The Best Horror Movies of the 1950s

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Vote up your favorite horror films that were released in the 1950s

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 nauseam 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.

Vote up the best horror movies from the fifties so other fans know what to watch next. 

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  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers
    Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter, Carolyn Jones
    • Released: 1956
    • Directed by: Don Siegel
  • Creature from the Black Lagoon
    Richard Carlson, Julie Adams, Richard Denning
    • Released: 1954
    • Directed by: Jack Arnold
  • The Fly
    David Hedison, Patricia Owens, Vincent Price
    • Released: 1958
    • Directed by: Kurt Neumann
  • Them!
    James Whitmore, Edmund Gwenn, Joan Weldon
    • Released: 1954
    • Directed by: Gordon Douglas
  • House on Haunted Hill
    Vincent Price, Carol Ohmart, Richard Long
    • Released: 1959
    • Directed by: William Castle
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  • The Thing from Another World
    James Arness, Paul Frees, George Fenneman
    • Released: 1951
    • Directed by: Howard Hawks, Christian Nyby
  • The Blob
    Steve McQueen, Aneta Corsaut, Earl Rowe
    • Released: 1958
    • Directed by: Irvin S. Yeaworth
  • House of Wax
    Vincent Price, Frank Lovejoy, Phyllis Kirk
    • Released: 1953
    • Directed by: Andre de Toth
  • Horror of Dracula
    Peter Cushing, Michael Gough, Melissa Stribling
    • Released: 1958
    • Directed by: Terence Fisher
  • The Mummy
    Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Felix Aylmer
    • Released: 1959
    • Directed by: Terence Fisher
  • It Came from Outer Space
    Richard Carlson, Barbara Rush, Charles Drake
    • Released: 1953
    • Directed by: Jack Arnold
  • The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms
    Paul Hubschmid, Paula Raymond, Cecil Kellaway
    • Released: 1953
    • Directed by: Eugène Lourié
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles
    Peter Cushing, Andre Morell, Christopher Lee
    • Released: 1959
    • Directed by: Terence Fisher
  • The Incredible Shrinking Man
    Grant Williams, Randy Stuart, April Kent
    • Released: 1957
    • Directed by: Jack Arnold
  • The Tingler
    Vincent Price, Judith Evelyn, Darryl Hickman
    • Released: 1959
    • Directed by: William Castle
  • Forbidden Planet
    Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Leslie Nielsen
    • Released: 1956
    • Directed by: Fred M. Wilcox
  • Godzilla, King of the Monsters!
    Raymond Burr, Takashi Shimura, Akihiko Hirata
    • Released: 1956
    • Directed by: Terry O. Morse, Ishirō Honda
  • The Curse of Frankenstein
    Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Hazel Court
    • Released: 1957
    • Directed by: Terence Fisher
  • Tarantula
    Clint Eastwood, Mara Corday, Alan Napier
    • Released: 1955
    • Directed by: Jack Arnold
  • 20 Million Miles to Earth
    William Hopper, Joan Taylor, Frank Puglia
    • Released: 1957
    • Directed by: Nathan Juran
  • It Came from Beneath the Sea
    Kenneth Tobey, Faith Domergue, Donald Curtis
    • Released: 1955
    • Directed by: Robert Gordon
  • Earth vs. the Flying Saucers
    Paul Frees, Hugh Marlowe, Joan Taylor
    • Released: 1956
    • Directed by: Fred F. Sears
  • Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
    Boris Karloff, Lou Costello, Bud Abbott
    • Released: 1953
    • Directed by: Charles Lamont
  • The Bad Seed
    Nancy Kelly, Patty McCormack, Henry Jones
    • Released: 1956
    • Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy
  • Invaders from Mars
    Helena Carter, Arthur Franz, Jimmy Hunt
    • Released: 1953
    • Directed by: William Cameron Menzies