The Nearly Good B-Pictures of the 1960sby Akira_Chimera | created - 06 Nov 2014 | updated - 5 days ago | Public
Can there even be a thing like 'nearly good B-pictures'? At first I wasn't so sure either. But after years of watching B-movies, more often than not I stumbled across a B-picture which I wouldn't exactly consider to be a good (or even brillant) one. On the other hand it didn't reach the absolute bottoms of z-grade moviedom that connoisseurs of this kind of pictures are used to either. It was simply a movie which, in terms of B-pictures, was competently done, had all those ingredients we love so much in this kind of movies, yes, possibly it was even done bad for all the right reasons. But nevertheless, it didn't click with me, didn't offer that special something which makes B-pictures so enjoyable. What you can expect on this list are B-pictures which are not bad per se, they are more like near misses which can still offer plenty for the B-movie fan. Especially if you are a fan of a certain subgenre, actor or whatever. So have fun browsing through the nearly, but not quite, good B-pictures of the 1960s.
If you're up to it, don't hesitate to leave a comment.
PS: The movies are sorted by year and not necessarily by my preference. This list is by no means complete as I will add new worthwhile films as I stumble across them.
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1. The Playgirls and the Vampire (1960)
Not Rated | 70 min | Horror
Five beautiful showgirls are trapped by a storm and find refuge in a creepy old castle. The owner of the castle, a strange nobleman, has a secret laboratory in the basement and has his own plans for the girls.
2. The Vampire and the Ballerina (1960)
Not Rated | 85 min | Horror
A troupe of beautiful young dancers find themselves stranded in a sinister, spooky old castle, not knowing that it is home to a group of vampires.
3. Tarzan the Magnificent (1960)
Approved | 82 min | Action, Adventure
Tarzan must escort his prisoner Coy Banton out of the jungle to the authorities. The boat is blown up by Coy's father and brothers. In addition to Coy Tarzan must now lead five more of the ... See full summary »
5. Vengeance of Hercules (1960)
87 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
A warrior returning home to his country must battle giant bats, three-headed dogs and a vicious dragon to save his wife, and his people, from the machinations of an evil ruler.
6. The Minotaur, the Wild Beast of Crete (1960)
Not Rated | 105 min | Adventure, Fantasy
King Minos sacrifices the 'required' virgins to the Minotaur. As his wife lies dying, she confesses that her daughter has a twin she has secreted to avoid giving one of the girls to the ... See full summary »
8. The Giants of Thessaly (1960)
86 min | Adventure, Fantasy
In order to placate the angry gods, who have allowed Thessaly to be overrun with barbarian invaders and beset with natural disasters, King Jason takes his Argonauts on a search for the ... See full summary »
9. First Spaceship on Venus (1960)
Unrated | 79 min | Sci-Fi
When an alien artifact discovered on Earth is found to have come from Venus, an international team of astronauts embarks to investigate its origins.
10. Cleopatra's Daughter (1960)
109 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance
Cleopatra, after the civil war that followed the assassination of Caesar, met with Marc Antony in Assyria where they planned the defense of Egypt against the Romans. Before leaving, ... See full summary »
13. Werewolf in a Girls' Dormitory (1961)
Approved | 83 min | Horror, Mystery
At a girls' school, several students are murdered by a snarling, wolf-man-like creature. Suspicion falls upon a newly arrived teacher.
14. The Devil's Messenger (1961)
Approved | 72 min | Horror
Satan enlists the help of a suicide victim in Hell to lure unsuspecting earthly victims to their eternal doom. Contains three somewhat unrelated Twilight Zone-esque stories.
16. Reptilicus (1961)
Passed | 82 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
After copper miners discover part of the frozen tail of a prehistoric monster in Lapland, scientists inadvertently bring it back to life.
17. Valley of the Dragons (1961)
Approved | 82 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
In 1881, in Algeria, Michael Denning and Hector Servadac are fighting a duel when a comet brushing Earth takes the two men to the Moon where they discover a prehistoric civilization.
18. Creature from the Haunted Sea (1961)
Unrated | 63 min | Comedy, Horror
A crook decides to bump off members of his inept crew and blame their deaths on a legendary sea creature. What he doesn't know is that the creature is real.
