Top 50 horror movies of the 40s

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1.
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.)
 
2.
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
 
3.
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.)
 
4.
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
 
5.
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.)
 
6.
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
 
7.
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.)
 
8.
The Face Behind the Mask (1941)
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A disfigured watchmaker with a grudge against society embarks on a life of crime. (69 mins.)
Director: Robert Florey
 
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.
The Spiral Staircase (1945)
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A serial killer (circa 1916) is targeting women with 'afflictions'; one night during a thunderstorm, mute Helen feels menaced. (83 mins.)
Director: Robert Siodmak
 
11.
The Night Has Eyes (1942)
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Two teachers, man-hungry Doris and restrained Marian, visit the Yorkshire moors a year after friend Evelyn disappeared there... (79 mins.)
Director: Leslie Arliss
 
12.
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
 
13.
Dragonwyck (1946)
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A simple Connecticut farm girl is recruited by a distant relative, an aristocratic patroon, to be governess to his young daughter in his Hudson Valley mansion. (103 mins.)
 
14.
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
 
15.
The Beast with Five Fingers (1946)
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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
 
16.
Bluebeard (1944)
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In Paris, an artist hires portrait models, and after he finishes their portraits, he strangles them. (72 mins.)
Director: Edgar G. Ulmer
 
17.
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.)
 
18.
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
 
19.
Daughter of Darkness (1948)
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Emily, a pretty young Irish girl, gets a job on an English farm owned by the Tallent family. The local men take to her but the women don't... (91 mins.)
Director: Lance Comfort
 
20.
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
 
21.
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
 
22.
The Lodger (1944)
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A landlady suspects her new lodger is Jack the Ripper. (84 mins.)
Director: John Brahm
 
23.
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.)
 
24.
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
 
25.
Phantom of the Opera (1943)
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A disfigured violinist haunts the Paris Opera House. (92 mins.)
Director: Arthur Lubin
 
26.
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
 
27.
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
 
28.
The Inheritance (1947)
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Following her father's death, a British teen-aged heiress goes to live with her guardian uncle who is broke and scheming to murder his niece for her vast inheritance. (103 mins.)
Director: Charles Frank
 
29.
Woman Who Came Back (1945)
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After a bus accident, a woman comes to believe that she's actually a 300-year-old witch. (68 mins.)
Director: Walter Colmes
 
30.
The Woman in White (1948)
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A young painter stumbles upon an assortment of odd characters at an English estate where he has been... (109 mins.)
Director: Peter Godfrey
 
31.
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
 
32.
The Amazing Mr. X (1948)
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On the beach one night, Christine Faber, two years a widow, thinks she hears her late husband Paul calling out of the surf... (78 mins.)
Director: Bernard Vorhaus
 
33.
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
 
34.
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.)
 
35.
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
 
36.
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
 
37.
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
 
38.
Crimes at the Dark House (1940)
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A madman kills a man who has just inherited a large estate, then impersonates his victim to gain entrance to the estate so he can murder his enemies. (69 mins.)
Director: George King
 
39.
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
 
40.
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.)
 
41.
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
 
42.
Dr. Renault's Secret (1942)
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Dr. Larry Forbes visits the château of Dr. Robert Renault, uncle of his fiancée Madelon, who is idolized by Renault's assistant, a strange émigré from Java. (58 mins.)
Director: Harry Lachman
 
43.
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
 
44.
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
 
45.
Strangler of the Swamp (1946)
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A number of swamp land men have died by strangulation and the inhabitants believe that an innocent man... (59 mins.)
Director: Frank Wisbar
 
46.
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
 
47.
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
 
48.
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
 
49.
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
 
50.
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