Forties Horror

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1. Black Friday (1940)

Approved | 70 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Dr. Sovac transplants the brain of a gangster into his professor friend's body to save his life, but there is a side effect that causes a dangerous split personality.

Director: Arthur Lubin | Stars: Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Stanley Ridges, Anne Nagel

Votes: 1,618

2. The Invisible Man Returns (1940)

Approved | 81 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

The owner of a coal mining operation, falsely imprisoned for fratricide, takes a drug to make him invisible, despite its side effect: gradual madness.

Director: Joe May | Stars: Cedric Hardwicke, Vincent Price, Nan Grey, John Sutton

Votes: 2,686

3. The Mummy's Hand (1940)

Approved | 67 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Horror

An ancient mummy is revived to destroy the invaders of the 3,000 year-old tomb of an Egyptian princess.

Director: Christy Cabanne | Stars: Dick Foran, Peggy Moran, Wallace Ford, Eduardo Ciannelli

Votes: 2,792

4. The House of the Seven Gables (1940)

Approved | 89 min | Drama, Thriller

Fighting over an inheritance, one Pyncheon brother frames the other for murder.

Director: Joe May | Stars: George Sanders, Margaret Lindsay, Vincent Price, Dick Foran

Votes: 761

5. The Ape (1940)

Approved | 62 min | Horror

Dr. Bernard Adrian is a kindly mad scientist who seeks to cure a young woman's polio. He needs spinal fluid from a human to complete the formula for his experimental serum. Meanwhile, a ... See full summary »

Director: William Nigh | Stars: Boris Karloff, Maris Wrixon, Gene O'Donnell, Dorothy Vaughan

Votes: 1,385

6. The Man with Nine Lives (1940)

Approved | 74 min | Mystery, Sci-Fi

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.

Director: Nick Grinde | Stars: Boris Karloff, Roger Pryor, Jo Ann Sayers, Stanley Brown

Votes: 477

7. Dr. Cyclops (1940)

Not Rated | 77 min | Adventure, Drama, Horror

A mad scientist working in the South American jungle miniaturizes his colleagues when he feels his megalomania is threatened.

Director: Ernest B. Schoedsack | Stars: Albert Dekker, Thomas Coley, Janice Logan, Charles Halton

Votes: 1,867

8. You'll Find Out (1940)

Approved | 97 min | Comedy, Horror, Musical

The manager of Kay Kyser's band books them for a birthday party bash for an heiress at a spooky mansion, where sinister forces try to kill her.

Director: David Butler | Stars: Kay Kyser, Peter Lorre, Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi

Votes: 871

9. Before I Hang (1940)

Unrated | 62 min | Crime, Horror, Sci-Fi

A physician on death row for a mercy killing is allowed to experiment on a serum using a criminals' blood, but secretly tests it on himself. He gets a pardon, but finds out he's become a Jekyll-&-Hyde.

Director: Nick Grinde | Stars: Boris Karloff, Evelyn Keyes, Bruce Bennett, Edward Van Sloan

Votes: 779

10. One Million B.C. (1940)

Approved | 80 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Romance

Tale of Prehistoric survival and love between a male and a female belonging to opposing tribes that happened to be at slightly different stages of evolution.

Directors: Hal Roach Jr., Hal Roach | Stars: Victor Mature, Carole Landis, Lon Chaney Jr., Conrad Nagel

Votes: 1,049

11. The Ghost Breakers (1940)

Passed | 85 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

A radio broadcaster, his quaking manservant and an heiress investigate the mystery of a haunted castle in Cuba.

Director: George Marshall | Stars: Bob Hope, Paulette Goddard, Richard Carlson, Paul Lukas

Votes: 2,624

12. Son of Ingagi (1940)

Passed | 70 min | Horror

A newlywed couple is visited by a strange old woman who harbors a secret about the young girl's father.

Director: Richard C. Kahn | Stars: Zack Williams, Laura Bowman, Alfred Grant, Daisy Bufford

Votes: 160

13. The Black Cat (1941)

Approved | 70 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

Elderly Henrietta Winslow lives in an isolated mansion with her housekeeper and beloved cats. As her health fails, her greedy relatives gather in anticipation of her death.

Director: Albert S. Rogell | Stars: Basil Rathbone, Hugh Herbert, Broderick Crawford, Bela Lugosi

Votes: 1,118

14. The Wolf Man (1941)

Not Rated | 70 min | Horror

72 Metascore

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.

Director: George Waggner | Stars: Claude Rains, Warren William, Lon Chaney Jr., Ralph Bellamy

Votes: 19,930

15. The Invisible Woman (1940)

Approved | 72 min | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi

An attractive model with an ulterior motive volunteers as guinea pig for an invisibility machine.

Director: A. Edward Sutherland | Stars: Virginia Bruce, John Barrymore, John Howard, Charles Ruggles

Votes: 1,652

16. Drums of Fu Manchu (1940)

Approved | 269 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

The nefarious Dr. Fu Manchu searches for the keys to the tomb of Genghis Khan, in order to fulfill a prophecy that will enable him to conquer the world. His nemesis, Dr. Nayland Smith, and ... See full summary »

Directors: John English, William Witney | Stars: Henry Brandon, William Royle, Robert Kellard, Gloria Franklin

Votes: 230

17. The Body Disappears (1941)

72 min | Comedy, Romance, Sci-Fi

Comedy about an invisible man.

Director: D. Ross Lederman | Stars: Jeffrey Lynn, Jane Wyman, Edward Everett Horton, Herbert Anderson

Votes: 187

18. Man Made Monster (1941)

Passed | 59 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

A mad scientist turns a man into an electrically-controlled monster to do his bidding.

Director: George Waggner | Stars: Lionel Atwill, Lon Chaney Jr., Anne Nagel, Frank Albertson

Votes: 994

19. The Monster and the Girl (1941)

Approved | 65 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

After a young woman is coerced into prostitution and her brother framed for murder by an organized crime syndicate, retribution in the form of an ape visits the mobsters.

Director: Stuart Heisler | Stars: Ellen Drew, Robert Paige, Paul Lukas, Joseph Calleia

Votes: 313

20. King of the Zombies (1941)

Passed | 67 min | Adventure, Comedy, Horror

On a spooky island, three stranded travelers find an evil doctor working with foreign spies and in control of zombies.

Director: Jean Yarbrough | Stars: Dick Purcell, Joan Woodbury, Mantan Moreland, Henry Victor

Votes: 1,675

21. Spooks Run Wild (1941)

Approved | 65 min | Horror, Comedy

The boys are sent to a mountain camp. Stranded in a small rural town, they hear about a "monster killer" roaming the countryside. At night, they sneak out. Peewee is shot by a grave-digger,... See full summary »

Director: Phil Rosen | Stars: Bela Lugosi, Leo Gorcey, Bobby Jordan, Huntz Hall

Votes: 1,309

22. The Mad Doctor (1940)

90 min | Crime, Thriller

A crazed physician marries a wealthy women and, with the help of his demented assistant, murders them for their money.

Director: Tim Whelan | Stars: Basil Rathbone, Ellen Drew, John Howard, Barbara Jo Allen

Votes: 71

23. Invisible Ghost (1941)

Approved | 64 min | Horror, Thriller

The town's leading citizen becomes a homicidal maniac after his wife deserts him.

Director: Joseph H. Lewis | Stars: Bela Lugosi, Polly Ann Young, John McGuire, Clarence Muse

Votes: 1,449

24. The Devil Bat (1940)

Approved | 68 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A mad scientist develops an aftershave lotion that causes his gigantic bats to kill anyone who wears it.

