Graveyard Shift The Best '60s Horror Movies  

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List Rules Horror movies released in the 1960s.

LSD, Woodstock, JFK, MLK, The Beatles, and the moon landing - the 1960s were quite a decade, and saw the release of some of the most iconic horror films of all time. The best '60s horror movies are among the greatest classic horror movies of all time, the ones we go back to re-watch again and again. What were the best horror films of the 1960s? Whether you’re in the mood for more of a realistic thriller, a gory shockfest, or a movie that was based on true historic events, there’s sure to be a horror movie on this list that will satisfy your needs and get you good and scared.

This list has the best horror movies of the 1960s, including: The Little Shop of Horrors, Psycho, Night of the Living Dead, and Peeping Tom.

Vote up your favorite 60s horror film or add one you love that isn't already on the list.
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Psycho is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best '60s Horror Movies
Alfred Hitchcock, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins Psycho is a 1960 American horror film directed by Alfred Hitchcock. The film centers on an encounter between a secretary, Marion Crane, who ends up at a secluded motel after taking money from ...more

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Mia Farrow, Tony Curtis, John Cassavetes Rosemary's Baby is a 1968 American psychological horror film written and directed by Roman Polanski, based on the bestselling 1967 novel of the same name by Ira Levin. The cast includes Mia ...more

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George A. Romero, Duane Jones, Bill Hinzman Night of the Living Dead is a 1968 American independent zombie horror film directed by George A. Romero, starring Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea and Karl Hardman. It premiered on October 1, 1968, and ...more

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Alfred Hitchcock, Tippi Hedren, Suzanne Pleshette The Birds is a 1963 suspense/horror film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, loosely based on the 1952 story "The Birds" by Daphne du Maurier. It depicts Bodega Bay, California, which is, ...more

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Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Robert Aldrich What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? is a 1962 American psychological thriller film produced and directed by Robert Aldrich, starring Bette Davis and Joan Crawford about an actress who holds her ...more

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JoeVigil added Claire Bloom, Lois Maxwell, Julie Harris The Haunting is a 1963 British psychological horror film directed and produced by Robert Wise and adapted by Nelson Gidding from the novel The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson. It stars ...more

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Vincent Price, Barbara Steele, Charles Victor The Pit and the Pendulum is a 1961 horror film directed by Roger Corman, starring Vincent Price, Barbara Steele, John Kerr, and Luana Anders. The screenplay by Richard Matheson was based on ...more

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George Sanders, Barbara Shelley, Michael Gwynn Village of the Damned is a 1960 British science fiction film by German director Wolf Rilla. The film is adapted from the novel The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham. The lead role of Professor ...more

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Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley, Andrew Keir Dracula: Prince of Darkness is a 1966 British horror film directed by Terence Fisher. The film was photographed in Techniscope by Michael Reed, designed by Bernard Robinson and scored by James ...more

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Deborah Kerr, Michael Redgrave, Pamela Franklin The Innocents is a 1961 British supernatural gothic horror film directed and produced by Jack Clayton, and starring Deborah Kerr, Michael Redgrave and Megs Jenkins. Based on the novella The Turn ...more

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Reza Badiyi, Herk Harvey, Candace Hilligoss Carnival of Souls is a 1962 independent horror film starring Candace Hilligoss. Produced and directed by Herk Harvey for an estimated $33,000, the film did not gain widespread attention when ...more

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The Last Man on Earth is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best '60s Horror Movies
Vincent Price, Giacomo Rossi-Stuart, Umberto Raho The Last Man on Earth is a 1964 science fiction horror film based on the Richard Matheson 1954 novel I Am Legend. The film was directed by Ubaldo Ragona and Sidney Salkow, and stars Vincent ...more

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dee123 added Catherine Deneuve, Roman Polanski, Ian Hendry Repulsion is a 1965 British psychological horror film directed by Roman Polanski, and starring Catherine Deneuve, Ian Hendry, John Fraser and Yvonne Furneaux. The screenplay was based on a ...more

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Vincent Price, Mark Damon, Myrna Fahey House of Usher is a 1960 American horror film directed by Roger Corman and written by Richard Matheson from the short story "The Fall of the House of Usher" by Edgar Allan Poe. The ...more

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dee123 added Boris Karloff, Michèle Mercier, Rika Diallina Black Sabbath is a 1963 Italian-French horror film directed by Mario Bava. The film is centered on three separate tales that have an introduction and conclusion from Boris Karloff. The film ...more

