Best Horror Movies by Year Since 1920

#1960

Psycho (1960)
97%

#1960
Adjusted Score: 109.153%
Critics Consensus: Infamous for its shower scene, but immortal for its contribution to the horror genre. Because Psycho was filmed with tact, grace, and art, Hitchcock didn't just create modern horror, he validated it.
Synopsis: In 1960, Alfred Hitchcock was already famous as the screen's master of suspense (and perhaps the best-known film director in... [More]
Directed By: Alfred Hitchcock

#1961

The Innocents (1961)
96%

#1961
Adjusted Score: 100.824%
Critics Consensus: Creepily atmospheric, The Innocents is a stylishly crafted, chilling British ghost tale with Deborah Kerr at her finest.
Synopsis: In this lugubrious but brilliantly realized adaptation of Henry James' classic novella The Turn of the Screw, 19th century British... [More]
Directed By: Jack Clayton

#1962
#1962
Adjusted Score: 103.116%
Critics Consensus: A horrific tale of guilt and obsession, Eyes Without a Face is just as chilling and poetic today as it was in 1959.
Synopsis: A brilliant but crazed surgeon resorts to horrifying measures to restore the beauty of his daughter's disfigured face.... [More]
Directed By: Georges Franju

#1963

The Birds (1963)
96%

#1963
Adjusted Score: 101.814%
Critics Consensus: Proving once again that build-up is the key to suspense, Alfred Hitchcock successfully turned birds into some of the most terrifying villains in horror history.
Synopsis: The story begins as an innocuous romantic triangle involving wealthy, spoiled Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren), handsome Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor),... [More]
Directed By: Alfred Hitchcock

#1964
Adjusted Score: 88.584%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Kwaidan is an impressively mounted anthology horror film based on four stories by Lafcadio Hearn, a Greek-born writer who began... [More]
Directed By: Masaki Kobayashi

#1965

Repulsion (1965)
100%

#1965
Adjusted Score: 108.175%
Critics Consensus: Roman Polanski's first English film follows a schizophrenic woman's descent into madness, and makes the audience feel as claustrophobic as the character.
Synopsis: When Carol, a shy young Belgian, is left alone for a few days in the Kensington flat she shares with... [More]
Directed By: Roman Polanski

#1966
#1966
Adjusted Score: 79.632%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Hammer's second outing for the notorious vampire after their hugely successful Dracula (1958), with Christopher Lee returning as the demonic... [More]
Directed By: Terence Fisher

#1967

The Sorcerers (1967)
100%

#1967
Adjusted Score: 100.643%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A well-meaning and gentle inventor creates a machine capable of allowing one person to completely control the mind of another,... [More]
Directed By: Michael Reeves

#1968

Rosemary's Baby (1968)
99%

#1968
Adjusted Score: 106.416%
Critics Consensus: A frightening tale of Satanism and pregnancy that is even more disturbing than it sounds thanks to convincing and committed performances by Mia Farrow and Ruth Gordon.
Synopsis: In Roman Polanski's first American film, adapted from Ira Levin's horror bestseller, a young wife comes to believe that her... [More]
Directed By: Roman Polanski

#1969
#1969
Adjusted Score: 91.884%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: This film features adaptations of three short stories by Edgar Allan Poe. In "Metzengerstein," a woman believes a horse possesses... [More]

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