Best Horror Movies of 1942

1.

Cat People

5.2
7.3/10 IMDB

Serbian fashion designer Irena Dubrovna and American marine engineer Oliver Reed meet in Central Park, fall in love and marry after a brief courtship; but Irena won't consummate the union for fear that she will turn into a panther compelled to kill her lover, pursuant to a belief harbored by her home village.

Starring: Simone Simon, Kent Smith, Tom Conway, Jane Randolph, Jack Holt, Theresa Harris, Alan Napier, Elizabeth Russell, Mary Halsey, Henrietta Burnside ..
Directed by: Jacques Tourneur
Release date: 1942-12-05
Best Horror Movies of 1942 : Castle in the Desert
2.

Castle in the Desert

3.8
7.2/10 IMDB

Paul Manderley, eccentric historian, and his wife, descendant of the Borgias, live in an isolated castle-like mansion in the Mojave Desert. When a guest suddenly collapses, Charlie Chan is invited to stay. As the standard mystery-mansion props come into play, and all means of outside communication are sabotaged, it becomes evident that one of the inhabitants has access to poisons and is prepared to use them...

Starring: Sidney Toler, Arleen Whelan, Richard Derr, Douglass Dumbrille, Henry Daniell, Edmund MacDonald, Victor Sen Yung, Lenita Lane, Ethel Griffies, Milton Parsons ..
Directed by: Harry Lachman
Release date: 1942-02-02
3.

The Mummy's Tomb

3.3
5.8/10 IMDB

A high priest of Karnak travels to America with the living mummy Kharis (Lon Chaney Jr.) to kill all those who had desecrated the tomb of the Egyptian princess Ananka thirty years earlier.

Starring: Lon Chaney Jr., Turhan Bey, John Hubbard, Elyse Knox, Dick Foran, Wallace Ford, Virginia Brissac, Cliff Clark, Mary Gordon, George Zucco ..
Directed by: Harold Young
Release date: 1942-10-23
4.

The Ghost of Frankenstein

3.3
6.2/10 IMDB

Ygor discovers Frankenstein's creation is still alive and brings him to the Doctor's son, Ludwig, for help. Obsessed with restoring the monster to his full potential, Ludwig is unaware that someone has more devious plans for the creature.

Starring: Cedric Hardwicke, Lon Chaney Jr., Bela Lugosi, Lionel Atwill, Ralph Bellamy, Evelyn Ankers, Janet Ann Gallow, Olaf Hytten, Barton Yarborough, Doris Lloyd ..
Directed by: Erle C. Kenton
Release date: 1942-03-13
5.

Night Monster

3.3
6.3/10 IMDB

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.

Starring: Ralph Morgan, Don Porter, Irene Hervey, Fay Helm, Nils Asther, Doris Lloyd, Leif Erickson, Robert Homans, Lionel Atwill, Frank Reicher ..
Directed by: Ford Beebe
Release date: 1942-10-20
6.

The Undying Monster

3.2
6.2/10 IMDB

A werewolf prowls around at night but only kills certain members of one family. It seems like just a coincidence but the investigating Inspector soon finds out that this tradition has gone on for generations and tries to find a link between the werewolf and the family, leading to a frightening conclusion.

Starring: James Ellison, Heather Angel, John Howard, Bramwell Fletcher, Heather Thatcher, Aubrey Mather, Halliwell Hobbes, Matthew Boulton, Harry Carter, Alec Craig ..
Directed by: John Brahm
Release date: 1942-11-27
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7.

The Fall of the House of Usher

2.8
5.7/10 IMDB

Curtis Harrington's student film based on E.A. Poe's story.

Starring: Curtis Harrington, Robert Macleay ..
Directed by: Curtis Harrington
Release date: 1942-01-01
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8.

The Night Has Eyes

2.8
6.3/10 IMDB

Two teachers, man-hungry Doris and restrained Marian, visit the Yorkshire moors a year after friend Evelyn disappeared there. On a stormy night, they take refuge in the isolated cottage of Stephen, one-time pianist shell-shocked in the Spanish Civil War. Doris flees as soon as the flood subsides; but Marian's suspicions about Evelyn's fate, in conflict with her growing love for Stephen, prompt her to stay on among the misty bogs.

Starring: James Mason, Wilfrid Lawson, Mary Clare, Joyce Howard, Tucker McGuire, John Fernald ..
Directed by: Leslie Arliss
Release date: 1942-06-01
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9.

The Boogie Man Will Get You

2.7
5.9/10 IMDB

A young divorcee tries to convert a historic house into a hotel despite its oddball inhabitants and dead bodies in the cellar.

Starring: Boris Karloff, Peter Lorre, Maxie Rosenbloom, Jeff Donnell, Larry Parks, Maude Eburne, Don Beddoe, George McKay ..
Directed by: Lew Landers
Release date: 1942-10-22
10.

Dr. Renault's Secret

2.6
6.3/10 IMDB

A remake of the 1927 horror film "The Wizard". Dr. Larry Forbes(Sheppard Strudwick)arrives in a remote French village to visit his fiancee (Lynne Roberts) who lives with her scientist father Dr. Renault (George Zucco) and his Ape-like manservant Noel. Several Murders coincide with Dr Forbes arrival, with clues pointing in multiple directions.

Starring: George Zucco, J. Carrol Naish, Shepperd Strudwick, Lynne Roberts, Arthur Shields, Mike Mazurki, Jack Norton, Charles La Torre, Bert Roach, Eugene Borden ..
Directed by: Harry Lachman
Release date: 1942-10-19

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