Saturday, October 1, 2011

Best 60's Horror Films



60's Horror Movies
(1960-1969)



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50 Movies and Counting...

the 60's spawned many great (now classics) horror films ... which is why we, here at TOO SCARY 2 WATCH have compiled a list of 60's horror films (arranged by year) that we believe may be worth checking out, if you love 60's scary movies like we do. The "incomplete" list will continue to be updated and expanded upon as we continue to find more movies that we believe are worthy of adding. 




It can be argued whether some of the movies on the list belong in the horror genre (depending on how one defines horror) ... nevertheless (with versatility in mind), we've done our best to include some that are cult classics, some that are horror comedies, some that are hammer films, some that are sci-fi action horror films, some that are psychological thrillers, along with others that may be open for interpretation.
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Disclaimer

Not all of the movies on the list, in our opinion, are good movies, but were chosen to be included for a variety of different reasons. -- Some are famous sixties horror films, some have since gone on to gain cult status, some have greatly influenced horror movies of the modern era ... and some are underrated or average.

Thanks and enjoy!   
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A family inherits what proves to be a haunted house, but a special pair of goggles allows them to see their ghostly tormentors.

Director: William Castle
Unrated
85 mins




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Las Maschera del demonio (original title)

In Mario Bava's black-and-white gothic horror masterpiece steeped in rich atmosphere, condemned witch Princess Asa (Barbara Steele) returns from the dead two centuries after her execution and wreaks vengeance on her killers' family. Possessing the body of a descendant who happens to look just like her, Asa pulls out all the stops to exact her revenge. This is Bava's credited directorial debut, and it catapulted Steele and him to stardom.

Director: Mario Bava
Unrated
87 mins




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Vampire hunter Van Helsing returns to Transylvania to destroy handsome bloodsucker Baron Meinster, who has designs on beautiful young schoolteacher Marianne.

Director: Terence Fisher
Unrated
87 mins

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aka Horror Hotel

Eager to please her professor, coed Nan Barlow (Venetia Stevenson) agrees to travel to a remote New England town to research the local folklore. But Nan's professor (played by Christopher Lee, one of the 1960s' most prominent horror villains) is not as benign as he appears. After Nan vanishes, her boyfriend (Dennis Lotis) arrives to investigate, uncovering a coven of witches -- with the professor at its head.

Director: John Llewellyn Moxey
Unrated
75 mins





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5. Eyes Without a Face (1960)
Les yeux sans visage (original title)

A plastic surgeon (Pierre Brasseur) becomes obsessed with making things right after his daughter Christiane's (Edith Scob) face is terribly disfigured in a car accident that he caused. Overcome with guilt, Dr. Genessier and his vicious nurse, Louise (Alida Valli), concoct a plan to give Christiane her face back by kidnapping young girls and removing their faces ... and then grafting them onto Christiane's.

Director: Georges Franju
Unrated
88 mins




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6. The House of Usher (1960)

After a long journey, Philip arrives at the Usher mansion seeking his loved one, Madeline. Upon arriving, however, he discovers that Madeline and her brother Roderick Usher have been afflicted with a mysterious malady: Roderick's senses have become painfully acute, while Madeline has become catatonic. That evening, Roderick tells his guest of an old Usher family curse: any time there has been more than one Usher child, all of the siblings have gone insane and died horrible deaths. As the days wear on, the effects of the curse reach their terrifying climax. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher and Nina <rocher@fiberbit.net><sinadone@hotmail.com>

Director: Roger Corman
Writer:    Edgar Allan Poe
Unrated
79 mins


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7. The Little Shop of Horrors (1960)

In The Little Shop of Horrors, hapless florist Seymour Krelboin (Jonathan Haze) creates a mutant plant with a voracious appetite for human flesh and blood -- and soon some skid row denizens start to disappear.

