Best Horror Movies of 1942


Cat People

7.2/10 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

The Ghost of Frankenstein

6.1/10 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
Best Horror Movies of 1942 : Castle in the Desert

Castle in the Desert

7.0/10 IMDB

Charlie Chan, with son Jimmy on a week's pass from the Army, takes up a request for help at a castle-home, miles from anywhere in the American desert south-west and inhabited by an eccentric, reclusive historian and his wife, a descendant of Lucrezia Borgia. Once there, he finds the request's legitimacy denied by all who are present, but still necessary as one houseguest has already been murdered, the other guests are at each other's throat, and the Borgia-related chatelain is suspected...

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

Night Monster

6.2/10 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

The Undying Monster

6.1/10 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

The Boogie Man Will Get You

5.8/10 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, Eddie Laughton, Frank Puglia ..
Directed by: Lew Landers
Release date: 1942-10-22

The Mummy's Tomb

5.5/10 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

Bowery at Midnight

5.3/10 IMDB

A seemingly charitable soup kitchen operator (who moonlights as a criminology professor) uses his Bowery mission as a front for his criminal gang. Police attempt to close in on the gang as they commit a series of robberies, murders and bizarre experiments on corpses.

Starring: Bela Lugosi, John Archer, Wanda McKay, Tom Neal, Vince Barnett, Anna Hope, John Berkes, J. Farrell MacDonald, Dave O'Brien, Lucille Vance ..
Directed by: Wallace Fox
Release date: 1942-10-30
Best Horror Movies of 1942 : The Night Has Eyes

The Night Has Eyes

6.2/10 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, Dorothy Black, Amy Dalby, Jack Vyvyan ..
Directed by: Leslie Arliss
Release date: 1942-06-01
Best Horror Movies of 1942 : The Hidden Hand

The Hidden Hand

6.1/10 IMDB

Peter Thorne is a young attorney who works for an eccentric old woman, Lorinda Channing, who uses her insane brother, John Channing, to frighten her other relatives because they are after her money. Further complications arise when another murderer arrives on the scene and plants the blame on John.

Starring: Craig Stevens, Julie Bishop, Frank Wilcox, Cecil Cunningham, Ruth Ford, Milton Parsons, Roland Drew, Tom Stevenson, Marian Hall, Inez Gay ..
Directed by: Benjamin Stoloff
Release date: 1942-11-07

Black Dragons

4.3/10 IMDB

It is prior to the commencement of World War II, and Japan's fiendish Black Dragon Society is hatching an evil plot with the Nazis. They instruct a brilliant scientist, Dr. Melcher, to travel to Japan on a secret mission. There he operates on six Japanese conspirators, transforming them to resemble six American leaders. The actual leaders are murdered and replaced with their likeness.

Starring: Bela Lugosi, Joan Barclay, George Pembroke, Clayton Moore, Robert Frazer, Edward Peil Sr., Robert Fiske, Irving Mitchell, Kenneth Harlan, Max Hoffman Jr. ..
Directed by: William Nigh
Release date: 1942-03-06
Best Horror Movies of 1942 : The Fall of the House of Usher

The Fall of the House of Usher

5.4/10 IMDB

Curtis Harrington's student film based on the Edgar Allan Poe story.

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

Dr. Renault's Secret

6.1/10 IMDB

A remake of the 1927 horror film "The Wizard". Dr. Larry Forbes arrives in a remote French village to visit his fiancée who lives with her scientist father Dr. Renault 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

The Corpse Vanishes

4.5/10 IMDB

A scientist keeps his wife young by killing, stealing the bodies of, and taking the gland fluid from virgin brides.

Starring: Bela Lugosi, Luana Walters, Tris Coffin, Elizabeth Russell, Minerva Urecal, Angelo Rossitto, Frank Moran, Kenneth Harlan, Joan Barclay, Gwen Kenyon ..
Directed by: Wallace Fox
Release date: 1942-05-08
Best Horror Movies of 1942 : The Strange Case of Doctor Rx

The Strange Case of Doctor Rx

5.3/10 IMDB

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.

Starring: Patric Knowles, Lionel Atwill, Anne Gwynne, Samuel S. Hinds, Mona Barrie, Shemp Howard, Paul Cavanagh, Edmund MacDonald, Mantan Moreland, John Gallaudet ..
Directed by: William Nigh
Release date: 1942-03-27
Best Horror Movies of 1942 : Man With Two Lives

Man With Two Lives

5.2/10 IMDB

A man is brought back from death at the same time a vicious criminal dies in the electric chair. However, the man's soul is now taken over by the electrocuted gangster, who embarks on a vengeful crime wave.

Starring: Edward Norris, Marlo Dwyer, Anthony Warde, Eleanor Lawson, Frederick Burton, Addison Richards, Edward Keane, Hugh Sothern, Tom Seidel, Elliott Sullivan ..
Directed by: Phil Rosen
Release date: 1942-02-26
Best Horror Movies of 1942 : The Mad Doctor of Market Street

The Mad Doctor of Market Street

5.2/10 IMDB

A fugitive doctor (Lionel Atwill) tries to raise the dead for South Sea Islanders.

Starring: Lionel Atwill, Una Merkel, Nat Pendleton, Anne Nagel, Hardie Albright, Richard Davies, John Eldredge, Mala, Noble Johnson, Rosina Galli ..
Directed by: Joseph H. Lewis
Release date: 1942-02-27
Best Horror Movies of 1942 : The Living Ghost

The Living Ghost

5.3/10 IMDB

A detective investigating kidnapping case discovers the victim, who may be a zombie.

Starring: James Dunn, Joan Woodbury, Paul McVey, Vera Gordon, Norman Willis, J. Farrell MacDonald, Minerva Urecal, George Eldredge, Jan Wiley, Edna Johnson ..
Directed by: William Beaudine
Release date: 1942-08-11

The Mad Monster

3.5/10 IMDB

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

Starring: George Zucco, Anne Nagel, Johnny Downs, Glenn Strange, Robert Strange, Gordon De Main, John Elliott, Reginald Barlow, Sarah Padden, Mae Busch ..
Directed by: Sam Newfield
Release date: 1942-05-15
Best Horror Movies of 1942 : The Boogie Woogieman

The Boogie Woogieman

0.0/10 IMDB

Starring: Gwen Brian, Betty Brian, Doris Brian ..
Release date: 1942-01-01

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