Best Horror Movies of 1944

1.

Gaslight

5.5
7.8/10 IMDB

A newlywed fears she's going mad when strange things start happening at the family mansion.

Starring: Charles Boyer, Ingrid Bergman, Joseph Cotten, May Whitty, Angela Lansbury, Barbara Everest, Tom Stevenson, Heather Thatcher, Lawrence Grossmith, Halliwell Hobbes ..
Directed by: George Cukor
Release date: 1944-05-04
2.

The Uninvited

5.1
7.2/10 IMDB

A brother and sister move into an old seaside house that has been abandoned for many years on the Cornwellian coast only to soon discover that it is haunted by the ghost of the mother of their neighbor's granddaughter, with whom the brother has fallen in love.

Starring: Ray Milland, Ruth Hussey, Gail Russell, Donald Crisp, Cornelia Otis Skinner, Alan Napier, Dorothy Stickney, Barbara Everest, Queenie Leonard, Rita Page ..
Directed by: Lewis Allen
Release date: 1944-02-18
3.

The Curse of the Cat People

4.0
6.7/10 IMDB

Amy, the young, friendless daughter of Oliver and Alice Reed, befriends her father's late first wife and an aging, reclusive actress.

Starring: Simone Simon, Kent Smith, Jane Randolph, Ann Carter, Eve March, Sir Lancelot, Julia Dean, Elizabeth Russell, Erford Gage, Nita Hunter ..
Directed by: Gunther von Fritsch, Robert Wise
Release date: 1944-04-01
4.

House of Frankenstein

3.8
6.2/10 IMDB

An evil scientist and a hunchback escape from prison and encounter Dracula, the Wolf Man and Frankenstein's Monster.

Starring: Boris Karloff, J. Carrol Naish, Lon Chaney Jr., Elena Verdugo, John Carradine, Lionel Atwill, Anne Gwynne, Peter Coe, Sig Ruman, Glenn Strange ..
Directed by: Erle C. Kenton
Release date: 1944-12-01
5.

The Scarlet Claw

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

When a woman is found dead with her throat torn out, the local villagers blame a supernatural monster. But Sherlock Holmes, who gets drawn into the case from nearby Quebec, suspects a human murderer.

Starring: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Gerald Hamer, Paul Cavanagh, Arthur Hohl, Miles Mander, Kay Harding, David Clyde, Ian Wolfe, Victoria Horne ..
Directed by: Roy William Neill
Release date: 1944-05-18
6.

The Lodger

3.6
7.1/10 IMDB

In Victorian era London, the inhabitants of a family home with rented rooms upstairs fear the new lodger is Jack the Ripper.

Starring: Merle Oberon, Laird Cregar, George Sanders, Cedric Hardwicke, Sara Allgood, Aubrey Mather, Queenie Leonard, Doris Lloyd, David Clyde, Helena Pickard ..
Directed by: John Brahm
Release date: 1944-01-19
Best Horror Movies of 1944 : The Invisible Man's Revenge
7.

The Invisible Man's Revenge

3.2
5.7/10 IMDB

An eccentric scientist helps a fugitive from the law become invisible, unwittingly giving him the power to exact revenge on his former friends.

Starring: Jon Hall, John Carradine, Evelyn Ankers, Leon Errol, Alan Curtis, Gale Sondergaard, Lester Matthews, Halliwell Hobbes, Leyland Hodgson, Doris Lloyd ..
Directed by: Ford Beebe
Release date: 1944-06-09
8.

Bluebeard

3.1
5.9/10 IMDB

Young female models are being strangled. Will law enforcement be able to stop the crime wave before more women become victims?

Starring: John Carradine, Jean Parker, Nils Asther, Ludwig Stössel, George Pembroke, Teala Loring, Sonia Sorel, Henry Kolker, Emmett Lynn, Iris Adrian ..
Directed by: Edgar G. Ulmer
Release date: 1944-11-11
9.

The Mummy's Ghost

3.1
5.6/10 IMDB

An Egyptian high priest travels to America to reclaim the bodies of ancient Egyptian princess Ananka and her living guardian mummy Kharis. Learning that Ananka's spirit has been reincarnated into another body, he kidnaps a young woman of Egyptian descent with a mysterious resemblance to the princess. However, the high priest's greedy desires cause him to lose control of the mummy...

