Made for TV Horror / Thriller Films of the 70s & 80s


There's something about made for TV movies of the 70s and 80s that I just love.  They bring back fond memories of evenings or rainy Saturday afternoons being immersed in a tale of terror.  Here is a list of some of my favorites in no particular order:


Crowhaven Farm:  

A young couple inherits a farm. Hoping that the rural location might help to patch up their strained marriage, they move into it, only to be confronted by the supernatural forces that inhabit it.  Starring: Hope Lange, Paul Burke and Lloyd Bochner (1970).  See the full blog entry here.

A Howling in the Woods: 

A disillusioned housewife on a vacation in the woods is disturbed by her husband continually trying to get her to come home and, more ominously, a mysterious howling at night.  Starring: Barbara Eden, Larry Hagman and John Rubinstein (1971).  See full review here.

Out of Contention (AKA The Victim)

A wealthy woman is trapped during a storm in a house with no electricity or phone. A killer has murdered her sister, stuffed the body in the basement, and is now after her. Starring Elizabeth Montgomery, Eileen Heckart and Sue Ane Langdon (1972).  See my short review here.





The Night Stalker

Kolchak, a reporter for a newspaper in Las Vegas, comes to believe that a series of murders in the city is the result of a vampire living amongst them.  Now he has to try to persuade the city officials and law enforcement to take him seriously. Starring: Darren McGavin, Carol Lynley and Simon Oakland (1972)



The House that Would Not Die:

 Two women move into a haunted house in rural Pennsylvania. Starring:   Barbara Stanwyck, Richard Egan and Michael Anderson Jr. (1970).  See full review here.


Something Evil: 

A young couple moves into a farmhouse in rural Pennsylvania. What they don't know is that there is an unseen presence in the house, and that it wants to take possession of the wife. Starring: Darren McGavin, Sandy Dennis and Ralph Bellamy.  Directed by  Steven Spielberg. (1972)


Salem's Lot: 

Vampires are invading a small New England town. It's up to a novelist and a young horror fan to save it. Starring: David Soul, James Mason and Lance Kerwin. (1979)

Don't Be Afraid of the Dark:

A young couple inherits an old mansion inhabited by small demon-like creatures who are determined to make the wife one of their own. Starring: Kim Darby, Jim Hutton and Barbara Anderson. (74 mins.)



Dark Secret of Harvest Home: 

A young couple moves to a quiet New England village, only to soon find themselves mixed up in mysterious rituals.  Starring: Bette Davis, David Ackroyd and Rosanna Arquette (1978)


This House Possessed:  

After having a nervous breakdown, a rock singer buys a strange house and hires a nurse to take care of him. Starring Parker Stevenson, Lisa Eilbacher and Joan Bennett (1981).  See my full review in the blog.



Trilogy of Terror: 

Three bizarre horror stories all of which star Karen Black in four different roles playing tormented women. Starring: Karen Black, Robert Burton and John Karlen (1975)


The Norliss Tapes:

An investigative reporter stumbles onto a group of modern-day vampires. Starring: Roy Thinnes, Don Porter and Angie Dickinson (1973)



The Screaming Woman: 

A wealthy former mental patient goes home to her estate to rest and recuperate. While walking the grounds she hears a woman who has been buried alive.  No one will believe her.  Starring Olivia de Havilland, Ed Nelson and Laraine Stephens (1972)


The Strange and Deadly Occurrence:

A family moves into a new home in an isolated area, and soon realizes that someone--or something--doesn't want them there. Starring: Robert Stack, Vera Miles and L.Q. Jones (1974)



Summer of Fear (AKA Stranger in Our House):

A teenage girl's life is turned upside down after her cousin moves into her house, and as time goes by, she begins to suspect that she may be a practitioner of witchcraft. Starring: Linda Blair, Lee Purcell and Jeremy Slate.  Directed by Wes Craven.  (1978)



A Taste of Evil:

On her way home from a stay at a mental institution after a traumatic rape, a woman realizes that someone is deliberately trying to drive her insane. Starring Barbara Stanwyck, Barbara Parkins and Roddy McDowall (1971)

When Michael Calls (AKA Shattered Silence):

Helen keeps on receiving phone calls from a child, who claims to be her nephew Michael - but Michael died 15 years ago! In these calls he scolds  acquaintances who then die in suspicious accidents. Soon Helen fears she will be the next victim. Starring Ben Gazzara, Elizabeth Ashley and Michael Douglas (1972)



Satan's School for Girls:

A young woman investigating her sister's suicide at a private girls' school finds herself battling a satanic cult.  Starring: Pamela Franklin, Kate Jackson and Lloyd Bochner (1973)





The Spell:


A teenaged girl, taunted by her schoolmates because she's overweight, uses her supernatural powers to take revenge.  Starring: Lee Grant, Susan Myers, Helen Hunt and Lelia Goldoni  (1977)




Cry for the Strangers:

The little coastal town of Clark's Harbor seems like the perfect place for psychiatrist Brad Russell and his wife to get a little peace and spend more time with each other. But the locals don't seem very friendly and, every time a storm rolls in, another mysterious death occurs... Could an ancient Indian legend of ghostly tribes and human sacrifice have anything to do with it?  Starring Patrick Duffy, Cindy Pickett and Lawrence Pressman  (1982)


Dark Mansions:

A woman hired to write the history of a wealthy family stays at the family's estate in Seattle, Washington. She discovers that she strongly resembles a long-dead ancestor in the family, and finds things happening to her that happened to--and led to the death of--that woman.  Starring: Joan Fontaine, Michael York, Melissa Sue Anderson and Paul Shenar  (1986).  See full review here.


The Woman in Black:

When a friendless old widow dies in the seaside town of Crythin, a young solicitor is sent by his firm to settle the estate. The lawyer finds the townspeople reluctant to talk about or go near the woman's dreary home and no one will explain or even acknowledge the menacing woman in black he keeps seeing. Ignoring the towns-people's cryptic warnings, he goes to the house where he discovers its horrible history and becomes ensnared in its even more horrible legacy.  Starring: Adrian Rawlins, Bernard Hepton and David Daker (1989)

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 A suburban family adopts a dog that has been possessed by the devil.  Slowly the sweet, suburban family turns corrupt and mean.  Only the dad is not susceptible to the dog's powers. See my full review in the blog.  Starring:  Richard Crenna, Yvette Mimieux, Ike Eisenmann and Kim Richards (1978). 

118 comments:

  1. Hello. My name is Hugo Reynoso. Thank you for a lot of remembers. Sorry, my english is not very good. I'm from Argentine, but after married, I stayed in USA. I watch that tv movies en 70'. Now, may be you know that tv movie. I can't remember nothing excep something about the plot. A psycopata is out of an institucion but with a pquiatric woman look after him. He escape deceiving her and get into an apartment y take like prisoners to five o six woman. That man look for rape one by one, but a woman of the group, tie-up, throw by her self against the glass of the balcony and the crash call the atention from the neiborhood. If you remenber and knows the title or the name of an actor or actrees, I'm very glad. Thank you for your time. Here find a lot of films that I did remember nothin at all, until now. REALLY, THANK YOU A LOT!. And you're right, the horror tv movies had something special. Hugo Reynoso.

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    1. Hi Hugo. Thanks for checking out my blog. I don't recognize the movie that you are asking about. Maybe I'll run into it one of these days as I discover all kinds of obscure TV movies from the 70s! Take care.

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  2. Hi, great list. I remember watching a movie when I was a kid, this would have been about '74 or '75 I think. I was in second grade. The movie dealt with a scientist ( or somebody like that) going out to a remote island and being stalked by a monster. The only way to kill the monster was by immersing him in salt, so at the end, the scientist gets the monster to fall into the ocean bay and the monster dissolves immediately. Also, there was another early 70's movie about a meteor or strange light that would pass over the sun, and if you looked right at it, you would turn into dust. Can you recall these films?

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    1. Hi Aaron,
      Thanks for checking out my site. I don't recognize the first movie you mention about the monster that dissolves in salt water but a quick google search suggested maybe "Day of the Triffids". As for the movie about people turning into dust because of the sun, the only ones I can think of are "Where Have All The People Gone" where all the people turn to dust because of solar flares (http://www.ahauntingonthescreen.com/2012/07/where-have-all-people-gone_28.html) or "Night of the Comet". Good luck finding your long lost movies!

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    2. Maybe Night of the comet?people are outside waiting for the comet to pass but end up disintegrating turning into ash but some didn't quite get she'd out & end up turned into zombies.

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    3. The first movie you're looking for is The World Beyond, and I spent many years searching for it without knowing the name. It was a 1977 pilot for a series that never got picked up, kind of an early prototype X Files. Granville Van Dusen plays a former sports writer who has a near-death experience, dying briefly on the operating table after a motorcycle accident, and wakes up with the ability to communicate with the recently deceased, who send him warnings about living people who are in danger. In this pilot he travels to an island off the coast of Maine that's being terrorized by a golem, a mythical man/monster made of clay, found in Jewish folklore. Supporting cast has then-unknown Jobeth Williams (Poltergeist) and Barnard Hughes (Lost Boys). Only available as a bootleg - I obtained one from Super Strange Video, dubbed from a Betamax recording of the show's only broadcast, replete with 70s commercials.