19. Atlantis: The Lost Continent (1961)
Approved | 90 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi
A Greek Fisherman brings an Atlantean Princess back to her homeland which is the mythical city of Atlantis. He is enslaved for his trouble. The King is being manipulated by an evil sorcerer... See full summary »
20. Most Dangerous Man Alive (1961)
Approved | 82 min | Sci-Fi
After wandering in a nuclear testing area in the desert, escaped mobster Ron Candell starts mutating and seeks revenge on his former crime partners.
21. Doctor Blood's Coffin (1961)
Unrated | 92 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
People are mysteriously disappearing near a remote Cornish village, where a scientist is experimenting with reviving the dead.
22. Flight That Disappeared (1961)
Approved | 71 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
A cross-country airliner, whose passengers include a nuclear physicist, a rocket expert, and a mathematical genius, is drawn beyond radar range by an unknown, unbreakable force.
23. The Snake Woman (1961)
Unrated | 68 min | Horror
In 1890 England a doctor, in order to cure his wife's "sick mind", injects her with snake venom. She later gives birth to a daughter the villagers begin to call "The Devil's Baby". They ... See full summary »
25. Valley of the Lions (1961)
94 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
The evil dictator Ajak sends his armies to attack a neighboring kingdom, and during the battle, the besieged King Annurius orders one of his subjects to take his son Ursus to a place of ... See full summary »
27. Mole Men Against the Son of Hercules (1961)
Not Rated | 95 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
Maciste arranges for himself and his new friend Bangor to be captured by a mysterious band of white-clad marauders and taken to an underground city. There the two are forced to turn an ... See full summary »
28. Muñecos infernales (1961)
Approved | 81 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Four men are cursed by a voodoo priest for stealing a sacred idol from his temple. Soon a band of murderous "doll men" are after the men and their families.
29. Journey Beneath the Desert (1961)
105 min | Adventure, Fantasy
A helicopter crashes in the desert, and the crew winds up in the underground city of Atlantis and get mixed up in a slave revolt.
Kraft Mystery Theater (1959–1963)
House of Mystery
56 min | Mystery
A young couple go to check out a house they're thinking of buying. A somewhat mysterious woman tells the couple several stories of the fates that befell the house's previous owners.
31. The Burning Court (1962)
110 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A group of people visit a weird old man who is a student of the black arts. The man lives in an ancient, cursed castle. Soon people in the group start being killed off.
32. El vampiro sangriento (1962)
110 min | Horror
Count Cagliostro, whose family has tried for generations to rid the world of vampires, instructs his daughter and her fiance to protect several valuable documents.
33. The Brainiac (1962)
Approved | 77 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
In 1661 Mexico, the Baron Vitelius of Astara is sentenced to be burned alive by the Holy Inquisition of Mexico for witchcraft, necromancy, and other crimes. As he dies, the Baron swears ... See full summary »
34. Varan the Unbelievable (1962)
Unrated | 70 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
A prehistoric behemoth is unwittingly awaken from hibernation due to a U.S-Japanese military experiment on it's watery lair for economic means, where it proceeds in attacking Japan.
35. The Magic Sword (1962)
Approved | 80 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
The son of a sorceress, armed with weapons, armour and six magically summoned knights, embarks on a quest to save a princess from a vengeful wizard.
36. Tarzan Goes to India (1962)
Not Rated | 88 min | Action, Adventure
Summoned by an Indian princess, Tarzan travels to India where hundreds of wild elephants are in danger. A company is building a hydroelectric dam and the contractors have only a few weeks ... See full summary »
37. The Seven Tasks of Ali Baba (1962)
90 min | Adventure
A wizard summons Ali Baba to transport a sacred crown to a nearby country. An evil ruler has taken over the land, and the crown is needed to free the people from his influence.
38. Gladiators 7 (1962)
Unrated | 92 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Framed for the escape of five gladiators from the arena, the son of one of Sparta's leading citizens is sentenced to the arena as gladiator himself and forced to fight for his life in the ... See full summary »
39. The Brain That Wouldn't Die (1962)
Approved | 82 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
A doctor experimenting with transplant techniques keeps his girlfriend's head alive when she is decapitated in a car crash, then goes hunting for a new body.
42. La mano de un hombre muerto (1962)
Approved | 95 min | Horror
When violent crime strikes a tiny hamlet, the townsfolk suspect the distant relative of a sadistic 17th century baron who cursed the village.
46. Face of Terror (1962)
83 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller