The 24 Best Horror Movies of 1979

1). Alien (1979)

Score: 8.54/10 IMDB: 8.5/10 Trailer Review
In the distant future, the crew of the commercial spaceship Nostromo are on their way home when they pick up…
Director: Ridley Scott
Stars: Sigourney Weaver, Ian Holm, John Hurt, Veronica Cartwright, Harry Dean Stanton


2). Salem's Lot (1979)

Score: 7.65/10 IMDB: 6.8/10 Trailer
The successful writer Benjamin "Ben" Mears returns to his hometown Salem's Lot, Maine, expecting to write a new novel about…
Director: Tobe Hooper
Stars: Geoffrey Lewis, Fred Willard, Elisha Cook Jr., Kenneth McMillan, Robert Lussier

3). Phantasm (1979)

Score: 7.04/10 IMDB: 6.8/10 Trailer Review
Mike, a young teenage boy who has just lost his parents, afraid to lose his brother follow him to a…
Director: Don Coscarelli
Stars: Angus Scrimm, Reggie Bannister, A. Michael Baldwin, Bill Thornbury, Kathy Lester

4). The Brood (1979)

Score: 7.03/10 IMDB: 6.9/10 Trailer
A man's wife is under the care of an eccentric and unconventional psychologist who uses innovative and theatrical techniques to…
Director: David Cronenberg
Stars: Chris Britton, Robert A. Silverman, Felix Silla, Nicholas Campbell, Art Hindle

5). Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)

Score: 6.93/10 IMDB: 7.6/10 Trailer Review
Jonathan Harker is sent away to Count Dracula's castle to sell him a house in Wismar where Jonathan lives. But…
Director: Werner Herzog
Stars: Dan van Husen, Klaus Kinski, Werner Herzog, Attila Árpa, Attila C. Arpa

6). The Visitor (1979)

Score: 6.7/10 IMDB: 4.9/10 Trailer
John Huston stars as an intergalactic warrior who joins a cosmic Christ figure in battle against a demonic 8-year-old girl,…
Director: Giulio Paradisi
Stars: Lance Henriksen, Glenn Ford, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Joe Dorsey, Franco Nero

7). Dracula (1979)

Score: 6.64/10 IMDB: 6.5/10 Trailer Review
When a ship is wrecked off Whitby, the only survivor, Count Dracula, is discovered lying on the beach by the…
Director: John Badham
Stars: Donald Pleasence, Frank Langella, Sylvester McCoy, Kate Nelligan, Joe Belcher

8). Zombie (1979)

Score: 6.06/10 IMDB: 6.9/10 Trailer Review
A zombie is found aboard a boat off the New York coast which belongs to do a famous scientist. Peter…
Director: Lucio Fulci
Stars: Gregory Snegoff, Roberto Dell'Acqua, Al Cliver, Lucio Fulci, Edward Mannix

9). Vampire (1979)

Score: 5.97/10 IMDB: 6.7/10 Trailer
Vampire Anton Voytek's lair is disturbed by the ground breaking for a new church. Anton attempts to start a modern…
Director: E.W. Swackhamer
Stars: Richard Lynch, Jason Miller, Scott Paulin, Herbie Braha, E.G. Marshall

10). The Driller Killer (1979)

Score: 5.95/10 IMDB: 5.0/10 Trailer
Reno is an artist struggling to survive in NYC. He draws inspiration from scenes of daily street life and occasional…
Director: Abel Ferrara
Stars: Stephen Singer, Steve Brown, Butch Morris, Anthony Picciano, Paul Fitze

11). The Amityville Horror (1979)

Score: 5.42/10 IMDB: 6.2/10 Trailer Review
Based on a true story that was claimed by writer Jay Anson, The Amityville Horror is about a large house…
Director: Stuart Rosenberg
Stars: Margot Kidder, Baxter Harris, James Tolkan, Helen Shaver, Murray Hamilton

12). The Evictors (1979)

Score: 5.34/10 IMDB: 5.6/10 Trailer
A young couple, just married, rents a house in a village in Louisiana. But they are not welcome because the…
Director: Charles B. Pierce
Stars: Michael Parks, Jessica Harper, Dennis Fimple, Bill Thurman, Glen Roberts

13). Beyond the Darkness (1979)

Score: 5.34/10 IMDB: 6.3/10 Trailer
A young rich orphan loses his fiancée to voodoo doll mischief on the part of his housekeeper who is jealous…
Director: Joe D'Amato
Stars: Carolyn De Fonseca, Ted Rusoff, Cinzia Monreale, Franca Stoppi, Kieran Canter

14). Tourist Trap (1979)

Score: 5.29/10 IMDB: 6.2/10 Trailer
Teenagers come across a shut-in psychopath with telekinetic powers. He proceeds to use these powers to slay them one by…
Director: David Schmoeller
Stars: Linnea Quigley, Albert Band, Dal McKennon, Jon Van Ness, Chuck Connors

