Gothic Italian Horror 1950s 1960s

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1. La vendetta di Lady Morgan (1965)

79 min | Crime, Horror

A young woman is killed by her treacherous husband and returns as a vengeful ghost.

Director: Massimo Pupillo | Stars: Gordon Mitchell, Erika Blanc, Paul Muller, Barbara Nelli

Votes: 94

2. Bloody Pit of Horror (1965)

Unrated | 87 min | Horror

Writer Rick and his publisher Daniel Parks finally find the ideal location in Italy to shoot some photographs for Rick's Horror photo-novel when they come across an ideal spot. The ... See full summary »

Director: Massimo Pupillo | Stars: Mickey Hargitay, Walter Brandi, Luisa Baratto, Ralph Zucker

Votes: 1,538

3. Terror-Creatures from the Grave (1965)

Unrated | 85 min | Horror

An attorney arrives at a castle to settle the estate of its recently deceased owner. The owner's wife and daughter reveal that he was someone who was able to summon the souls of ancient ... See full summary »

Director: Massimo Pupillo | Stars: Barbara Steele, Walter Brandi, Mirella Maravidi, Alfredo Rizzo

Votes: 839

4. Nightmare Castle (1965)

Unrated | 90 min | Horror

A woman and her lover are tortured and killed by her sadistic husband. The pair return from the grave to seek vengeance.

Director: Mario Caiano | Stars: Barbara Steele, Paul Muller, Helga Liné, Marino Masé

Votes: 2,087

5. Horror Castle (1963)

Unrated | 84 min | Horror

Women are being tortured to death with various torture devices in the dungeon of an old castle by a deformed, hooded, holocaust survivor.

Director: Antonio Margheriti | Stars: Rossana Podestà, Georges Rivière, Christopher Lee, Laura Nucci

Votes: 987

6. The Long Hair of Death (1965)

Not Rated | 96 min | Horror

In a 15th-century feudal village, a woman is accused of witchcraft and put to death. Her beautiful older daughter knows the real reason for the execution lies in the lord's sexual desire ... See full summary »

Director: Antonio Margheriti | Stars: Barbara Steele, George Ardisson, Halina Zalewska, Umberto Raho

Votes: 1,104

7. Castle of Blood (1964)

Not Rated | 87 min | Horror

A journalist takes a bet that he can spend the night in a haunted castle on All Hallow's Eve. During his stay, he bears witness to the castle's gruesome past coming to life before him, and falls in with a beautiful female ghost.

Directors: Antonio Margheriti, Sergio Corbucci | Stars: Barbara Steele, Georges Rivière, Margrete Robsahm, Arturo Dominici

Votes: 1,935

8. Curse of the Blood Ghouls (1962)

G | 72 min | Horror

On their wedding night, a newlywed couple find themselves menaced by a bloodthirsty vampirer.

Director: Roberto Mauri | Stars: Walter Brandi, Dieter Eppler, Graziella Granata, Luigi Batzella

Votes: 346

9. 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.

Director: Piero Regnoli | Stars: Walter Brandi, Lyla Rocco, Maria Giovannini, Alfredo Rizzo

Votes: 376

10. I'll See You in Hell (1960)

79 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

When a diamond heist goes wrong, the three would-be robbers go on the run from the law. They soon find themselves involved with a beautiful woman who may wind up being even more trouble for them than the botched robbery.

Director: Piero Regnoli | Stars: Eva Bartok, John Drew Barrymore, Massimo Serato, Antonio Pierfederici

Votes: 22

11. 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.

Director: Renato Polselli | Stars: Hélène Rémy, Tina Gloriani, Walter Brandi, Isarco Ravaioli

Votes: 413

12. Atom Age Vampire (1960)

Unrated | 87 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A stripper is horribly disfigured in a car accident. A brilliant scientist develops a treatment that restores her beauty and falls in love with her. To preserve her appearance the doctor ... See full summary »

Director: Anton Giulio Majano | Stars: Alberto Lupo, Susanne Loret, Sergio Fantoni, Franca Parisi

Votes: 1,360

13. Spirits of the Dead (1968)

R | 121 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Anthology film from three European directors based on stories by Edgar Allan Poe: a cruel princess haunted by a ghostly horse, a sadistic young man haunted by his double, and an alcoholic actor haunted by the Devil.

