... And The Ugly Of The 1960s

by Akira_Chimera | created - 26 Mar 2011 | updated - 6 days ago | Public

Have you ever been in a situation when you read a films title or summary or saw a movie poster, a trailer or just some screen shots of a movie (especially of B-films) and you thought: "Wow, this looks like heaps of fun!"? You rented that film and after one and a half hours (at the most) you got that nagging feeling that someone stole that exact amount of precious quality lifetime from you. Well, basically this list is about those films. No matter how reduced your expectations had already been, no matter how much you care for flicks of that genre in general - these films did not even meet those expectations, not by a far shot. Even as a fan of trash films you refuse to acknowledge the existence of this list's entries, simply because a good trash film, even considering its manifold shortcomings, is at least fun. So beware, the films on this list are everything - except fun. Needless to say, I had quite some fun in doing this list, although it brought back painful memories.

Feel free to comment on my choice of movies.

PS: 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 Amazing Transparent Man (1960)

Approved | 58 min | Sci-Fi

A crazed scientist invents an invisibility formula. He plans to use the formula to create an army of invisible zombies.

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer | Stars: Marguerite Chapman, Douglas Kennedy, James Griffith, Ivan Triesault

Votes: 1,976

2. Last Woman on Earth (1960)

Not Rated | 71 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Ev, along with her husband, Harold, and their lawyer friend Martin, are scuba diving while on vacation in Puerto Rico. When they resurface, they gradually conclude that an unexplained, ... See full summary »

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Betsy Jones-Moreland, Antony Carbone, Robert Towne

Votes: 1,629

3. Dinosaurus! (1960)

Unrated | 83 min | Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

After undersea explosions near a Caribbean island, prehistoric creatures are unleashed on the unsuspecting population. Freed from his watery tomb, as well, is a very friendly Neanderthal ... See full summary »

Director: Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr. | Stars: Ward Ramsey, Paul Lukather, Kristina Hanson, Alan Roberts

Votes: 1,113

4. Tormented (1960)

Unrated | 75 min | Horror, Thriller

A man lets a former flame fall to her death rather than let her interfere with his new relationship, but her ghost returns to disrupt his impending nuptials.

Director: Bert I. Gordon | Stars: Richard Carlson, Susan Gordon, Lugene Sanders, Juli Reding

Votes: 2,020

5. The Girl in Lovers Lane (1960)

Approved | 78 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

Two drifters contend with love and murder in a small town.

Director: Charles R. Rondeau | Stars: Brett Halsey, Joyce Meadows, Lowell Brown, Jack Elam

Votes: 825

6. 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: 1,352

7. Teenage Zombies (1959)

Approved | 73 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A crazed female scientist uses nerve gas to turn local teenagers into her unquestioning slaves.

Director: Jerry Warren | Stars: Don Sullivan, Katherine Victor, Steve Conte, J.L.D. Morrison

Votes: 893

8. 12 to the Moon (1960)

74 min | Sci-Fi

An international team embarks on an expedition to the moon in an uncommonly spacious rocketship. There they encounter a faceless alien intelligence who conclude that the human race is too ... See full summary »

Director: David Bradley | Stars: Ken Clark, Michi Kobi, Tom Conway, Anthony Dexter

Votes: 953

9. The Leech Woman (1960)

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

An endocrinologist in a dysfunctional marriage with an aging, alcoholic wife journeys to Africa seeking a drug that will restore youth.

Director: Edward Dein | Stars: Coleen Gray, Grant Williams, Phillip Terry, Gloria Talbott

Votes: 1,545

10. The Beatniks (1960)

78 min | Crime

A young singer's chance at fame is threatened by his hoodlum pals.

Director: Paul Frees | Stars: Tony Travis, Karen Kadler, Peter Breck, Joyce Terry

Votes: 886

11. The Spider's Web (1960)

Unrated | 77 min | Horror

Survivors of a plane crash on a remote island find it is covered by spiders. When bitten, the survivors start turning into spiders!

Director: Fritz Böttger | Stars: Harald Maresch, Helga Franck, Alexander D'Arcy, Helga Neuner

Votes: 3,449

12. The Sinister Urge (1960)

Not Rated | 71 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A flunky for a porno movie ring starts murdering the smut films' lead actresses.

Director: Edward D. Wood Jr. | Stars: Kenne Duncan, Duke Moore, Jean Fontaine, Carl Anthony

Votes: 1,297

13. Son of Samson (1960)

Unrated | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Maciste travels to Egypt, where he leads a revolt against an evil queen.

Director: Carlo Campogalliani | Stars: Mark Forest, Chelo Alonso, Vira Silenti, Angelo Zanolli

Votes: 155

14. Colossus and the Amazon Queen (1960)

Unrated | 84 min | Adventure, Fantasy

Two musclemen come up against a tribe of Amazon women.