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    4. (Continuing previous post)
      There's more info (though not much) available on imdb.com.
      After all these years I was pleasantly surprised to learn that it was shot in and around Gananoque, Ontario, Canada, just a stone's throw from my Kingston, my home town.

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  3. I have asked so many people about two made for tv movies that I watched with my dad in the late 70's and early 80's the one in 1976-77 had a similar scenario to cape fear. the family was being stalked by an ex con wronged by the lawyer / father off the family. The opening scene was a delivery of flowers that had an ARM in the box with a ring on the finger that belonged to the lawyers son! it wasn't real, but that was the first scary thing that he did. The other movie was about 3 boys who raped and killed a girl on the night of a homecoming dance, they made a pact never to speak of it. The most evil of the trio seen many years later became a famous evangelist who discovered an angelic voiced singer in his choir who turns out to be the girl that they thought they killed years ago. I think this movie was aired in two parts. Any info? others have remembered these movies but no one remembers the name or the actors that were in them.

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    1. I believe the first movie you are asking about is part of "Tales of the Unexpected" - a movie length episode called "Force of Evil" from 1977 starring Lloyd Bridges and Eve Plumb. You can find it on Youtube and I actually had it on my watch list but haven't seen it yet. It appears the main character is a doctor, not a lawyer and the arm in the box scene you were talking about is not the opening scene but 1 hour & 5 minutes into the movie. I hope that is the one you were looking for - as I know how maddening it is to remember scenes from a childhood movie and not be able to find it. As for the other movie you mentioned, I can't place that one but if I run across it, I will let you know. Thanks for visiting A Haunting on the Screen!

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    2. The second movie you've asked about is 'Celebrity', a miniseries from 1984.

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  4. There was a movie in the 80's not really sure if it was only for TV. Maybe you could help me, all I remember is a cheerleader, and a guy, I think either the guy was previously dead and came back to life or the cheerleader did but they are walking, and she has a red outfit, and he has a Letterman Jacket from 50's. Its not The midnight hour. I thought there was a red old caddy but it could have been another kind of vehicle.

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    1. I'm sorry but I haven't run across that movie yet. Maybe someone else will recognize it?

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    2. I don't know could it possibly be "Sometimes they come back, or "Sometimes they come back again. The dead guys came back and they drove an old red car. And the dead guys were from the 50's. Hope you find it.

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    3. Sometimes they come back starred Tim Matheson and Brooke Adams, the guys from the 50's were dead and came back to torment their teacher they drove a red 50's car. If it's not the same movie you should check this one out
      It was made in the early 90's and is worth watching.

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  5. Cool list - many things on here that other (repetitive) lists don't have. I hope you keep updating. Thanks!

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  6. Thanks for checking out the site, Jozelle!

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  7. Ok need help finding name of movie. Family has evil entity and daughter gets sick. Part of movie where mom looks out window and there is a black crow. Daughter dies I think after being sickened by entity. Mom and dad move to another house. End of.movie is mom in kitchen and hears something down stairs and knows it followed them. Do you remember this, know I watch it on a local station maybe around 1995?

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    1. Hi Tiffaney, I'm not sure which movie that is. The only one that comes to mind is "The Haunting of Julia" but in that one the daughter dies of natural causes and haunts the mother after she moves to a new house. Good luck trying to find it. I'll keep an eye out too.

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  8. Good list! I would like to add three more. A Cold Night's Death (1973), Black Noon (1971) and Don't Go to Sleep (1982).

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    1. Thanks. I also liked Don't Go To Sleep. I'll have to check out your other suggestions!

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  9. Hi there. I just love your list...brings back a ton of memories! Like others, I am looking for a movie and my memories are very vague. Trying to piece details together is driving my nutty. I am trying to find a made for TV movie from around 1975-85. It is about a family living in a big house and they have a daughter. I think the daughter's brother or sister died and their ghost is trying to make the living daughter do bad things, i.e. kill her mother, etc. I think it starred a child star of the times but cannot remember who. I was guessing Eve Plumb or Melissa Gilbert but I can't find anything. I hope you can help me. It was truly a scary movie. Thanks!

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  10. Sounds like "Don't Go To Sleep" (1982).

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  11. I LOVE James Dawson, he is the new master of horror like RL Stine and Christopher Pike were when I was a teen. Click here to meet Fairuza Balk, who was the true epitome of a nineties mean girl in The Craft.

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  12. Hello. I am from Chile. Sorry for my bad english. I would like add "Dark night of Scarecrow", in my opinion a masterpiece of made for Tv horror.

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    1. Hi Octavio. That is a great TV horror movie! Thanks!

