The Best B-Pictures Of The 1960sby Akira_Chimera | created - 23 Mar 2011 | updated - 1 week ago | Public
This list is dedicated to those pictures that are not much talked about or sometimes even sneered at. Most of these movies were made on a small budget but can be very entertaining nevertheless. That is, if you generally dig B-pictures of the sci-fi or horror genre, for example. Some of the entries might be considered trash, but I assure you that you will find only the hilarious ones here. So, if you are in the mood for a somewhat different movie that does not necessarily follow mainstream rules, chances are that you will find here what you are looking for.
As usual, don't hesitate to leave a comment if you feel up to it.
PS: The movies are sorted by year and not necessarily by my preference. This list is by no means complete as I will add new worthwhile films as I stumble across them.
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1. The Tell-Tale Heart (1960)
78 min | Horror
When Edgar sees his girlfriend Betty getting up close and personal with his best friend Carl, he murders Carl in a jealous rage and hides the corpse under the floor of his piano room. Comes... See full summary »
2. Il mulino delle donne di pietra (1960)
96 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
In 19th century Holland, a professor of fine arts and an unlicensed surgeon run a secret lab where the professor's ill daughter receives blood-transfusions from kidnapped female victims who posthumously become macabre art.
3. The Little Shop of Horrors (1960)
Not Rated | 72 min | Comedy, Horror
A clumsy young man nurtures a plant and discovers that it's carnivorous, forcing him to kill to feed it.
Votes: 13,787 | Gross: $1.40M
4. The Brides of Dracula (1960)
Unrated | 85 min | Horror
Vampire hunter Van Helsing returns to Transylvania to destroy handsome bloodsucker Baron Meinster, who has designs on beautiful young schoolteacher Marianne.
7. Circus of Horrors (1960)
Approved | 88 min | Horror, Drama
In 1947 England, a plastic surgeon must beat a hasty retreat to France when one of his patients has ghastly problems with her surgery. Once there, he operates on a circus owner's daughter, ... See full summary »
8. Rat (1960)
84 min | Comedy, Drama
At a church in the country, eternally optimistic John marries Maria, his Atomic War Bride, as a war starts, planes buzz overhead and bombs start dropping. Though John is "mobilized" by the ... See full summary »
9. Space Men (1960)
Unrated | 73 min | Sci-Fi
In the 22nd Century, Ray Peterson, reporter for the Interplanetary News, is assigned to write a story aboard a space station. Tension mounts between Peterson and the station commander, who ... See full summary »
10. Beyond the Time Barrier (1960)
Not Rated | 75 min | Romance, Sci-Fi
In 1960, a military test pilot is caught in a time warp that propels him to year 2024 where he finds a plague has sterilized the world's population.
11. The Lost World (1960)
Approved | 97 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Professor Challenger leads an expedition of scientists and adventurers to a remote plateau deep in the Amazonian jungle to verify his claim that dinosaurs still live there.
12. Blood and Roses (1960)
Not Rated | 74 min | Drama, Horror, Romance
A lonely and bitter young heiress - jealous of her cousin's engagement to another woman - becomes dangerously obsessed with legends surrounding a vampire ancestor, who supposedly murdered the young brides of the man she loved.
13. Trouble in the Sky (1960)
88 min | Drama, Thriller
In Britain, at the dawn of jet-powered commercial aviation, an aircraft manufacturer tries to shift the blame from mechanical failure to pilot error when its newest jet airliner has a series of accidents.
16. Ma Barker's Killer Brood (1960)
Not Rated | 89 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Ma Barker and her four sons terrorize the 1930s South and Midwest with a string of kidnappings, robberies and murders, and even get to work with such famous criminals as John Dillinger and Baby Face Nelson.
17. The Human Vapor (1960)
Not Rated | 81 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller
A librarian is subject to a scientific experiment which goes wrong and transforms him into 'The Human Vapour'. He uses his new ability to rob banks to fund the career of his girlfriend, a ... See full summary »
18. The Hands of Orlac (1960)
95 min | Crime, Horror, Sci-Fi
A pianist has a transplant operation that gives him a new pair of hands. Unfortunately, the hands belonged to a murderer, and he finds the hands starting to take over his life and commit ... See full summary »
20. Hercules in the Haunted World (1961)
91 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Horror
Hercules must journey in Hades itself to retrieve the magic stone that will free his love from the powers of darkness.
21. Mr. Sardonicus (1961)
Approved | 89 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
A search for a winning lottery ticket in his dead father's grave causes Sardonicus' face to freeze in a horrible grimace, until he forces a doctor to treat his affliction--with even more ... See full summary »
22. Homicidal (1961)
Unrated | 87 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
The brutal stabbing murder of a justice-of-the-peace sparks an investigation of dark family secrets in a sleepy small town in Southern California.
24. Night Tide (1961)
Not Rated | 86 min | Horror, Thriller
A young sailor falls in love with a mysterious woman, performing as a mermaid at the local carnival. He soon comes to suspect the girl might be a real mermaid, who draws men to a watery death during the full moon.