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dee123 added Vincent Price, Jane Asher, Hazel Court The Masque of the Red Death is a 1964 British horror film directed by Roger Corman and starring Vincent Price. The story follows a prince who terrorizes a plague-ridden peasantry while ...more

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Peeping Tom is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '60s Horror Movies
Anna Massey, Michael Powell, Pamela Green Peeping Tom is a 1960 British thriller/horror film directed by Michael Powell and written by the World War II cryptographer and polymath Leo Marks. The title derives from the slang expression ...more

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Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Olivia de Havilland Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte is a 1964 American thriller film directed and produced by Robert Aldrich, and starring Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Joseph Cotten, and Agnes Moorehead, as well ...more

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dee123 added Jack Nicholson, Vincent Price, Boris Karloff The Raven is a 1963 American independent B movie/horror-comedy film produced and directed by Roger Corman. The film stars Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, and Boris Karloff as a trio of rival ...more

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Peter Cushing, Martita Hunt, Freda Jackson The Brides of Dracula is a 1960 British Hammer Film Productions Horror film directed by Terence Fisher. It stars Peter Cushing as Van Helsing; David Peel as Baron Meinster, a disciple of Count ...more

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dee123 added Roman Polanski, Sharon Tate, Alfie Bass The Fearless Vampire Killers, or Pardon Me, But Your Teeth Are in My Neck is a 1967 comedy horror film directed by Roman Polanski, written by Gérard Brach and Polanski, produced by Gene ...more

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dee123 added Vincent Price, Wilfrid Brambell, Ian Ogilvy Witchfinder General is a 1968 British horror film directed by Michael Reeves and starring Vincent Price, Ian Ogilvy, and Hilary Dwyer. The screenplay was by Reeves and Tom Baker based on Ronald ...more

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Alida Valli, Pierre Brasseur, Édith Scob Eyes Without a Face is a 1960 French-Italian horror film adaptation of Jean Redon's novel, directed by Georges Franju, and starring Pierre Brasseur and Alida Valli. During the film's production, ...more

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Christopher Lee, Paul Eddington, Patrick Mower The Devil Rides Out, known as The Devil's Bride in the United States, is a 1968 British horror film, based on the 1934 novel of the same name by Dennis Wheatley. It was written by Richard ...more

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Margaret Hamilton, Alexandra Bastedo, Martin Milner 13 Ghosts is a 1960 American horror film directed by William Castle and written by Robb White. The film stars 11-year-old child actor Charles Herbert as "Buck" and co-stars veteran ...more

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dee123 added Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Patrick Troughton The Gorgon is a 1964 British horror film directed by Terence Fisher for Hammer Films. It stars Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley and Richard Pasco. The film was photographed by ...more

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Christopher Lee, Veronica Carlson, Rupert Davies Dracula Has Risen from the Grave is a 1968 British horror film directed by Freddie Francis for Hammer Films. It stars Christopher Lee as Count Dracula, with support from Rupert Davies, Veronica ...more

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Vincent Price, Frank Thornton, Derek Francis The Tomb of Ligeia is an American International Pictures horror film, produced in the UK by Alta Vista Productions. Starring Vincent Price and Elizabeth Shepherd it tells of a man haunted by the ...more

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George Sanders, Ian Hendry, Barbara Shelley Children of the Damned is a 1964 science fiction film, a thematic sequel to the 1960 version of Village of the Damned. It is about a group of children, with similar psi-powers to those in the ...more

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dee123 added Vincent Price, Lon Chaney, Jr. The Haunted Palace is a 1963 horror film released by American International Pictures, starring Vincent Price, Lon Chaney Jr., and Debra Paget in a story about a village held in the grip of a ...more

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Barbara Steele, John Richardson, Arturo Dominici Black Sunday is a 1960 Italian gothic horror film directed by Mario Bava, from a screenplay by Ennio de Concini, Mario Serandrei and Marcello Coscia. The film stars Barbara Steele, John ...more

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dee123 added Joan Crawford, John Ireland, Leif Erickson I Saw What You Did is a 1965 American horror film released by Universal Pictures and starring Joan Crawford and John Ireland. The plot follows two teenage girls who find themselves in serious ...more

