10 Best Horror Films of 1953

The best year for horror in the first half of the decade, which was sorely needed in order to bring the horror film back into relevance. Picking up from the sci-fi entries two years prior, a hybrid genre would emerge here that would persist for the rest of the 50's.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
Ugetsu, The Hitch-Hiker

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
Return to Glennascaul, The Maze, The Magnetic Monster, The Neanderthal Man, Dracula in Istanbul, Mesa of Lost Women

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1.
House of Wax (1953)
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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
 
2.
The War of the Worlds (1953)
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A small town in California is attacked by Martians. (85 mins.)
Director: Byron Haskin
 
3.
The Tell-Tale Heart (1953 Short Film)
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A madman tells his tale of murder, and how a strange beating sound haunted him afterward. (8 mins.)
Director: Ted Parmelee
 
4.
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
 
5.
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
 
6.
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 strangely. (81 mins.)
Director: Jack Arnold
 
7.
Invaders from Mars (1953)
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A young boy learns that space aliens are taking over the minds of earthlings. (78 mins.)
 
8.
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
 
9.
Donovan's Brain (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
Yet another version of Curt Siodmak's novel about an honest scientist who keeps the brain of a ruthless dead millionaire (Donovan) alive in a tank... (84 mins.)
Director: Felix Feist
 
10.
Man in the Attic (1953)
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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