25. Fury at Smugglers' Bay (1961)
82 min | Adventure
Pirate wreckers ravage a small seaside community while the ineffectual local squire tries to discourage his son's romance with a smuggler's pretty daughter.
26. Goliath and the Vampires (1961)
91 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Horror
Goliath must save the kidnapped women of his village from an evil zombie leader who needs their blood to feed his soldiers.
27. The Giant of Metropolis (1961)
Unrated | 98 min | Adventure, Fantasy
Muscleman Ohro travels to the sinful capital of Atlantis to rebuke its godlessness and hubris and becomes involved in the battle against its evil lord Yoh-tar and his hideous super-science ... See full summary »
29. The Curse of the Werewolf (1961)
Approved | 93 min | Horror
In Spain, Leon is born on Christmas day to a mute servant girl who was raped by a beggar. His mother dies giving birth and he is looked after by Don Alfredo. As a child Leon becomes a ... See full summary »
30. Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961)
PG | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
When the Earth is threatened by a burning Van Allen Radiation Belt, U.S. Navy Admiral Harriman Nelson plans to shoot a nuclear missile at the Belt, using his experimental atomic submarine, the Seaview.
31. Ercole alla conquista di Atlantide (1961)
Unrated | 94 min | Adventure, Fantasy
Strong yet sleepy Hercules discovers that the Queen of Atlantis is plotting to take over the world with superhuman warriors.
32. Master of the World (1961)
Not Rated | 102 min | Sci-Fi, Adventure
In 1868, an American scientist and his team become hostages of fanatical pacifist Robur who uses his airship Albatross to destroy military targets on Earth.
33. The Mask (1961)
Approved | 83 min | Horror, Thriller
A young archaeologist believes he is cursed by a mask that causes him to have weird nightmares and possibly to murder. Before committing suicide, he mails the mask to his psychiatrist, Dr. ... See full summary »
34. Mothra (1961)
Passed | 101 min | Fantasy, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A giant, ancient moth begins to attack Japan when coming to the rescue of it's two, foot-tall worshippers who were taken by shipwreck survivors.
35. The Thief of Baghdad (1961)
Approved | 100 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy
In the time of the Arabian Nights, the city of Baghdad is ruled by Sultan Ali Bajazeth but actually controlled by the scheming Grand Vizier Ghamal. The poor of Baghdad are aided by Karim, the Thief of Baghdad.
36. Hands of a Stranger (1962)
Passed | 85 min | Horror
A concert pianist loses his hands in a car crash, but a surgeon gives him new ones. The experimental medical procedure goes awry when the new hands drive the pianist mad.
37. Trauma (1962)
93 min | Horror
Emmaline, who, as a teenager, discovered the drowned body of her aunt (Lynn Bari), returns to the family mansion as a married woman. Eventually, she falls for the caretaker's nephew, and ... See full summary »
38. Tales of Terror (1962)
Not Rated | 89 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery
Three tales of terror involve a grieving widower and the daughter he abandoned; a drunkard and his wife's black cat; and a hypnotist who prolongs the moment of a man's death.
39. The Awful Dr. Orlof (1962)
Approved | 90 min | Horror
Dr. Orlof, a former prison doctor, abducts beautiful women from nightclubs and tries to use their skin to repair his daughter's fire-scarred face. He is assisted by Morpho, a deformed ... See full summary »
41. King Kong vs. Godzilla (1962)
Approved | 91 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
A pharmaceutical company captures King Kong and brings him to Japan, where he escapes from captivity and battles a recently released Godzilla.
Votes: 6,362 | Gross: $2.73M
43. Night Creatures (1962)
Unrated | 82 min | Adventure, Horror
In 18th-century England, the Royal Crown sends Royal Navy Captain Collier and his crew to investigate reports of illegal smuggling and bootlegging in a coastal town where locals believe in Marsh Phantoms.
44. Journey to the Seventh Planet (1962)
Approved | 77 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Earth sends a five-man team to explore the frozen planet Uranus, only to find a temperate forest and sultry women from their past on it, courtesy of an alien brain with evil designs.
45. Panic in Year Zero! (1962)
Not Rated | 93 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A family of four leaves Los Angeles for a camping trip just before a nuclear bomb destroys the city. As lawlessness prevails, the father must fight to keep his family alive.
49. The Phantom of the Opera (1962)
Unrated | 84 min | Drama, Horror, Music
Terror strikes the London Opera House as a new opera is disrupted by the actions of a deformed specter of the show's past who has an obsession with one of the production's chorus girl.
50. Gorath (1962)
Not Rated | 83 min | Action, Family, Sci-Fi
Japanese disaster film about a giant meteor on a collision course with the Earth. The dubbed American version of this film is missing a giant walrus which appeared briefly in the Japanese ... See full summary »
51. The Horrible Dr. Hichcock (1962)
76 min | Horror