Director: Jean Yarbrough | Stars: Bela Lugosi, Suzanne Kaaren, Dave O'Brien, Guy Usher

Votes: 2,168

25. The Devil Commands (1941)

Approved | 65 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Scientist becomes obsessed with the idea of communicating with his dead wife.

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Boris Karloff, Anne Revere, Amanda Duff, Richard Fiske

Votes: 768

26. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)

Passed | 113 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Dr. Jekyll allows his dark side to run wild when he drinks a potion that turns him into the evil Mr. Hyde.

Director: Victor Fleming | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Ingrid Bergman, Lana Turner, Donald Crisp

Votes: 7,366

27. The Face Behind the Mask (1941)

Approved | 69 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A disfigured watchmaker with a grudge against society embarks on a life of crime.

Director: Robert Florey | Stars: Peter Lorre, Evelyn Keyes, Don Beddoe, George E. Stone

Votes: 859

28. Horror Island (1941)

Passed | 60 min | Comedy, Mystery, Thriller

A down-on-his luck businessman organizes an excursion to Sir Henry Morgan's Island for a treasure hunt only to encounter a mysterious phantom and murder.

Director: George Waggner | Stars: Dick Foran, Leo Carrillo, Peggy Moran, Fuzzy Knight

Votes: 448

29. Hold That Ghost (1941)

Passed | 86 min | Adventure, Comedy, Music

After inheriting a fortune from a gangster, two dim-witted service station attendants find themselves stranded in a haunted house.

Director: Arthur Lubin | Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Richard Carlson, Joan Davis

Votes: 2,958

30. The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942)

Approved | 67 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

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.

Director: Erle C. Kenton | Stars: Cedric Hardwicke, Lon Chaney Jr., Ralph Bellamy, Lionel Atwill

Votes: 4,633

31. The Mummy's Tomb (1942)

Passed | 61 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

A high priest travels to America with a living mummy to kill those who had desecrated the tomb of an Egyptian princess thirty years earlier.

Director: Harold Young | Stars: Lon Chaney Jr., Dick Foran, John Hubbard, Elyse Knox

Votes: 2,185

32. Invisible Agent (1942)

81 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance

The Invisible Man's grandson uses his secret formula to spy on Nazi Germany.

Director: Edwin L. Marin | Stars: Ilona Massey, Jon Hall, Peter Lorre, Cedric Hardwicke

Votes: 1,254

33. Mystery of Marie Roget (1942)

Approved | 61 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

A detective tries to unravel the strange circumstances surrounding the death of a young actress.

Director: Phil Rosen | Stars: Patric Knowles, Maria Montez, Maria Ouspenskaya, John Litel

Votes: 122

34. Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror (1942)

Approved | 65 min | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery

When a Nazi saboteur jeeringly predicts to the nation new depredations, via their radio 'Voice of Terror', the Intellegence Inner Council summons Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone) to help in... See full summary »

Director: John Rawlins | Stars: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Evelyn Ankers, Reginald Denny

Votes: 3,519

35. Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon (1942)

Approved | 68 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson must protect a Swiss inventor of an advanced bomb sight from falling into German hands.

Director: Roy William Neill | Stars: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Lionel Atwill, Kaaren Verne

Votes: 4,633

36. The Strange Case of Doctor Rx (1942)

Approved | 66 min | Horror, Mystery

Private eye Jerry Church is hired by a criminal defense lawyer after five mobsters he has gotten acquitted are apparently strangled by a serial killer.

Director: William Nigh | Stars: Patric Knowles, Lionel Atwill, Anne Gwynne, Samuel S. Hinds

Votes: 204

37. Night Monster (1942)

Approved | 73 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

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.

Director: Ford Beebe | Stars: Bela Lugosi, Lionel Atwill, Leif Erickson, Irene Hervey

Votes: 850

38. Dr. Renault's Secret (1942)

Approved | 58 min | Horror, Mystery, Romance

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.

