane Courtney, Lorraine Gary

11). Patrick (1978)

Score: 5.9/10 IMDB: 6.1/10 Trailer
After the shocking bathtub death of his mother and her lover, the sinister Patrick lays comatose in a small private…
Director: Richard Franklin
Stars: Rod Mullinar, Peter Culpan, Paul Young, Frank Wilson, Robert Thompson

12). The Medusa Touch (1978)

Score: 5.65/10 IMDB: 7.0/10 Trailer
John Morlar is watching the British television broadcast when an anchorman states that American astronauts are trapped in orbit around…
Director: Jack Gold
Stars: Michael Byrne, Harry Andrews, Philip Stone, Michael Hordern, Lee Remick

13). Inquisition (1978)

Score: 5.63/10 IMDB: 6.1/10 Trailer
Period piece set during the Inquisition about a witch-finder general who falls in love with the village beauty, who has…
Director: Paul Naschy
Stars: Paul Naschy, Julia Saly, Jenny Llada, Mónica Randall, Eduardo Calvo

14). Someone's Watching Me! (1978)

Score: 5.52/10 IMDB: 6.7/10 Trailer
A woman is slowly stalked to the brink of madness by a man watching her from the opposite tower block.…
Director: John Carpenter
Stars: Adrienne Barbeau, Charles Cyphers, John Mahon, James Murtaugh, J. Jay Saunders

15). Bloodstained Shadow (1978)

Score: 5.38/10 IMDB: 6.4/10 Trailer
The body of a schoolgirl is found in a meadow. The murderer is never caught, and years later; a young…
Director: Antonio Bido
Stars: Stefania Casini, Carolyn De Fonseca, Susan Spafford, Sergio Mioni, Alina De Simone

16). Killer's Delight (1978)

Score: 5.29/10 IMDB: 5.5/10 Trailer
A detective tracks a serial killer through San Francisco.
Director: Jeremy Hoenack
Stars: George 'Buck' Flower, Anne-Marie Martin, Margot Rose, James Luisi, John Karlen

17). It Lives Again (1978)

Score: 5.25/10 IMDB: 5.2/10 Trailer
An epidemic of mutant monster babies sweeps America.
Director: Larry Cohen
Stars: James Dixon, Jill Gatsby, Andrew Duggan, Bobby Ramsen, Kathleen Lloyd

18). Jennifer (1978)

Score: 5.23/10 IMDB: 5.4/10 Trailer
Ostracized at a snooty private school because of her rural, poor background, a scholarship student is tormented to the point…
Director: Brice Mack
Stars: Amy Johnston, John Gavin, Jeff Corey, Domingo Ambriz, Randy T. Williams

19). The Redeemer: Son of Satan! (1978)

Score: 5.23/10 IMDB: 5.4/10 Trailer
Six former classmates receive invitations one day to a high school reunion. When they arrive at their alma mater, however,…
Director: Constantine S. Gochis
Stars: Nick Carter, Frederick Strother, Layne E. Leoffler Sr., Jacqueline Marino, Jeannetta Arnette

20). The Evil (1978)

Score: 5.16/10 IMDB: 5.9/10 Trailer
A chilling tale of suspense and survival. When a doctor rents a haunted house to use as a clinic, he…
Director: Gus Trikonis
Stars: Andrew Prine, Richard Crenna, Emory Souza, Galen Thompson, Mary Louise Weller

21). Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell (1978)

Score: 5.11/10 IMDB: 5.2/10 Trailer
A dog that is a minion of Satan terrorizes a suburban family.
Director: Curtis Harrington
Stars: R.G. Armstrong, Warren Munson, Richard Crenna, Dana Laurita, Jan Burrell

22). The Legacy (1978)

Score: 5.07/10 IMDB: 5.7/10 Trailer
A millionaire, a million-dollar prostitute, a star-maker, a nation-killer, a woman whose lusts are as cold as graveyard snow...Five of…
Director: Richard Marquand
Stars: Sam Elliott, Charles Gray, John Standing, Roger Daltrey, Katharine Ross

23). Stranger in Our House (1978)

Score: 4.98/10 IMDB: 5.5/10 Trailer
A country family of five takes in cousin Julia, whose parents recently perished in a car crash. Julia extends her…
Director: Wes Craven
Stars: Linda Blair, Billy Beck, Jeff East, Fran Drescher, Patricia Wilson

24). Damien: Omen II (1978)

Score: 4.97/10 IMDB: 6.3/10 Trailer
Seven years later, 13-year-old Damien is just discovering who he really is, and what he is destined to do. Now…
Directors: Don Taylor, Mike Hodges
Stars: Lance Henriksen, Robert Foxworth, Sylvia Sidney, Meshach Taylor, Leo McKern

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Best Horror Movies of 1978

Looking for the best 1978 horror movies? At the top of our list of the best horror movies of 1978 are "Halloween (1978), Dawn of the Dead (1978), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978), Martin (1978), and Magic (1978)." Our top list is an average of our review scores, Hell Horror viewers, and a few other sources.

The best horror film of 1978 is Halloween (1978) scoring 8.98/10 stars with our combined scores. IMDB already has over 195,780+ votes for this movie. Starring in Halloween (1978) is Donald Pleasence, Jamie Lee Curtis, John Carpenter, P.J. Soles, and Nancy Stephens. Director John Carpenter did a phenomenal job treating us with this 1978 best horror film which was remarkable.Halloween (1978) is in Horror, and Thriller movie genres.

Next Best Horror Movies of 1978 The next best 1978 horror movie is Dawn of the Dead (1978) with a score of 8.44/10 stars. Tom Savini, Ken Foree, David Early, George A. Romero, and Christine Forrest star in "Dawn of the Dead (1978)". Dawn of the Dead (1978) is directed by George A. Romero and has over 100,970+ IMDB votes. You can find Dawn of the Dead (1978) in Horror, Thriller, Drama, Action, and Adventure movie genres.

These are the best horror films of 1978, and we hope you enjoy the 35 movies on our list of good 1978 horror movies sorted best to worst.

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