Best Horror Movies of 1961

1.

The Innocents

5.4
7.8/10 IMDB

A young governess for two children becomes convinced that the house and grounds are haunted.

Starring: Deborah Kerr, Peter Wyngarde, Megs Jenkins, Michael Redgrave, Martin Stephens, Pamela Franklin, Clytie Jessop, Isla Cameron, Eric Woodburn ..
Directed by: Jack Clayton
Release date: 1961-12-15
2.

Taste of Fear

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

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.

Starring: Susan Strasberg, Ronald Lewis, Ann Todd, Christopher Lee, John Serret, Leonard Sachs, Anne Blake, Fred Johnson ..
Directed by: Seth Holt
Release date: 1961-06-05
3.

The Curse of the Werewolf

3.5
6.6/10 IMDB

Conceived by the rape of a mute servant girl by a demented beggar, an infant is raised by a wealthy but kindly bachelor-gentleman and his woman servant who learn, years later, that he is a werewolf, a demon-possessed being whose only chance for normalcy will be, as a young man, to find a woman who will love him for himself, which will effect his release from this curse.

Starring: Oliver Reed, Clifford Evans, Catherine Feller, Yvonne Romain, Anthony Dawson, Josephine Llewellyn, Richard Wordsworth, Hira Talfrey, Justin Walters, John Gabriel ..
Directed by: Terence Fisher
Release date: 1961-05-01
4.

Mr. Sardonicus

3.4
6.7/10 IMDB

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...

Starring: Oskar Homolka, Ronald Lewis, Audrey Dalton, Guy Rolfe, Vladimir Sokoloff, Erika Peters, Lorna Hanson, Edith Atwater, Annalena Lund, Tina Woodward ..
Directed by: William Castle
Release date: 1961-10-07
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5.

House of Mystery

3.1
6.4/10 IMDB

A young couple go to check out a house they're thinking of buying. A somewhat mysterious woman tells the couple several stories of the fates that befell the house's previous owners.

Starring: Peter Dyneley, Jane Hylton, Nanette Newman, Maurice Kaufmann, Ken McGregor ..
Directed by: Vernon Sewell
Release date: 1961-01-01
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6.

What a Carve Up

2.9
6.4/10 IMDB

Ernie's Uncle Gabriel has just died but to claim his inheritance he must spend the night in the ancestral family home with the rest of his rather eccentric relatives. Ernie's imagination has been affected by his constant immersion in cheap horror novels, but his wildest fears turn out to be justified when the guests begin to drop dead.

Starring: Sid James, Kenneth Connor, Donald Pleasence, Shirley Eaton, Dennis Price, Michael Gough, Valerie Taylor, Esma Cannon, George Woodbridge, Michael Gwynn ..
Directed by: Pat Jackson
Release date: 1961-09-15
7.

Gorgo

2.9
5.6/10 IMDB

When an undersea volcano sends tremors throughout the Atlantic, aquatic creatures come out of hiding. Merchant seamen Joe Ryan and partner Sam Slade harness the most unusual of the lot, a massive beast that looks like a Tyrannosaurus Rex. The enterprising sailors deliver their quarry to a British circus, but it turns out that the animal is a newborn. And, when his much larger mother arrives in London to rescue her son, the city feels her wrath.

Starring: Bill Travers, William Sylvester, Vincent Winter, Christopher Rhodes, Joseph O'Conor, Bruce Seton, Martin Benson, Maurice Kaufmann, Basil Dignam, Barry Keegan ..
Directed by: Eugène Lourié
Release date: 1961-02-02
8.

The Devil's Hand

2.4
4.6/10 IMDB

A man is haunted by visions of a beautiful woman. When he finally meets her, he winds up involved in a satanic cult.

Starring: Linda Christian, Neil Hamilton, Jeanne Carmen, Robert Alda, Ariadna Welter, Gene Craft, Julie Scott, Diana Spears, Gertrude Astor, Bruno VeSota ..
Directed by: William J. Hole Jr.
Release date: 1961-09-13
9.

Konga

2.3
4.4/10 IMDB

Dr.Decker comes back from Africa after a year, presumed dead. During that year, he came across a way of growing plants and animals to an enormous size. He brings back a baby chimpanzee to test out his theory. As he has many enemies at home, he decides to use his chimp, 'Konga' to 'get rid of them'. Then Konga grows to gigantic proportions and reaks havoc all over the city of London!!

Starring: Michael Gough, Margo Johns, Jess Conrad, Claire Gordon, Rupert Osborne, Austin Trevor, Jack Watson ..
Directed by: John Lemont
Release date: 1961-01-01
10.

Doctor Blood's Coffin

2.2
4.9/10 IMDB

After being thrown out of medical school for ethical violations, Dr. Peter Blood returns home to a small Cornish village, where he sets up a research laboratory in a secluded cave. There, he attempts to revive the dead, using kidnapped humans -- who he views as unworthy of life -- for their body parts, specifically, their hearts.

Starring: Kieron Moore, Hazel Court, Ian Hunter, Kenneth J. Warren, Gerald Lawson, Fred Johnson, Paul Hardtmuth, Paul Stockman, Andy Alston, Ruth Lee ..
Directed by: Sidney J. Furie
Release date: 1961-01-01

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