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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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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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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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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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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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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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 Vincent Price, Jane Asher, Hazel Court
This film 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 merrymaking in a lonely ...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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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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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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Peeping Tom is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best '60s Horror Movies
Anna Massey, Michael Powell, Pamela Green
This film 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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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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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 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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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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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