Best Horror Movies of 1963


The Birds

7.6/10 IMDB

Chic socialite Melanie Daniels enjoys a passing flirtation with an eligible attorney 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.

Starring: Rod Taylor, Tippi Hedren, Jessica Tandy, Veronica Cartwright, Suzanne Pleshette, Lonny Chapman, Ethel Griffies, Doreen Lang, Ruth McDevitt, Richard Deacon ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1963-03-28

The Haunting

7.4/10 IMDB

Dr. Markway, doing research to prove the existence of ghosts, investigates Hill House, a large, eerie mansion with a lurid history of violent death and insanity.

Starring: Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson, Russ Tamblyn, Fay Compton, Rosalie Crutchley, Lois Maxwell, Valentine Dyall, Diane Clare, Ronald Adam ..
Directed by: Robert Wise
Release date: 1963-08-21
Best Horror Movies of 1963 : Nightmare at 20,000 Feet

Nightmare at 20,000 Feet

9.1/10 IMDB

A salesman (William Shatner) recovering from a nervous breakdown sees a creature on the wing of the airplane he is on, but no one believes him.

Starring: William Shatner, Christine White, Ed Kemmer, Asa Maynor, Leon Alton, David Armstrong, Nick Cravat, Rod Serling ..
Directed by: Richard Donner
Release date: 1963-10-11

The Raven

6.5/10 IMDB

A magician who has been turned into a raven turns to a former sorcerer for help.

Starring: Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff, Hazel Court, Olive Sturgess, Jack Nicholson, John Dierkes, Connie Wallace, William Baskin, Aaron Saxon ..
Directed by: Roger Corman
Release date: 1963-01-25
Best Horror Movies of 1963 : Living Doll

Living Doll

8.7/10 IMDB

A man (Telly Savalas) finds himself being actually physically threatened by his stepdaughter's (Tracy Stratford) new talking doll (voiced by June Foray).

Starring: Telly Savalas, Mary LaRoche, Tracy Stratford, Rod Serling, June Foray ..
Directed by: Richard C. Sarafian
Release date: 1963-11-01

The Haunted Palace

6.7/10 IMDB

A warlock burned at the stake comes back and takes over the body of his great grandson to take his revenge on the descendents of the villages that burned him.

Starring: Vincent Price, Debra Paget, Lon Chaney Jr., Frank Maxwell, Leo Gordon, Elisha Cook Jr., John Dierkes, Milton Parsons, Cathie Merchant, Guy Wilkerson ..
Directed by: Roger Corman
Release date: 1963-08-28

X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes

6.6/10 IMDB

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

Starring: Ray Milland, Diana Van der Vlis, Harold J. Stone, John Hoyt, Don Rickles, Dick Miller, Jonathan Haze, Kathryn Hart, John Dierkes, Morris Ankrum ..
Directed by: Roger Corman
Release date: 1963-07-13
Best Horror Movies of 1963 : Transylvania 6-5000

Transylvania 6-5000

7.8/10 IMDB

Bugs is given a room for the night at the castle of Count Bloodcount in Transylvania.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Ben Frommer, Julie Bennett ..
Directed by: Chuck Jones, Maurice Noble
Release date: 1963-11-30


6.8/10 IMDB

Simon Ashby is a wealthy psychotic who is is coddled by his aunt in their palatial mansion outside of London. One day, Ashby's long lost brother mysteriously arrives at the house, but events prove that he is an impostor, sent by Keith Kossett, son of the attorney for the family estate, who has been dipping into the family trust fund.

Starring: Janette Scott, Oliver Reed, Sheila Burrell, Maurice Denham, Alexander Davion, Liliane Brousse, Harold Lang, Arnold Diamond, John Bonney, John Stuart ..
Directed by: Freddie Francis
Release date: 1963-01-07

Dementia 13

5.7/10 IMDB

Shocked by the death of her spouse, a scheming widow hatches a bold plan to get her hands on the inheritance, unaware that she is targeted by an axe-wielding murderer who lurks in the family's estate. What mystery shrouds the noble house?

Starring: William Campbell, Luana Anders, Bart Patton, Mary Mitchel, Patrick Magee, Eithne Dunne, Peter Read, Karl Schanzer, Ron Perry, Derry O'Donavan ..
Directed by: Francis Ford Coppola
Release date: 1963-09-25
Best Horror Movies of 1963 : The Sadist

The Sadist

6.6/10 IMDB

Three people driving into Los Angeles for a Dodgers game have car trouble and pull off into an old wrecking yard where they are held at bay by a bloodthirsty psycho and his crazy girlfriend.

