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The Best Horror Movies of the 1950s  

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On this list of the best '50s horror movies, you will find countless genre classics that went on to inspire future generations of horror directors and producers. No discussion of ‘50s horror can begin without mentioning Hammer Films, the venerated British production house notorious for its gruesome slashers and iconic monster movies. Hammer Horror became synonymous with the genre, and true horror fans can debate ad nauseum their favorite entries in the Hammer cannon. Hammer films on this list include The Curse of Frankenstein, starring the late great Christopher Lee, and Dracula.


This list of the greatest 1950s horror movies also features highly influential films like
The Creature from the Black Lagoon and Invasion of the Bodysnatchers, which was entered into the National Historic Film Registry for its cultural significance. Invasion of the the Bodysnatchers gave us a new term: “pod people,” a reference to the soulless drones featured in the film.


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Godzilla, King of the Monsters... is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 1950s
Raymond Burr, Takashi Shimura, Akihiko Hirata
Godzilla, King of the Monsters! is a 1956 Japanese American science fiction kaiju film co-directed by Terry O. Morse and Ishirō Honda. The film is a heavily re-edited American adaptation, ...more
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The Angry Red Planet is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 1950s
fjgallag added Jack Kruschen, Les Tremayne, J. Edward McKinley
The Angry Red Planet is a 1959 science fiction film starring Gerald Mohr and directed by Ib Melchior. Melchior was only given 10 days and a budget of $200,000 to make the film. The shortened ...more
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Revenge of the Creature is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 1950s
Clint Eastwood, John Agar, Nestor Paiva
Revenge of the Creature is the first sequel to Creature from the Black Lagoon, being the only 3-D film released in 1955 and the only 3-D sequel to a 3-D film. It premiered in Denver on March 23, ...more
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13 Ghosts is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 1950s
Margaret Hamilton, Alexandra Bastedo, Martin Milner
13 Ghosts is a 1960 American horror film directed by William Castle and written by Robb White. The film stars 11-year-old child actor Charles Herbert as "Buck" and co-stars veteran ...more
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Rodan is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 1950s
Akihiko Hirata, Yumi Shirakawa, Kenji Sahara
Rodan, released in Japan as Sora no Daikaijū Radon, is a 1956 Kaiju film produced by Toho Studios. It was the studio's first Kaiju movie filmed in color. It is one of a series of "giant ...more
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Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. J... is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 1950s
Boris Karloff, Lou Costello, Bud Abbott
Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a 1953 American comedy horror film directed by Charles Lamont and stars the comedy team of Abbott and Costello, and co-stars Boris Karloff. ...more
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The Abominable Snowman is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 1950s
Peter Cushing, Forrest Tucker, Robert Brown
The Abominable Snowman is a 1957 British horror film directed by Val Guest. Made by Hammer Film Productions, it is based on a 1955 BBC television play, The Creature, written by Nigel Kneale, who ...more
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It! The Terror from Beyond Spa... is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 1950s
Ray "Crash" Corrigan, Dabbs Greer, Richard Benedict
It! The Terror from Beyond Space is an independently made 1958 American black and white science fiction film produced by Robert Kent, directed by Edward L. Cahn, and starring Marshall Thompson, ...more
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I Was a Teenage Werewolf is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 1950s
Michael Landon, Guy Williams, Dawn Richard
I Was a Teenage Werewolf is a 1957 horror film starring Michael Landon as a troubled teenager and Whit Bissell as the primary adult. It was co-written and produced by cult film producer Herman ...more
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The Revenge of Frankenstein is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 1950s
Peter Cushing, Lionel Jeffries, Arnold Diamond
The Revenge of Frankenstein is a 1958 British horror film made by Hammer Film Productions. Directed by Terence Fisher, the film stars Peter Cushing, Francis Matthews, Michael Gwynn and Eunice ...more
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The Creature Walks Among Us is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 1950s
Rex Reason, Jeff Morrow, Ricou Browning
The Creature Walks Among Us is the third and final installment of the Creature from the Black Lagoon horror film series from Universal-International, following 1955's Revenge of the Creature. ...more