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    2. Octavio, you are right this is a very well made for t.v movie,it is way ahead of it's time for a 70's movie and by the way your English is perfect!Keep writing in about more horror films.

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  13. Great site - lots and lots of new stuff to watch!

    I'm trying to find two movies and hoping you might have some ideas: 1) There's a 17-18 year old blonde kid looking to leave his radical Amish-like community. A couple tries to help him, even gets him signed up with the Navy, but the community finally catches up with him / them the night before he would be going off for training. It doesn't end well for the good guys, if I recall correctly.

    2) Something about a jaguar cult (I think) and human sacrifices in a big city (probably New York). It's possible I'm remembering Q: The Winged Serpent with the wrong kind of cult, but I don't think this is it.

    Thanks again - Paul

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    1. Hi Paul. Thanks for checking out the site! While I don't know the two movies you are talking about, a search led me to 2 possibilities that probably aren't them but closest I could find: "Deadly Blessings" and "Tarzan and the Great River". Hope you find them and I'll keep an eye out. Thanks.

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  14. Watching A Taste for Evil right now. Very impressed with your knowledge, love the blog. As a child my sister would pick up thr phone and say "Auntie My Helen" to scare the hell out of me. Lol. Thanks Gregg

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    1. Thanks for checking out the site!

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  15. hello, i was wondering if you could help me with a movie that i remember parts of? a mom of a small blond girl is living in a cabin for the insane. she some how reproduces lil creatures kinda lil her daughter. they kinda grow on her side. the mom has the creatures go kidnap the daughter cuz the dad wont let the mom see her daughter.

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  16. I think you may be referring to "The Brood" from 1979. Hope that's it! Thanks!

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  17. I writtee a comment but I don' t know do you receive it. No matter! I'm writting again :) Really great list..a lot of memories here from our childhood. I'm searching a lot of movies, mostly horror and thriller from 80's watched when I was a kid and I couldn;t found on net. I'm searching one move, I'm shure that is from 80's. Couple of young people going to the one village for a weekend. They been one year before there and happened one accident. One of them died. He burned. To the house have one barn. He decide to revenge, and his sister bring the same young people in the same village where he will revenge and he will killed most of that teenagers or young people...something like that...Thank you :)

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    1. Hi Gligor. Thanks for checking the site out. I'm not sure what that movie is. The closest thing I can find is "The Burning" but don't think that exactly matches. I will keep an eye out. Thanks!

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  18. There is this movie that I watched as a kid and have yet to figure out what it is. There was the young girl running from this crazy guy(not sure why he was chasing her). I think at one point he killed her father with an ax as he was trying to protect her. Towards the end of the movie they were on a construction site and she thought she killed him. At the very end she wakes up in the hospital and the nurse says the doctor will be right in. The doctor walks in and its the killer!

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    1. Hi! New here! Know the movie you're talking about. Watched it recently. Gotta love 80's horror! It's Slumber Party Massacre part 2. Think you can find it on You tube:)

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  19. Great site! I remember as a kid in the 70's looking forward to Friday nights for all the great made for TV horror movies. I bookmarked your site and will keep checking in to see updates.

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  20. Hi, just wondering if you can tell me what movie I'm looking for. It would have been on tv around 1975-76, I believe. All I can remember is the end of the movie: a ghostly apparition (who looks like the leading lady) appears amid the blowing curtains, tells the maid to go home, she'll be find until her husband gets home, and then proceeds to climb the stairs to meet her hapless victim, saying (I think), "I want my baby." It scared me to death!!! Any help would be appreciated.

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    1. I have been looking for the name of this exact movie for years. Saw as a kid in the 70s and was creepy as heck. Ghost woman floating down the stairs saying ' I want my baby". Creepy fun but never knew the name.

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    2. Hello,
      It's from the 1972 TV series "Ghost Story" (Also known as "Circle of fear").
      The episode is called "The new house".

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  21. Thank you, thank you, thank you..... Just found a movie on your site which I've been searching for for years, I couldnt remember the name at all, or who starred in it so that was make the search hard to say the least. The Victim soon to be rewatched again :) :):)

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  22. Hello and thank you ! I am trying to figure out the name of a movie I happened to catch the last 20 min of in 1989 while in the hospital. I have only few clues- I remember a couple that seemed to be at odds with eachother - I believe the house was extremely large or even a mansion also the house was haunted and last at the end of the movie there were music boxes covering the table and they all played simultaneously .That's all I can remember. I believe the movie was from 70's some time or early 80's maybe.

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    1. Hi! Hmm not really sure. But it sounds a little like Burnt Offerings. Even if that's not it, you should check it out. It's pretty good:)

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    2. Yes Tiffany is right I think it is Burnt Offerings,and it is a good movie
      very chilling,Karen Black is awesome in it.

