Favorite Horror Films 1950-1959

Updated: 9/8/15

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1.
Vertigo (1958)
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A San Francisco detective suffering from acrophobia investigates the strange activities of an old friend's wife, all the while becoming dangerously obsessed with her. (128 mins.)
“ I know I'll catch hell for this one. ” - bertramsharp
 
2.
The Seventh Seal (1957)
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A man seeks answers about life, death, and the existence of God as he plays chess against the Grim Reaper during the Black Plague. (96 mins.)
Director: Ingmar Bergman
“ This one too. ” - bertramsharp
 
3.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
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A small-town doctor learns that the population of his community is being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates. (80 mins.)
Director: Don Siegel
 
4.
The Night of the Hunter (1955)
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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.)
 
5.
Diabolique (1955)
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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. (116 mins.)
Director: H.G. Clouzot
 
6.
The Black Sleep (1956)
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Sir Joel Cadman, a mad scientist, kidnaps his victims and cuts open their brains in an effort to discover a means to cure his wife's brain tumor. (82 mins.)
Director: Reginald LeBorg
 
7.
The Undead (1957)
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A beautiful woman is sent back in time via hypnosis to the Middle Ages where she finds she is suspected of being a witch, and subject to being executed. (71 mins.)
Director: Roger Corman
 
8.
The Thing from Another World (1951)
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Scientists and American Air Force officials fend off a blood-thirsty alien organism while at a remote arctic outpost. (87 mins.)
Director: Christian Nyby
 
9.
The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951)
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An alien lands and tells the people of Earth that they must live peacefully or be destroyed as a danger to other planets. (92 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
 
10.
The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
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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
 
11.
Ugetsu (1953)
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A fantastic tale of war, love, family and ambition set in the midst of the Japanese Civil Wars of the sixteenth century. (96 mins.)
Director: Kenji Mizoguchi
 
12.
Scared Stiff (1953)
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Fleeing a murder charge, a singer and a busboy (Martin & Lewis) wind up on a spooky Carribean island inherited by heiress (Scott). (108 mins.)
Director: George Marshall
 
13.
It! The Terror from Beyond Space (1958)
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The first manned expedition to Mars is decimated by an unknown life form which stows away on the rescue ship. (69 mins.)
Director: Edward L. Cahn
 
14.
I Bury the Living (1958)
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Cemetery director Robert Kraft discovers that by arbitrarily changing the status of plots from empty to occupied on the planogram causes the death of the plots' owners. (76 mins.)
Director: Albert Band
 
15.
Curse of the Demon (1957)
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Dr. John Holden ventures to London to attend a paranormal psychology symposium with the intention to expose devil cult leader Julian Karswell... (95 mins.)
 
16.
House on Haunted Hill (1959)
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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
 
17.
Bell Book and Candle (1958)
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A modern-day witch likes her neighbor but despises his fiancée, so she enchants him to love her instead, only to fall in love with him for real. (106 mins.)
Director: Richard Quine
 
18.
Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951)
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Two bumbling private eyes help a man wrongly accused of murder who has become invisible to help clear his name. (82 mins.)
Director: Charles Lamont
 
19.
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
 
20.
The Bowery Boys Meet the Monsters (1954)
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Slip, Sach and the rest of the Bowery Boys enter a haunted house, where they engage in slapstick with the Gravesend Family which has one Creepy Butler, 2 Mad Scientists a crazy old woman with a Man eating Plant a Savage Gorilla, an 8 foot tall Robot and a Vampiress. (65 mins.)
Director: Edward Bernds
 
21.
The Bat (1959)
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A crazed killer known as "The Bat" is on the loose in a mansion full of people. (80 mins.)
Director: Crane Wilbur
 
22.
Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
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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
 
23.
I Married a Monster from Outer Space (1958)
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In Norrisville, Bill Farrell leaves his bachelor party on the eve of his marriage with Marge Bradley... (78 mins.)
Director: Gene Fowler Jr.
 
24.
Day the World Ended (1955)
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In a post-Apocalyptic world after an atomic war seven disparate people find themselves in a protected valley in the home of a survivalist and his beautiful daughter. (79 mins.)
Director: Roger Corman
 
25.
A Bucket of Blood (1959)
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A frustrated and talentless artist finds acclaim for a plaster covered dead cat that is mistaken as a skillful statuette. Soon the desire for more praise leads to an increasingly deadly series of works. (66 mins.)
Director: Roger Corman
 
26.
Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959)
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Aliens resurrect dead humans as zombies and vampires to stop humanity from creating the Solaranite (a sort of sun-driven bomb). (79 mins.)
 