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The Quatermass Xperiment is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 1950s
Stephen Dyer added Jane Asher, Jack Warner, Dean Jagger
The Quatermass Xperiment is a 1955 British science fiction horror film. Made by Hammer Film Productions, it is based on the 1953 BBC Television serial The Quatermass Experiment written by Nigel ...more
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Fiend Without a Face is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 1950s
Marshall Thompson, Michael Balfour, Kynaston Reeves
Fiend Without a Face is a 1958 independently made British black-and-white science fiction film from Amalgamated Productions, released by MGM, produced by John Croydon and Richard Gordon, and ...more
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Return of the Fly is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 1950s
Vincent Price, Dan Seymour, Brett Halsey
Return of the Fly is the first sequel to the 1958 horror film The Fly. It was released in 1959, and directed by Edward Bernds. Unlike the preceding film, Return of the Fly was shot in black and ...more
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The Deadly Mantis is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 1950s
Craig Stevens, William Hopper, Pat Conway
The Deadly Mantis is a 1957 science fiction film produced by William Alland for Universal-International. It was directed by Nathan Juran from a screenplay by Martin Berkeley, and starred Craig ...more
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The Naked Jungle is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 1950s
Charlton Heston, Eleanor Parker, William Conrad
The Naked Jungle is a 1954 film directed by Byron Haskin, and starring Charlton Heston and Eleanor Parker. Telling the story of an attack of army ants on a Brazilian cocoa plantation, it was ...more
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Invasion of the Saucer Men is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 1950s
Frank Gorshin, Raymond Hatton, Gloria Castillo
Invasion of the Saucer Men is a 1957 sci-fi horror and comedy film starring Steven Terrell and Gloria Castillo and personally produced by James H. Nicholson for his American International ...more
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The Return of Dracula is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 1950s
Francis Lederer, Ray Stricklyn, Greta Granstedt
The Return of Dracula is a 1958 horror film starring Francis Lederer as Dracula. The female lead, Rachel, is played by Norma Eberhardt. It is filmed in black and white and directed by Paul
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I Married a Monster from Outer... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 1950s
Maxie Rosenbloom, Bess Flowers, Tom Tryon
I Married a Monster from Outer Space is a 1958 American black-and-white science fiction film from Paramount Pictures, produced and directed by Gene Fowler Jr. and starring Tom Tryon and Gloria ...more
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Plan 9 from Outer Space is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 1950s
Tor Johnson, Bunny Breckinridge, Joanna Lee
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial Plan 9 from Outer Space is a 1959 American black-and-white science fiction thriller film released by Distributors Corporation of America. The film was written, produced, directed, and edited by ...more
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Frankenstein 1970 is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 1950s
Boris Karloff, Don "Red" Barry
Frankenstein 1970 is a 1958 science fiction horror film, shot in black and white CinemaScope, starring Boris Karloff and Don "Red" Barry. This independent film was directed by Howard ...more
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The Mole People is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 1950s
Alan Napier, John Agar, Nestor Paiva
The Mole People is a 1956 science fiction film directed by Virgil W. Vogel.
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The Monster That Challenged th... is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 1950s
Tim Holt, Hans Conried, Gordon Jones
The Monster That Challenged the World is a 1957 science-fiction monster movie, about an army of giant mollusks that emerge from California's Salton Sea. Directed by Arnold Laven, the film ...more
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The Bat is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 1950s
Vincent Price, Agnes Moorehead, Darla Hood
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial The Bat is an American mystery film from 1959 directed by Crane Wilbur, and starring Vincent Price and Agnes Moorehead. The film's tagline was "When it flies, someone dies!"
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I Bury the Living is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Horror Movies of the 1950s
Barbara Steele, Theodore Bikel, Richard Boone
Watch for Free with Amazon Prime Free Trial I Bury the Living is a horror film directed by famed B-movie director Albert Band, father of Charles Band, and starring Richard Boone and Theodore Bikel.