1940s Horror Movies

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1.
The Ape (1940)
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Dr. Bernard Adrian is a kindly mad scientist who seeks to cure a young woman's polio. He needs spinal... (62 mins.)
Director: William Nigh
 
2.
Before I Hang (1940)
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A physician on death row for a mercy killing is allowed to experiment on a serum using a criminals' blood, but secretly tests it on himself. He gets a pardon, but finds out he's become a Jekyll-&-Hyde. (62 mins.)
Director: Nick Grinde
 
3.
Black Friday (1940)
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Dr. Sovac transplants the brain of a gangster into his professor friend's body to save his life, but there is a side effect that causes a dangerous split personality. (70 mins.)
Director: Arthur Lubin
 
4.
The Devil Bat (1940)
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A mad scientist develops an aftershave lotion that causes his gigantic bats to kill anyone who wears it. (68 mins.)
Director: Jean Yarborough
 
5.
Dr. Cyclops (1940)
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A mad scientist working in the South American jungle miniaturizes his colleagues when he feels his megalomania is threatened. (77 mins.)
 
6.
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
 
7.
The Invisible Woman (1940)
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An attractive model with an ulterior motive volunteers as guinea pig for an invisibility machine. (72 mins.)
 
8.
The Man with Nine Lives (1940)
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A medical researcher visits the deserted home of a pioneer in cryogenic science who disappeared 10 years earlier and finds him frozen in ice but still alive. (74 mins.)
Director: Nick Grindé
 
9.
The Mummy's Hand (1940)
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An ancient mummy is revived to destroy the invaders of the 3,000 year-old tomb of an Egyptian princess. (67 mins.)
Director: Christy Cabanne
 
10.
You'll Find Out (1940)
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The manager of Kay Kyser's band books them for a birthday party bash for an heiress at a spooky mansion, where sinister forces try to kill her. (97 mins.)
Director: David Butler
 
11.
The Black Cat (1941)
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Elderly Henrietta Winslow lives in an isolated mansion with her housekeeper and beloved cats. As her health fails, her greedy relatives gather in anticipation of her death. (70 mins.)
 
12.
The Devil Commands (1941)
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Scientist becomes obsessed with the idea of communicating with his dead wife. (65 mins.)
Director: Edward Dmytryk
 
13.
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
 
14.
Horror Island (1941)
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A down-on-his luck businessman organizes an excursion to Sir Henry Morgan's Island for a treasure hunt only to encounter a mysterious phantom and murder. (60 mins.)
Director: George Waggner
 
15.
Invisible Ghost (1941)
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The town's leading citizen becomes a homicidal maniac after his wife deserts him. (64 mins.)
Director: Joseph H. Lewis
 
16.
King of the Zombies (1941)
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On a spooky island, three stranded travelers find an evil doctor working with foreign spies and in control of zombies. (67 mins.)
Director: Jean Yarbrough
 
17.
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
 
18.
Spooks Run Wild (1941)
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The boys are sent to a mountain camp. Stranded in a small rural town, they hear about a "monster killer" roaming the countryside... (65 mins.)
Director: Phil Rosen
 
19.
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
 
20.
Black Dragons (1942)
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A cabal of American industrialists, all fifth-columnists intent on sabotaging the war effort, are methodically... (64 mins.)
Director: William Nigh
 
21.
The Boogie Man Will Get You (1942)
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A young divorcee tries to convert a historic house into a hotel despite its oddball inhabitants and dead bodies in the cellar. (66 mins.)
Director: Lew Landers
 
22.
Bowery at Midnight (1942)
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Kindly soup kitchen operator and professor of criminology Bela Lugosi uses his soup kitchen as a front... (61 mins.)
Director: Wallace Fox
 
23.
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.)
 
24.
The Corpse Vanishes (1942)
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A scientist, aided by an old hag and her two sons, kills virginal brides, steals their bodies, and extracts gland fluid to keep his ancient wife alive and young. (64 mins.)
Director: Wallace Fox
 
25.
The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942)
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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
 
26.
Invisible Agent (1942)
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The Invisible Man's grandson uses his secret formula to spy on Nazi Germany. (81 mins.)
Director: Edwin L. Marin
 
27.
The Mad Monster (1942)
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A mad scientist changes his simple-minded handyman into a werewolf in order to prove his supposedly crazy scientific theories - and exact revenge. (77 mins.)
Director: Sam Newfield
 
28.
The Mummy's Tomb (1942)
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A high priest travels to America with a living mummy to kill those who had desecrated the tomb of an Egyptian princess thirty years earlier. (60 mins.)
Director: Harold Young
 
29.
Night Monster (1942)
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Kurt Ingston, a rich recluse, invites the doctors who left him a hopeless cripple to his desolate mansion in the swamps as one by one they meet horrible deaths. (73 mins.)
Director: Ford Beebe
 
30.
The Undying Monster (1942)
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Surviving members of an aristocratic English family are threatened by a legendary monster when they venture out on chilly, foggy nights. (63 mins.)
Director: John Brahm
 
31.
The Ape Man (1943)
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A crazed scientist accidentally turns himself into a half ape, half human creature, and scrambles to find a cure. (64 mins.)
 