Director: Vittorio Sala | Stars: Dorian Gray, Rod Taylor, Gianna Maria Canale, Ed Fury

Votes: 382

15. The Loves of Hercules (1960)

Not Rated | 98 min | Fantasy, Adventure

Hercules must save his true love from an evil queen.

Director: Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia | Stars: Jayne Mansfield, Mickey Hargitay, Massimo Serato, Tina Gloriani

Votes: 922

16. The Conqueror of the Orient (1960)

86 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Centuries ago in the Orient, the fiscal exactions on the people lead to a revolt against the usurper of the throne, and the empowerment of a new leader.

Director: Tanio Boccia | Stars: Gianna Maria Canale, Rik Battaglia, Irène Tunc, Edda Ferronao

Votes: 75

17. The Ship of Monsters (1960)

Not Rated | 81 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi, Horror

Two extraterrestrial women are sent on a mission by the regent of Venus to search for a male of another planet.

Director: Rogelio A. González | Stars: Eulalio González, Ana Bertha Lepe, Lorena Velázquez, Consuelo Frank

Votes: 289

18. 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: 31

19. The Cape Canaveral Monsters (1960 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 69 min | Sci-Fi

When a couple are killed in an auto accident their bodies are immediately inhabited by extraterrestrial beings. Taking refuge in an underground cave, the aliens attempt to sabotage the U.S.... See full summary »

Director: Phil Tucker | Stars: Scott Peters, Linda Connell, Jason Johnson, Katherine Victor

Votes: 323

20. The House in Marsh Road (1960)

70 min | Horror, Thriller

A novelist and his sexy lover plot to kill the novelist's wife so he can inherit her fortune including her house that happens to be haunted.

Director: Montgomery Tully | Stars: Tony Wright, Patricia Dainton, Sandra Dorne, Derek Aylward

Votes: 316

21. Macumba Love (1960)

Approved | 86 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

A writer who specializes in exposing fake witchcraft journeys to Brazil to investigate a voodoo cult.

Director: Douglas Fowley | Stars: Walter Reed, Ziva Rodann, William Wellman Jr., June Wilkinson

Votes: 54 | Gross: $3.00M

22. Neutrón, el enmascarado negro (1960)

72 min | Action, Drama, Mystery

Neutron, a masked wrestler/superhero, battles a gang of crooks who are plotting to steal a secret formula.

Director: Federico Curiel | Stars: Wolf Ruvinskis, Julio Alemán, Armando Silvestre, Roberto Ramírez Garza

Votes: 40

23. The Hell of Frankenstein (1960)

103 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

An assassin uses the remote-controlled monster created by a mad scientist to kill his enemies.

Director: Rafael Baledón | Stars: Armando Calvo, Rosa de Castilla, Irma Dorantes, Andrés Soler

Votes: 61

24. The Wild Ride (1960)

PG-13 | 61 min | Crime, Drama

A rebellious punk of the beat generation spends his days as an amateur dirt track driver in between partying and troublemaking. He eventually kidnaps his buddy's girlfriend, kills a few ... See full summary »

Director: Harvey Berman | Stars: Jack Nicholson, Georgianna Carter, Robert Bean, Carol Bigby

Votes: 596

25. High School Caesar (1960)

Not Rated | 75 min | Drama

Matt Stevens is the big man at high school. He sweats the students for protection money, acquires copies of tests for a fee, and has rigged the votes so he can beat Kelly in the election ... See full summary »

Director: O'Dale Ireland | Stars: John Ashley, Gary Vinson, Steve Stevens, Lowell Brown

Votes: 242

26. Date Bait (1960)

TV-14 | 72 min | Drama

A Troubled young man, Brad, returns home after six months rehab. On his first night he starts a fight in dance club with a man named Logan because he was dancing with Sue, a girl whom Brad ... See full summary »

Director: O'Dale Ireland | Stars: Gary Clarke, Marlo Ryan, Dick Gering, Carol Dawne

Votes: 115

27. Too Soon to Love (1960)

Approved | 85 min | Drama, Romance

Unmarried teenage lovers turn to desperate measures after their clandestine tryst results in an unplanned pregnancy.

Director: Richard Rush | Stars: Jennifer West, Richard Evans, Warren Parker, Ralph Manza

Votes: 127

28. The Phantom Planet (1961)

Unrated | 82 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

After an invisible asteroid draws an astronaut and his ship to its surface, he is miniaturized by the phantom planet's exotic atmosphere.

Director: William Marshall | Stars: Dean Fredericks, Coleen Gray, Anthony Dexter, Francis X. Bushman

Votes: 2,474

29. Devil's Partner (1961)

Not Rated | 73 min | Horror

An old man sells his soul to the devil, and turns into a young man. He then uses witchcraft and black magic to win a woman from his rival.

Director: Charles R. Rondeau | Stars: Edgar Buchanan, Jean Allison, Richard Crane, Spencer Carlisle

Votes: 332

30. The Beast of Yucca Flats (1961)

Unrated | 54 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A defecting Soviet scientist is hit by a nuclear explosion near Yucca Flats and roams around as a beast.