Starring: Lon Chaney Jr., John Carradine, Robert Lowery, Ramsay Ames, Barton MacLane, Harry Shannon, Frank Reicher, Claire Whitney, Lester Sharpe, George Zucco ..
Directed by: Reginald Le Borg
Release date: 1944-07-07
10.

The Mummy's Curse

3.0
5.4/10 IMDB

After being buried in quicksand for the past 25 years, Kharis is set free to roam the rural bayous of Louisiana, as is the soul of his beloved Princess Ananka, still housed in the body of Amina Mansouri, who seeks help and protection at a swamp draining project.

Starring: Lon Chaney Jr., Dennis Moore, Kay Harding, Virginia Christine, Peter Coe, Martin Kosleck, Addison Richards, Holmes Herbert, Ann Codee, Kurt Katch ..
Directed by: Leslie Goodwins
Release date: 1944-12-22
Best Horror Movies of 1944 : Witch's Cradle
11.

Witch's Cradle

2.8
6.3/10 IMDB

Witch’s Cradle is an unfinished Maya Deren film made in the Guggenheim Gallery during a surrealist “Art of this Century” exhibit. It was assembled long after her death by staffers within the preservation department at Anthology Film Archives.

Starring: Marcel Duchamp, Pajorita Matta ..
Directed by: Maya Deren
Release date: 1944-01-01
Best Horror Movies of 1944 : Dead Man's Eyes
12.

Dead Man's Eyes

2.8
6.0/10 IMDB

Artist David Stuart is blinded by a jealous assistant / model. His fiance's father generously offers his eyes for a sight restoring operation. There's only one hitch: Stuart has to wait until after the man dies. Not surprisingly, when the benefactor dies a very premature death, suspicion falls on the artist.

Starring: Lon Chaney Jr., Acquanetta, Jean Parker, Paul Kelly, Thomas Gomez, Jonathan Hale, Edward Fielding, George Meeker, Pierre Watkin, Eddie Dunn ..
Directed by: Reginald Le Borg
Release date: 1944-11-10
13.

Voodoo Man

2.8
5.2/10 IMDB

A mad doctor (Bela Lugosi) and his helpers (John Carradine, George Zucco) lure girls to his lab for brain work, to help his wife.

Starring: Bela Lugosi, George Zucco, Tod Andrews, Wanda McKay, John Carradine, Pat McKee, Ellen Hall, Mary Currier, Henry Hall, Louise Currie ..
Directed by: William Beaudine
Release date: 1944-02-21
Best Horror Movies of 1944 : Weird Woman
14.

Weird Woman

2.7
6.2/10 IMDB

After bringing his beautiful new wife Paula home to America from the remote island on which she was raised, Professor Norman Reed begins to feel the clash between his world of rational science and hers of bizarre dancing and freaky voodoo rituals. Norman's stuck-up friends also sense Paula's strangeness, and soon their meddling gossip and suspicious scheming push the poor woman to use her magic to defend herself and her husband – and maybe even to kill! Or is it just the power of suggestion...?

Starring: Lon Chaney Jr., Anne Gwynne, Evelyn Ankers, Ralph Morgan, Elisabeth Risdon, Lois Collier, Harry Hayden, Elizabeth Russell, Phil Brown, Kay Harding ..
Directed by: Reginald Le Borg
Release date: 1944-03-01
15.

The Monster Maker

2.7
4.8/10 IMDB

Mad scientist injects his enemies with acromegaly virus, causing them to become hideously deformed.

Starring: J. Carrol Naish, Ralph Morgan, Tala Birell, Wanda McKay, Terry Frost, Glenn Strange, Alexander Pollard, Sam Flint ..
Directed by: Sam Newfield
Release date: 1944-04-15
16.

Cry of the Werewolf

2.6
5.3/10 IMDB

A young gypsy girl turns into a wolf to destroy her enemies.

