Best Mystery Movies of 1962
The Manchurian Candidate
Near the end of the Korean War, a platoon of U.S. soldiers is captured by communists and brainwashed. Following the war, the platoon is returned home, and Sergeant Raymond Shaw is lauded as a hero by the rest of his platoon. However, the platoon commander, Captain Bennett Marco, finds himself plagued by strange nightmares and soon races to uncover a terrible plot.
Carnival of Souls
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.
Tales of Terror
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.
A woman is found murdered in a house along the coast from Brighton. Local detectives Fellows and Wilks lead an investigation methodically following up leads and clues mostly in Brighton and Hove but also further afield.
The Notorious Landlady
An American junior diplomat in London rents a house from, and falls in love with, a woman suspected of murder.
The Premature Burial
An artist grows distant from his new wife as an irrational horror of premature burial consumes him.
The Phantom of the Opera
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.
Der Teufel von Kapstadt
The German Tourist Frank Fleischer gets into drugs and spy story.
The Devil's Agent
German actor Peter van Eyck stars as Droste, a mild-mannered businessman who was an intelligence expert during World War II. When Droste runs into his old friend Baron Von Straub (Christopher Lee), the two rekindle a friendship that was interrupted by the war. However, when Von Straub asks Droste to deliver a small package to a friend in West Germany, the befuddled Droste is set up for a series of complicated spy games.
Mix Me a Person
Eighteen-year-old Harry Jukes (British rock 'n roller Adam Faith in his first dramatic role) is literally holding a smoking gun in his hand. His lawyer thinks he did it, but his psychiatrist (Anne Baxter) disagrees -- and sets out to prove she is right.
Kill or Cure
A private eye is hired to go undercover at a health farm, but before he can find out why his client is murdered.
The Incredible Doktor Markesan
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.
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.
Two identical twin sisters...one is very,very good--one is very, very bad. The good twin is due some big bucks. The bad twin wants 'em. Since they look just alike...look out.
An attorney's former mistress and his friend feign her death in order to bilk his new bride of 2,000 pounds.
Diane the Zebra Woman
Diane the Zebra Woman follows four women’s misadventures through the streets of NYC 1962. All played by Flame [Schon], the characters consist of The Detective, The Mother, The Child, and the Medium (Girl on Bicycle). Amidst the enclave of the French new wave, an evident influence says Flame, metaphor is enacted and embodied through each figure. “He sometimes would imagine that I reminded him of Jeanne Moreau, he liked the dark circles under her eyes.” Evocative of the scene from which it emerged, the film features cameos from integral figures like William (Bill) Levy, Jonas Mekas, Paul Morrissey and features an original score composed by Malcolm Goldstein. (The End of Being)