Director: Coleman Francis | Stars: Douglas Mellor, Barbara Francis, Bing Stafford, Larry Aten

Votes: 9,198

31. Konga (1961)

Unrated | 90 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

Dr.Decker comes back from Africa after a year, presumed dead. During that year, he came across a way of growing plants and animals to an enormous size. He brings back a baby chimpanzee to ... See full summary »

Director: John Lemont | Stars: Michael Gough, Margo Johns, Jess Conrad, Claire Gordon

Votes: 1,158

32. Anatomy of a Psycho (1961)

PG-13 | 75 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

The crazed brother of a condemned killer sent to the gas chamber swears vengeance on those he holds responsible for his brother's execution.

Director: Boris Petroff | Stars: Ronnie Burns, Pamela Lincoln, Darrell Howe, Judy Howard

Votes: 405

33. The Naked Witch (1961)

M | 59 min | Horror

A student researching the German settlements of Central Texas unearths the grave of a reputed witch. The witch (who happens to be both beautiful and naked) rises from her grave and embarks ... See full summary »

Directors: Claude Alexander, Larry Buchanan | Stars: Denis Adams, Charles West, Howard Ware, Jack Herman

Votes: 317

34. Bloodlust! (1961)

Unrated | 68 min | Horror, Thriller

A crazed hunter kidnaps people and turns them loose on his private estate, where he hunts them for sport.

Director: Ralph Brooke | Stars: Wilton Graff, June Kenney, Walter Brooke, Robert Reed

Votes: 2,043

35. Ursus (1961)

90 min | Action, Fantasy, Adventure

Ursus returns from war to find his fiancée, Attea, has been kidnapped by a mysterious sect which sacrifices virgins to its patron goddess. Ursus faces much treachery and is forced to ... See full summary »

Director: Carlo Campogalliani | Stars: Ed Fury, Cristina Gaioni, Moira Orfei, Mario Scaccia

Votes: 125

36. Atlas (1961)

Not Rated | 79 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Evil king Praximedes convinces superhero Atlas to fight for him, but Atlas eventually sees the king's true nature and turns against him.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Michael Forest, Frank Wolff, Barboura Morris, Walter Maslow

Votes: 174

37. Il trionfo di Maciste (1961)

87 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

The evil Queen Tenefi, who's usurped the throne of Memphis, demands that a steady supply of young women be sacrificed to the God of Fire inside the Mountain of Thunder. Maciste intervenes ... See full summary »

Director: Tanio Boccia | Stars: Kirk Morris, Cathia Caro, Ljubica Otasevic, Cesare Fantoni

Votes: 87

38. Samson (1961)

99 min | Fantasy, Adventure

While traveling through the kingdom of Sulom, Samson is arrested and finds that the queen no longer reigns and that a power-mad warlord and his army of mercenaries now controls the kingdom.... See full summary »

Director: Gianfranco Parolini | Stars: Brad Harris, Sergio Ciani, Mara Berni, Serge Gainsbourg

Votes: 131

39. Atlas Against the Cyclops (1961)

Not Rated | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Strongman Maciste must battle the one-eyed Cyclops monster that is ravaging the land of Sadok, while at the same time fending off the advances of the evil Queen Capys, who wants to do a little ravaging of her own.

Director: Antonio Leonviola | Stars: Gordon Mitchell, Chelo Alonso, Vira Silenti, Dante DiPaolo

Votes: 232

40. Battle of the Worlds (1961)

Unrated | 84 min | Sci-Fi

A runaway asteroid dubbed "The Outsider" mysteriously begins orbiting the Earth and threatens it with lethal flying saucers.

Director: Antonio Margheriti | Stars: Claude Rains, Bill Carter, Umberto Orsini, Maya Brent

Votes: 660

41. El mundo de los vampiros (1961)

83 min | Horror

A vampire uses two sisters to seek revenge from the last member of a family that persecuted the undead in Europe, but his plan is threatened by a man who knows how to destroy him with a peculiar piece of music.

Director: Alfonso Corona Blake | Stars: Guillermo Murray, Silvia Fournier, Mauricio Garcés, Erna Martha Bauman

Votes: 140

42. Rocket Attack U.S.A. (1961)

Not Rated | 68 min | Thriller

An American secret agent tries to stop the Soviets from launching an intercontinental missile at the mainland United States.

Director: Barry Mahon | Stars: Monica Davis, John McKay, Phillip St. George, Edward Czerniuk

Votes: 826

43. Nude on the Moon (1961)

83 min | Fantasy, Sci-Fi

A rich rocket scientist organizes an expedition to the moon, which they discover is inhabited by nude women.

Directors: Raymond Phelan, Doris Wishman | Stars: Marietta, William Mayer, Lester Brown, Pat Reilly

Votes: 749