Best Horror Movies of 1945

1.

Dead of Night

5.3
7.7/10 IMDB

Architect Walter Craig, seeking the possibility of some work at a country farmhouse, soon finds himself once again stuck in his recurring nightmare. Dreading the end of the dream that he knows is coming, he must first listen to all the assembled guests' own bizarre tales.

Starring: Mervyn Johns, Roland Culver, Mary Merrall, Googie Withers, Frederick Valk, Anthony Baird, Sally Ann Howes, Robert Wyndham, Judy Kelly, Miles Malleson ..
Directed by: Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Basil Dearden, Robert Hamer
Release date: 1945-09-04
2.

The Picture of Dorian Gray

5.2
7.5/10 IMDB

Posing for a portrait, Dorian Gray talks with Lord Henry Wotton, who says that men should pursue their sensual longings, but laments that only the young get to do so. Taken with the idea, Dorian imagines a scenario in which the painting will age as he stays youthful. His wish comes true, and his boyish looks aid him as he indulges his every whim. But when a stunning revelation forces him to see what he's become, Dorian faces some very dangerous questions.

Starring: George Sanders, Hurd Hatfield, Donna Reed, Angela Lansbury, Peter Lawford, Lowell Gilmore, Richard Fraser, Douglas Walton, Morton Lowry, Miles Mander ..
Directed by: Albert Lewin
Release date: 1945-03-01
3.

Hangover Square

3.9
7.4/10 IMDB

When composer George Harvey Bone wakes with no memory of the previous night and a bloody knife in his pocket, he worries that he has committed a crime. On the advice of Dr. Middleton, Bone agrees to relax, going to a music performance of singer Netta Longdon. Riveted by Netta, Bone agrees to write songs for her rather than his own concerto. However, Bone soon grows jealous of Netta and worries about controlling himself during his spells.

Starring: Laird Cregar, Linda Darnell, George Sanders, Glenn Langan, Faye Marlowe, Alan Napier, Ted Billings, Ann Codee, Michael Dyne, Francis Ford ..
Directed by: John Brahm
Release date: 1945-02-07
4.

The Body Snatcher

3.8
7.3/10 IMDB

Edinburgh, 1831. Among those who undertake the illegal trade of grave robbery is Gray, ostensibly a cab driver. Formerly a medical student convicted of grave robbery, Gray holds a grudge against Dr. MacFarlane who had escaped detection and punishment.

Starring: Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Henry Daniell, Edith Atwater, Russell Wade, Rita Corday, Sharyn Moffett, Donna Lee, Mary Gordon, Robert Clarke ..
Directed by: Robert Wise
Release date: 1945-05-25
5.

The House of Fear

3.8
7.3/10 IMDB

The Good Comrades are a collection of varied gentlemen who crave one thing - solitude. They reside at Drearcliff House, ancestral home of their eldest member. All seems serene and convivial until one by one the members begin to perish in the most grisly of manners. Foul play is suspected by the Good Comrades' insurance agent, who turns to Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson for guidance.

Starring: Basil Rathbone, Nigel Bruce, Aubrey Mather, Paul Cavanagh, Dennis Hoey, Harry Cording, Holmes Herbert, Sally Shepherd, Gavin Muir, Florette Hillier ..
Directed by: Roy William Neill
Release date: 1945-03-16
6.

Isle of the Dead

3.4
6.6/10 IMDB

On a Greek island during the 1912 war, several people are trapped by quarantine for the plague. If that isn't enough worry, one of the people, a superstitious old peasant, suspects a young woman of being a vampiric kind of demon called a vorvolaka.

Starring: Boris Karloff, Ellen Drew, Marc Cramer, Katherine Emery, Helene Thimig, Alan Napier, Jason Robards Sr., Ernst Deutsch, Skelton Knaggs, Sherry Hall ..
Directed by: Mark Robson
Release date: 1945-09-01
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7.

Charlie Chan in The Jade Mask

3.4
6.5/10 IMDB

The latest assignment for respected detective Charlie Chan has come directly from the government and involves the disappearance of a scientist named Harper, who was working on an extremely important serum. When the scientist is killed, Chan must sort through all very likely suspects, including the man's sister and his butler.

Starring: Sidney Toler, Mantan Moreland, Edwin Luke, Hardie Albright, Janet Warren, Al Bridge, Edith Evanson, Dorothy Granger, Cyril Delevanti, Jack Ingram ..
Directed by: Phil Rosen
Release date: 1945-01-26
8.

House of Dracula

3.1
5.8/10 IMDB

A scientist working on cures for rare afflictions, such as a bone softening agent made from molds to allow him to correct the spinal deformity of his nurse, finds the physical causes of lycanthropy in wolf-man Larry Talbot and of vampirism in Count Dracula, but himself becomes afflicted with homicidal madness while exchanging blood with Dracula.

Starring: John Carradine, Onslow Stevens, Lon Chaney Jr., Martha O'Driscoll, Jane Adams, Lionel Atwill, Glenn Strange, Skelton Knaggs, Ludwig Stössel, Joseph E. Bernard ..
Directed by: Erle C. Kenton
Release date: 1945-12-07
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9.

I Love a Mystery

2.6
6.3/10 IMDB

This first film in the Columbia series was based on the radio serial, "The Decapitation of Jefferson Monk." A detective tries to protect a man who has predicted his murder will take place in three days.

Starring: Jim Bannon, Nina Foch, George Macready, Barton Yarborough, Carole Mathews, Lester Matthews ..
Directed by: Henry Levin
Release date: 1945-01-25
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10.

The Vampire's Ghost

2.5
6.0/10 IMDB

In a small African port, a tawdry bar is run by a old man named Webb Fallon. Fallon is actually a vampire, but he is becoming weary of his "life" of the past few hundred years.

Starring: John Abbott, Charles Gordon, Peggy Stewart, Grant Withers, Emmett Vogan, Adele Mara, Roy Barcroft, Martin Wilkins, Frank Jaquet, Jimmy Aubrey ..
Directed by: Lesley Selander
Release date: 1945-05-21

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