Directors: Federico Fellini, Louis Malle, Roger Vadim | Stars: Jane Fonda, Brigitte Bardot, Alain Delon, Terence Stamp

Votes: 5,298

14. Mill of the Stone Women (1960)

96 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

In 19th century Holland, a professor of fine arts and an unlicensed surgeon run a secret lab where the professor's ill daughter receives blood-transfusions from kidnapped female victims who posthumously become macabre art.

Director: Giorgio Ferroni | Stars: Pierre Brice, Scilla Gabel, Wolfgang Preiss, Dany Carrel

Votes: 1,232

15. Planet of the Vampires (1965)

Not Rated | 88 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

After landing on a mysterious planet, a team of astronauts begin to turn on each other, swayed by the uncertain influence of the planet and its strange inhabitants.

Director: Mario Bava | Stars: Barry Sullivan, Norma Bengell, Ángel Aranda, Evi Marandi

Votes: 4,982 | Gross: $0.25M

16. The Whip and the Body (1963)

Not Rated | 87 min | Horror, Romance

The ghost of a sadistic nobleman attempts to rekindle his romance with his terrorized, masochistic ex-lover, who is unwillingly affianced to his brother.

Director: Mario Bava | Stars: Daliah Lavi, Christopher Lee, Tony Kendall, Evelyn Stewart

Votes: 3,123

17. Kill, Baby... Kill! (1966)

GP | 83 min | Horror, Mystery

A Carpathian village is haunted by the ghost of a murderous little girl, prompting a coroner and a medical student to uncover her secrets while a witch attempts to protect the villagers.

Director: Mario Bava | Stars: Giacomo Rossi Stuart, Erika Blanc, Fabienne Dali, Piero Lulli

Votes: 5,476

18. Black Sabbath (1963)

Not Rated | 92 min | Horror

82 Metascore

Boris Karloff hosts a trio of horror stories concerning a stalked call girl, a vampire-like monster who preys on his family, and a nurse who is haunted by her ring's rightful owner.

Director: Mario Bava | Stars: Michèle Mercier, Lidia Alfonsi, Boris Karloff, Mark Damon

Votes: 9,643

19. Black Sunday (1960)

Not Rated | 87 min | Horror

A vengeful witch and her fiendish servant return from the grave and begin a bloody campaign to possess the body of the witch's beautiful look-alike descendant, with only the girl's brother and a handsome doctor standing in her way.

Director: Mario Bava | Stars: Barbara Steele, John Richardson, Andrea Checchi, Ivo Garrani

Votes: 12,749

20. The Unnaturals (1969)

83 min | Crime, Thriller

The characters engage in a séance at a mansion while a storm rages outside. During their stay, the film uses an extensive flashback structure to reveal the various criminal acts that each have perpetrated.

Director: Antonio Margheriti | Stars: Joachim Fuchsberger, Marianne Koch, Helga Anders, Claudio Camaso

Votes: 177

21. Caltiki, the Immortal Monster (1959)

Not Rated | 77 min | Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi

Archaeologists investigating some Mayan ruins come across a blob-like monster. They manage to destroy it with fire, but keep a sample. Meanwhile, a comet is due to pass close to the Earth -... See full summary »

Directors: Riccardo Freda, Mario Bava | Stars: John Merivale, Didi Sullivan, Gérard Herter, Giacomo Rossi Stuart

Votes: 1,099

22. Lust of the Vampire (1957)

82 min | Horror

A mad scientist captures young women and drains their blood, in order to keep alive an ancient, evil duchess.