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    3. Along with Karen Black Oliver Reed is also very good in the movie,and so is Lee Montgomery. The movie is very atmospheric and disturbing on so many levels , but that;s what makes it worth watching if you haven't seen the movie yet watch it on You Tube.

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    4. I you haven't seen this movie yet , rent it and watch it. It is one of the very few movie that creeps me out, You won't be disappointed extremely chilling.

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  23. Hello, Love this post. I wish you could help with the name of a film I watched as a child. I remember a lot of the film: A family of Women, Man, a deaf Boy (7 years old maybe) and Im not sute if he had a sister. When they were moving to the house they stopped at a small town and people there gave them weird looks, they knew this family was going to the that old house. They settle and the boy started to have contact with a ghost of a kid. They even play with a baseball, no one believes him about the things the ghost kid says. The boy discovers that in a big abandoned building near the house, like an orphanage or internal school, were the tormented souls of children who were tortured and killed by an evil man. The ghosts wants the family to solve the puzzle that's keeping their souls in that place. The ending is the bones of all the murderer kids exploding out of the earth were that evil man buried them. Please help me with this film. Looking forever and everywhere and nothing. IT's like 60's, 70's or 80's. Thanks

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  24. Anyone know about a TV movie that was actually an anthology with one of the stories about a woman using witchcraft to bring back her dead son - only it wasn't her son who came back. The ending line was from the resurrected child with him saying something like "he didn't want to come back so he sent me".

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  25. Trilogy of terror II 3 stories staring Lysette Anthony. Part 2 Bobby. Also trilogy of terror staring Karen Black another 3 good stories.

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    1. That's it. Found it online and watched. I haven't seen it since 1977. I happened to remember the year because my dad was in the hospital that year and I was at my grandparent's home. The episode terrified me and gave me some sleepless nights for a few days. Watching it again for the first time in over thirty years, I was surprised how well it was directed and appreciate now why the ending scared me so. Thank you for pointing me in the right direction.

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    2. The first one was "Dead of Night" which also had three stories. The last story was "Bobby" where his mother brings him back from the dead.the mother was played by Joan Hackett, and Bobby was played by Lee H. Montgomery a very good child actor.Wonder what ever happened to him?

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  26. does anyone know the movie where the characters are killed off in the order in which they appear in a photo, I think from a family reunion. They are killed in off in what appears to be accidents, such as one is accidentally shot by a crossbow. I think this movie was made in the 70's.

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    1. That sounds like the plot of Death Cruise. Good movie!

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  27. I'm looking for some films i vaguely remember when I was a kid in the late70's. 1) 2 ppl running from a burning house with a blanket over their heads trying to escape thru a gate. 2) some kind of killing machine or something in the basement. 3) plastic army men soldiers coming to life and waging war on the father who believes his sons toys are alive.

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    1. (3) Could be an episode of Darkroom (presented by James Coburn) entitled 'Siege of 31 august'

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  28. looking for a movie i seen as a kid on tv i know it scared me i just remember a slumber party and the girls were playing on the phone and who ever they pranked i wanna say called them back. it was in the 70's you couldn't do that back then. i have looked and looked over the years for this movie?????

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    1. Hi! Not 100% sure but sounds a lot like "I saw what you did" Co starring Joan Crawford. Good luck :)

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    2. It is "I saw what you did" made in the 60's good luck finding it.

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    3. There is a remake of "I Saw what you did" made in 1988 on you tube
      not as good as the original, but still worth watching.

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  29. A very old movie ... 70s probably; a child who keeps the inheritance of the devil. The mother is caught in a trap where it is trapped in a totally empty and driverless bus. The boy when he grows is seduced by a woman who makes a pentagram on his chest and forces you to have sex, thus producing the heir to the devil. Does anyone know?

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    1. The movie name is "Look What's Happened to Rosemary's Baby" 1976.

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  30. Does anyone recall a TV movie (1976 or so) that had a possesed/evil child who was forced to drink milk as punishment for somehow decapitating other children who bullied him? At the end a woman (his mother?) was trapped on a bus with demons/ghosts.

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    1. I actually just found it....
      Look What's Happened to Rosemary's Baby.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s9_MqhkRPr8

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  31. I apologize for the vagueness, but I remember vampire movie (it may have been a made for television movie) that came out in either the 70s or early 80s where a vampire was after a woman who bore a resemblance to his former lover, who also happened to be her deceased mother-turned-vampire (revealed near the end of the movie.) The girl remembers sitting in a car on a rainy night and watching her mother arguing with an unseen man (who turned out to be the vampire) then disappearing never to be seen again. At the end of the movie, it is her vampire mother who comes to save and rescue her daughter from the vampire that turned her. Does anyone remember this movie and name, because it's been on my mind for years, and I cannot for the life of me remember the name of it. Only that the star was a beautiful dark haired woman with long late 60s/early 70s styled hair.

