The 1960s produced some of the best horror movies of all-time. It’s not that horror Movies produced before then weren’t good, but the decade of peace, love, and happiness (ironically) ushered in a new brand of terror. “The House on Haunted Hill” (1959) was scary for its era, but now it comes across as cheesy and almost humorous. The titles listed below stand the test of time, and many genre aficionados consider them to be a must-watch.

The best horror movies of the ‘60s that are a must-watch

“Psycho” (1960): Alfred Hitchcock was considered the “Master of Suspense,” and he was certainly ahead of his time. He made the shift from mysteries to terror when he created “Psycho,” and it is considered one of the best horror movies of all-time. This brilliant film changed the way horror movies were made, pushed the envelope of censorship, delivered one of the most iconic scenes in cinematic history (the shower scene), and most importantly, is still terrifying to this day.

Peeping Tom” (1960): This film was very bold and daring for the era in which it debuted. This disturbing storybrilliantly shows the victims through the killer’s eyes.

The Innocents” (1961): This is regarded as the film that started the “ambiguous ending” theme in horror movies, but most don’t handle it as masterfully as this classic. It is possible to watch this ghost story twice, and translate the ending differently the second time around.

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” (1962): Sibling rivalry takes on a whole new (and disturbing) level in this horror masterpiece. Bette Davis brilliantly plays a woman who has gone insane and tortures her invalid sister.

“The Birds” (1963): Hitchcock continued with the horror theme anddid so successfully with this timeless gem. Considered his most abstract film, the more a viewer watches this the more they will find different meanings.

“The Haunting” (1963): Though it may not be considered as scary with today’s standards of ghost stories, it is still very creepy and much better than the remake. What makes this movie unique is that the haunted house itself is the star.

“Repulsion” (1965): This gothic film was Roman Polanski’s first movie featuring the English language, and it is unnerving. This pictureis as artful as it is disturbing, and the lack of a constant dialogue adds to the scares.

“Rosemary’s Baby” (1968): Another title often considered one of the best of the genre; this is Roman Polanski’s magnum opus. There is a scene where Mia Farrow is walking into oncoming traffic; this was not a stunt. Polanski convinced Farrow to actually walk into traffic!

“Night of the Living Dead” (1968): George A. Romero didn’t invent the zombie genre of horror, but he certainly mastered it. This was his first film, and it set the stage for many others.

Many feel this movie was commentary on the African-American Civil Rights Movement, however, thatis not true. In the interview below, Romero comments on how the originalscript had the lead as a Caucasian male, and it had the same ending.

Honorable mention

Vincent Price’s name is synonymous with horror, and many of his best movies came out in the 1960s. Though they are likely to not entice true fear, they are still very entertaining. And it would just be wrong to create a list of the best horror moviesof all-time, without mentioning the “Merchant of Menace.”

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