Director: Roger Corman
Unrated
70 mins




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8. Peeping Tom (1960)

A disturbed filmmaker (Carl Boehm) literally kills with his camera in this ahead-of-its-time shocker from revered British director Michael Powell. Like the same year's Psycho, this film's combination of voyeurism, eroticism and horror repelled some 1960 critics, but its cult reputation soared in later years. Moira Shearer (star of Powell's The Red Shoes) makes an appearance, as does Powell himself (as Boehm's father in flashback).

Director: Michael Powell
Unrated
101 mins







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9. Psycho (1960)

When larcenous real estate clerk Marion Crane (Janet Leigh) goes on the lam with a wad of cash and hopes of starting a new life, she ends up at the notorious Bates Motel, where twitchy manager Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) cares for his housebound mother. The place seems quirky but fine … until Marion decides to take a shower. Director Alfred Hitchcock's Oscar-nominated shocker has been terrifying viewers for decades -- and for good reason.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
Unrated 
108 mins







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10. Village of the Damned (1960)

In the English village of Midwich, the blond-haired, glowing-eyed children of uncertain paternity prove to have frightening powers.

Director: Wolf Rilla
Unrated
77 mins







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11. The Virgin Spring (1960)
Jungfrukällan (original title)

On the way to deliver candles to a church, the virginal daughter (Birgitta Pettersson) of feudal landowner Töre (Max von Sydow) is savagely raped and murdered. But fate takes a vengeful hand when the killers unknowingly seek food and shelter at the girl's home. Will the grief-stricken Töre learn the truth about his visitors? Set in medieval Sweden, this disturbing tale directed by Ingmar Bergman earned an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.

Director: Ingmar Bergman
Unrated
89 mins




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12. The Curse of the Werewolf (1961)

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 werewolf after having been taken hunting. As a young man, he works in a wine cellar and falls in love with the owner's daughter Cristina. One full moon, he again turns into a werewolf and terrifies the town. Written by Will Gilbert

Director: Terence Fisher
Unrated
91 mins






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13. Homicidal (1961)

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.

Director: William Castle
Unrated
87 mins






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14. The Innocents (1961)

Oscar-winning cinematographer Freddie Francis frames this creepy supernatural thriller adapted from Henry's James's novella The Turn of the Screw. When a young governess (Deborah Kerr) accepts a position supervising a girl and her brother in a lonely old house, she begins seeing things -- and the children start developing strange habits. Though she's convinced the house is haunted, its clouded history seems intent on keeping her in the dark.

Director: Jack Clayton
Unrated
100 mins






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15. Mr. Sardonicus (1961)

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 grotesque results! The audience gets an opportunity to vote--via the "Punishment Poll"--for the penalty Sardonicus must pay for his deeds... Written by M.E. Nelson

Director: William Castle
TV-PG
89 mins






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16. The Pit and the Pendulum (1961)

Francis (John Kerr) visits the gloomy Spanish castle of his late sister Elizabeth's husband, Nicholas (Vincent Price), to learn the reason for her death. Nicholas fears his wife isn't really dead and that her spirit wanders the halls at night. Seems Nicholas's father was a feared leader of the Spanish Inquisition; as a child, Nicholas saw his father torture his mother and bury her alive, and he's convinced Elizabeth has suffered a similar fate.

Director: Roger Corman
Writer:    Edgar Allan Poe
Unrated
80 mins
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17. Scream of Fear (1961)
Taste of Fear (original title)

A wheelchair-bound young girl returns to her father's estate after ten years, and although she's told he's away, she keeps seeing his dead body on the estate.

Director: Seth Holt
Unrated
81 mins






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18. Burn, Witch, Burn (1962)
Night of the Eagle (original title)

English psychology professor Norman Taylor (Peter Wyngarde) is furious when he learns that his devoted wife, Tansy (Janet Blair), practices witchcraft in the hopes that it will advance her husband's career. When he destroys her occult supplies, he unleashes an all-consuming evil. Without Tansy's protection, Norman becomes the target of hostile students and jealous colleagues, and Tansy herself is turned into a potent weapon to destroy her husband.

