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Favorite Horror Movies of the 1950s

by Paul Johnson
Favorite Horror Movies of the 1950s by Paul Johnson
The 1950s Atomic Age science-fiction craze necessitates a lot of judgment calls about what counts as horror and what counts as sci-fi. Ultimately, it got on the list if (1) it has a cool/wonderfully cheesy monster and/or (2) it would make acceptable viewing on a dark and stormy Halloween night. Which is why The Thing and Invaders from Mars are on here, while Forbidden Planet and Day the Earth Stood Still aren’t. (Sorry Gort. Gort, I said I was sorry. Really. Stop it Gort. Klaatu barada nikto, Gort. Klaatu barada nikto.) 1. Night of the Demon (Jacques Tourneur) 2. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Don Siegel) 3. Ugetsu (Kenji… Read more

The 1950s Atomic Age science-fiction craze necessitates a lot of judgment calls about what counts as horror and what counts as sci-fi. Ultimately, it got on the list if (1) it has a cool/wonderfully cheesy monster and/or (2) it would make acceptable viewing on a dark and stormy Halloween night. Which is why The Thing and Invaders from Mars are on here, while Forbidden Planet and Day the Earth Stood Still aren’t. (Sorry Gort. Gort, I said I was sorry. Really. Stop it Gort. Klaatu barada nikto, Gort. Klaatu barada nikto.)

1. Night of the Demon (Jacques Tourneur)
2. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (Don Siegel)
3. Ugetsu (Kenji Mizoguchi)
4. The Thing (Howard Hawks)
5. Invaders from Mars (William Cameron Menzies)
6. Curse of Frankenstein (Terrence Fisher)
7. Them (Gordon Douglas)
8. Horror of Dracula (Terrence Fisher)
9. A Bucket of Blood (Roger Corman)
10. House on Haunted Hill (William Castle)
11. Quatermass 2 (Val Guest)
12. El Vampiro (Fernando Mendez)*
13. The H-Man (Ishiro Honda)*
14. Creature from the Black Lagoon (Jack Arnold)
15. The Revenge of Frankenstein (Terrence Fisher)*
16. The Quatermass Xperiment (Val Guest)
17. The Mummy (Terrence Fisher)
18. It Conquered the World (Roger Corman)*
19. The Tingler (William Castle)
20. The Devil’s Commandment (Riccardo Freda)*
21. The Werewolf (Fred Sears)*
22. I Married a Monster from Outer Space (Gene Fowler)*
23. X – The Unknown (Leslie Norman)*
24. Plan 9 from Outer Space (Ed Wood)
25. Hound of the Baskervilles (Terrence Fisher)
26. Daughter of Dr. Jekyll (Edgar Ulmer)*
27. I Was a Teenage Werewolf (Gene Fowler)
28. The Vampire (Paul Landres)*
29. Monster on the Campus (Jack Arnold)*
30. Horrors of the Black Museum (Arthur Crabtree)*
31. The Monolith Monsters (John Sherwood)*
32. Not of This Earth (Roger Corman)*
33. I Bury the Living (Albert Band)*
34. The Blob (Irwin Yeaworth)
35. Colossus of New York (Eugene Lourie)*
36. Attack of the Giant Leeches (Bernard Kowalski)*
37. War of the Worlds (Bryon Haskin)
38. Abbott and Costello meet the Invisible Man (Charles Lamont)
39. Man from Planet X (Edgar Ulmer)*
40. How to Make a Monster (Herbert Strock)*
41. The Black Sleep (Reginald La Borg)*
42. Attack of the Crab Monsters (Roger Corman)
43. Abbott and Costello meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Charles Lamont)
44. House of Wax (Andre De Toth)*
45. It Came from Outer Space (Jack Arnold)
46. I Was a Teenage Frankenstein (Herbert Strock)*
47. Abbott and Costello meet the Mummy (Charles Lamont)
48. The Wasp Woman (Roger Corman)*
49. The Maze (William Cameron Menzies)*
50. Bride of the Monster (Ed Wood)
51. The Man Who Could Cheat Death (Terrence Fisher)*
52. It! The Terror from Beyond Space (Edward Cahn)*
53. Tarantula (Jack Arnold)
54. The Abominable Snowman (Val Guest)
55. Brain from Planet Arous (Nathan Juran)*
56. The Alligator People (Roy Del Ruth)*
57. Earth vs the Flying Saucers (Fred Sears)
58. Zombies of Mora Tau (Edward L. Cahn)*
59. This Island Earth (Joseph Newman)*
60. Return of the Fly (Edward Bernds)
61. Creature Walks Among Us (John Sherwood)*
62. The Cyclops (Bert I. Gordon)*
63. Earth vs. the Spider (Bert I Gordon)*
64. The Crawling Eye (Quentin Lawrence)*
65. Revenge of the Creature (Jack Arnold)*
66. The Stranger Door (Joseph Pevney)*
67. The Brain Eaters (Bruno VeSota)*
68. Blood of the Vampire (Henry Cass)*
69. The Black Castle (Nathan Juran)*
70. Beast from the Haunted Cave (Monte Hellman)*
71. 20 Million Miles to Earth (Nathan Juran)
72. The Mole People (Virgil Vogel)*
73. The Return of Dracula (Paul Landres)*
74. The Man without a Body (Charles Saunders)*
75. Frankenstein 1970 (Howard Koch)*
76. The Fly (Kurt Neumann)*
77. The Hideous Sun Demon (Robert Clarke)*
78. Cult of the Cobra (Francis Lyon)*
79. Frankenstein’s Daughter (Richard Cunha)*
80. Fiend without a Face (Arthur Crabtree)
81. Creature with the Atom Brain (Edward L. Cahn)*
82. Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (Eugene Lourie)

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