Favorite Horror (and Related) The 60s

by Scarecrow-88 | created - 24 Apr 2012 | updated - 24 Apr 2012 | Public

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I thought about this today and decided to change my Favorite Horror lists after the 1950s. It is amazing how many more films in the horror genre were being made after 1959! I still have 1960-1962 on the other list for now, but that will change after I add the remaining years in this decade to the list.

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1. The Birds (1963)

PG-13 | 119 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

7.7
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87 Metascore

A wealthy San Francisco socialite pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Rod Taylor, Tippi Hedren, Jessica Tandy, Suzanne Pleshette

Votes: 142,494 | Gross: $11.40M

2. The Haunting (1963)

Approved | 112 min | Horror

7.6
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74 Metascore

A scientist doing research on the paranormal invites two women to a haunted mansion. One of the participants soon starts losing her mind.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson, Russ Tamblyn

Votes: 28,805 | Gross: $2.62M

3. The Raven (1963)

Approved | 86 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Horror

6.7
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A magician, who has been turned into a raven, turns to a former sorcerer for help.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff, Hazel Court

Votes: 8,485

With films like this one, The Terror, and The Haunted Palace, I figure quite a few horror fans question why I might start with 1963 as the beginning of the contemporary era, but we will always have films based in history, not just in this genre, so there will be films that are considered "throw backs" to the classic horror of yesteryear.

4. The Terror (1963)

PG | 81 min | Horror, Thriller

5.0
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A young officer in Napoleon's Army pursues a mysterious woman to the castle of an elderly Baron.

Directors: Roger Corman, Francis Ford Coppola, Jack Hale, Monte Hellman, Jack Hill, Dennis Jakob, Jack Nicholson | Stars: Boris Karloff, Jack Nicholson, Sandra Knight, Dick Miller

Votes: 5,706

5. Black Sabbath (1963)

Not Rated | 92 min | Horror

7.2
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Boris Karloff hosts a trio of horror stories concerning a stalked call girl, a patriarch who has become a vampire-like monster, and a nurse who is haunted by her ring's rightful owner.

Director: Mario Bava | Stars: Michèle Mercier, Lidia Alfonsi, Boris Karloff, Mark Damon

Votes: 8,044

6. Dementia 13 (1963)

Unrated | 75 min | Horror, Thriller

5.7
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A scheming widow hatches a daring plan to get her hands on her late husband's inheritance, unbeknownst to her that she is targeted by an axe-wielding murderer who lurks within the family's estate.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: William Campbell, Luana Anders, Bart Patton, Mary Mitchel

Votes: 5,704

7. X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963)

Not Rated | 79 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

6.7
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A doctor uses special eye drops to give himself x-ray vision, but the new power has disastrous consequences.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Ray Milland, Diana Van der Vlis, Harold J. Stone, John Hoyt

Votes: 4,893

8. The Haunted Palace (1963)

Approved | 87 min | Horror

6.8
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Charles Dexter Ward arrives at a small village to visit the house he inherited from his ancestor who died there 100 years ago.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Vincent Price, Debra Paget, Lon Chaney Jr., Frank Maxwell

Votes: 4,645

9. Blood Feast (1963)

Not Rated | 67 min | Horror

5.1
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An Egyptian caterer kills various women in suburban Miami to use their body parts to bring to life a dormant Egyptian goddess, while an inept police detective tries to track him down.

Director: Herschell Gordon Lewis | Stars: William Kerwin, Mal Arnold, Connie Mason, Lyn Bolton

Votes: 4,585 | Gross: $4.00M

10. The Kiss of the Vampire (1963)

Unrated | 88 min | Horror

6.4
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When car trouble strands a honeymooning couple in a small Southern European village, an aristocratic family in the area reaches out to help them with sinister consequences.

Director: Don Sharp | Stars: Clifford Evans, Edward de Souza, Noel Willman, Jennifer Daniel

Votes: 2,074

11. Evil Eye (1963)

Not Rated | 86 min | Mystery, Thriller

7.1
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A tourist witnesses a murder and finds herself caught up in a series of bloody killings.

Director: Mario Bava | Stars: Letícia Román, John Saxon, Valentina Cortese, Titti Tomaino

Votes: 2,916

12. The Whip and the Body (1963)

Unrated | 87 min | Horror

6.9
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In the 19th century, a sadistic nobleman terrorizes the members of his family. He is found dead, but his ghost soon returns to haunt the residents of his castle.

Director: Mario Bava | Stars: Daliah Lavi, Christopher Lee, Tony Kendall, Ida Galli

Votes: 2,585

13. Diary of a Madman (1963)

Approved | 96 min | Horror

6.4
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An evil spirit leaves the body of his human host, a criminal on death-row, and sneaks into the body of his next human host, a French magistrate.

Director: Reginald Le Borg | Stars: Vincent Price, Nancy Kovack, Chris Warfield, Elaine Devry

Votes: 1,569

14. Matango (1963)

Unrated | 89 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

6.6
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Shipwrecked survivors slowly transform into mushrooms.