Director: Sidney Hayers
Unrated
89 mins






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19. The Cabinet of Caligari (1962)

When her car breaks down on a deserted road, a single woman seeks refuge in a dilapidated mansion. But the creepy man who answers the door has other plans: namely, to prod his new human guinea pig with the instruments of torture in his house. Can this nightmarish world be real? This classic horror flick is based on the 1919 silent film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, with a few updates for modern movie audiences.

Director: Roger Kay
Unrated
106 mins






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20. Cape Fear (1962)

Released on parole after eight years in stir for rape and assault, Max Cady (Robert Mitchum) is hell-bent on vengeance. He heads straight for Sam Bowden (Gregory Peck), the ex-prosecutor responsible for Cady's stint in the slammer. When Bowden learns that Cady's payback plan includes the lawyer's wife and daughter, he's forced to go to extraordinary lengths to protect his family as Cady carries out a methodical crusade of terror.

Director: J. Lee Thompson
Unrated
106 mins




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21. Captain Clegg (1962)
aka Night Creatures

In this engaging costume melodrama of skulduggery on the low seas set back in the 18th-century, the Royal Crown suspects a bit of smuggling is going on in this locale, and they send Captain Collier and his crew to check it out. As the Captain gets into his investigation, mysterious swamp phantoms cloud up the real issue which seems plain enough to see. Captain Collier suspects that the odd village vicar might be hiding something, and what better way to do that than by fortuitous ghosts to scare away the curious, or by posing as someone he is not? Written by Dylan Conner

Director: Peter Graham Scott
Unrated
80 mins




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While on her way to take a job as a church organist in Salt Lake City, Mary Henry (Candace Hilligoss) is haunted by a bizarre apparition. It compels her to an abandoned lakeside pavilion, beginning an eerie and macabre chain of events. Herk Harvey's macabre masterpiece, while made on a modest budget, has gained a cult following on late-night television.

Director: Herk Harvey
Unrated
76 mins




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In this Grand Guignol chiller, Hudson sisters Jane (Bette Davis) and Blanche (Joan Crawford), both aging actresses, share a rotting Los Angeles mansion, where Jane, once a vaudeville headliner, remains lost in her deranged childhood fantasies. When a devastating car crash -- blamed on a drunken Jane -- leaves Blanche wheelchair-bound, her increasingly psychotic sister seizes the chance to settle a jealous score.

Director: Robert Aldrich
Unrated
135 mins

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Chic socialite Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren) enjoys a passing flirtation with an eligible attorney (Rod Taylor) in a San Francisco pet shop and, on an impulse, follows him to his hometown bearing a gift of lovebirds. But upon her arrival, the bird population runs amok. Suddenly, the townsfolk face a massive avian onslaught, with the feathered fiends inexplicably attacking people all over Bodega Bay.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock
PG-13
120 mins





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I tre volti della paura (original title)

In this 1963 trilogy of chilling tales, a beautiful woman's ex-lover terrorizes her, a father returns home a vampire, and a ghost haunts a nurse. The vampire story -- probably the most famous of the three -- stars a poignant Boris Karloff, who also plays host for the anthology. Italian horror impresario Mario Bava served as writer, director and cinematographer for the film, and composer Les Baxter serves up the martini-soaked lounge score.

Unrated
95 mins
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Scientists discovers that there are six children who each have an enormous intelligence. The children are flown to London to be studied, but they each escape their embassy and gather in a church. Written by Fluffyudders

Director: Anton Leader
Unrated
90 mins

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Simon Cordier is a well-respected magistrate who visits a condemned prisoner, Louis Girot, just before the man's execution. Girot again pleads his innocence insisting that he has been taken over by a spirit that forced him to commit his crimes. Cordier doesn't believe him and the man suddenly dies. Cordier does however note a rapid change in his personality during their short interview. In the following days, Cordier must face a number of strange occurrences in his home. Written by garykmcd

Director: Reginald Le Borg
Unrated
96 mins

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La ragazza che sapeva troppo (original title)

A tourist witnesses a murder and finds herself caught up in a series of bloody killings.

