Best Horror Movies of 1962

1.

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?

5.7
8.0/10 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: 1962-10-12
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
3.

Tales of Terror

4.2
6.8/10 IMDB

Three stories adapted from the work of Edgar Allen Poe: 1) A man and his daughter are reunited, but the blame for the death of his wife hangs over them, unresolved. 2) A derelict challenges the local wine-tasting champion to a competition, but finds the man's attention to his wife worthy of more dramatic action. 3) A man dying and in great pain agrees to be hypnotized at the moment of death, with unexpected consequences.

Starring: Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Basil Rathbone, Debra Paget, Joyce Jameson, Maggie Pierce, David Frankham, Leona Gage, Wally Campo, Alan DeWitt ..
Directed by: Roger Corman
Release date: 1962-07-04
4.

The Day of the Triffids

3.9
6.1/10 IMDB

After an unusual meteor shower leaves most of the human population blind, a merchant navy officer must find a way to conquer tall, aggressive plants which are feeding on people and animals.

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 : Night of the Eagle
5.

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
6.

The Premature Burial

3.5
6.5/10 IMDB

An artist grows distant from his new wife as an irrational horror of premature burial consumes him.

Starring: Ray Milland, Hazel Court, Richard Ney, Heather Angel, Alan Napier, John Dierkes, Dick Miller, Brendan Dillon, Clive Halliday ..
Directed by: Roger Corman
Release date: 1962-03-07
7.

Captain Clegg

3.5
6.6/10 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
8.

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
9.

Tower of London

3.3
6.3/10 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
10.

The Horrible Dr. Hichcock

3.3
6.3/10 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
Best Horror Movies of 1962 : The Pit
11.

The Pit

3.1
6.4/10 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
12.

The Cabinet of Caligari

2.7
5.8/10 IMDB

A delirious young woman (Glynis Johns) feels trapped in a remote mansion at the mercy of a madman (Dan O'Herlihy).

Starring: Glynis Johns, Dan O'Herlihy, Richard Davalos, Lawrence Dobkin, J. Pat O'Malley, Vicki Trickett, Estelle Winwood, Doreen Lang, Charles Fredericks, Constance Ford ..
Directed by: Roger Kay
Release date: 1962-05-25
13.

Journey to the Seventh Planet

2.6
4.7/10 IMDB

A space expedition to Uranus is menaced by a giant brain that can make illusions come true.

Starring: John Agar, Carl Ottosen, Peter Monch, Ove Sprogøe, Louis Miehe-Renard, Ann Smyrner, Greta Thyssen, Ulla Moritz, Annie Birgit Garde, Bente Juel ..
Directed by: Sidney W. Pink
Release date: 1962-03-10
14.

Woton's Wake

2.5
5.3/10 IMDB

Woton Wretchichevsky has a disfigured face, dresses in cloak and mask and stalks couples to burn them with a blowtorch. He is also a sculptor of steel and garbage installations. One day one of his creations comes alive in the form of a young woman. She flees him when he tries to express his love by pointing the blowtorch at her. She hides in a house where some kind of orgy or happening is going on. Also war breaks out. —flixster

Starring: William Finley, Robin Brooks, Norma Green, Grania Gurievitch, Eleonora Harvey, Francis Hoeber, Burnell MacKelly, Barbara Marcon ..
Directed by: Brian De Palma
Release date: 1962-01-01
15.

The Brain That Wouldn't Die

2.4
4.4/10 IMDB

Dr. Bill Cortner and his fiancée, Jan Compton, are driving to his lab when they get into a horrible car accident. Compton is decapitated. But Cortner is not fazed by this seemingly insurmountable hurdle. His expertise is in transplants, and he is excited to perform the first head transplant. Keeping Compton's head alive in his lab, Cortner plans the groundbreaking yet unorthodox surgery. First, however, he needs a body.

Starring: Jason Evers, Virginia Leith, Doris Brent, Audrey Devereal, Eddie Carmel, Adele Lamont, Bonnie Sharie, Paula Maurice, Marilyn Hanold, Bruce Brighton ..
Directed by: Joseph Green
Release date: 1962-02-25
Best Horror Movies of 1962 : The Brain
16.

