TOP HORROR MOVIES: 1940-1959

A list of my favorite horror movies: (1940-1959).
In chronological order and purely subjective.
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1.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A small-town doctor learns that the population of his community is being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates. (80 mins.)
Director: Don Siegel
“ An introductory film that appears, once again, under the relevant date. 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers' has become a true classic. Perfectly capturing the 'Cold War' paranoia of the time. The 40s and 50s produced many great creature and monster films. Reflecting society's very valid fears of nuclear threat and unprecedented scientific development. ” - Dr-Faustus
 
2.
The Ghost Breakers (1940)
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A radio broadcaster, his quaking manservant, and an heiress investigate the mystery of a haunted castle in Cuba. (85 mins.)
Director: George Marshall
 
3.
The Invisible Man Returns (1940)
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The owner of a coal mining operation, falsely imprisoned for fratricide, takes a drug to make him invisible, despite its side effect: gradual madness. (81 mins.)
Director: Joe May
 
4.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)
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Dr. Jekyll allows his dark side to run wild when he drinks a potion that turns him into the evil Mr. Hyde. (113 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
 
5.
Man Made Monster (1941)
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A mad scientist turns a man into an electrically-controlled monster to do his bidding. (59 mins.)
Director: George Waggner
 
6.
The Wolf Man (1941)
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A practical man returns to his homeland, is attacked by a creature of folklore, and infected with a horrific disease his disciplined mind tells him can not possibly exist. (70 mins.)
Director: George Waggner
 
7.
Cat People (1942)
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An American man marries a Serbian immigrant who fears that she will turn into the cat person of her homeland's fables if they are intimate together. (73 mins.)
 
8.
The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
When Ygor brings the Monster to Dr. Ludwig Frankenstein for care, Ludwig gets the idea of replacing the Monster's current criminal brain with a normal one. (67 mins.)
Director: Erle C. Kenton
 
9.
Carnival of Sinners (1943)
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Roland Brissot bought for a nickel a talisman that gives him love, fame and wealth. The talisman is a cut left hand... (78 mins.)
 
10.
Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943)
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After being awakened, Larry Talbot chips Frankenstein's Monster out of a block of ice. When Talbot changes to the Wolf Man, the two creatures battle each other. (74 mins.)
 
11.
I Walked with a Zombie (1943)
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A Canadian nurse is hired to care for the wife of a sugar plantation owner, who has been acting strangely, on a Caribbean island. (69 mins.)
 
12.
The Leopard Man (1943)
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A seemingly tame leopard used for a publicity stunt escapes and kills a young girl, spreading panic throughout a sleepy new Mexico town. (66 mins.)
 
13.
Phantom of the Opera (1943)
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A disfigured violinist haunts the Paris Opera House. (92 mins.)
Director: Arthur Lubin
 
14.
The Seventh Victim (1943)
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A woman in search of her missing sister uncovers a Satanic cult in New York's Greenwich Village, and finds that they may have something to do with her sibling's random disappearance. (71 mins.)
Director: Mark Robson
 
15.
Son of Dracula (1943)
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Count Alucard finds his way from Budapest to the swamps of the Deep South; his four nemeses are a medical doctor, a university professor, a jilted fiancé and the woman he loves. (80 mins.)
Director: Robert Siodmak
 
16.
The Curse of the Cat People (1944)
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The young, friendless daughter of Oliver and Alice Reed befriends her father's dead first wife and an aging, reclusive actress. (70 mins.)
 