Director: Ishirô Honda | Stars: Akira Kubo, Kumi Mizuno, Hiroshi Koizumi, Kenji Sahara

Votes: 1,981

15. Twice-Told Tales (1963)

Approved | 120 min | Horror, Mystery, Romance

6.8
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Three horror stories based on the writings of Nathaniel Hawthorne. In the first story titled "Dr. Heidegger's Experiment", Heidegger attempts to restore the youth of himself, his fiancee ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney Salkow | Stars: Vincent Price, Sebastian Cabot, Brett Halsey, Beverly Garland

Votes: 1,945

16. Paranoiac (1963)

Not Rated | 80 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

7.0
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Loosely based on Josephine Tey's "Brat Farrar;" a man long believed dead returns to the family estate to claim his inheritance.

Director: Freddie Francis | Stars: Janette Scott, Oliver Reed, Sheila Burrell, Maurice Denham

Votes: 1,818

17. Maniac (1963)

86 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

5.7
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An American painter has an affair with a bar owner in a French village and agrees to help her murderer husband escape from a prison for the criminally insane.

Director: Michael Carreras | Stars: Kerwin Mathews, Nadia Gray, Donald Houston, Liliane Brousse

Votes: 594

18. La maldición de la Llorona (1963)

80 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.7
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A young woman inherits a mansion, only to discover that it is haunted by witches and evil spirits.

Director: Rafael Baledón | Stars: Rosita Arenas, Abel Salazar, Rita Macedo, Carlos López Moctezuma

Votes: 465

19. The Strangler of Blackmoor Castle (1963)

89 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

5.8
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A strangler is loose on a British estate, and he not only strangles his victims but brands an "M" onto their foreheads before he decapitates them.

Director: Harald Reinl | Stars: Karin Dor, Harry Riebauer, Rudolf Fernau, Hans Nielsen

Votes: 260

20. The Last Man on Earth (1964)

Unrated | 86 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

6.9
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When a disease turns all of humanity into the living dead, the last man on earth becomes a reluctant vampire hunter.

Directors: Ubaldo Ragona, Sidney Salkow | Stars: Vincent Price, Franca Bettoia, Emma Danieli, Giacomo Rossi Stuart

Votes: 14,112

21. Kwaidan (1964)

Not Rated | 183 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

8.0
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A collection of four Japanese folk tales with supernatural themes.

Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Rentarô Mikuni, Michiyo Aratama, Misako Watanabe, Kenjirô Ishiyama

Votes: 11,443

22. Onibaba (1964)

Unrated | 103 min | Drama, Horror

8.0
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Two women kill samurai and sell their belongings for a living. While one of them is having an affair with their neighbor, the other woman meets a mysterious samurai wearing a bizarre mask.

Director: Kaneto Shindô | Stars: Nobuko Otowa, Jitsuko Yoshimura, Kei Satô, Jûkichi Uno

Votes: 12,164

23. The Incredibly Strange Creatures Who Stopped Living and Became Mixed-Up Zombies!!? (1964)

Not Rated | 82 min | Horror

2.3
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Jerry falls in love with a stripper he meets at a carnival. Little does he know that she is the sister of a gypsy fortune teller whose predictions he had scoffed at earlier. The gypsy turns him into a zombie and he goes on a killing spree.

Director: Ray Dennis Steckler | Stars: Ray Dennis Steckler, Brett O'Hara, Atlas King, Sharon Walsh

Votes: 4,296

24. Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)

Unrated | 133 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

7.7
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An aging, reclusive Southern belle plagued by a horrifying family secret descends into madness after the arrival of a lost relative.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Joseph Cotten, Agnes Moorehead

Votes: 10,075

25. The Masque of the Red Death (1964)

Unrated | 89 min | Horror

7.1
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A European prince terrorizes the local peasantry while using his castle as a refuge against the "Red Death" plague that stalks the land.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Vincent Price, Hazel Court, Jane Asher, David Weston

Votes: 9,791

26. Blood and Black Lace (1964)

Not Rated | 84 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

7.3
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A shadowy killer in black brutally murders fashion models.

Director: Mario Bava | Stars: Cameron Mitchell, Eva Bartok, Thomas Reiner, Ariana Gorini

Votes: 6,150

27. Children of the Damned (1964)

Approved | 90 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

6.2
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Six impossibly intelligent children from all over the world with dangerous psychic powers hide in a church in England after the military tries to experiment on them. Besieged, they warn the military to back off before carnage ensues.

Director: Anton Leader | Stars: Ian Hendry, Alan Badel, Barbara Ferris, Alfred Burke

Votes: 3,268

28. Strait-Jacket (1964)

Approved | 93 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

6.8
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After a twenty-year stay at an asylum for a double murder, a mother returns to her estranged daughter where suspicions arise about her behavior.

Director: William Castle | Stars: Joan Crawford, Diane Baker, Leif Erickson, Howard St. John

Votes: 3,667

29. The Tomb of Ligeia (1964)

Unrated | 82 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

6.6
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A man's obsession with his dead wife drives a wedge between him and his new bride.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Vincent Price, Elizabeth Shepherd, John Westbrook, Derek Francis

Votes: 4,177

30. The Gorgon (1964)

Approved | 83 min | Horror

6.5
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In the early 20th century, a Gorgon takes human form and terrorizes a small European village by turning its citizens to stone.