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dee123 added Erika Blanc, Piero Lulli, Giacomo Rossi-Stuart Kill, Baby, Kill is a 1966 Italian horror film by director Mario Bava. It is known under many titles including Curse of the Dead, Curse of the Living Dead, Don't Walk in the Park, Kill, Baby... ...more

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Jack Nicholson, Dick Miller, Mel Welles The Little Shop of Horrors is a 1960 American comedy horror film directed by Roger Corman. Written by Charles B. Griffith, the film is a farce about an inadequate florist's assistant who ...more

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Howard Keel, Carole Ann Ford, Mervyn Johns The Day of the Triffids is a 1962 British film based on the 1951 science fiction novel of the same name by John Wyndham. The picture was directed by Steve Sekely, and Howard Keel played the ...more

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dee123 added Cameron Mitchell, Eva Bartok, Franco Ressel Blood and Black Lace is a 1964 Italian thriller film directed by Mario Bava. Bava co-wrote the screenplay with Giuseppe Barilla and Marcello Fondato. The film stars Cameron Mitchell and Eva ...more

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Roddy McDowall, Paul Maxwell, Jill Haworth It! is a 1967 British/American horror film made by Seven Arts Productions and Gold Star Productions, Ltd. that features the Golem of Prague as its main subject. The film was made in the style of ...more

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dee123 added Vincent Price, Nancy Kovack, Lewis Martin Diary of a Madman is a 1963 horror film directed by Reginald Le Borg and starring Vincent Price, Nancy Kovack, and Chris Warfield. The screenplay, written by producer Robert Kent, is an ...more

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dee123 added Christopher Lee, Susan Strasberg, Ann Todd Taste of Fear is a 1961 British thriller film directed by Seth Holt, shot in black-and-white by Douglas Slocombe, and released by Hammer Films. The film stars Susan Strasberg, Ronald Lewis, Ann ...more

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dee123 added Christopher Lee, Daliah Lavi, Jacques Herlin The Whip and the Body is a 1963 Italian gothic horror film directed by Mario Bava.

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Peter Cushing, Veronica Carlson, Freddie Jones Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed is a British horror film directed by Terence Fisher for Hammer Film Productions from 1969. The cast includes Peter Cushing, Freddie Jones, Veronica Carlson and ...more

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Nicholas Hammond, James Aubrey, Kent Fletcher Lord of the Flies is a 1963 British film adaptation of William Golding's novel of the same name. It was directed by Peter Brook and produced by Lewis M. Allen. The film was in production for ...more

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Christopher Lee, Donald Sutherland, Peter Cushing Dr. Terror's House of Horrors is a 1965 British horror film from Amicus Productions, directed by veteran horror director Freddie Francis, written by Milton Subotsky, and starring Peter Cushing ...more

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Jane Fonda, Brigitte Bardot, Vincent Price Histoires extraordinaires, dubbed Spirits of the Dead for English and Tre Passi Nel Delirio for Italian, is an "omnibus" film comprising three segments. In the UK the film was released ...more

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Ray Milland, Dick Miller, Alan Napier The Premature Burial is an American International Pictures horror film, directed by Roger Corman, starring Ray Milland, also with Hazel Court, Alan Napier, Heather Angel and Richard Ney, ...more

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Peter Cushing, Peter Woodthorpe, Duncan Lamont The Evil of Frankenstein is a 1964 British Hammer Film Productions film directed by Freddie Francis. It stars Peter Cushing and New Zealand wrestler Kiwi Kingston. The film's version of the ...more

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Vincent Price, Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre The Comedy of Terrors is an American International Pictures comedy horror film directed by Jacques Tourneur and starring Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Basil Rathbone, Boris Karloff, and Joe E. ...more

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Oliver Reed, Janette Scott, Sheila Burrell Paranoiac is a 1963 British suspense film from Hammer Films directed by Freddie Francis and starring Janette Scott, Oliver Reed, Sheila Burrell, and Alexander Davion. The screenplay was written ...more

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Christopher Lee, Nickolas Grace, Venetia Stevenson A creepy classic! A young college student Nan Barlow visits the village of Whitewood, Massachusetts to do some research into New England witchcraft. Her tutor, Professor Alan Driscoll ...more

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Burgess Meredith, Jack Palance, Peter Cushing Torture Garden is a 1967 British horror film made by Amicus Productions. It was directed by Freddie Francis and scripted by Robert Bloch. It stars Burgess Meredith, Jack Palance, Michael Ripper, ...more