15). Fascination (1979)

Score: 5.25/10 IMDB: 6.1/10
This erotic horror film, set in 1905, tells the story of a thief who seeks refuge in a castle owned…
Director: Jean Rollin
Stars: Brigitte Lahaie, Cyril Val, Fanny Magier, Jacques Marbeuf, Franca Maï

16). The Silent Scream (1979)

Score: 5.2/10 IMDB: 6.0/10 Trailer
Scotty moves into Mrs. Engels' seaside mansion where three other college students are boarding. Mrs. Engels prefers to stay in…
Director: Denny Harris
Stars: Barbara Steele, Brad Rearden, Avery Schreiber, Jason Zahler, Ernie Potvin

17). When a Stranger Calls (1979)

Score: 5.13/10 IMDB: 6.5/10 Trailer
High school student Jill Johnson is traumatized over an evening of babysitting by a caller who repeatedly asks, "Have you…
Director: Fred Walton
Stars: Dick Warlock, Rutanya Alda, Colleen Dewhurst, Carol Kane, Carmen Argenziano

18). Thirst (1979)

Score: 5.11/10 IMDB: 5.8/10 Trailer
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Director: Rod Hardy
Stars: David Hemmings, Stephen Clark, Rod Mullinar, Lulu Pinkus, Amanda Muggleton

19). Don't Go in the House (1979)

Score: 5.07/10 IMDB: 5.7/10 Trailer
A slasher film about a victim of child abuse (Dan Grimaldi) who grows up to become a maniacal construction worker.…
Director: Joseph Ellison
Stars: Kim Roberts, Eileen Dunn, Jim Donnegan, Ellen Hammill, Robert Carnegie

20). Nightwing (1979)

Score: 4.83/10 IMDB: 4.7/10 Trailer
A colony of vampire bats terrorize a small Indian community in New Mexico. Standard "Nature goes berserk" plot takes a…
Director: Arthur Hiller
Stars: David Warner, Stephen Macht, Charles Hallahan, Donald Hotton, Alice Hirson

21). Killer Nun (1979)

Score: 4.8/10 IMDB: 5.1/10 Trailer
A demented nun sliding through morphine addiction into madness, whilst presiding over a regime of lesbianism, torture and death. Sister…
Director: Giulio Berruti
Stars: Alida Valli, Carolyn De Fonseca, Maria Sofia Amendolea, Chicca Thomas, Manlio Pierotti

22). Screamers (1979)

Score: 4.75/10 IMDB: 5.0/10
After their prison ship sinks in the Caribbean, a group of prisoners and a doctor wash ashore on a seemingly…
Director: Sergio Martino
Stars: Bobby Rhodes, Richard Johnson, Nick Alexander, Cameron Mitchell, Roberto Posse

23). The Demon (1979)

Score: 4.26/10 IMDB: 3.7/10
Similiar to HALLOWEEN and BLACK CHRISTMAS (which no doubt influenced the writer/director) this film deals with a series of bizarre…
Director: Percival Rubens
Stars: Vera Blacker, Cameron Mitchell, Jennifer Holmes, Craig Gardner, Zoli Marki

24). Prophecy (1979)

Score: 3.9/10 IMDB: 5.4/10 Trailer Review
A Savage beast, grown to monstrous size and driven mad by toxic wastes that are poisoning the waters, spreads terror…
Director: John Frankenheimer
Stars: Robert Foxworth, Kevin Peter Hall, Tom McFadden, Bob Terhune, Graham Jarvis

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24+ List of 1979 Horror Films Worth Watching!

Best Horror Movies of 1979

Looking for the best 1979 horror movies? At the top of our list of the best horror movies of 1979 are "Alien (1979), Salem's Lot (1979), Phantasm (1979), The Brood (1979), and Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)." Our top list is an average of our review scores, Hell Horror viewers, and a few other sources.

The best horror film of 1979 is Alien (1979) scoring 8.54/10 stars with our combined scores. IMDB already has over 686,460+ votes for this movie. Starring in Alien (1979) is Sigourney Weaver, Ian Holm, John Hurt, Veronica Cartwright, and Harry Dean Stanton. Director Ridley Scott did a phenomenal job treating us with this 1979 best horror film which was remarkable.Alien (1979) is in Horror, and Sci-Fi movie genres.

Next Best Horror Movies of 1979 The next best 1979 horror movie is Salem's Lot (1979) with a score of 7.65/10 stars. Geoffrey Lewis, Fred Willard, Elisha Cook Jr., Kenneth McMillan, and Robert Lussier star in "Salem's Lot (1979)". Salem's Lot (1979) is directed by Tobe Hooper and has over 17,790+ IMDB votes. You can find Salem's Lot (1979) in Horror, and Fantasy movie genres.

These are the best horror films of 1979, and we hope you enjoy the 25 movies on our list of good 1979 horror movies sorted best to worst.

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