Starring: Arch Hall Jr., Richard Alden, Marilyn Manning, Helen Hovey, Don Russell, Arch Hall Sr., Joan Howard ..
Directed by: James Landis
Release date: 1963-04-01

Night Tide

6.4/10 IMDB

A young sailor falls in love with a mysterious woman performing as a mermaid on the local pier. As they become entwined, he comes to suspect the woman might be a real mermaid who lures men to a watery death during the full moon.

Starring: Dennis Hopper, Linda Lawson, Gavin Muir, Luana Anders, Marjorie Eaton, Tom Dillon, H.E. West, Marjorie Cameron, Chaino, Kirby Allan ..
Directed by: Curtis Harrington
Release date: 1963-06-06

Twice-Told Tales

6.6/10 IMDB

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", a demented father is 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, a stranger arrives.

Starring: Vincent Price, Joyce Taylor, Sebastian Cabot, Brett Halsey, Beverly Garland, Richard Denning, Mari Blanchard, Abraham Sofaer, Jacqueline deWit, Edith Evanson ..
Directed by: Sidney Salkow
Release date: 1963-09-01

The Kiss of the Vampire

6.3/10 IMDB

Honeymooning in Bavaria, a young couple becomes stranded and is forced to stay the night in the area. Doctor Ravna, owner of the impressive chateau that sits imposingly above the village, invites them to dinner that evening. Their association with Ravna and his charming, beautiful family is to prove disastrous.

Starring: Clifford Evans, Noel Willman, Edward de Souza, Jennifer Daniel, Barry Warren, Brian Oulton, Noel Howlett, Jacquie Wallis, Peter Madden, Isobel Black ..
Directed by: Don Sharp
Release date: 1963-09-11

The Ghost

6.1/10 IMDB

A woman and her lover murder her husband, a doctor. Soon, however, strange things start happening, and they wonder if they really killed him, or if he is coming back from the dead to haunt them.

Starring: Barbara Steele, Peter Baldwin, Elio Jotta, Harriet Medin, Carol Bennet, Carlo Kechler, Umberto Raho, Reginald Price Anderson ..
Directed by: Riccardo Freda
Release date: 1963-03-30

Diary of a Madman

6.3/10 IMDB

Simon Cordier, a French magistrate and amateur sculptor comes into contact with a malevolent entity. The invisible - yet corporeal - being, called a "horla" is capable of limited psychokinesis and complete mind control.

Starring: Vincent Price, Nancy Kovack, Chris Warfield, Elaine Devry, Ian Wolfe, Stephen Roberts, Lewis Martin, Mary Adams, Nelson Olmsted, Don Brodie ..
Directed by: Reginald Le Borg
Release date: 1963-03-06


5.9/10 IMDB

When a stranger enters a quiet, country town and is seduced by a sensuous married woman he unwittingly finds himself at the centre of a storm of sexual guilt and murder.

Starring: Kerwin Mathews, Nadia Gray, Donald Houston, Liliane Brousse, George Pastell, Arnold Diamond, Norman Bird, Justine Lord, Jerold Wells, Leon Peers ..
Directed by: Michael Carreras
Release date: 1963-05-20

The Terror

5.0/10 IMDB

A young officer in Napoleon's army pursues a mysterious woman to the castle of an elderly Baron.

Starring: Boris Karloff, Jack Nicholson, Sandra Knight, Dick Miller, Dorothy Neumann, Jonathan Haze ..
Directed by: Roger Corman, Francis Ford Coppola, Jack Nicholson, Monte Hellman, Jack Hill, Jack Hale, Dennis Jakob
Release date: 1963-06-17

Blood Feast

5.0/10 IMDB

In the sleepy suburbs of Miami, seemingly normal Egyptian immigrant Fuad Ramses (Mal Arnold) runs a successful catering business. He also murders young women and plans to use their body parts to revive the goddess Ishtar. The insane Ramses hypnotizes a socialite in order to land a job catering a party for her debutante daughter, Suzette Fremont (Connie Mason), and turns the event into an evening of gruesome deaths, bloody dismemberment and ritual sacrifice.

Starring: William Kerwin, Mal Arnold, Connie Mason, Lyn Bolton, Scott H. Hall, Christy Foushee, Ashlyn Martin, Sandra Sinclair, Jerome Eden, Allison Louise Downe ..
Directed by: Herschell Gordon Lewis
Release date: 1963-07-06

The Old Dark House

5.4/10 IMDB

An American car salesman in London becomes mixed up in a series of fatal occurrences at a secluded mansion.

Starring: Tom Poston, Robert Morley, Janette Scott, Joyce Grenfell, Mervyn Johns, Fenella Fielding, Peter Bull, Danny Green, John Harvey ..
Directed by: William Castle
Release date: 1963-10-30
Best Horror Movies of 1963 : Nightmare at 20,000 Feet

Nightmare at 20,000 Feet

9.1/10 IMDB

A man, newly recovered from a nervous breakdown, becomes convinced that a monster only he sees is damaging the plane he's flying in.