Director: Terence Fisher | Stars: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Richard Pasco, Barbara Shelley

Votes: 3,989

31. Two Thousand Maniacs! (1964)

Unrated | 83 min | Horror

5.9
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Six people are lured into a small Deep South town for a Centennial celebration where the residents proceed to kill them one by one as revenge for the town's destruction during the Civil War.

Director: Herschell Gordon Lewis | Stars: Connie Mason, William Kerwin, Jeffrey Allen, Shelby Livingston

Votes: 3,547

32. Lady in a Cage (1964)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

6.9
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A woman trapped in a home elevator is terrorized by a group of vicious hoodlums.

Director: Walter Grauman | Stars: Olivia de Havilland, James Caan, Jennifer Billingsley, Rafael Campos

Votes: 2,229

33. The Evil of Frankenstein (1964)

Unrated | 84 min | Horror

6.1
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Penniless, Baron Frankenstein, accompanied by his eager assistant Hans, arrives at his family castle near the town of Karlstaad, vowing to continue his experiments in the creation of life. ... See full summary »

Director: Freddie Francis | Stars: Peter Cushing, Peter Woodthorpe, Duncan Lamont, Sandor Elès

Votes: 2,772

34. Castle of Blood (1964)

Not Rated | 87 min | Horror

7.0
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A journalist takes a bet that he can spend the night in a haunted castle on All Hallow's Eve. During his stay, he bears witness to the castle's gruesome past coming to life before him, and falls in with a beautiful female ghost.

Directors: Sergio Corbucci, Antonio Margheriti | Stars: Barbara Steele, Georges Rivière, Margrete Robsahm, Arturo Dominici

Votes: 1,573

35. The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb (1964)

Unrated | 81 min | Horror

5.6
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When European Egyptologists Dubois, Giles and Bray discover the tomb of the Egyptian prince Ra, American entrepreneur and investor Alexander King insists on shipping the treasures and ... See full summary »

Director: Michael Carreras | Stars: Terence Morgan, Ronald Howard, Fred Clark, Jeanne Roland

Votes: 1,638

36. At Midnight I'll Take Your Soul (1964)

84 min | Horror

7.0
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A gravedigger prowls the city in search of a female to bear him a son.

Director: José Mojica Marins | Stars: José Mojica Marins, Magda Mei, Nivaldo Lima, Valéria Vasquez

Votes: 2,317

37. The Earth Dies Screaming (1964)

Approved | 62 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

6.0
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A crack test pilot lands to find the planet has been devastated by some unknown forces. There are a few survivors, so he organizes them in a plan to ward off control by a group of killer ... See full summary »

Director: Terence Fisher | Stars: Willard Parker, Virginia Field, Dennis Price, Thorley Walters

Votes: 1,076

38. Nightmare (1964)

Not Rated | 83 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.7
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Janet is a young student at a private school; her nights are troubled by horrible dreams in which she sees her mother, who is in fact locked in an insane asylum, haunting her. Expelled ... See full summary »

Director: Freddie Francis | Stars: David Knight, Moira Redmond, Jennie Linden, Brenda Bruce

Votes: 1,255

39. The Castle of the Living Dead (1964)

90 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

5.7
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Count Drago invites entertainers to his castle, but what the people don't know is that Drago mummifies animals and humans.

Directors: Warren Kiefer, Luciano Ricci, Michael Reeves | Stars: Christopher Lee, Gaia Germani, Philippe Leroy, Mirko Valentin

Votes: 463

40. The Night Walker (1964)

Unrated | 86 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.5
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A woman is haunted by recurring nightmares, which seem to be instigated by her late husband who supposedly was killed in a fire.

Director: William Castle | Stars: Robert Taylor, Barbara Stanwyck, Judi Meredith, Hayden Rorke

Votes: 1,105

41. Witchcraft (1964)

Not Rated | 79 min | Horror

6.2
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When her grave is disturbed by modern-day land developers, a 300-year-old witch is accidentally resurrected and terrorizes an English village.

Director: Don Sharp | Stars: Lon Chaney Jr., Jack Hedley, Jill Dixon, Viola Keats

Votes: 617

42. The Long Hair of Death (1964)

Not Rated | 96 min | Horror

6.3
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In a 15th-century feudal village, a woman is accused of witchcraft and put to death. Her beautiful older daughter knows the real reason for the execution lies in the lord's sexual desire ... See full summary »

Director: Antonio Margheriti | Stars: Barbara Steele, George Ardisson, Halina Zalewska, Umberto Raho

Votes: 772

43. The Thrill Killers (1964)

Unrated | 70 min | Horror, Action, Crime

5.6
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Three psychotic murderers escape from a mental institution and stalk women in Los Angeles.

Director: Ray Dennis Steckler | Stars: Ray Dennis Steckler, Liz Renay, Joseph Bardo, Carolyn Brandt

Votes: 264