32.
Captive Wild Woman (1943)
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An insane scientist doing experimentation in glandular research becomes obsessed with transforming a female gorilla into a human...even though it costs human life. (61 mins.)
Director: Edward Dmytryk
 
33.
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.)
 
34.
The Ghost Ship (1943)
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Tom Merriam signs on the ship Altair as third officer under Captain Stone. At first things look good... (69 mins.)
Director: Mark Robson
 
35.
Ghosts on the Loose (1943)
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The East Side Kids try to fix up a house for newlyweds, but find the place next door "haunted" by mysterious men. (67 mins.)
 
36.
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.)
 
37.
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.)
 
38.
Phantom of the Opera (1943)
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A disfigured violinist haunts the Paris Opera House. (92 mins.)
Director: Arthur Lubin
 
39.
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
 
40.
Sherlock Holmes Faces Death (1943)
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During WWII several murders occur at a convalescent home where Dr. Watson has volunteered his services... (68 mins.)
 
41.
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 fianc and the woman he loves. (80 mins.)
Director: Robert Siodmak
 
42.
The Climax (1944)
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A demented physician becomes obsessed with a young singer whose voice sounds similar to his late mistress. (86 mins.)
Director: George Waggner
 
43.
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.)
 
44.
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
 
45.
The Lodger (1944)
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A landlady suspects her new lodger is Jack the Ripper. (84 mins.)
Director: John Brahm
 
46.
The Monster Maker (1944)
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A mad scientist injects his enemies with an acromegaly virus, causing them to become hideously deformed. (62 mins.)
Director: Sam Newfield
 
47.
The Mummy's Curse (1944)
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An irrigation project in the rural bayous of Louisiana unearths living mummy Kharis, who was buried in quicksand twenty-five years earlier. (60 mins.)
Director: Leslie Goodwins
 
48.
The Mummy's Ghost (1944)
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An Egyptian priest travels to America in search of the bodies of an Egyptian princess and her living, mummified guardian, with consequences. (61 mins.)
Director: Reginald LeBorg
 
49.
One Body Too Many (1944)
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An insurance investigator arrives at a creepy mansion to protect a millionaire who has had death threats made against him. (75 mins.)
Director: Frank McDonald
 
50.
Return of the Ape Man (1944)
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While on an Arctic expedition, two scientists find the frozen body of a prehistoric caveman. They bring him home to their laboratory... (60 mins.)
Director: Philip Rosen
 
51.
The Return of the Vampire (1943)
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When an errant bomb unearths the coffin of a vampire during the London Blitz, a gravedigger unknowingly reanimates the monster by removing the stake from his heart (69 mins.)
Director: Lew Landers
 
52.
The Scarlet Claw (1944)
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When a gentlewoman is found dead with her throat torn out, the villagers blame a supernatural monster, but Sherlock Holmes, who gets drawn into the case from nearby Quebec, suspects a human murderer. (74 mins.)
 
53.
The Spider Woman (1944)
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Sherlock Holmes investigates a series of so-called "pajama suicides". He knows the female villain behind them is as cunning as Moriarty and as venomous as a spider. (63 mins.)
 
54.
Voodoo Man (1944)
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Dr. Richard Marlowe uses a combination of voodoo rite and hypnotic suggestion, attempting to revive his beautiful... (62 mins.)
 
55.
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
 
56.
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.)
 
57.
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
 
58.
House of Dracula (1945)
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Count Dracula and the Wolf Man seek cures for their afflictions; a hunchbacked woman, a mad scientist and Frankenstein's Monster have their own troubles. (67 mins.)
Director: Erle C. Kenton
 
59.
Isle of the Dead (1945)
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On a Greek island during the 1912 war, several people are trapped by quarantine for the plague. If that isn't enough worry... (71 mins.)
Director: Mark Robson
 
60.
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
 
61.
Zombies on Broadway (1945)
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Two bumbling press agents must search for a zombie to fulfill a commitment to their ex-gangster boss's new nightclub or face the consequences. (69 mins.)
Director: Gordon Douglas
 
62.
Bedlam (1946)
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Nell Bowen, the spirited protege of rich Lord Mortimer, becomes interested in the conditions of notorious St... (79 mins.)
Director: Mark Robson
 
63.
House of Horrors (1946)
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An unsuccessful sculptor saves a madman named "The Creeper" from drowning. Seeing an opportunity for revenge, he tricks the psycho into murdering his critics. (65 mins.)
Director: Jean Yarbrough
 
64.
She-Wolf of London (1946)
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A young heiress finds evidence suggesting that at night she acts under the influence of a family curse and has begun committing ghastly murders in a nearby park. (61 mins.)
Director: Jean Yarbrough
 
65.
Scared to Death (1947)
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From a slab in the morgue, a dead young woman tells the bizarre tale of how she got there, through a maze of murder involving a hypnotist, a midget and a mysterious figure in a green mask. (65 mins.)
Director: Christy Cabanne
 
66.
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.)
 
67.
Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff (1949)
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Two employees of a secluded hotel investigate a murder on the premises in which the goofy bellboy is the prime suspect. (84 mins.)
 
68.
Genius at Work (1946)
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Two actors who star in a radio detective show find themselves pitted against a villain calling himself the Cobra, who has an affinity for torture chambers. (61 mins.)
Director: Leslie Goodwins