The Brain

2.4
5.2/10 IMDB

A millionaire businessman's brain is kept alive after a fatal accident, and communicates clues to a doctor on the trail of the killer

Starring: Peter van Eyck, Anne Heywood, Cecil Parker, Bernard Lee, Ellen Schwiers, Siegfried Lowitz, Hans Nielsen, Jeremy Spenser, Maxine Audley, Jack MacGowran ..
Directed by: Freddie Francis
Release date: 1962-09-05
17.

Hands of a Stranger

2.2
5.1/10 IMDB

A concert pianist loses his hands in a car crash, but a surgeon gives him new ones. The experimental medical procedure goes awry when the new hands drive the pianist mad. Unofficially the fourth film adaptation of novel The Hands of Orlac.

Starring: Paul Lukather, Joan Harvey, James Noah, Michael Rye, Laurence Haddon, Elaine Martone, George Sawaya, Sally Kellerman, Irish McCalla, Michael Rye ..
Directed by: Newt Arnold
Release date: 1962-04-22
18.

Varan the Unbelievable

2.0
4.6/10 IMDB

In an effort to find an economic means of purifying salt water, a joint U.S.-Japanese military command is set up on an isolated Japanese island where an unusual salt water lake is situated. However, their purifying experiments arouse the prehistoric monster Obaki from hibernation at the lake's bottom, and it proceeds to attack Japan.

Starring: Myron Healey, Koreya Senda, Kôzô Nomura, Ayumi Sonoda, Fumito Matsuo, Tsuruko Kobayashi, Akihiko Hirata, Fuyuki Murakami, Yoshio Tsuchiya, Minosuke Yamada ..
Directed by: Jerry A. Baerwitz, Ishirô Honda, Ishir? Honda
Release date: 1962-12-07
Best Horror Movies of 1962 : Beauty and the Beast
19.

Beauty and the Beast

1.9
4.7/10 IMDB

A low-budget re-telling of the classic fairy tale.

Starring: Joyce Taylor, Mark Damon, Eduard Franz, Michael Pate, Merry Anders, Meg Wyllie, Dayton Lummis, Walter Burke, Alexander Lockwood, Charles Wagenheim ..
Directed by: Edward L. Cahn
Release date: 1962-03-01
Best Horror Movies of 1962 : The Incredible Doktor Markesan
20.

The Incredible Doktor Markesan

1.9
8.3/10 IMDB

Penniless Fred Bancroft, along with his new wife Molly, visits a sinister uncle he hasn't seen in years in hopes of living rent-free in his musty, decaying mansion.

Starring: Boris Karloff, Dick York, Carolyn Kearney, Richard Hale, Henry Hunter, Basil Howes, Billy Beck ..
Directed by: Robert Florey
Release date: 1962-02-25
21.

Hand of Death

1.8
4.5/10 IMDB

A scientist invents a new serum, tries it on himself and turns into a murderous monster.

Starring: John Agar, Paula Raymond, Stephen Dunne, Roy Gordon, John A. Alonzo, Jack Younger, Joe Besser, Butch Patrick, Norman Burton, Fred Krone ..
Directed by: Gene Nelson
Release date: 1962-03-01
Best Horror Movies of 1962 : House on Bare Mountain
22.

House on Bare Mountain

1.8
4.0/10 IMDB

The Wolfman, Dracula and Frankenstein spy on a girls' school in the mountains, where most of the girls spend their time sunbathing in the nude, nude exercises and nude art classes. The monsters finally invade the school…

Starring: Bob Cresse, Laine Carlin, Leticia Cooper, Laura Eden, Connie Hudson, Dan Hyland, William Kirk, Ingrid Lind, Virginia Mark, Ann Perry ..
Directed by: Lee Frost, Wes Bishop
Release date: 1962-06-01
Best Horror Movies of 1962 : The Storm
23.

The Storm

1.7
7.6/10 IMDB

A newlywed woman is alone in her home during a devastating storm. As she waits for her husband to return, she is besieged by menacing sounds throughout the house, power outages, a jumpy pet black cat, and a creepy cabbie. After much deliberation, she decides to investigate a strange disturbance in the storm cellar.

