Best Horror Movies of 1943

1.

I Walked with a Zombie

5.0
7.0/10 IMDB

A nurse in the Caribbean turns to voodoo in hopes of curing her patient, a mindless woman whose husband she's fallen in love with.

Starring: Frances Dee, Tom Conway, James Ellison, Edith Barrett, James Bell, Theresa Harris, Darby Jones, Sir Lancelot, Christine Gordon, Jeni Le Gon ..
Directed by: Jacques Tourneur
Release date: 1943-04-21
2.

Phantom of the Opera

3.9
6.4/10 IMDB

Pit violinist Claudin hopelessly loves rising operatic soprano Christine Dubois (as do baritone Anatole and police inspector Raoul) and secretly aids her career. But Claudin loses both his touch and his job, murders a rascally music publisher in a fit of madness, and has his face etched with acid. Soon, mysterious crimes plague the Paris Opera House, blamed on a legendary "phantom".

Starring: Nelson Eddy, Susanna Foster, Claude Rains, Edgar Barrier, Leo Carrillo, Jane Farrar, J. Edward Bromberg, Fritz Feld, Frank Puglia, Steven Geray ..
Directed by: Arthur Lubin
Release date: 1943-08-12
3.

Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man

3.9
6.4/10 IMDB

Grave robbers open the grave of the wolf man and awaken him. He doesn't like the idea of being immortal and killing people when the moon is full so tries to find Dr. Frankenstein, in the hopes that the doctor can cure him. Dr. Frankenstein has died; however, his monster is found.

Starring: Lon Chaney Jr., Bela Lugosi, Patric Knowles, Ilona Massey, Maria Ouspenskaya, Lionel Atwill, Rex Evans, Dennis Hoey, Cyril Delevanti, Tom Stevenson ..
Directed by: Roy William Neill
Release date: 1943-03-05
Best Horror Movies of 1943 : Falling Hare
4.

Falling Hare

3.8
7.3/10 IMDB

Relaxing with a carrot at an army air field, Bugs is reading "Victory Through Hare Power," and scoffs at the notion of "gremlins," little creatures who wreak havoc on planes with their "dia-bo-lickal sabo-tay-gee." His reading is interrupted by a clanging sound, and it turns out to be a little wing-headed being pounding on a bockbuster bomb with a mallet.

Starring: Mel Blanc, Robert Clampett ..
Directed by: Robert Clampett
Release date: 1943-10-30
5.

The Seventh Victim

3.5
6.7/10 IMDB

A young woman searches for her missing sister who, unknown to her, has become involved with a group of Satan worshippers in Greenwich Village.

Starring: Kim Hunter, Tom Conway, Jean Brooks, Hugh Beaumont, Erford Gage, Isabel Jewell, Evelyn Brent, Ben Bard, Chef Milani, Marguerita Sylva ..
Directed by: Mark Robson
Release date: 1943-08-21
6.

The Leopard Man

3.5
6.8/10 IMDB

When a leopard escapes during a publicity stunt, it triggers a series of murders.

Starring: Dennis O'Keefe, Jean Brooks, James Bell, Abner Biberman, Ariel Heath, Ben Bard, Margo, Isabel Jewell, Margaret Landry, Kate Lawson ..
Directed by: Jacques Tourneur
Release date: 1943-05-19
7.

The Return of the Vampire

3.4
6.1/10 IMDB

In 1918, an English family is terrorized by a vampire, until they learn how to deal with it. They think their troubles are over, but German bombs in WWII free the monster. He reclaims the soul of his wolfman ex-servant, and assuming the identity of a scientist who has just escaped from a concentration camp, he starts out on a plan to get revenge upon the family.

Starring: Bela Lugosi, Nina Foch, Roland Varno, Matt Willis, Frieda Inescort, Miles Mander, Ottola Nesmith, Gilbert Emery, Leslie Denison, William Austin ..
Directed by: Lew Landers
Release date: 1943-11-11
Best Horror Movies of 1943 : Calling Dr. Death
8.

Calling Dr. Death

3.3
6.1/10 IMDB

Losing his memories of the last few days, neurologist Dr. Steele is told that his wife has been brutally murdered. Steele, aware of his conniving wife's infidelity, believes he may have been the killer and enlists the aid of his pretty nurse Stella to hypnotize him into recovering his lost memories.

Starring: Lon Chaney Jr., Patricia Morison, J. Carrol Naish, David Bruce, Ramsay Ames, Fay Helm, Holmes Herbert, Alec Craig, Frederick Giermann, Lisa Golm ..
Directed by: Reginald Le Borg
Release date: 1943-12-17
9.

