The 12 Best Horror Movies of 1961

1). The Innocents (1961)

Score: 8.75/10 IMDB: 7.9/10 Trailer
In Victorian England, the uncle of orphaned niece Flora and nephew Miles hires Miss Giddens as governess to raise the…
Director: Jack Clayton
Stars: Megs Jenkins, Michael Redgrave, Deborah Kerr, Peter Wyngarde, Martin Stephens


2). Pit and the Pendulum (1961)

Score: 7.7/10 IMDB: 7.1/10 Trailer
Francis Barnard goes to Spain, when he hears his sister Elizabeth has died. Her husband Nicholas Medina, the son of…
Director: Roger Corman
Stars: Vincent Price, John Kerr, Barbara Steele, Lynette Bernay, Randee Lynne Jensen

3). The Curse of the Werewolf (1961)

Score: 6.26/10 IMDB: 6.8/10 Trailer Review
In Spain, Leon is born on Christmas day to a mute servant girl who was raped by a beggar. His…
Director: Terence Fisher
Stars: John Bennett, George Woodbridge, Fred Wood, Victor Harrington, Peter Sallis

4). Mother Joan of the Angels (1961)

Score: 5.97/10 IMDB: 7.7/10
Set in the 17th century. A convent in a small town is being visited by high-ranking Catholic official trying to…
Director: Jerzy Kawalerowicz
Stars: Lucyna Winnicka, Andrzej Antkowiak, Mieczyslaw Voit, Halina Billing-Wohl, Anna Ciepielewska

5). Taste of Fear (1961)

Score: 5.83/10 IMDB: 7.4/10 Trailer
Penny Applebee's parents were divorced when she was quite young and she grew up with her mother. After her mother's…
Director: Seth Holt
Stars: Christopher Lee, Gordon Sterne, Anne Blake, Rodney Burke, Frederick Schrecker

6). Hercules in the Haunted World (1961)

Score: 5.34/10 IMDB: 6.3/10 Trailer
Upon his return from battle in the previous film, the great warrior Hercules learns that his lover, Daianara, has lost…
Directors: Mario Bava, Franco Prosperi
Stars: Christopher Lee, Carolyn De Fonseca, Aldo Pedinotti, Claudio Marzulli, Leonora Ruffo

7). The Snake Woman (1961)

Score: 4.94/10 IMDB: 4.9/10 Trailer
In 1890 England a doctor, in order to cure his wife's "sick mind", injects her with snake venom. She later…
Director: Sidney J. Furie
Stars: Fred Wood, Hugh Moxey, Michael Logan, Susan Travers, Arnold Marlé

8). Werewolf in a Girls' Dormitory (1961)

Score: 4.89/10 IMDB: 4.8/10 Trailer
The new science teacher Dr. Julian Olcott with a mysterious past arrives in an institutional boarding school for troublemaker girls.…
Director: Paolo Heusch
Stars: Curt Lowens, Giuseppe Transocchi, John Karlsen, Patricia Meeker, Elizabeth Patrick

9). Doctor Blood's Coffin (1961)

Score: 4.89/10 IMDB: 4.8/10 Trailer
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Director: Sidney J. Furie
Stars: Paul Stockman, Hazel Court, Kenneth J. Warren, Fred Johnson, Gerald Lawson

10). Creature from the Haunted Sea (1961)

Score: 4.03/10 IMDB: 3.4/10 Trailer
American crook Renzo Capetto sees a chance to make a bundle when a Caribbean island has a revolution. He plans…
Director: Roger Corman
Stars: Robert Towne, Antony Carbone, Beach Dickerson, Betsy Jones-Moreland, Robert Bean

11). The Beast of Yucca Flats (1961)

Score: 3.58/10 IMDB: 2.4/10 Trailer
A defecting Russian scientist is transformed by an atomic test into a hulking monster (Tor Johnson, of course). Not much…
Director: Coleman Francis
Stars: Douglas Mellor, Jim Miles, Conrad Brooks, George Prince, Tor Johnson

12). Reptilicus (1961)

Score: 3.05/10 IMDB: 3.6/10 Trailer
A portion of the tail of a prehistoric reptile is discovered in Denmark. It regenerates into the entire reptile, which…
Directors: Sidney W. Pink, Poul Bang
Stars: Robert Cornthwaite, Børge Møller Grimstrup, Bent Mejding, Egon Gydesen, Asbjørn Andersen

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12 List of 1961 Horror Films Worth Watching!

Best Horror Movies of 1961

Looking for the best 1961 horror movies? At the top of our list of the best horror movies of 1961 are "The Innocents (1961), Pit and the Pendulum (1961), The Curse of the Werewolf (1961), Mother Joan of the Angels (1961), and Taste of Fear (1961)." Our top list is an average of our review scores, Hell Horror viewers, and a few other sources.

The best horror film of 1961 is The Innocents (1961) scoring 8.75/10 stars with our combined scores. IMDB already has over 22,830+ votes for this movie. Starring in The Innocents (1961) is Megs Jenkins, Michael Redgrave, Deborah Kerr, Peter Wyngarde, and Martin Stephens. Director Jack Clayton did a phenomenal job treating us with this 1961 best horror film which was remarkable.The Innocents (1961) is in Horror, and Fantasy movie genres.

Next Best Horror Movies of 1961 The next best 1961 horror movie is Pit and the Pendulum (1961) with a score of 7.7/10 stars. Vincent Price, John Kerr, Barbara Steele, Lynette Bernay, and Randee Lynne Jensen star in "Pit and the Pendulum (1961)". Pit and the Pendulum (1961) is directed by Roger Corman and has over 10,800+ IMDB votes. You can find Pit and the Pendulum (1961) in Horror, Drama, and Mystery movie genres.

These are the best horror films of 1961, and we hope you enjoy the 12 movies on our list of good 1961 horror movies sorted best to worst.

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