Starring: Boris Karloff, Nancy Kelly, David McLean, James Griffith, Jean Carroll, Boris Karloff ..
Directed by: Herschel Daugherty
Release date: 1962-01-21
24.

Eegah

1.5
2.2/10 IMDB

Teenagers stumble across a prehistoric caveman, who goes on a rampage.

Starring: Arch Hall Jr., Richard Kiel, Marilyn Manning, Arch Hall Sr., Bob Davis, Ray Dennis Steckler, Carolyn Brandt ..
Directed by: Arch Hall Sr.
Release date: 1962-06-08
Best Horror Movies of 1962 : The Dungeon of Harrow
25.

The Dungeon of Harrow

1.4
3.4/10 IMDB

A man is shipwrecked on the island of a cruel Count and taken prisoner.

Starring: Russ Harvey, Helen Hogan, William McNulty, Michele Buquor, Maurice Harris, Eunice Grey, Lee Morgan ..
Directed by: Pat Boyette
Release date: 1962-01-01
Best Horror Movies of 1962 : Okinawan Horror: Upside-Down Ghost - Chinese Horror: Breaking a Coffin
26.

Okinawan Horror: Upside-Down Ghost - Chinese Horror: Breaking a Coffin

1.3
4.9/10 IMDB

During a fever, Tateo, the male protagonist believes he is dying and has the hallucination that his beautiful wife, Reiko (Tamaki Katori), the daughter of a wealthy family, is having an affair w/ another man. He then tells her an ancient Chinese story: the ancient Chinese philosopher Zhuangzi wanted to test the faithfulness of his wife, so he faked his own death; the wife was grief-stricken and went into mourning. While funeral arrangements were in progress, a handsome young man came to call on Zhuangzi. Zhuangzi's wife soon fell into love w/ the young man and decided to marry hi. However, the young man fell ill; his servant said that the only medicine to cure him is human brain. Zhuangzi's wife eventually decided to break his husband's coffin and take his brain. However the young man turns out be Zhuangzi in disguise.

Starring: Tamaki Katori, J?ji Ohara, Ky?ko ?gimachi, Luo Hui Shaw, Rong Bai, Miyako Ichij?, Shiro Enami ..
Directed by: Satoru Kobayashi, Luo Hui Shaw
Release date: 1962-06-13
Best Horror Movies of 1962 : Ghost Story: Crying in the Night Lantern
27.

Ghost Story: Crying in the Night Lantern

1.3
5.3/10 IMDB

Kaidan directed by Katsuhiko Tasaka.

Starring: Ganjirô Nakamura II, Katsuhiko Kobayashi, Reiko Fujiwara, Chizuko Takamori, Yukio Horikita ..
Directed by: Katsuhiko Tasaka
Release date: 1962-06-24
28.

The Dismembered

1.3
5.3/10 IMDB

After a daring jewel heist, a trio of thieves hold up in an old dark house inhabited by a motley bunch of restless ghosts that only want to dispatch their new guests in the most horrible manner possible – that is if they can get to them before the spirits of an unruly group of dismembered corpses from the nearby cemetery!

Starring: Frank Geraci, Tim Sheldon, Kate Shaffmaster, William Lane, Martin Jackson ..
Directed by: Ralph S. Hirshorn
Release date: 1962-01-01
29.

Ring of Terror

1.1
1.8/10 IMDB

A group of medical students undertake some silly and frightening endeavors in order to pledge a fraternity.

Starring: George E. Mather, Esther Furst, Norman Ollestad, Pamela Raymond, Lomax Study, Austin Green, Joseph Conway ..
Directed by: Clark L. Paylow
Release date: 1962-02-01
Best Horror Movies of 1962 : Le livre muet
30.

Le livre muet

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

The Mute Book is a French TV movie, written and directed in 1962 by Gerard Dumont, based on Hans Christian Andersen's tale. Performed by Marcel MOULOUDJI, Rita CADILLAC, Hilda CAMBA and Frédérique VILLEDENT.

Directed by: Gérard Dumont
Release date: 1962-01-01

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