Director: Mario Bava
Unrated
86 mins




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Charles Dexter Ward arrives at a small village to visit the house he inherited from his ancestor who died there 100 years ago.

Director: Roger Corman
Unrated
87 mins




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30. The Haunting (1963)

Three people are recruited by a paranormal investigator to help uncover the secrets of Hill House, a mansion overwhelmed by spirits of its former residents in this classic horror flick based on The Haunting of Hill House, a novel by Shirley Jackson. As the guests delve deeper into the home's past, they are seduced further into its sinister web. Julie Harris, Ronald Adam, Claire Bloom, Lois Maxwell and Russ Tamblyn star.

Director: Robert Wise
Unrated
112 mins





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31. The Man With the X-Ray Eyes (1963)
X (original title)

A doctor uses special eye drops to give himself x-ray vision, but the new power has disastrous consequences.

Director: Roger Corman
Unrated
79 mins




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32. The Raven (1963)

A magician who has been turned into a raven turns to a former sorcerer for help in this film loosely based on the Edgar Allen Poe poem.

Director: Roger Corman
Writer:    Edgar Allan Poe
Unrated
86 mins




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33. The Sadist (1963)

Arch Hall Jr., star of the 1960s B movies Eegah and The Wild Guitar, plays his most famous role here, loosely based on the 1950s serial killer Charles Starkweather. Three teachers are on the way to a Dodgers games when their car breaks down. In short order, they find themselves held hostage by escaped killer Charley Tibbs (Hall). Soon the trio dwindles to a pair, and the two remaining hostages must figure out how to lose their captor.

Director: James Landis
Unrated
112 mins




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34. Twice-Told Tales (1963)

3 horror stories based on the writings of Nathaniel Hawthorne. In the 1st story titled "Dr. Heidegger's Experiment", Heidegger attempts to restore the youth of three elderly friends. In "Rappaccini's Daughter", Vincent Price plays a demented father innoculating his daughter with poison so she may never leave her garden of poisonous plants. In the final story "The House of the Seven Gables", The Pyncheon family suffers from a hundred year old curse and while in the midst of arguing over inheritance, the Pyncheon brother kills his sister. Written by Dylan Conner, Donna Jolly

Director: Sidney Salkow
Unrated
120 mins

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35. The Whip and the Body (1963)
La frusta e il corpo (original title)

In the 19th century, a sadistic nobleman terrorizes the members of his family. He is found dead, but his ghost soon returns to haunt the residents of his castle.

Director: Mario Bava
Unrated
85 mins




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Sei donne per l'assassino (original title)

Mario Bava directs this influential Italian giallo about a killer who lives in the shadows and stalks models, a film that inspired slasher flicks of the 1980s with its innovative camera tricks and an impressive roster of dead bodies. The only clue to the murderer's identity is a diary kept by of one of his fashion victims. But he's determined to keep anyone from actually reading it. Cameron Mitchell, Eva Bartok and Thomas Reiner co-star.

Director: Mario Bava
Unrated
88 mins

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Danza macabra (original title)

Italian director Antonio Margheriti's eerie tale, based on Edgar Allan Poe's story "Danse Macabre," stars Georges Riviere as Alan Foster, a journalist who questions horror writer Poe's (Silvano Tranquilli) claim that his fiction is based on true adventures. Glenn bets Foster he can't spend a night in a castle populated by restless spirits. Foster's quick to accept the challenge, but soon discovers that the dead have a way of coming back to life.

Director 1: Sergio Corbucci
Director 2: Antonio Margheriti
Unrated
90 mins

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A financial crisis forces undertaker Waldo Trumbull (Vincent Price) to start taking extreme measures. Rather than waiting for new clients to show up naturally, Waldo and his assistant (Peter Lorre) attract new business by killing wealthy individuals in their sleep. Now if only Waldo could just do away with his wife, Amaryllis (Joyce Jameson), and annoying father-in-law (Boris Karloff).