17.
Gaslight (1944)
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Years after her aunt was murdered in her home, a young woman moves back into the house with her new husband. However, he has a secret that he will do anything to protect, even if it means driving his wife insane. (114 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
 
18.
House of Frankenstein (1944)
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An evil scientist and his hunchbacked assistant escape from prison and encounter Dracula, the Wolf Man and Frankenstein's Monster. (71 mins.)
Director: Erle C. Kenton
 
19.
The Lodger (1944)
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A landlady suspects her new lodger is Jack the Ripper. (84 mins.)
Director: John Brahm
 
20.
The Uninvited (1944)
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A composer and his sister discover that the reason they are able to purchase a beautiful gothic seacoast mansion very cheaply is the house's unsavory past. (99 mins.)
Director: Lewis Allen
 
21.
The Body Snatcher (1945)
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A ruthless doctor and his young prize student find themselves continually harassed by their murderous supplier of illegal cadavers. (77 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
 
22.
Dead of Night (1945)
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An architect senses impending doom as his half-remembered recurring dream turns into reality. The guests at the country house encourage him to stay as they take turns telling supernatural tales. (103 mins.)
 
23.
Hangover Square (1945)
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A promising classical musician finds his life poisoned by a music hall dancer -- and by the strange gaps in his memory. (77 mins.)
Director: John Brahm
 
24.
The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)
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A corrupt young man somehow keeps his youthful beauty, but a special painting gradually reveals his inner ugliness to all. (110 mins.)
Director: Albert Lewin
 
25.
The Spiral Staircase (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In 1916, a shadowy serial killer is targeting women with "afflictions"; one night during a thunderstorm, the mute Helen feels menaced. (83 mins.)
Director: Robert Siodmak
 
26.
The Beast with Five Fingers (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
In a turn-of-the-century Renaissance Italian mansion, its tyrannical owner, a one-handed, wheelchair-bound pianist, with a strong belief in the occult, is murdered. (88 mins.)
Director: Robert Florey
 
27.
Strangler of the Swamp (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A number of swamp land men have died by strangulation and the inhabitants believe that an innocent man... (59 mins.)
Director: Frank Wisbar
 
28.
The Red House (1947)
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An old man and his sister are concealing a terrible secret from their adopted teen daughter, concerning a hidden abandon farmhouse, located deep in the woods. (100 mins.)
Director: Delmer Daves
 
29.
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
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Two hapless freight handlers find themselves encountering Dracula, the Frankenstein Monster and the Wolf Man. (83 mins.)
 
30.
The Queen of Spades (1949)
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An elderly countess strikes a bargain with the devil and exchanges her soul for the ability to always win at cards... (95 mins.)
 
31.
House by the River (1950)
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A deranged writer murders a maid after she resists his advances. The writer engages his brother's help in hiding the body, and then watches as the brother becomes the prime suspect. (88 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
32.
Five (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
The world is destroyed in a nuclear holocaust. Only five Americans survive, including a pregnant woman, a neo-Nazi, a black man and a bank clerk. (93 mins.)
Director: Arch Oboler
 
33.
The Man from Planet X (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
As a mysterious planet hurls itself toward earth, an enigmatic extraterrestrial scout arrives on a remote Scottish island with unknown intentions. (70 mins.)
Director: Edgar G. Ulmer
 
34.
The Thing from Another World (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Scientists and American Air Force officials fend off a blood-thirsty alien organism while at a remote arctic outpost. (87 mins.)
Director: Christian Nyby
 
35.
The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A ferocious dinosaur awakened by an Arctic atomic test terrorizes the North Atlantic and, ultimately, New York City. (80 mins.)
Director: Eugène Lourié
 
36.
House of Wax (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
An associate burns down a wax museum with the owner inside, but he survives only to become vengeful and murderous. (88 mins.)
Director: Andre de Toth
 
37.
Invaders from Mars (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A young boy learns that space aliens are taking over the minds of earthlings. (78 mins.)
 
