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14 Must-Watch Horror Films From The 1960s

Creepy kids, killer birds, zombies, and Edgar Allan Poe.

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1. Peeping Tom (1960)

Anglo-Amalgamated Film Distributors

Basic Plot: Murder + Movie camera + POV = Peeping Tom.

Fun Fact: Due to the film's controversial status, it greatly damaged director Michael Powell's career.

2. Psycho (1960)

Paramount Pictures/Universal Pictures

Basic Plot: Stealing money + Stabbing + Mommy issues = Psycho.

Fun Fact: The film is actually based on Robert Bloch's 1959 novel of the same name.

3. Village of the Damned (1960)


Basic Plot: Creepy-ass kids + Paternity questions + Glowing eyes = Village of the Damned.

Fun Fact: The wigs for the child actors were padded to make their heads looks bigger.

4. Black Sunday (1960)

American International Pictures

Basic Plot: Italian gothic horror + Witches + Revenge motives = Black Sunday.

Fun Fact: This film was banned in the United Kingdom for eight years after its release due to its violent content.


5. The Innocents (1961)

20th Century Fox / Via

Basic Plot: Haunted house + Possessed children + Psychological horror = The Innocents.

Fun Fact: Cary Grant was originally considered for the role of "The Uncle", but was dropped due to his demands. Michael Redgrave was cast instead.

6. The Pit and the Pendulum (1961)

American International Pictures

Basic Plot: Edgar Allan Poe + Torture + Vincent Price = The Pit and the Pendulum.

Fun Fact: Based on an Edgar Allan Poe short story of the same name originally published in 1842.

7. The Birds (1963)

Universal Pictures

Basic Plot: California + Killer birds + Alfred Hitchcock = The Birds.

Fun Fact: There is a licensed Mattel Barbie Doll modeled after actress Tippi Hedren's character from the film.

8. Blood Feast (1963)

Box Office Spectaculars

Basic Plot: GORE + Egyptian goddess + Homicidal maniac = Blood Feast.

Fun Fact: It's considered the first "splatter film."


9. The Haunting (1963)


Basic Plot: Haunted house + Paranormal research + Psychological horror = The Haunting.

Fun Fact: Director Robert Wise dedicated this film to famous producer Val Lewton, his mentor.

10. The Masque of Red Death (1964)

American International Pictures/Anglo-Amalgamated

Basic Plot: Vincent Price + Edgar Allan Poe + Plague = The Masque of Red Death.

Fun Fact: This film took director Roger Corman five weeks to shoot, compared to a usual shooting schedule of three weeks.

11. Dr. Terror's House of Horrors (1965)

Basic Plot: Tarot cards + Five different stories + Shady doctor = Dr. Terror's House of Horrors.Fun Fact: This film was Roy Castle's first full-length feature.
Regal Film Distributors/Paramount Pictures

Basic Plot: Tarot cards + Five different stories + Shady doctor = Dr. Terror's House of Horrors.

Fun Fact: This film was Roy Castle's first full-length feature.

12. It! AKA Curse of the Golem (1966)

Seven Arts Productions

Basic Plot: Fire + Mysterious statue + Curse = It! AKA Curse of the Golem.

Fun Fact: Actor Ian McCulloch's first film role.

13. Night of the Living Dead (1968)

The Walter Reade Organization

Basic Plot: Farmhouse + Zombies + Cannibalism = Night of the Living Dead.

Fun Fact: Ping pong balls were used for the eyes of a corpse.

14. Rosemary's Baby (1968)

Paramount Pictures

Basic Plot: New apartment + Sketchy neighbors + The occult = Rosemary's Baby.

Fun Fact: Mia Farrow and Frank Sinatra eventually divorced due to her dedication to the production.

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