10 Best Horror Films of 1964

by nauru-1 | created - 02 Sep 2013 | updated - 27 Mar 2016 | Public

This strong year is bolstered by Asian cinema, giving us two highly-regarded chillers from a source that, prior to, only had a few notable examples to its name. It seems that there is great stuff coming from all over the world at this point. From early giallos to the Corman Poe films to Hammer, horror is thriving and delivering a significant amount of interesting films.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror: Séance on a Wet Afternoon, Woman of the Sands, Dead Ringer, Unearthly Stranger, First Men in the Moon

Notable Films that didn't make the cut: The Gorgon, Children of the Damned, Nightmare, The Evil of Frankenstein, The Strangler, The Earth Dies Screaming, The Night Walker, The Ghost of Sierra de Cobre, Witchcraft, Mothra vs. Godzilla, Two Thousand Maniacs!, The Long Hair of Death, Night Must Fall, Monster of Monsters: Ghidorah, The Black Torment, The Flesh Eaters, The Time Travelers, Castle of the Living Dead, Crypt of the Vampire, The Curse of the Living Corpse, The Curse of the Mummy's Tomb, The Phantom of Soho, The Secret of Dr. Orloff, The Thrill Killers, The Blood Drinkers, The Mysterious Magician, Room 13, The Monster of London City, The Unknown, Devil Doll, Cave of the Living Dead

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1. Onibaba (1964)

Not Rated | 103 min | Drama, Horror

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: 12,550

2. Kwaidan (1964)

Not Rated | 183 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A collection of four Japanese folk tales with supernatural themes.

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

Votes: 11,837

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

Approved | 133 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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: 10,609

4. 6 donne per l'assassino (1964)

Not Rated | 84 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

A masked, shadowy killer brutally murders the models of a scandalous fashion house in Rome.

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

Votes: 6,394

5. The Last Man on Earth (1964)

Not Rated | 86 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

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: 14,516

6. The Masque of the Red Death (1964)

Not Rated | 89 min | Horror

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: 10,071

7. Lady in a Cage (1964)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

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: 2,304

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

84 min | Horror

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: 2,389

9. Strait-Jacket (1964)

Approved | 93 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

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: 3,758

10. The Tomb of Ligeia (1964)

Not Rated | 82 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

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: 4,306