Director: Harry Lachman | Stars: J. Carrol Naish, Shepperd Strudwick, Lynne Roberts, George Zucco

Votes: 377

39. The Mad Doctor of Market Street (1942)

Passed | 61 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

A mad scientist is forced to leave San Francisco when his experiments become known. He lands on a tropical island, takes control and terrorizes the local populace. The survivor of a ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph H. Lewis | Stars: Lionel Atwill, Una Merkel, Claire Dodd, Nat Pendleton

Votes: 217

40. The Corpse Vanishes (1942)

Passed | 64 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A scientist, aided by an old hag and her two sons, kills virginal brides, steals their bodies, and extracts gland fluid to keep his ancient wife alive and young.

Director: Wallace Fox | Stars: Bela Lugosi, Luana Walters, Tristram Coffin, Elizabeth Russell

Votes: 2,418

41. The Tell-Tale Heart (1941)

Approved | 20 min | Crime, Mystery, Short

In this classic Edgar Allan Poe story, a man commits a murder, but afterward the victim's beating heart torments the murderer's mind.

Director: Jules Dassin | Stars: Joseph Schildkraut, Roman Bohnen, Oscar O'Shea, Will Wright

Votes: 671

42. The Loves of Edgar Allan Poe (1942)

Approved | 67 min | Biography, Drama

Edgar Allan Poe led an unhappy childhood, broken only by the unceasing devotion of his foster mother, Mrs. Frances Allan, whose loving ministrations gave him courage to carry out his desire... See full summary »

Director: Harry Lachman | Stars: Linda Darnell, Shepperd Strudwick, Virginia Gilmore, Jane Darwell

Votes: 164

43. Cat People (1942)

Not Rated | 73 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

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.

Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: Simone Simon, Tom Conway, Kent Smith, Jane Randolph

Votes: 16,391 | Gross: $4.00M

44. The Mad Monster (1942)

Approved | 77 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

A mad scientist changes his simple-minded handyman into a werewolf in order to prove his supposedly crazy scientific theories - and exact revenge.

Director: Sam Newfield | Stars: Johnny Downs, George Zucco, Anne Nagel, Glenn Strange

Votes: 1,335

45. Bowery at Midnight (1942)

Approved | 61 min | Crime, Thriller

Kindly soup kitchen operator and professor of criminology Karl Wagner uses his soup kitchen as a front for a criminal gang who commit a series of daring robberies and murders. When things ... See full summary »

Director: Wallace Fox | Stars: Bela Lugosi, John Archer, Wanda McKay, Tom Neal

Votes: 782

46. The Living Ghost (1942)

Passed | 61 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Wise-cracking ex-detective Nick Trayne is called in to try to find the whereabouts of wealthy kidnap victim Walter Craig. Craig unexpectedly turns up alive but with apparent brain damage, ... See full summary »

Director: William Beaudine | Stars: James Dunn, Joan Woodbury, Paul McVey, Vera Gordon

Votes: 427

47. Black Dragons (1942)

Approved | 64 min | Thriller, War

A cabal of American industrialists, all fifth-columnists intent on sabotaging the war effort, are methodically murdered by the malevolent Monsieur Colomb. It is only until detective Dick ... See full summary »

Director: William Nigh | Stars: Bela Lugosi, Joan Barclay, George Pembroke, Clayton Moore

Votes: 860

48. The Undying Monster (1942)

Not Rated | 63 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Surviving members of an aristocratic English family are threatened by a legendary monster when they venture out on chilly, foggy nights.

Director: John Brahm | Stars: James Ellison, Heather Angel, John Howard, Bramwell Fletcher

Votes: 959

49. The Man in the Trunk (1942)

Approved | 71 min | Comedy, Crime

The ghost of a murdered man returns to Earth to help a young couple find his killer.

Director: Malcolm St. Clair | Stars: Lynne Roberts, George Holmes, Raymond Walburn, J. Carrol Naish

Votes: 7

50. Man with Two Lives (1942)

Approved | 65 min | Horror, Thriller