Best Horror Movies of 1966

1.

Dracula: Prince of Darkness

4.3
6.8/10 IMDB

Whilst vacationing in the Carpathian Mountain, two couples stumble across the remains of Count Dracula's castle. The Count's trusted servant kills one of the men, suspending the body over the Count's ashes so that the blood drips from the corpse and saturates the blackened remains. The ritual is completed, the Count revived and his attentions focus on the dead man's wife who is to become his partner; devoted to an existence of depravity and evil.

Starring: Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley, Andrew Keir, Francis Matthews, Suzan Farmer, Thorley Walters, Philip Latham, Charles Tingwell, Walter Brown, George Woodbridge ..
Directed by: Terence Fisher
Release date: 1966-01-09
2.

Carry On Screaming

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

The sinister Dr Watt has an evil scheme going. He's kidnapping beautiful young women and turning them into mannequins to sell to local stores. Fortunately for Dr Watt, Detective-Sergeant Bung is on the case, and he doesn't have a clue! In this send up of the Hammer Horror movies, there are send-ups of all the horror greats from Frankenstein to Dr Jekyl and Mr Hyde.

Starring: Harry H. Corbett, Kenneth Williams, Jim Dale, Charles Hawtrey, Fenella Fielding, Joan Sims, Angela Douglas, Bernard Bresslaw, Peter Butterworth, Jon Pertwee ..
Directed by: Gerald Thomas
Release date: 1966-05-20
3.

The Plague of the Zombies

3.4
6.6/10 IMDB

Sir James Forbes arrives in a remote Cornish village to identify a mysterious plague afflicting the population. Local squire Charles, a disciple of Haitian witchcraft, is using the voodoo magic to resurrect the dead to work in his decrepit and unsafe tin mines that are shunned by the local population. But his magic relies on human sacrifice and he unleashes his army of the undead on the unsuspecting village with horrific consequences.

Starring: André Morell, Brook Williams, Diane Clare, John Carson, Jacqueline Pearce, Michael Ripper, Roy Royston, Alexander Davion, Marcus Hammond, Dennis Chinnery ..
Directed by: John Gilling
Release date: 1966-01-09
4.

Rasputin: The Mad Monk

3.3
6.3/10 IMDB

Rasputin, a crazed and debauched monk wreaks havoc at the local inn one night, chopping off the hand of one of the drinkers. As the bitter locals plan their revenge, the evil Rasputin works his satanic power over the beautiful women who serve at the Tsar's palace. Even the Tsarina herself is seduced by his evil ways and, as his influence begins to dominate government policy, there is only one course of action left... to destroy him before he destroys them all.

Starring: Christopher Lee, Barbara Shelley, Richard Pasco, Francis Matthews, Suzan Farmer, Dinsdale Landen, Renée Asherson, Derek Francis, Joss Ackland, Robert Duncan ..
Directed by: Don Sharp
Release date: 1966-03-06
5.

The Reptile

3.3
6.2/10 IMDB

Harry and Valerie Spalding arrive in the remote Cornish village to an unwelcoming and suspicious population. Harry's brother dies suddenly, bitten by a lethal reptilian bite. They befriend a young woman Anna whose tyrannical father controls her life and, as they discover that others in the village have suffered a similar fate, their investigations lead to Anna. What they uncover is a victim of the most terrifying legacy... a destiny of mutilation and murder.

Starring: Noel Willman, Jennifer Daniel, Ray Barrett, Jacqueline Pearce, Michael Ripper, John Laurie, Marne Maitland, David Baron, Charles Lloyd Pack ..
Directed by: John Gilling
Release date: 1966-03-06
6.

Island of Terror

3.2
6.2/10 IMDB

A small island community is overrun with creeping, blobbish, tentacled monsters which liquefy and digest the bones from living creatures. The community struggles to fight back.

Starring: Peter Cushing, Edward Judd, Carole Gray, Eddie Byrne, Sam Kydd, Niall MacGinnis, James Caffrey, Liam Gaffney, Roger Heathcote, Keith Bell ..
Directed by: Terence Fisher
Release date: 1966-06-20
7.

The Witches

3.1
5.8/10 IMDB

Following a nervous breakdown, Gwen takes up the job of head teacher in the small village of Haddaby. There she can benefit from the tranquillity and peace, enabling her to recover fully. But under the facade of idyllic country life she slowly unearths the frightening reality of village life in which the inhabitants are followers of a menacing satanic cult with the power to inflict indiscriminate evil and death if crossed.

Starring: Joan Fontaine, Kay Walsh, Alec McCowen, Ann Bell, Ingrid Boulting, John Collin, Michele Dotrice, Gwen Ffrangcon Davies, Duncan Lamont, Leonard Rossiter ..
Directed by: Cyril Frankel
Release date: 1966-11-21
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8.

The Brides of Fu Manchu

3.1
5.5/10 IMDB

This time Fu Manchu and his army of henchmen are kidnaping the daughters of prominent scientists and taking them to his remote island headquarters. Instead of asking for ransom, Fu demands that the fathers help him to build a death ray, which he intends to use to take over the world. But Fu's archenemy, Nayland Smith of Scotland Yard, is determined not to let that happen.

Starring: Christopher Lee, Douglas Wilmer, Heinz Drache, Marie Versini, Howard Marion-Crawford, Tsai Chin, Rupert Davies, Kenneth Fortescue, Joseph Fürst, Roger Hanin ..
Directed by: Don Sharp
Release date: 1966-12-16
9.

Circus of Fear

2.9
5.4/10 IMDB

A circus becomes the location for stolen loot and murder.

Starring: Christopher Lee, Leo Genn, Anthony Newlands, Heinz Drache, Eddi Arent, Klaus Kinski, Margaret Lee, Suzy Kendall, Cecil Parker, Victor Maddern ..
Directed by: John Llewellyn Moxey
Release date: 1966-04-29
10.

Queen of Blood

2.9
5.3/10 IMDB

A spaceship is sent to Mars after a alien distress signal is picked up. They find one survivor, but when a crew member is found drained of blood it's evident they have rescued a bloodsucking monster.

Starring: Florence Marly, Basil Rathbone, John Saxon, Judi Meredith, Dennis Hopper, Robert Boon, Don Eitner, Virgil Frye, Forrest J. Ackerman ..
Directed by: Curtis Harrington
Release date: 1966-03-01

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