38.
It Came from Outer Space (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A spaceship from another world crashes in the Arizona desert and only an amateur stargazer and a schoolteacher suspect alien influence when the local townsfolk begin to act strangely. (81 mins.)
Director: Jack Arnold
 
39.
Man in the Attic (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
After an enigmatic, self-described pathologist rents the attic room of a Victorian house, his landlady begins to suspect her lodger is Jack the Ripper. (82 mins.)
Director: Hugo Fregonese
 
40.
The War of the Worlds (1953)
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A small town in California is attacked by Martians. (85 mins.)
Director: Byron Haskin
 
41.
Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A strange prehistoric beast lurks in the depths of the Amazonian jungle. A group of scientists try to capture the animal and bring it back to civilization for study. (79 mins.)
Director: Jack Arnold
 
42.
Godzilla (1954)
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American nuclear weapons testing results in the creation of a seemingly unstoppable, dinosaur-like beast. (96 mins.)
Director: Ishirô Honda
 
43.
Them! (1954)
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The earliest atomic tests in New Mexico cause common ants to mutate into giant man-eating monsters that threaten civilization. (94 mins.)
Director: Gordon Douglas
 
44.
Dementia (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
This film, with no dialogue at all, follows a psychotic young woman's nightmarish experiences through one skid-row night. (56 mins.)
 
45.
Diabolique (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The wife of a cruel headmaster and his mistress conspire to kill him, but after the murder is committed, his body disappears, and strange events begin to plague the two women. (117 mins.)
Director: H.G. Clouzot
 
46.
The Night of the Hunter (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A religious fanatic marries a gullible widow whose young children are reluctant to tell him where their real daddy hid $10,000 he'd stolen in a robbery. (92 mins.)
 
47.
The Quatermass Xperiment (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
In 1950s England, professor Quatermass' manned rocket ship returns to Earth, but two of the astronauts are missing and the survivor seems ill and unable to communicate. (82 mins.)
Director: Val Guest
 
48.
Tarantula (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A spider escapes from an isolated desert laboratory experimenting in giantism and grows to tremendous size as it wreaks havoc on the local inhabitants. (80 mins.)
Director: Jack Arnold
 
49.
Three Cases of Murder (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Three stories of murder and the supernatural. In the first, a museum worker is introduced to a world behind the pictures he sees every day... (99 mins.)
 
50.
The Bad Seed (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A housewife suspects that her seemingly perfect eight year-old daughter is a heartless killer. (129 mins.)
Director: Mervyn LeRoy
 
51.
Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Extraterrestrials traveling in high-tech flying saucers contact scientist Dr. Russell Marvin as part of a plan to enslave the inhabitants of Earth. (83 mins.)
Director: Fred F. Sears
 
52.
Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A 400-foot (122-meter) dinosaur-like beast, awoken from undersea hibernation off the Japanese coast by atomic-bomb testing, attacks Tokyo. (80 mins.)
 
53.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A small-town doctor learns that the population of his community is being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates. (80 mins.)
Director: Don Siegel
 
54.
Rodan (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Mutant pterosaurs and prehistoric insects terrorize humanity. (82 mins.)
Director: Ishirô Honda
 
55.
X the Unknown (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
A radioactive, mud-like creature terrorizes a Scottish village. (81 mins.)
Director: Leslie Norman
 
56.
The Abominable Snowman (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A kindly English botanist and a gruff American scientist lead an expedition to the Himalayas in search of the legendary Yeti. (91 mins.)
Director: Val Guest
 
57.
The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Victor Frankenstein builds a creature and brings it to life, but it behaves not as he intended. (82 mins.)
Director: Terence Fisher
 
58.
Curse of the Demon (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
American professor John Holden arrives in London for a parapsychology conference, only to find himself investigating the mysterious actions of Devil-worshiper Julian Karswell. (95 mins.)
 