Director: Jacques Tourneur
Unrated
83 mins

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In the early 20th century, a Gorgon takes human form and terrorizes a small European village by turning its citizens to stone.

Director: Terence Fisher
Unrated
83 mins
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After her betrothed died from multiple ax wounds 40 years ago, everyone in town thought Charlotte Hollis (Bette Davis) was guilty. But with no evidence to convict her, she walked. Since that time, holed up in a crumbling Southern mansion with her devoted servant (Agnes Moorehead), Charlotte's been a recluse. But when an ambitious cousin (Olivia de Havilland) comes along to get her hands on the plantation, Charlotte has to defend herself.

Director: Robert Aldrich
Unrated
133 mins
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Affluent widow Mrs. Hilyard (Olivia de Havilland) gets trapped inside her home elevator after her power goes out on a sizzling summer day. Her continued shouts and pressing of an alarm button ultimately attract an opportunistic thug (James Caan) who loots her house. Along with his sidekicks, he also plays sadistic mind games with their caged quarry. Walter Grauman directs this psychological shocker.

Director: Walter Grauman
Unrated
94 mins
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A plague has wiped out most of mankind, and those who survived have become bloodthirsty vampires. The only "normal" human left on earth, Dr. Robert Morgan (Vincent Price) -- who was spared by a twist of fate -- spends his days methodically hunting down the undead mutants and his nights barricaded against their attacks. But when he meets the beautiful but contaminated Ruth, he discovers a secret that will unravel what's left of his existence. 

Unrated
87 mins



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At a 12th-century masked ball from hell, dissolute satanist Prince Prospero (Vincent Price) torments his guests, forcing them to participate in a variety of gruesome lethal games in this Roger Corman-directed horror flick based on two stories by Edgar Allen Poe. While most of the games end in someone's death, those who survive Prospero's amusements must endure the nightmare of torture and unthinkable depravity.

Director: Walter Grauman
Unrated
88 mins
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A woman is haunted by recurring nightmares, which seem to be instigated by her late husband who supposedly was killed in a fire.

Director: William Castle
Unrated
86 mins
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Janet is a young student at a private school; her nights are troubled by horrible dreams in which she sees her mother, who is in fact locked in an insane asylum, haunting her. Expelled because of her persistent nightmares, Janet is sent home where the nightmares continue. Written by Wheeler Winston Dixon

Director: Freddie Francis
Unrated
83 mins
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Alex Forrester, convicted of murdering his wife, fails to gain his release after spending 10 years in a British asylum for the criminally insane. Dr. Mark Fleming, Forrester's psychiatrist, informs him of an old law which provides for the reopening of a trial if the prisoner escapes and remains at large for 14 days.  Written by alfiehitchie


Director: George Englund
Unrated
74 mins
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After a 20 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
Unrated
93 mins
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From director Roger Corman comes this supernatural tale of undying love set in the early 19th century. After the death of his wife, Ligeia, eccentric Verdon Fell (Vincent Price) will do anything to replace her, even if he must sacrifice his new wife, Rowena (Elizabeth Shepherd). Plagued by eerie events in her new home, the terrified Rowena seeks help from former suitor Christopher (John Westbrook), but can he thwart Fell's plan to revive Ligeia?

Director: Roger Corman
Unrated
81 mins
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A small Southern town celebrates the Civil War centennial by luring a handful of Northerners as "guests" for macabre events, including a man being pulled apart by four horses and a blond sexpot having her arm hacked off and barbecued. But before the townsfolk -- seeking revenge for Union soldiers' carnage 100 years earlier -- can slaughter the only Yankee left (Thomas Wood), he plots his escape with help from a good samaritan (Connie Mason).

Director: Herschell Gordon Lewis
Unrated
83 mins
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A woman reports that her young daughter is missing, but there seems to be no evidence that she ever existed.

Director: Otto Preminger
Unrated
107 mins
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Police call in occult expert to help solve series of murders.