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  32. It was Dracula from the 70s series "Cliffhangers" They combined each Dracula segment from the series and aired it as a movie of the week. The girls name was Mary.

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  33. It´s a great list and sorry for my bad English I am from Mexico. I looking for a movie from 1980 to 1990, it’s about a man who moves into a house and begins to appear a ghost of a beautiful woman long black hair and she kills a cat and he wonders why she did it, on the night he hears the meowing and sees her with kitten in her arms and realizes that she killed him to keep him with her then she starts trying to kill him to end he discovers that she had been buried alive in the walls of the house by her husband when he discovered that he had made mistress of a pianist to many years ago….. thanks a lot. Joel

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    1. I've been searching for this film for years! Its driving me crazy!

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  34. Does anyone know the name of made for TV science fiction movie about a polar military outpost that is visited by supposed deceased family members of the station personnel.

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  35. Looking for a movie/show I saw in the early 70s. I don't remember anything except the ending. A guy was in a coffin screaming to get out, and the camera then was showing 2 men burying him alive, in a graveyard , with their backs to the camera. Then they finished and turned around, and their eyes were closed and eye sockets were black.
    Any help on this is appreciated and thanks for you time ! Ben

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    1. That sounds a little like "Body Double to me, at the end of the movie they
      were burying a guy in a coffin and he was screaming bloody murder to get out. Melanie Griffin was in it,and the ending turned out to be a movie they
      were making.check it out it was o.k.






      It sounds a little like "Body Double"with Melanie Griffith at the end of the
      movie they were burying this guy and he was freaking out, The movie
      is pretty good if you watch the whole thing, I think it was made in the early
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  36. Love the list! :o) I used to love watching them when I was much younger and now I love looking for them to watch them again, maybe find those I didnt watch back then

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  37. Thank you so much for this list. I was able to find the title of movie (The Spell) that I've been looking forever for. Thanks again!

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  38. looking for a 1970's tv movie, all I can remember is a haunting and at the end of the movie there is a child/ children ghost singing the song ,'Frere Jacques'. Help please, been trying to figure this out for some time.

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  40. thanks so much for the wonderful list. I liked crowhaven farm, so I think I will enjoy a lot of the other movies as well :)

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  41. Looking for a late night made-for-tv movie in the 70's my father saw and told me about...a wife has killed, or thought to have killed her husband...a boy shows her a picture he said was given to him by a man..the husband appears in the picture with others, but his eyes are all white...he is seen at other times either in pictures or in windows with the same eyes...trying to drive her crazy...at the end, the husband is shown a picture much like he did to the wife, with her in it with solid white eyes like he had...

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  42. Great list!! Cant remember this movie I watched after school either in late 60s or early 70s where a young girl gets released from the insane asylum so she can visit her childhood home where something horrific happened. Her voice over was hauntingly creepy. Finally her memory comes back that she was hiding under the bed when she saw her mother being brutally stabbed or axed to death. If anyone knows name of this movie please give shout out!! Thanks :)

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    1. It sounds like the Hammer movie "Nightmare" from 1964. There's a review of it on this blog. It doesn't match all your memories exactly but take a look. Thanks for visiting the site!

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  43. great list! most of these movies scared the hell out of me when I was little,especially
    don't be afraid of the dark,trilogy of terror and when Michael calls..(auntie my Helen
    I'm dead aren't I) oh my god the 70's were great. there was also Bad Ronald and
    Duel.

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  44. does anyone remember horror at 37,000 feet, with William shatner. That movie
    was so stupid thinking about it now, but in 1973 or 74 it was terrifying.

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  45. In reply to Aaron Jason above, the tv movie where the monster is destroyed in salt water sounds like 'The World Beyond,' which I believe was the pilot for a series that was never produced.

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  46. hi
    i was trying to find the title of a movie from late 70s or early 80s
    it was about two witches in high school and the have a big witch fight in science class, throwing things with their minds.

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  47. I'm not sure but it sounds a little like "Midnight Offerings with Melissa Sue Anderson
    I know they were in high school, but I don't remember them fighting in class, they
    fought at the end of the movie, and I remember them on the beach and there was
    a big bon fire I think, I don,t know it's been so long.

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  48. Hi,
    I am looking for a what I think was a TV movie around the late 70s/early 80s about a scientist that thought he had learn how to bring people back from the dead after the 4 minute mark without brain damage but it turned out that the person comes back without a soul. This movie was way before the Lazarus Effect, and Flatliners but I can't find out the name.

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    1. I Found it ! It is called Chiller (1987). A man is frozen by his family and is revived 10 years later and starts behaving oddly and starts killing people. I loved this movie as a kid. Never remembered the name of it and didn't realize Wes Craven directed it

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  49. Dark Night of the Scarecrow was also an awesome movie with Charles Durning
    as the cruel mailman. The movie itself was was way before it's time .I remember
    seeing it on t.v when I was about 9 yrs old and never forget it.I believe i't s on You Tube . s ,, ' ss ssson ;;on You Tube, si check it out i'ts worth it.

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  50. I was just thinking of a movie,not sure if it's a made for t.v or a movie release.Anyway it's with Chuck Conners called "Tourist Trap" It scared the living hell out of me with all those maniquins screaming and moving and talking. Oh my god you should check it out on You Tube A.S.A.P, I couldn't sleep for weeks.

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  51. To Michael M. I love your sight you should do more about made for T.V movies of the 70's, not just horror. Have you thought about making another sight people seem to love talking about those movies, it reminds them of times when things in life were happier ans so much simpler, show us more of your talent. Thanks J.R.

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  52. Hello All, I'm searching for the title of a movie from the mid 80"s were 3 friends witnessed a friend rape( and they thought she died). The movies then turns to how it changed all their lives and ! became a cult leader. At the end the raped woman came into the court room and stabbed the rapists decades later..please help.

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  53. can you tell me the name of the movie?i remember a tall long blonde haired guy who was traveling around looking for some thing one scene I remember was he was at a form house and the milk curdled and they said it was because the devil was in town.i also remember he had a compass which moved after he dropped blood on it

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    1. The movie you're looking for is called Warlock(1989) starring Julian Sands as the warlock.The movie is part of a trilogy of Warlock movies.

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    2. Thank you very much.You are the best,

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  54. Does anyone remember a movie about teenage witches in high school. Of course one is good and one is bad and they battle it out in the end by a giant bonfire. And the mother of the bad witch comes to help fight her daughter, and her daughter strips skin off of the mother's arms as the mother puts her arms up to block her daughter. Can anyone help me with the title, and I think it's a 70's movie

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    1. The movie that your talking about is "midnight offerings with Melissa sue Anderson and Erin from the Waltons. It was made in 1980 I think. I always thought it was a good movie. You can get it on you tube.

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  56. Looking for two movies.
    1. I don't remember Everything. But there's a big old house and a ghost of something causes the women to walk into the ocean killing themselves.

    2. A seaside town has an old story about a famous pirate or sea captain and a couple moves into the home. The woman hears stuff No one else hears and eventually finds her house was rigged with hidden speakers to make her go crazy. I can't remember if the house was in fact haunted or not.

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  57. Looking for a movie. I do not know if it was made for tv or a direct to to video release. From what I can recall a mother takes a trip and leaves her kids in the care of a "nice old lady" the kids soon find out that the house they are living in is home to a "Warlock". That's about it that I can recall. I would sure like to find that movie :)

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  58. Lot of great memories here. Wanted to add a few more... 1) a haunted mansion movie from the early 80s, Made for TV, I think, where the end has one of the inhabitants killed by a stone falling from the roof. 2) a movie made for HBO or Showtime in the early 80s where a boy has dreams or thoughts that come to life, and the end has a hospital scene where the boy's thoughts are running rampant. 3) a theater release wity a demon child who comes to a family and kills a bunch of people until the mother gets rid of him and the end shows him with another family. Do these ring any bells?

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  59. Lot of great memories here. Wanted to add a few more... 1) a haunted mansion movie from the early 80s, Made for TV, I think, where the end has one of the inhabitants killed by a stone falling from the roof. 2) a movie made for HBO or Showtime in the early 80s where a boy has dreams or thoughts that come to life, and the end has a hospital scene where the boy's thoughts are running rampant. 3) a theater release wity a demon child who comes to a family and kills a bunch of people until the mother gets rid of him and the end shows him with another family. Do these ring any bells?

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    1. I think #1 is Burnt Offerings starring Karen Black, Oliver Reed and Bette Davis. One of my favorite haunted house movies!

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  60. These are great! I'm looking for two TV movies, the first is from the late 70s I believe and all I can remember is that it had a scary glowing tornado "ghost". The next film was from the 80s and dealt with satanic possession -- whoever was possessed could see a little man in dirty jeans who was the devil -- but no one else could see him.

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    1. I remember the second TV movie you're talking about....It was aired around '81-'82. Very creepy, and not over the top. Problem is I don't recall the name of it.

