Best Horror Movies of 1962

1.

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

5.7
8.1/10 IMDB

Two aging film actresses live as virtual recluses in an old Hollywood mansion. Jane Hudson, a successful child star, cares for her crippled sister Blanche, whose career in later years eclipsed that of Jane. Now the two live together, their relationship affected by simmering subconscious thoughts of mutual envy, hate and revenge.

Starring: Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Victor Buono, Wesley Addy, Julie Allred, Anne Barton, Marjorie Bennett, Bert Freed, Anna Lee, Maidie Norman ..
Directed by: Robert Aldrich
Release date: 1962-10-31
2.

Carnival of Souls

5.0
7.1/10 IMDB

Mary Henry ends up the sole survivor of a fatal car accident through mysterious circumstances. Trying to put the incident behind her, she moves to Utah and takes a job as a church organist. But her fresh start is interrupted by visions of a fiendish man. As the visions begin to occur more frequently, Mary finds herself drawn to the deserted carnival on the outskirts of town. The strangely alluring carnival may hold the secret to her tragic past.

Starring: Candace Hilligoss, Frances Feist, Sidney Berger, Art Ellison, Stan Levitt, Tom McGinnis, Forbes Caldwell, Dan Palmquist, Bill de Jarnette, Steve Boozer ..
Directed by: Herk Harvey
Release date: 1962-11-02
Best Horror Movies of 1962 : Night of the Eagle
3.

Night of the Eagle

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

A skeptical college professor discovers that his wife has been practicing magic for years. Like the learned, rational fellow he is, he forces her to destroy all her magical charms and protective devices, and stop that foolishness. He isn't put off by her insistence that his professional rivals are working magic against him, and her protections are necessary to his career and life.

Starring: Peter Wyngarde, Janet Blair, Margaret Johnston, Anthony Nicholls, Colin Gordon, Kathleen Byron, Reginald Beckwith, Jessica Dunning, Norman Bird, Judith Stott ..
Directed by: Sidney Hayers
Release date: 1962-04-25
4.

Captain Clegg

3.5
6.7/10 IMDB

What secret lay behind the dreaded Marsh Phantoms, the ghostly riders whose silent approach in the darkness of the bleak, unwelcoming Romney Marshes causes men to die of fright? Are they a genuine manifestation or a cover for illegal smuggling activities. Perhaps Dr. Blyss, the benign vicar of the quiet village of Dymchurch, knows the truth about the ruthless pirate and smuggler who lies buried in the village graveyard and can unravel the phenomenon of the curse of Captain Clegg.

Starring: Peter Cushing, Patrick Allen, Oliver Reed, Yvonne Romain, Michael Ripper, Martin Benson, David Lodge, Daphne Anderson, Derek Francis, Milton Reid ..
Directed by: Peter Graham Scott
Release date: 1962-06-13
5.

The Phantom of the Opera

3.4
6.4/10 IMDB

The corrupt Lord Ambrose D'Arcy steals the life's work of the poor musical Professor Petry. In an attempt to stop the printing of music with D'Arcy's name on it, Petry breaks into the printing office and accidentally starts a fire, leaving him severely disfigured. Years later, Petry returns to terrorize a London opera house that is about to perform one of his stolen operas.

Starring: Herbert Lom, Heather Sears, Edward de Souza, Thorley Walters, Michael Gough, Harold Goodwin, Martin Miller, Liane Aukin, Sonya Cordeau, Marne Maitland ..
Directed by: Terence Fisher
Release date: 1962-06-25
Best Horror Movies of 1962 : Tower of London
6.

Tower of London

3.3
6.4/10 IMDB

The twisted Richard III is haunted by the ghosts of those he has murdered in his attempt to become the King of England.

Starring: Vincent Price, Michael Pate, Joan Freeman, Robert Brown, Bruce Gordon, Joan Camden, Richard Hale, Sandra Knight, Charles Macaulay, Justice Watson ..
Directed by: Roger Corman
Release date: 1962-10-24
Best Horror Movies of 1962 : The Horrible Dr. Hichcock
7.

The Horrible Dr. Hichcock

3.3
6.5/10 IMDB

The year is 1885, and necrophiliac Dr. Hitchcock likes to drug his wife for sexual funeral games. One day he accidentally administers an overdose and kills her. Several years later he remarries, with the intention of using the blood of his new bride to bring his first wife's rotting corpse back to life.

Starring: Barbara Steele, Robert Flemyng, Silvano Tranquilli, Maria Teresa Vianello, Harriet Medin, Spencer Williams, Al Christianson, Evar Simpson, Nat Harley ..
Directed by: Riccardo Freda
Release date: 1962-01-01
8.

The Day of the Triffids

3.3
6.2/10 IMDB

A shower of meteorites produces a rare night time spectacle that blinds anyone that looks at it. As it was such a beautiful sight, most people were watching, and as a consequence, 99% of the World's population go completely blind. In the original novel, this chaos results in the escape of Triffids: farmed plants harvested for their oils, which are capable of moving themselves around and are carnivorous. In this film version, however, the Triffids are not indigenous plants. Instead they are space aliens whose spores have arrived in this and an earlier meteor shower. Derided by the original novel's author, John Wyndham, for straying so far away from the source material.

Starring: Howard Keel, Nicole Maurey, Janette Scott, Kieron Moore, Mervyn Johns, Ewan Roberts, Alison Leggatt, Geoffrey Matthews, Janina Faye, Gilgi Hauser ..
Directed by: Steve Sekely, Freddie Francis
Release date: 1962-07-05
Best Horror Movies of 1962 : The Pit
9.

The Pit

3.1
6.2/10 IMDB

Experimental gothic short, adapted from Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Pit and the Pendulum'.

Starring: Brian Peck, Burt Letts, Dave Lloyd ..
Directed by: Edward Abraham
Release date: 1962-05-06
Best Horror Movies of 1962 : The Burning Court
10.

The Burning Court

2.9
6.6/10 IMDB

A group of people visit a weird old man who is a student of the black arts. The man lives in an ancient, cursed castle. Soon people in the group start being killed off.

Starring: Jean-Claude Brialy, Nadja Tiller, Perrette Pradier, Claude Rich, Edith Scob, Walter Giller, Frédéric Duvallès, Héléna Manson, René Génin, Claude Piéplu ..
Directed by: Julien Duvivier
Release date: 1962-03-20

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