Starring: Nina Foch, Stephen Crane, Osa Massen, Blanche Yurka, Barton MacLane, Ivan Triesault, John Abbott, Milton Parsons, Fritz Leiber, Fred Graff ..
Directed by: Henry Levin
Release date: 1944-08-17
Best Horror Movies of 1944 : The Lady and the Monster
17.

The Lady and the Monster

2.5
5.7/10 IMDB

A millionaire's brain is preserved after his death by a scientist and his two assistants, only to create a telepathic monster.

Starring: Vera Ralston, Richard Arlen, Erich von Stroheim, Helen Vinson, Mary Nash, Sidney Blackmer, Janet Martin, William Henry, Juanita Quigley, Josephine Dillon ..
Directed by: George Sherman
Release date: 1944-04-17
Best Horror Movies of 1944 : Ghost Catchers
18.

Ghost Catchers

2.4
5.7/10 IMDB

Two zanies get mixed up with a Southern colonel, his beautiful daughters, a nightclub and a haunted mansion.

Starring: Ole Olsen, Chic Johnson, Leo Carrillo, Gloria Jean, Martha O'Driscoll, Andy Devine, Christine Forsyth, Lon Chaney Jr., Walter Catlett, Morton Downey ..
Directed by: Edward F. Cline
Release date: 1944-06-16
19.

The Climax

2.4
5.4/10 IMDB

Dr. Hohner, theatre physician at the Vienna Royal Theatre, murders his mistress, the star soprano when his jealousy drives him to the point of mad obsession. Ten years later, another young singer reminds Hohner of the late diva and his old mania kicks in. Hohner wants to prevent her from singing for anyone but him, even if it means silencing her forever.

Starring: Boris Karloff, Susanna Foster, Turhan Bey, Gale Sondergaard, Thomas Gomez, June Vincent, George Dolenz, Ludwig Stössel, Jane Farrar, Ernö Verebes ..
Directed by: George Waggner
Release date: 1944-10-20
Best Horror Movies of 1944 : Murder in the Blue Room
20.

Murder in the Blue Room

2.2
5.9/10 IMDB

A singer, her girlfriends and a mystery writer stay in the house where her father was killed.

Starring: Anne Gwynne, Donald Cook, John Litel, Grace McDonald, Betty Kean, June Preisser, Regis Toomey, Nella Walker, Andrew Tombes, Ian Wolfe ..
Directed by: Leslie Goodwins
Release date: 1944-10-27
21.

Crazy Knights

2.2
5.2/10 IMDB

Also known as Ghost Crazy. Three goofballs run up against ghosts and a giant gorilla in a haunted house.

Starring: Billy Gilbert, Shemp Howard, Maxie Rosenbloom, Tim Ryan, Jayne Hazard ..
Directed by: William Beaudine
Release date: 1944-12-08
Best Horror Movies of 1944 : Jungle Woman
22.

Jungle Woman

2.1
4.7/10 IMDB

Paula, the ape woman, has survived the ending of CAPTIVE WILD WOMAN and is running around a creepy old sanitarium run by the kindly Dr. Fletcher, reverting to her true gorilla form every once in a while to kill somebody.

Starring: Acquanetta, Evelyn Ankers, J. Carrol Naish, Samuel S. Hinds, Lois Collier, Milburn Stone, Douglass Dumbrille, Richard David, Nana Bryant, Pierre Watkin ..
Directed by: Reginald Le Borg
Release date: 1944-06-01
23.

Return of the Ape Man

2.1
4.8/10 IMDB

The discovery of a perfectly preserved caveman prompts a mad scientist to attempt a daring brain transplant.

Starring: Bela Lugosi, John Carradine, Frank Moran, Tod Andrews, Teala Loring, Mary Currier, George Zucco, Eddy Chandler, Ernie Adams, Mike Donovan ..
Directed by: Phil Rosen
Release date: 1944-07-17
Best Horror Movies of 1944 : The Soul of a Monster
24.

The Soul of a Monster

2.1
4.8/10 IMDB

A man recovers on his death bed after his wife makes a mysterious pact with a strange woman. But is he really alive?

Starring: Rose Hobart, George Macready, Jim Bannon, Jeanne Bates, Erik Rolf, Clarence Muse, Buddy Swan ..
Directed by: Will Jason
Release date: 1944-08-17

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