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 blood-thirsty 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 strange. (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 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
“ 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 2 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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Dr. John Holden ventures to London to attend a paranormal psychology symposium with the intention to expose devil cult leader 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.
La maldición de Nostradamus (1961)
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The Professor, dedicated to the belief that supernatural beings such as vampires and werewolves do not exist... (77 mins.)
Director: Federico Curiel
“ The most classic early horror film from Mexico, includes a vampire called Nostradamus! ? ” - psychocosmic-1