It's hard to know where to start when choosing the 5 best 1960s horror movie stars. While some actors were hugely prolific and acted in dozens of classic horror movies during the decade, there are other horror movie stars who only had one or two breakout roles. The 1960s were a particularly ripe time for horror movies and these horror movie stars kept much of the world sitting on the edge of its seat.
- Peter Cushing starred in over twenty movies during the 1960s and most of them were of the horror genre. He was famous for his portrayal of Van Helsing the vampire hunter most notably in the film "The Brides of Dracula" and also for taking the part of Baron Viktor Frankenstein in 1964's the "Evil of Frankenstein." Cushing is perhaps better known to younger moviegoers as Grand Moff Tarkin from the "Star Wars" series.
- Christopher Lee has made a career of playing monsters and villains. He's perhaps most famous for his numerous turns playing the role of Count Dracula in a series of horror movies produced by Hammer films throughout the 1960s. Like his good friend Cushing, he also went on to play a role in the "Star Wars" series, taking on the character of Count Dooku.
- Vincent Price is one of the most loved of all 1960s horror movie stars. He's well known for his roles in several movies based on the works of Edgar Allen Poe, such as "The Raven" and "The Masque of the Red Death." Shortly before his death, he played the role of The Inventor in the Tim Burton movie "Edward Scissorhands." It was also his distinctive voice that provided the spoken word section in Michael Jackson's "Thriller."
- Janet Leigh and Anthony Perkins weren't generally known as horror movie stars, but together they became famous in one of the best known of all 1960s horror movies, Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho." Janet Leigh's perfect horror movie scream and Perkins' terrifying portrayal of mother-loving Norman Bates left a generation of young women terrified of taking a shower in an empty house.
- Boris Karloff began acting in horror movies long before the 1960s, but his contributions during that decade certainly entitle him to be on this list. He performed with Victor Price in "The Raven" and also starred in another movie based on the writings of Poe, "The House of Evil." One of Karloff's most lasting legacies from the 1960s came when he lent his voice to the animated Dr. Seuss tale, "How The Grinch Stole Christmas."
The 1960s was a great time for fans of the horror movie genre and the best horror movie stars had plenty of work over the course of the decade. Do yourself a favor and check out a few of these movies on DVD.