Greatest 1950´s Horror Titles

The Best scary moments in Film during the 1950´s (incl Science Fiction)!
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1.
The Thing from Another World (1951)
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Scientists and American Air Force officials fend off a bloodthirsty alien organism while at a remote arctic outpost. (87 mins.)
Director: Christian Nyby
“ Iconic sci fi horror which paved the way to a paranoia using aliens as the ultimate fiend! 8/10 ” - psychocosmic-1
 
2.
When Worlds Collide (1951)
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As a new star and planet hurtle toward a doomed Earth, a small group of survivalists frantically work to complete the rocket which will take them to their new home. (83 mins.)
Director: Rudolph Maté
“ Greater-than-Life disaster movie which dared to describe something that has not been shown since! Producer: George Pal 7/10 ” - psychocosmic-1
 
3.
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
“ Atmospheric and poetic masterpiece about horror from outer space and humans´ vulnerability to fear and suspicion! Director: Jack Arnold 9/10 ” - psychocosmic-1
 
4.
Invaders from Mars (1953)
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A young boy learns that space aliens are taking over the minds of earthlings. (78 mins.)
“ A child nightmare about what would happen if you could not trust all grown ups, not even your parents! 9/10 ” - psychocosmic-1
 
5.
The War of the Worlds (1953)
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A small town in California is attacked by Martians. (85 mins.)
Director: Byron Haskin
“ First big time alien invasion based on HG Well´s archetypical novel with great effects! Producer: George Pal 8/10 ” - psychocosmic-1
 
6.
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
“ The very first eco horror film where the Japanese dinosaur strikes back with atomic power to teach humanity a lesson! 8/10 ” - psychocosmic-1
 
7.
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
“ Sensous look under the surface of an enchanting lagoon to find a human like fish creature. While the men wants to hunt and exploit it, the woman prefers to swim and take pleasure in its´ waters! Director: Jack Arnold 8/10 ” - psychocosmic-1
 
8.
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
“ First big bug movie is a tight thriller, with a classic terrifying intro! 8/10 ” - psychocosmic-1
 
9.
Dementia (1955)
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This film, with no dialogue at all, follows a psychotic young woman's nightmarish experiences through one skid-row night. (56 mins.)
“ A maniac woman in the shadowy world of nightmarish city streets and bars. Not well known, still a timeless dreamy masterpiece and lazed with wild jazz music! 9/10 ” - psychocosmic-1
 
10.
Diabolique (1955)
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The wife and mistress of a cruel headmaster conspire to kill him; after the murder is committed, his corpse disappears, and strange events begin to plague the two women. (117 mins.)
Director: H.G. Clouzot
“ French classic thriller which borders to terror! Masterpiece! 9/10 ” - psychocosmic-1
 
11.
The Quatermass Xperiment (1955)
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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
“ Hammers first journey into fear is a study of shapeless horror from space! 7/10 ” - psychocosmic-1
 
12.
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
“ Director Jack Arnold responds to "Them!" with this amazing spider creeper that still offers some of the most convincing effects! 8/10 ” - psychocosmic-1
 
13.
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
“ Iconic Paranoia classic about the seed pods from "space?" and the duplicas they create. Super tight thriller, sci fi and terror! 10/10 ” - psychocosmic-1
 
14.
Lust of the Vampire (1957)
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A mad scientist captures young women and drains their blood, in order to keep alive an ancient, evil duchess. (85 mins.)
Director: Riccardo Freda
“ Groundbreaking step for Horror films, a vampire theme with elements from criminal thriller to supernatural fantasy! Italians Freda´s and Bava´s earliest genre collaboration. 7/10 ” - psychocosmic-1
 
15.
Not of This Earth (1957)
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An alien agent from the distant planet Davana is sent to Earth via a high-tech matter transporter. There, he terrorizes Southern California in an attempt to acquire blood for his dying race, the result of a devastating nuclear war. (67 mins.)
Director: Roger Corman
“ After three cheap sci fi thrillers, Roger Corman manages to make a timeless little terror tale about an alien vampire! 7/10 ” - psychocosmic-1
 
16.
Cat Girl (1957)
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A young woman inherits a family curse that turns her into a murderous feline when she is angered. (76 mins.)
“ Not well known british take on the "Cat People" myth with dashing Barbara Shelley! ? ” - psychocosmic-1
 