Directors: Riccardo Freda, Mario Bava | Stars: Gianna Maria Canale, Carlo D'Angelo, Dario Michaelis, Wandisa Guida

Votes: 1,367

23. Hercules in the Haunted World (1961)

Not Rated | 84 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Horror

Hercules must journey in Hades itself to retrieve the magic stone that will free his love from the powers of darkness.

Director: Mario Bava | Stars: Reg Park, Christopher Lee, Leonora Ruffo, George Ardisson

Votes: 1,553

24. The Horrible Dr. Hichcock (1962)

76 min | Horror

In 19th century London, a woman weds a doctor with necrophiliac tendencies, and whose first wife died under mysterious circumstances - and might be coming back from the grave to torment her successor.

Director: Riccardo Freda | Stars: Barbara Steele, Robert Flemyng, Silvano Tranquilli, Maria Teresa Vianello

Votes: 1,181

25. The Girl Who Knew Too Much (1963)

Not Rated | 86 min | Comedy, Mystery, Romance

A mystery novel-loving American tourist witnesses a murder in Rome, and soon finds herself and her suitor caught up in a series of killings.

Director: Mario Bava | Stars: John Saxon, Letícia Román, Valentina Cortese, Titti Tomaino

Votes: 3,617

26. Crypt of the Vampire (1964)

Not Rated | 82 min | Horror

Count Karnstein sends for a doctor to help his sick daughter Laura. Her nurse believes she is possessed by the spirit of a dead ancestor, Carmilla. A young woman becomes intrigued by the ... See full summary »

Director: Camillo Mastrocinque | Stars: Christopher Lee, Adriana Ambesi, Ursula Davis, José Campos

Votes: 669

27. The Castle of the Living Dead (1964)

90 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Count Drago invites entertainers to his castle, but what the people don't know is that Drago mummifies animals and humans.

Directors: Warren Kiefer, Luciano Ricci | Stars: Christopher Lee, Gaia Germani, Philippe Leroy, Mirko Valentin

Votes: 583

28. An Angel for Satan (1966)

90 min | Horror, Mystery

At the end of the 19th century, in a little Italian village by a lake an old statue is recovered. Soon a series of crimes start and the superstitious people of the village believe that the ... See full summary »

Director: Camillo Mastrocinque | Stars: Barbara Steele, Anthony Steffen, Claudio Gora, Mario Brega

Votes: 511

29. Katarsis (1963)

76 min | Fantasy, Horror

A group of dropouts find an old man (Sir Christopher Lee) in a castle. The old man subsequently turns into the Devil and seizes them.

Director: Vegezzi | Stars: Christopher Lee, George Ardisson, Bella Cortez, Ulderico Sciaretta

Votes: 70

30. The Monster of the Opera (1964)

80 min | Horror

A theater troupe's young, energetic leader has secured an old theater in which to produce his new production. The theater's elderly caretaker urges the group to leave at once. A vampire is ... See full summary »

Director: Renato Polselli | Stars: Marco Mariani, Giuseppe Addobbati, Barbara Hawards, Alberto Archetti

Votes: 70

31. The Young, the Evil and the Savage (1968)

82 min | Mystery, Thriller

An amateur sleuth attending a prestigious girls' boarding school helps the police and her friends identify a serial killer who is targeting the students and teachers.

Director: Antonio Margheriti | Stars: Mark Damon, Eleonora Brown, Sally Smith, Patrizia Valturri

Votes: 538

32. La bambola di Satana (1969)

90 min | Horror

A couple travels to a castle for the reading of the will of the woman's recently deceased wealthy uncle. It turns out that he left her the castle and its grounds. She is persuaded by ... See full summary »

Director: Ferruccio Casapinta | Stars: Erna Schurer, Roland Carey, Aurora Bautista, Ettore Ribotta

Votes: 236

33. A Quiet Place in the Country (1968)

R | 106 min | Drama, Horror

An accomplished painter rents a dilapidated villa in the country, and soon finds himself absorbed in the property's history, particularly the murder of a sex-obsessed countess who died there decades prior.