Son of Dracula

3.2
6.1/10 IMDB

Carpathian Count Alucard is invited to the U.S. by a young heiress. Her boyfriend and local officials are suspicious of the newcomer, who is interested in the "virile" soil of the new world.

Starring: Lon Chaney Jr., Louise Allbritton, Robert Paige, Frank Craven, J. Edward Bromberg, Evelyn Ankers, Samuel S. Hinds, Pat Moriarity, Adeline De Walt Reynolds, Etta McDaniel ..
Directed by: Robert Siodmak
Release date: 1943-11-05
Best Horror Movies of 1943 : The Mad Ghoul
10.

The Mad Ghoul

2.6
5.8/10 IMDB

Dr. Alfred Morris, a university chemistry professor, rediscovers an ancient Mayan formula for a gas which turns men into pliant, obedient, zombie-like ghouls. After medical student Ted Allison becomes a guinea pig for Morris, the professor imagines that Allison's fiancée, a beautiful concert singer Isabel Lewis, wants to break off the engagement because she prefers the professor as a more "mature" lover but in reality loves Eric, her accompanist. In order to bring Ted back from his trance-like states, Morris commands him to perform a cardiectomy on recently deceased or living bodies in order to use serum from their hearts as a temporary antidote. When the serial murders seem to coincide with Isabel's touring schedule, ace reporter "Scoop" McClure gets on the mad scientist's trail.

Starring: George Zucco, David Bruce, Evelyn Ankers, Turhan Bey, Robert Armstrong, Milburn Stone, Rose Hobart, Charles McGraw, Andrew Tombes, Addison Richards ..
Directed by: James P. Hogan
Release date: 1943-11-12
11.

The Mysterious Doctor

2.6
5.7/10 IMDB

The citizens of a tiny Cornish village are tormented during World War II by a headless ghost which is haunting the local tin mine.

Starring: John Loder, Eleanor Parker, Bruce Lester, Lester Matthews, Forrester Harvey, Matt Willis, Phyllis Barry, Creighton Hale, Frank Mayo, Leo White ..
Directed by: Benjamin Stoloff
Release date: 1943-03-03
12.

Dead Men Walk

2.5
4.7/10 IMDB

When a small town doctor buries his twin brother, a practitioner of the black arts, he believes him dead; but subsequent events force him to realize that his brother has, in fact, returned from the dead as a vampire and is seeking revenge on the doctor, who had killed him in self-defense.

Starring: George Zucco, Mary Carlisle, Nedrick Young, Dwight Frye, Fern Emmett, Hal Price, Sam Flint, Robert Strange, Forrest Taylor, Al St. John ..
Directed by: Sam Newfield
Release date: 1943-04-12
Best Horror Movies of 1943 : Captive Wild Woman
13.

Captive Wild Woman

2.4
5.5/10 IMDB

An insane scientist doing experimentation in glandular research becomes obsessed with transforming a female gorilla into a human...even though it costs human life.

Starring: Acquanetta, John Carradine, Evelyn Ankers, Milburn Stone, Lloyd Corrigan, Fay Helm, Martha Vickers, Vince Barnett, Paul Fix, Ray Corrigan ..
Directed by: Edward Dmytryk
Release date: 1943-06-04
14.

The Ape Man

2.4
4.4/10 IMDB

A scientist is turned into an ape man.

Starring: Bela Lugosi, Louise Currie, Wallace Ford, Henry Hall, Minerva Urecal, Emil Van Horn, J. Farrell MacDonald, Wheeler Oakman, Ralph Littlefield, Jack Mulhall ..
Directed by: William Beaudine
Release date: 1943-03-05
15.

Drums of Fu Manchu

2.3
6.9/10 IMDB

Feature version of the 1940 Republic serial, about Fu Manchu's attempt to conquer Asia.

Starring: Henry Brandon, William Royle, Robert Kellard, Luana Walters, Olaf Hytten, Tom Chatterton, Gloria Franklin, John Merton, Lal Chand Mehra ..
Directed by: John English, William Witney
Release date: 1943-11-27
Best Horror Movies of 1943 : Revenge of the Zombies
16.

Revenge of the Zombies

2.2
4.6/10 IMDB

When Dr. Von Altermann's wife Lila dies mysteriously at his spooky mansion, her relations suspect murder. They little suspect he's turning her into a zombie, to join the army of living dead he hopes to devote to the Nazi cause. Lila, though dead, has developed a will of her own. Meanwhile, Lila's brother Scott and his friends are increasingly alarmed by the eerie events.

Starring: John Carradine, Gale Storm, Robert Lowery, Mantan Moreland, Veda Ann Borg, Bob Steele, Mauritz Hugo, Barry Macollum, James Baskett, Madame Sul-Te-Wan ..
Directed by: Steve Sekely
Release date: 1943-09-17

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