17.
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
“ Groundbreaking Hammer Bloody Horror´s first gothic monster tale is a tightly told story of a psychopathic doctor of horrible experiments! Director: Terence Fisher 8/10 ” - psychocosmic-1
 
18.
I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957)
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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.
“ The 1950´s gave us the teenagers for the first time, and identification with monsters was a cool metaphor, and this is the best teenage horror flick!
7/10 ” - psychocosmic-1
 
19.
Curse of the Demon (1957)
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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.)
“ Classic British supernatural horror film with touch of Film Noir and with Dana Andrews! Director: Jacques "Cat People" Tourneur ” - psychocosmic-1
 
20.
Enemy from Space (1957)
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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
“ Fantastic gritty paranoia from Hammer again, with an accelerating rate of an invasion, nobody seem to know about! 8/10 ” - psychocosmic-1
 
21.
The Black Scorpion (1957)
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Volcanic activity frees giant scorpions from the earth who wreak havoc in the rural countryside and eventually threaten Mexico City. (88 mins.)
Director: Edward Ludwig
“ Big Bug Movie fest again! From a nightmarish cave world comes a wave of gigantic flesh hungry fast moving black scorpions! "King Kong" stop motion specialist O´Brien made these horrors! 7/10 ” - psychocosmic-1
 
22.
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
“ Scientist experiments with matter transmission but happen to mix himself up with a normal house fly with horrifying result! A science fiction thriller with the logic of a nightmare! 7/10 ” - psychocosmic-1
 
23.
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
“ Coulour Hammer is back with the sexiest Dracula tale where women transforms into sexual desirable predators and Christopher Lee hits the big times! Director: Terence Fisher 8/10 ” - psychocosmic-1
 
24.
Fiend Without a Face (1958)
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Invisible atomic monsters attack a U.S. Armed Forces base and the local residents. (75 mins.)
Director: Arthur Crabtree
“ US/ British thriller about unknown invisible attackers on a military base!
7/10 ” - psychocosmic-1
 
25.
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
“ Space thriller that predates "Alien 79" with an alien stowaway hidden in the air tunnels of the space ship! 6.5/10 ” - psychocosmic-1
 
26.
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.)
“ O´Briens last stop motion work is this hideous radioactive dinosaur which breaks havoc in London after the story´s suspenseful unfolding... 7/10 ” - psychocosmic-1
 
27.
Caltiki, the Immortal Monster (1959)
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Archaeologists investigating some Mayan ruins come across a blob-like monster. They manage to destroy it with fire... (76 mins.)
Director: Robert Hamton
“ Italians Bava and Freda made this early blob horror with fine results, where the organism is awoken from a pit down a Mayan tomb! 7/10 ” - psychocosmic-1
 
28.
The Manster (1959)
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An American reporter in Japan is sent to interview an eccentric Japanese scientist working on bizarre experiments in his mountain laboratory... (72 mins.)
“ Serious creeper with Japanese doctor´s experiments on an American journalist who goes through a personality change, before he discovers that his shoulder is growing a living eye! Incredibly bizarre and nightmarish! 8/10 ” - psychocosmic-1
 
29.
Eyes Without a Face (1960)
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A surgeon causes an accident which leaves his daughter disfigured, and goes to extremes to give her a new face. (90 mins.)
Director: Georges Franju
“ Forerunner to the so popular Euro sub genre "surgical horror", is a French thriller about a surgeon and his unfortunately distorted daughter, with additional unfortunate victims... 8/10 ” - psychocosmic-1
 
30.
The Ghost of Yotsuya (1959)
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The ghost of a samurai's wife takes revenge on her husband. (76 mins.)
Director: Nobuo Nakagawa
“ Beautiful supernatural ghost story from an awakening Japanese horror cinema which will grow to great success in the 1960´s! ? ” - psychocosmic-1
 
31.
The Mummy (1959)
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In 1895, British archaeologists find and open the tomb of Egyptian Princess Ananka with nefarious consequences. (86 mins.)
Director: Terence Fisher
“ Hammers third "gothic" monster adaption with Chris Lee as a fast moving commanding living Mummy! Director: Terence Fisher 7/10 ” - psychocosmic-1
 
32.
The Curse of Nostradamus (1961)
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An aristocratic vampire swears an oath to kill the enemies who killed his father. In order to terrify them even further, he warns each one when he is coming for them. (78 mins.)
“ The most classic early horror film from Mexico, includes a vampire called Nostradamus! ? ” - psychocosmic-1