Director: Harvey Heart
Unrated
59 mins
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Two prank-calling teenagers become the target for terror when they whisper "I saw what you did" to a psychopath who has just murdered his wife. Director William Castle's classic "killer thriller" offers plenty of chills and shocks.

Director: William Castle
Unrated
82 mins
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No one believes 10-year-old Joey (William Dix) when he claims it was the family nanny (Bette Davis), not he, who drowned his little sister. When his mother (Wendy Craig) and his aunt (Jill Bennett) suddenly turn up dead, the blame falls on him again. Only a kind neighbor (Pamela Franklin) believes Joey's story, but even with her help, he may not be able to prove his innocence before he becomes the nanny's next victim.

Director: Seth Holt
Unrated
91 mins
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Roman Polanski directs this truly chilling film that tracks the descent into madness of a fragile, sexually confused beauty parlor worker named Carol (Catherine Deneuve) who succumbs to violent paranoia over the course of a harrowing weekend. Unrelenting and claustrophobic, Polanski's masterful psychological thriller builds the tension to an almost unbearable level before its shocking, unforgettable climax.

Director: Roman Polanski
Unrated
105 mins
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Roman Polanski directs this tense, dark comedic thriller about two wounded criminals, Dickie (Lionel Stander) and Albie (Jack MacGowran), who hole up at a secluded seaside castle belonging to old, meek Englishman George (Donald Pleasence) and his young, vibrant French wife, Teresa (Francoise Dorleac). Soon, only Dickie is left to terrorize the couple, and bizarre relationships between the three begin to form. Jacqueline Bisset co-stars.

Director: Roman Polanski
Unrated
99 mins
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Dracula is resurrected, preying on four unsuspecting visitors to his castle.

Director: Terence Fisher
Unrated
90 mins
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Operazione Paura (original title)
 
Italian horror maestro Mario Bava directs this gothic spine-chiller about a series of suspicious deaths that turn a peaceful Italian village upside down -- especially when residents learn that gold coins have been embedded in all the victims' hearts. When the city coroner (Giacomo Rossi-Stuart) arrives to investigate, he discovers that the villagers are convinced the vengeful ghost of a local baron's daughter is responsible for the deaths.

Director: Mario Bava
Unrated
83 mins
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A strange disease reaching epidemic proportions is invading the English countryside. Amidst walking corpses, voodoo dolls and empty graves, a local doctor (Brook Williams) and his mentor (Andre Morell) embark on an investigation that uncovers a ghastly secret. John Gilling directs this well-scripted, atmospheric zombie offering; Diane Clare, Jacqueline Pearce and John Carson co-star.

Director: John Gilling
Unrated
90 mins





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Harry Spalding (Ray Barrett) is haunted by the mysterious death of his brother. Determined to uncover the truth about his sibling's demise, Harry and his wife move into his late brother's house in Cornwall, where Harry learns about the reclusive Dr. Franklyn, a former theology professor and expert in arcane religions. After more prying, Harry's attacked by a reptilian creature and becomes convinced that Dr. Franklyn is behind his brother's death.

Director: John Gilling
Unrated
86 mins
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Dance of the Vampires (original title)
 
Professor Ambronsius (Jack MacGowran), an eccentric old academic, and his bumbling assistant, Alfred (Roman Polanski, who also directs), travel to a Transylvanian town that's been plagued by a clan of local vampires. After innkeeper Shagal's beautiful daughter, Sarah (Sharon Tate), is abducted by Count Von Krolock (Ferdy Mayne), Ambronsius and Alfred penetrate the count's castle to kill the bloodsuckers. Hilarious tongue-in-cheek satire.

Director: Curtis Harrington
Unrated
107 mins
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Quatermass and the Pit (original title)
 
Smart and with a cool 1960s-style vibe, this sci-fi flick has become a much-loved classic. Work on a new London subway station unearths prehistoric skulls and an ancient Martian starship. Professor Bernard Quatermass's theory -- that the Martians sparked human development -- proves correct when the ship's psychic emanations turn humans into crazed mobs and slaves to the long-dead Martians.