Director: Elio Petri | Stars: Franco Nero, Vanessa Redgrave, Georges Géret, Gabriella Boccardo

Votes: 1,162

35. The Witch (1966)

R | 109 min | Horror, Mystery

A historian goes to a castle library to translate some ancient erotic literature. While there he discovers what he believes to be supernatural forces at work.

Director: Damiano Damiani | Stars: Richard Johnson, Rosanna Schiaffino, Gian Maria Volontè, Sarah Ferrati

Votes: 247

36. The Third Eye (1966)

98 min | Thriller, Horror

A young count who lives with his dominant and jealous mother, begins in a downward spiral into madness after his fiancée dies in an accident - or it wasn't an accident?

Director: Mino Guerrini | Stars: Franco Nero, Gioia Pascal, Erika Blanc, Olga Solbelli

Votes: 251

37. The Murder Clinic (1966)

GP | 86 min | Horror

Patients and staff of an isolated mental hospital are being killed off by a hooded maniac who stalks the halls.

Director: Elio Scardamaglia | Stars: William Berger, Françoise Prévost, Mary Young, Barbara Wilson

Votes: 253

38. The Seventh Grave (1965)

77 min | Horror

Ghosts and dead bodies infest a small nineteenth-century village. Their souls look for revenge only!

Director: Garibaldi Serra Caracciolo | Stars: Stefania Nelli, Nando Angelini, Armando Guarnieri, Bruna Baini

Votes: 47

39. La jena di Londra (1964)

79 min | Horror

A serial killer called "The Hyena" is finally caught and eventually hanged. However, his body disappears before it can be buried, and soon thereafter dead bodies start turning up in a small village.

Director: Gino Mangini | Stars: Giotto Tempestini, Diana Martín, Tony Kendall, Ilona Drash

Votes: 35

40. The Blancheville Monster (1963)

Unrated | 90 min | Horror

The beautiful young daughter of a crazed count fears that she will fall victim to the family curse - to be sacrificed to fulfill an ancient family legend.

Director: Alberto De Martino | Stars: Gérard Tichy, Leo Anchóriz, Ombretta Colli, Helga Liné

Votes: 503

41. The Ghost (1963)

R | 97 min | Horror

A woman and her lover murder her husband, a doctor. Soon, however, strange things start happening, and they wonder if they really killed him, or if he is coming back from the dead to haunt them.

Director: Riccardo Freda | Stars: Barbara Steele, Peter Baldwin, Elio Jotta, Harriet Medin

Votes: 1,015

42. Tomb of Torture (1963)

Not Rated | 88 min | Horror

A woman is tormented by dreams that she is the reincarnation of a dead countess. Her father, trying to get her to stop the dreams, takes her to a village near the castle of the late ... See full summary »

Director: Antonio Boccaci | Stars: Annie Alberti, Adriano Micantoni, Marco Mariani, Flora Carosello

Votes: 196

43. 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.

Director: Paolo Heusch | Stars: Barbara Lass, Carl Schell, Curt Lowens, Maurice Marsac

Votes: 939

44. My Friend, Dr. Jekyll (1960)

100 min | Comedy, Horror

Professor Fabius has found a way of transferring his personality to another person and he transfers his to the body of Giacinto Floria, a nice teacher in a women's college. Poor Giacinto ... See full summary »

Director: Marino Girolami | Stars: Ugo Tognazzi, Carlo Croccolo, Raimondo Vianello, Abbe Lane

Votes: 33

45. Uncle Was a Vampire (1959)

85 min | Comedy, Horror

Baron Osvaldo Lambertenghi is forced to sell his ancestral castle; when it's converted into a hotel, he stays on as a bellboy. His mysterious uncle arrives, and turns out to be a vampire. ... See full summary »

Director: Steno | Stars: Renato Rascel, Sylva Koscina, Lia Zoppelli, Kai Fischer

Votes: 166



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