Starring: William Shatner, Christine White, Ed Kemmer, Asa Maynor, Nick Cravat, Rod Serling ..
Directed by: Richard Donner
Release date: 1963-10-11
Best Horror Movies of 1963 : Captain Sindbad

Captain Sindbad

5.4/10 IMDB

After completing his voyages Sindbad the Sailor and his hearty crew have come home to find a palace coup d'etat has occurred and his home city is being run by a brutal dictator played by Pedro Armendariz. He's got designs on the beautiful young princess, Heidi Bruhl both lustful and political.

Starring: Guy Williams, Heidi Brühl, Pedro Armendáriz, Abraham Sofaer, Bernie Hamilton, Helmuth Schneider, Margaret Jahnen, Rolf Wanka ..
Directed by: Byron Haskin
Release date: 1963-04-12
Best Horror Movies of 1963 : Violent Midnight

Violent Midnight

5.6/10 IMDB

An axe murderer is loose in a small New England town.

Starring: Lee Philips, Shepperd Strudwick, Jean Hale, Dick Van Patten, James Farentino, Lorraine Rogers, Margot Hartman, Kaye Elhardt, Sylvia Miles, Mike O'Dowd ..
Directed by: Richard Hilliard
Release date: 1963-05-22
Best Horror Movies of 1963 : Flaming Creatures

Flaming Creatures

4.6/10 IMDB

Filmmaker and artist Jack Smith described his own film as a “comedy set in a haunted movie studio.” Flaming Creatures begins humorously enough with several men and women, mostly of indeterminate gender, vamping it up in front of the camera and participating in a mock advertisement for an indelible, heart-shaped brand of lipstick. However, things take a dark, nightmarish turn when a transvestite chases, catches and begins molesting a woman. Soon, all of the titular “creatures” participate in a (mostly clothed) orgy that causes a massive earthquake. After the creatures are killed in the resulting chaos, a vampire dressed like an old Hollywood starlet rises from her coffin to resurrect the dead. All ends happily enough when the now undead creatures dance with each other, even though another orgy and earthquake loom over the end title card.

Starring: Francis Francine, Sheila Bick, Joel Markman, Mario Montez, Arnold Rockwood, Judith Malina, Marian Zazeela, Beverly Grant, Piero Heliczer ..
Directed by: Jack Smith
Release date: 1963-04-29
Best Horror Movies of 1963 : Black Zoo

Black Zoo

5.7/10 IMDB

A deranged animal lover unleashes his toothy pets on anyone who stands in his way. Obsessed with big cats the owner of a private Los Angeles zoo is a member of a cult called the “true believers,” believing beasts and humans are soul mates and that animal souls can be transferred to one another. His wife is locked in a miserable marriage with this human hater. Also living with them is a mute son from the zoo owner’s first marriage. It's almost as if he is suppressing his latent homosexuality by madly channelling all his being into his private zoo, with the big cats (all with male names like King and Baron) as surrogate lovers.

Starring: Michael Gough, Jeanne Cooper, Rod Lauren, Virginia Grey, Jerome Cowan, Elisha Cook Jr., Edward Platt, Douglas Henderson, Marianna Hill, Warrene Ott ..
Directed by: Robert Gordon
Release date: 1963-05-15
Best Horror Movies of 1963 : House of Dreams

House of Dreams

5.7/10 IMDB

A young writer dreams of an odd house and sees many deaths connected with it. Where does reality end?

Starring: Pauline Elliott, Robert Berry, Charlene Bradley, Lance Bird, David Goodnow ..
Directed by: Robert Berry
Release date: 1963-09-11

The Blancheville Monster

5.2/10 IMDB

The beautiful young daughter of a crazed count fears that she will fall victim to the family curse - to be sacrificed to fulfill an ancient family legend.

Starring: Gérard Tichy, Leo Anchóriz, Ombretta Colli, Helga Liné, Irán Eory, Vanni Materassi, Paco Morán, Emilia Wolkowicz, Harry Winter ..
Directed by: Alberto De Martino
Release date: 1963-06-06

House of the Damned

5.2/10 IMDB

An architect and his wife are staying in an empty castle in California. They are joined by an unhappily married lawyer and his wife. Things start getting strange when they spot a half man/half beast prowling around the house and keep seeing a headless woman wandering the grounds.

Starring: Ron Foster, Merry Anders, Richard Crane, Dal McKennon, Erika Peters, Georgia Schmidt, Stacey Winters, Richard Kiel, Ayllene Gibbons, Frieda Pushnik ..
Directed by: Maury Dexter
Release date: 1963-03-01
Best Horror Movies of 1963 : Sin You Sinners

Sin You Sinners

4.1/10 IMDB

A stripper/fortune teller uses a magical Haitian amulet to keep young, and in so doing forces others to kill for her.

Starring: June Colbourne, Dian Lloyd, Derek Murcott, Beverly Nazarow, Charles Clements, Burtt Harris, Veronica Bellach, Gino Ardito, Bert Salzman, Joe Masefield ..
Directed by: Anthony Farrar, Joseph W. Sarno
Release date: 1963-01-01
Best Horror Movies of 1963 : Terrified


4.3/10 IMDB

A masked lunatic kills off people in a haunted house.

Starring: Rod Lauren, Steve Drexel, Tracy Olsen, Sherwood Keith, Barbara Luddy, Denver Pyle, Lee Bradley, Stephen Roberts ..
Directed by: Lew Landers
Release date: 1963-05-01

The Crawling Hand

3.1/10 IMDB

After an astronaut space capsule is detonated in orbit, with the astronaut begging to be killed, a teenager couple finds a severed arm on a remote beach. The boy takes the arm home, where it becomes animate and the alien force which animates it soon possesses his mind as well.

Starring: Peter Breck, Kent Taylor, Rod Lauren, Alan Hale Jr., Allison Hayes, Sirry Steffen, Arline Judge, Richard Arlen, Tris Coffin, Ross Elliott ..
Directed by: Herbert L. Strock
Release date: 1963-09-04


3.0/10 IMDB

A rich but unscrupulous old woman plots with a scientist to have her brain implanted in the skull of a sexy young woman.

Starring: Marjorie Eaton, Frank Gerstle, Frank Fowler, Erika Peters, Judy Bamber, Lisa Lang, Margie Fisco, Kemp Niver, Bradford Dillman ..
Directed by: Joseph V. Mascelli
Release date: 1963-09-01

The Slime People

2.8/10 IMDB

After Los Angeles is invaded by an army of subterranean monsters, a small group of people must fight for survival in the deserted metropolis.

Starring: Robert Hutton, Les Tremayne, Robert Burton, Susan Hart, William Boyce, Judee Morton ..
Directed by: Robert Hutton
Release date: 1963-03-29
Best Horror Movies of 1963 : Mrs. Winchester's House

Mrs. Winchester's House

7.2/10 IMDB

Documentary about the life and legend of Sarah L. Winchester, heiress to the Winchester Repeating Arms Company who, after the death of her husband and only child moved to San Jose, California and constructed non-stop what came to be known as the Winchester Mystery House during the last 38 years of her life. The film traces Mrs. Winchester's life from her marriage into the wealthy Winchester family, whose family business supplied many of the repeating rifles sold to the United States Army during and after the Civil War and follows her eccentric life in California where, according to legend, she was advised by a mystic to provide shelter for spirits of the victims of her husband's rifles or follow him to an early grave. It provides point-of-view shots of the interior and exterior of the rambling Victorian mansion.

Starring: Lillian Gish ..
Directed by: Dick Williams
Release date: 1963-10-31
Best Horror Movies of 1963 : The Fat Black Pussycat

The Fat Black Pussycat

4.6/10 IMDB

A detective investigates the murders of three young women, searching for the killer with a fetish for high heels.

Starring: Frank Jamus, Janet Damon, Patricia McNair, Wavy Gravy, Hyman Augenstein, Jeffrey Bond, Manny Dworman, Héctor Elizondo, Claudio Fiordellisi, Leonard Frey ..
Directed by: Harold Lea
Release date: 1963-01-01
Best Horror Movies of 1963 : Naan Vanangum Deivam

Naan Vanangum Deivam

0.0/10 IMDB

A Tamil version of Mary Shelly's Frankenstein.

Starring: Sivaji Ganesan, Padmini, T. R. Ramachandran, Ragini ..
Directed by: K. Somu
Release date: 1963-04-12
Best Horror Movies of 1963 : Doctor Who: An Unearthly Child

Doctor Who: An Unearthly Child

0.0/10 IMDB

Barbara Wright and Ian Chesterton, two humble teachers during 1963, discover a genius student's grandfather, simply known as "the Doctor", and his police box time machine. Deciding that the pair knows too much about his otherworldly origins, they are whisked away on a journey through time and space.

Starring: William Hartnell, Carole Ann Ford, Jacqueline Hill, William Russell, William Hartnell, Derek Newark, Alethea Charlton, Eileen Way, Jeremy Young, Howard Lang ..
Directed by: Waris Hussein
Release date: 1963-11-23

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