Director: Roy Ward Baker
Unrated
97 mins
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Shiftless young socialites Jennifer (Katharine Ross) and Paul (James Caan) invite cosmetics saleswoman Lisa (Simone Signoret) to display her supposed psychic ability, but in this twisty thriller, the medium conducts a series of games that prove more deceptive than either player realize. Jennifer's flirtation with delivery boy Norman (Don Stroud) sends Paul into a rage, but when he pulls out a gun, hapless Norman is only the first to take a fall.

Director: Curtis Harrington
Unrated
100 mins
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The great hypnotist Professor Montserrat has developed a technique for controlling the minds, and sharing the sensations, of his subjects. He and his wife Estelle test the technique on Mike Roscoe, and enjoy 'being' the younger man. But Estelle soon grows to love the power of controlling Roscoe, and the vicarious pleasures that provides. How far will she go, and can the Professor restrain her in time? Written by Kieron O'Hara <koh@psyc.nott.ac.uk>

Director: Michael Reeves
Unrated
87 mins
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Burgess Meredith is Dr. Diabolo, the wickedly cruel host to this eerie peek into the lives of four carnival-goers who are given an unusual opportunity: They're granted the ability to glimpse their future. In four stories -- "Enoch," "Terror over Hollywood," "Mr. Steinway" and "The Man Who Collected Poe" -- the sideshow patrons witness their fates unfurl, filling them with dread and horror. But can they change the course of time?

Director: Freddie Francis
Unrated
93 mins
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Audrey Hepburn was nominated for an Academy Award for her portrayal of Susy Hendrix, a blind woman terrorized by a criminal (Alan Arkin) who's after a stash of heroin that was planted in her apartment inside a doll without her knowledge. When the stalker isolates Hendrix in her apartment, she must find a way to defeat him in a thrilling, chilling battle of wits, relying on all of her senses -- save her sight -- to stay alive.

Director: Terence Young
Unrated
108 mins





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Playing against type, Christopher Lee gets to show his good side starring as the heroic Duc de Richleau, who maintains the air of a gentleman throughout his tireless battle with a Satanic coven led by the villainous Mocata (Charles Gray). Hailed as one of the best horror films produced by England's Hammer Studios, this chilling tale was written for the screen by legendary horror and sci-fi scribe Richard Matheson.

Director: Terence Fisher
Unrated
96 mins
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It appears that Dracula (Christopher Lee) is on the prowl again after a young girl is found dead -- her neck marked by fangs -- in a small town's church. Though he's been believed dead for a while, the people of the town instantly finger the vicious vampire. Hoping to get rid of the blood-sucking menace, the Monsignor (Rupert Davies) must perform a ritual at Dracula's castle ... but will it stop Dracula before he preys on his next victim?

Director: Freddie Francis
Unrated
92 mins


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68. Night of the Living Dead (1968)

As dead bodies inexplicably return to life and feast on human flesh, young Barbara (Judith O'Dea) joins a group of survivors in a farmhouse hoping to protect themselves from the hordes of advancing zombies. But soon enough, only one person remains. Writer-director George A. Romero's low-budget horror classic continues to inspire heebie-jeebies, in part because of the randomness of the zombies' targets.

Director: George A. Romero
Unrated
96 mins




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69. The Power (1968)

One by one members of a special project team are being killed by telekinesis - the ability to move things with the power of the mind alone. The race is to determine which of the remaining team members is the murderer and to stop them.

Director: Byron Haskin
Unrated
108 mins




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70. Pretty Poison (1968)

Having played crazy to perfection in Psycho (1960), Anthony Perkins puts the nail in his typecasting coffin with his portrayal of just-released-from-the-loony-bin Dennis Pitt in this blackly comedic thriller. Posing as a secret agent, Pitt begins life anew in a tiny town and takes up with straight-A student Sue Ann Stepanek (Tuesday Weld). Each proves to be more than the other's match in this little-known gem from director Noel Black.