59.
Enemy from Space (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Professor Quatermass, trying to gather support for his Lunar colonisation project, is intrigued by mysterious traces that have been showing up. (85 mins.)
Director: Val Guest
 
60.
The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
When Scott Carey begins to shrink because of exposure to a combination of radiation and insecticide, medical science is powerless to help him. (81 mins.)
Director: Jack Arnold
 
61.
Lust of the Vampire (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A mad scientist captures young women and drains their blood, in order to keep alive an ancient, evil duchess. (85 mins.)
Director: Riccardo Freda
 
62.
She Devil (1957)
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Doctors Scott and Bach inject the dying Kyra Zelas with a formula which saves her life - but also renders her almost immortal and wickedly evil. (77 mins.)
Director: Kurt Neumann
 
63.
The Blob (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
An alien lifeform consumes everything in its path as it grows and grows. (86 mins.)
 
64.
The Colossus of New York (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A brilliant surgeon encases his dead son's brain in a large robot body, with unintended results... (70 mins.)
Director: Eugene Lourie
 
65.
Corridors of Blood (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Dr. Thomas Bolton fights for the use of anesthetic in surgery and uses himself as a guinea pig but soon finds himself addicted. (86 mins.)
Director: Robert Day
 
66.
Fiend Without a Face (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Invisible atomic monsters attack a U.S. Armed Forces base and the local residents. (75 mins.)
Director: Arthur Crabtree
 
67.
The Fly (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A scientist has a horrific accident when he tries to use his newly invented teleportation device. (94 mins.)
Director: Kurt Neumann
 
68.
Horror of Dracula (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Jonathan Harker begets the ire of Count Dracula after he accepts a job at the vampire's castle under false pretenses. (82 mins.)
Director: Terence Fisher
 
69.
I Married a Monster from Outer Space (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Aliens arrive on Earth to possess the bodies of humans. One of their first victims is a young man, whose new wife soon realizes something is wrong with him. (78 mins.)
Director: Gene Fowler Jr.
 
70.
The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
We watch Baron Frankenstein escaping from the guillotine and going to Germany. There, he names himself Dr... (90 mins.)
Director: Terence Fisher
 
71.
The Bat (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A crazed killer known as "The Bat" is on the loose in a mansion full of people. (80 mins.)
Director: Crane Wilbur
 
72.
The Black Pit of Dr. M (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Two doctors make a pact in which they swear that the first to die will return - if possible - to tell the other how to get a glimpse of the afterlife while still alive. (82 mins.)
 
73.
A Bucket of Blood (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A naive and untalented artist finds acclaim for a plaster-covered dead cat that is mistaken as a skillful statuette. The desire for more praise soon leads to an increasingly deadly series of works. (66 mins.)
Director: Roger Corman
 
74.
The Ghost of Yotsuya (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The ghost of a samurai's wife takes revenge on her husband. (76 mins.)
Director: Nobuo Nakagawa
 
75.
The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
When a nobleman is threatened by a family curse on his newly inherited estate, detective Sherlock Holmes is hired to investigate. (87 mins.)
Director: Terence Fisher
 
76.
House on Haunted Hill (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A millionaire offers ten thousand dollars to five people who agree to be locked in a large, spooky, rented house overnight with him and his wife. (75 mins.)
Director: William Castle
 
77.
The Man Who Could Cheat Death (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A centenarian artist and scientist in 1890 Paris maintains his youth ad health by periodically replacing a gland with that of a living person. (83 mins.)
Director: Terence Fisher
 
78.
The Mummy (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
In 1895, British archaeologists find and open the tomb of Egyptian Princess Ananka with nefarious consequences. (86 mins.)
Director: Terence Fisher
 
79.
Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.0/10 X  
Aliens resurrect dead humans as zombies and vampires to stop humanity from creating the Solaranite (a sort of sun-driven bomb). (79 mins.)
 
80.
The Stranglers of Bombay (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
In the 1830s, a captain in the East India Company lobbies to investigate the criminal Thugee Cult of Kali, an organized crime group of stranglers and thieves. (80 mins.)
Director: Terence Fisher
 
81.
The Tingler (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Dr. Warren Chapin is a pathologist who regularly conducts autopsies on executed prisoners at the State prison... (82 mins.)
Director: William Castle