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  61. Hi, what a great site! Here's one that I saw when it first aired and the title has stumped me for years. A couple moves into an old Hollywood mansion once owned by a big star of the Golden Age. Her body is kept on display in a glass case. The house also comes with a creepy housekeeper who falls in love with the new owner and is revealed to be the Hollywood star who was burned horribly in a fire. Whew! Any ideas on the title to this potboiler? again, great site, and thanks!
    gatsbyshutt1909@gmail.com

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  62. Hi, what a great site! Here's one that I saw when it first aired and the title has stumped me for years. A couple moves into an old Hollywood mansion once owned by a big star of the Golden Age. Her body is kept on display in a glass case. The house also comes with a creepy housekeeper who falls in love with the new owner and is revealed to be the Hollywood star who was burned horribly in a fire. Whew! Any ideas on the title to this potboiler? again, great site, and thanks!
    gatsbyshutt1909@gmail.com

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    1. Sounds like Death at Love House (1976) starring Robert Wagner and Kate Jackson. There's a review on this site.

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  63. Hello, in the mid seventies, an horror tv movie was played in a french channel whose i look for the title.
    two beautiful young and gorgeous girls came in an american small town, to get married with two friends. After marriage, the boys began to be very stressed and frightened by the changing of their wives. In fact, the girls come from outer space, they look for food on earth, eat their husbands and after go in an other planet, where they can do the same.At a moment of the movie, the girls change their look and appear as a sort of stinky octopusses.

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  64. Hello, thanks for this exiting list. In the mid seventies, an horror tv movie was played in a french channel and i look desperatly for the title since many years.
    Two beautiful young and gorgeous girls came in an american small town, to get married with two friends. After marriage, the boys began to be very stressed and frightened by the changing of their wives. In fact, the girls come from outer space, they look for food on earth, eat their husbands and after go in an other planet, where they can do the same.At a moment of the movie, the girls change their look and appear as a sort of stinky octopusses.

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  65. Looking for a made for TV movie that would have been from maybe the late 70s or 80s. It was about a boy who could look at a picture and make things appear. I think he was being raised by an elderly couple and some of the things he conjured were donuts but the most memorable was the woman's heart. I was really young when I saw this but it has made a lasting recurring memory. (I wasn't supposed to be up at that time my mom caught me and sent me to bed but I had already seen the bloody heart in the boy's hands!

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    1. That is an episode of the twilight zone called toys of caliban.

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  66. Looking for a 70s TV horror movie I think. All I could remember after all this time, was that there was a skeleton ghost that started out in the backyard and as the movie went on, it would move closer and closer to the master bedroom patio doors, and by the end of the movie that ghost was inside the master bedroom. NE luck on a possible title?

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  67. Okay, you may be my best shot. I'm looking for a late 70s to early 80s made-for-tv suspense film. My clues are sketchy. because I saw it once as a child. What I recall is a dark-haired woman who, it turns out, has a husband who is trying to drive her insane, ala Gaslight. I believe it took place along a shore near cliffs. The main clue is she finds a wire that he used for speakers, and the final scene is on the cliffs...He slips and she still tries to save him, but he dies. Any guesses?

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    1. Hi Adrian, I think that might be "The Haunting of Sarah Hardy" (1989) starring Sela Ward and Morgan Fairchild.

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  68. Okay, you may be my best shot. I'm looking for a late 70s to early 80s made-for-tv suspense film. My clues are sketchy. because I saw it once as a child. What I recall is a dark-haired woman who, it turns out, has a husband who is trying to drive her insane, ala Gaslight. I believe it took place along a shore near cliffs. The main clue is she finds a wire that he used for speakers, and the final scene is on the cliffs...He slips and she still tries to save him, but he dies. Any guesses?

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  69. Hi. I am trying to remember the name of a made for tv werewolf movie. It was about a guy that got bit, and turned into a werewolf. I believe it was made in the 80's. The main character reminded me of Robert Reed from The Brady Bunch tv series. The main character may have been on vacation with his wife possibly on an island. It wasn't the Howling.

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    1. My guess would be "Death Moon" (1978) starring Robert Foxworth - man vacationing with his wife in Hawaii becomes a werewolf. Not on DVD but may be found on Youtube. See the post on my blog: http://www.ahauntingonthescreen.com/2013/11/death-moon.html

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    2. Thank you very much Michael. That looks like the movie. smiles

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  70. OK....this will be vague,sorry. Going back to 81-82? TV Movie about a teenage boy who swears he sees demons or the devil himself. Psychologist says it's all in his head...kid insists that he isn't having mental problems.

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  71. I've been searching for a movie or tv episode where there are some teen girls that taunt each other by chanting "black ball" or something like that and there is something to do with a goat? It scared the bejeezus out of me when i was a kid, but i haven't been able to find it again. I saw it in the 80s, but it looked 70s-ish.

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