27.
Teenage Cave Man (1958)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.0/10 X  
A young man defies tribal laws and searches for answers. The result of his quest yields knowledge of past generations. (65 mins.)
Director: Roger Corman
 
28.
The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953)
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A ferocious dinosaur awakened by an Arctic atomic test terrorizes the North Atlantic and, ultimately, New York City. (80 mins.)
Director: Eugène Lourié
 
29.
The Fly (1958)
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A scientist has a horrific accident when he tries to use his newly invented teleportation device. (94 mins.)
Director: Kurt Neumann
 
30.
Tarantula (1955)
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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
 
31.
The War of the Worlds (1953)
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A small town in California is attacked by Martians. (85 mins.)
Director: Byron Haskin
 
32.
The Tingler (1959)
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Dr. Warren Chapin is a pathologist who regularly conducts autopsies on executed prisoners at the State prison... (82 mins.)
Director: William Castle
 
33.
The Haunted Strangler (1958)
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A researcher investigating a notorious serial killer who was hanged 20 years earlier seemingly becomes possessed by the long dead strangler. (78 mins.)
Director: Robert Day
 
34.
Horror of Dracula (1958)
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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
 
35.
Corridors of Blood (1958)
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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
 
36.
Return of the Fly (1959)
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Philippe Delambre, the now-adult son of "The Fly", does some transportation experimentation of his own. (80 mins.)
 
37.
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
 
38.
Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1953)
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Two bumbling American cops hunt for the mysterious Mr. Hyde in London, England. (76 mins.)
Director: Charles Lamont
 
39.
Black Cats and Broomsticks (1955 Documentary)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
An RKO-Pathe Screenliner short subject. Superstitions are examined in the context of mid-20th century America... (8 mins.)
Director: Larry O'Reilly
 
40.
Terror Is a Man (1959)
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A mad scientist transforms a panther into a man-like creature that escapes and goes on a murderous rampage. (89 mins.)
 
41.
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
 
42.
The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
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Victor Frankenstein builds a creature and brings it to life, but it behaves not as he intended. (82 mins.)
Director: Terence Fisher
 
43.
The Blob (1958)
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An alien lifeform consumes everything in its path as it grows and grows. (86 mins.)
 
44.
It Came from Outer Space (1953)
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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 strange. (81 mins.)
Director: Jack Arnold
 
45.
Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1956)
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A 400-foot (122-meter) dinosaur-like beast, awoken from undersea hibernation off the Japanese coast by atomic-bomb testing, attacks Tokyo. (80 mins.)
 
46.
The Giant Behemoth (1959)
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Marine atomic tests cause changes in the ocean's ecosystem resulting in dangerous blobs of radiation and the resurrection of a dormant dinosaur which threatens London. (80 mins.)
 
47.
The Creature Walks Among Us (1956)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
A scientist captures the Creature and turns him into an air-breather, only for him to escape and start killing. (78 mins.)
Director: John Sherwood
 
48.
Ghost Chasers (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A ghost helps the Bowery Boys capture a gang of crooks led by a mad doctor. (69 mins.)
 
49.
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.)
 
50.
It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955)
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A giant, radioactive octopus rises from the Philippine Trench to terrorize the North American Pacific Coast. (79 mins.)
Director: Robert Gordon
 
51.
Beast from Haunted Cave (1959)
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A group of gold thieves pull of a heist and flee into the snowy wilderness, only to be pursued by a horrible, spider-like monster. (75 mins.)
Director: Monte Hellman
 
52.
I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
A hypnotherapist uses a temperamental teenager as guinea pig for a serum which transforms him into a vicious werewolf. (76 mins.)
Director: Gene Fowler Jr.
 
53.
The Giant Gila Monster (1959)
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A giant lizard terrorizes a rural Texas community with a heroic teenager attempting to destroy the creature. (74 mins.)
Director: Ray Kellogg
 
54.
20 Million Miles to Earth (1957)
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The first U.S. spaceship to Venus crash-lands off the coast of Sicily on its return trip. A dangerous, lizard-like creature comes with it and quickly grows gigantic. (82 mins.)
Director: Nathan Juran
 
55.
Jennifer (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Agnes Langsley gets a job, through Jim Hollis, as caretaker of an old and vacated estate. The owner's cousin... (73 mins.)
Director: Joel Newton
 
56.
The Saga of the Viking Women and Their Voyage to the Waters of the Great Sea Serpent (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.8/10 X  
A group of lonely Viking women build a ship and set off across the sea to locate their missing menfolk... (66 mins.)
Director: Roger Corman
 
57.
Macabre (1958)
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A doctor's daughter is kidnapped and buried alive, and he is given just five hours to find and rescue her. (72 mins.)
Director: William Castle
 
58.
The Disembodied (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.7/10 X  
A photographer on an expedition in the jungle runs afoul of a voodoo cult. (66 mins.)
Director: Walter Grauman