Director: Noel Black
Unrated
89 mins




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71. Rosemary's Baby (1968)

Rosemary Woodhouse (Mia Farrow), the young wife of a struggling actor (John Cassavetes), is thrilled to find out she's pregnant. But the larger her belly grows, the more certain she becomes that her unborn child is in serious danger. Perhaps there's something sinister behind the odd enthusiasm her eccentric neighbors (Sidney Blackmer and Ruth Gordon, in an Oscar-winning performance) have for her welfare. Or perhaps it's all in her mind.

Director: Roman Polanski
R-Rated
136 mins





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72. Spider Baby or, The Maddest Story Ever Told (1968)

The last of the Merrye clan afflicted with a degenerative brain disease that's turned them into bloodthirsty savages live in a tumbledown mansion, spinning a homicidal web and carving up those unlucky enough to cross their paths. Meanwhile, loyal family chauffeur Bruno (Lon Chaney Jr.) covers their tracks. Trouble arrives in the form of two conniving cousins and their unctuous lawyer, who decide to spend the night … and come to regret it.

Director: Jack Hill
Unrated
81 mins



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73. Spirits of the Dead (1968)
Histoires extraordinaires (original title)

Haunting adaptations of three Edgar Allen Poe stories make up this anthology of short films from three European directors. Roger Vadim's Metzengerstein tells the story of two lovers (Jane and Peter Fonda) who experience spiritual reincarnation. Louis Malle's William Wilson finds an Austrian officer (Alain Delon) haunted by a doppelganger, and Federico Fellini's Toby Dammit features a desperate actor (Terence Stamp) in a pact with the devil.

Director: Federico Fellini, Louis Malle, Roger Vadim
Writer:    Edgar Allan Poe
Unrated
121 mins


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74. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1968)

This made-for-television adaptation doesn't waste time with preliminaries. Within 15 minutes of its opening, Dr. Henry Jekyll has already experimented on himself with a concoction that he'd hoped would neutralize his baser instincts but which releases without inhibition his long-repressed animal inclinations. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

Director: Charles Jarrott
Unrated
120 mins






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75. Targets (1968)

Mild-mannered Bobby Thompson collects firearms and thinks murderous thoughts, which translate into action when he becomes a deadly sniper, picking off drivers on the L.A. freeway. Meanwhile, Byron Orlok (Boris Karloff), an aging horror-film star, plans his retirement. As fate would have it, their two worlds collide at the Reseda Drive-In, where Orlok is making his final public appearance. Writer-director Peter Bogdanovich's debut feature.

Director: Peter Bogdanovich
Unrated
89 mins






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76. Witchfinder General (1968)
aka The Conqueror Worm
  
Set in 17th-century England, this chilling tale follows corrupt official Matthew Hopkins (Vincent Price), who claims an ability to discover witches. But he uses his power to gain money and favors from people he's fingered in return for declaring them innocent. When he arrests and tortures Father Lowes (Rupert Davies), Lowes's niece's fiancé (Ian Ogilvy) decides to put an end to Hopkins's sleazy practices and goes on a quest to seek vengeance.

Director: Michael Reeves
Unrated
86 mins

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77. The Eye of the Cat (1969)
  
A man and his girlfriend plan to rob the mansion of the man's eccentric but wealthy aunt. However, the aunt keeps dozens of cats in her home, and the man is deathly afraid of cats.

Director: David Lowell Rich
Unrated
102 mins




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78. The House That Screamed (1969)
La Residencia (original title)

Lilli Palmer owns and runs a school for wayward girls in France. Her absolute discipline has fostered a social order among the girls with rampant sex, lesbianism and torture the norm. Palmer also has an adolescent son (Moulder Brown) she tries to keep isolated from the young women lest he be tainted by sexual relations; She explains that he must wait for a girl "just like his mother". Meanwhile, girls are "running away" (being murdered) one by one, with their corpses and any evidence of their outcome not to be found. Beware cut versions; the film was shown back in the 70's on network TV chopped to only 76 minutes! 

Unrated
99 mins
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