Black Christmas (1974)During the Christmas holiday, a group of sorority sisters is stalked and murdered one at a time by someone in their house. One of the first slasher movies, Black Christmas is also one of the best Christmas horror movies ever made.
The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1976)A young teen lives alone in a house with no apparent supervision or family. She hides the truth of her situation while trying to ward off the advances of her landlady's creepy older son. This movie was one of Jodie Foster's next roles after her appearance in Taxi Driver.
The Brood (1979)A doctor uses a bizarre mental treatment to encourage his patients to manifest their suppressed emotions. One patient uses this technique to birth dwarf-like figures who act on her rage.
Deathdream (1974)A Vietnam soldier comes home despite his family being informed he died in combat. Once there a series of murders occur that seem to affect his behavior. Causing his family to wonder what is going on with him.
Deranged (1974)A middle-aged man living in a rural community commits a series of murders after the death of his religious mother. One of a number of films inspired by the crimes of Ed Gein. Deranged was released the same year as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
Shivers (1975)The murder of a young girl and a scientist leads investigators to a posh apartment where the scientist was experimenting with parasites. Another tenant soon realizes that the parasite is loose, causing the tenants to behave in a violent and sexually aggressive manner.
Rituals (1977)A group of doctors on a weekend camping trip discovers that they are not alone and that something intends to hunt them. One of the lesser-known films on this list, Rituals was inspired by Deliverance utilizing the remote setting to amp up the tension faced by the men.
Rabid (1977)After nearly dying in a motorcycle accident, a young woman receives an experimental skin graft that saves her life. Afterward, a bizarre stinger like appendage emerges from her armpit that she uses to attack people and spread her disease.
Full Circle (1977)After the death of her young daughter, a grieving mother seeks a new home away from her husband. Once settled, she begins to see signs that convince her that her daughter is reaching out to her. The film was also released as The Haunting of Julia and based on a novel by Peter Straub.
Death Weekend (1976)
A couple travels to a lake house but encounters some local thugs who decide to break into the house and hold them prisoner. After they torture them and vandalize the home the couple try to escape but are thwarted in their efforts. After raping the woman, she fights back in a film that borrows heavily from Last House on the Left and Straw Dogs.