Best Horror Movies of 1945


Dead of Night

7.6/10 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: 1945-09-09

The Picture of Dorian Gray

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

The Body Snatcher

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

Hangover Square

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

The House of Fear

7.2/10 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

Isle of the Dead

6.5/10 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 demon.

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
Best Horror Movies of 1945 : Charlie Chan in The Jade Mask

Charlie Chan in The Jade Mask

6.2/10 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
Best Horror Movies of 1945 : The Frozen Ghost

The Frozen Ghost

5.8/10 IMDB

When a man dies of a heart attack, a stage and radio mentalist believes he has willed him to die because he was angry with the man. Riddled with guilt, the mentalist cancels further shows, breaks off his engagement to his female partner, who can read minds while in a hypnotic trance, and takes refuge in the eerie wax-museum-cum-home of another woman friend.

Starring: Lon Chaney Jr., Evelyn Ankers, Elena Verdugo, Martin Kosleck, Tala Birell, Milburn Stone, Douglass Dumbrille, Arthur Hohl ..
Directed by: Harold Young
Release date: 1945-06-01

House of Dracula

5.7/10 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
Best Horror Movies of 1945 : Strange Confession

Strange Confession

6.5/10 IMDB

A scientist who is working on a cure for influenza is victimized by his unscrupulous boss, who releases the vaccine before it's ready, resulting in the death of the scientist's son.

Starring: Lon Chaney Jr., Brenda Joyce, J. Carrol Naish, Milburn Stone, Lloyd Bridges, Addison Richards, Mary Gordon, Christian Rub, George Chandler, Jody Gilbert ..
Directed by: John Hoffman
Release date: 1945-10-05
Best Horror Movies of 1945 : Pillow of Death

Pillow of Death

6.0/10 IMDB

Attorney Wayne Fletcher and his secretary have an affair. When Wayne's wife is found smothered to death, he becomes the prime suspect. As the police investigate the murder, a psychic with questionable motives tries to contact the deceased woman. Soon, Wayne begins seeing visions of his dead wife, and other people involved with the case begin to be killed, one by one.

Starring: Lon Chaney Jr., Brenda Joyce, J. Edward Bromberg, Rosalind Ivan, Clara Blandick, George Cleveland, Wilton Graff, Bernard Thomas, Fern Emmett, J. Farrell MacDonald ..
Directed by: Wallace Fox
Release date: 1945-12-14
Best Horror Movies of 1945 : A Game of Death

A Game of Death

5.9/10 IMDB

A shipwreck victim washes up on a homicidal big-game hunter's Caribbean island.

Starring: John Loder, Audrey Long, Edgar Barrier, Russell Wade, Russell Hicks, Jason Robards Sr., Gene Roth, Noble Johnson, Robert Clarke, James Dime ..
Directed by: Robert Wise
Release date: 1945-11-23
Best Horror Movies of 1945 : Woman Who Came Back

Woman Who Came Back

5.9/10 IMDB

A young woman is tormented by the belief that she is the victim of a witch's curse.

Starring: John Loder, Nancy Kelly, Otto Kruger, Ruth Ford, Harry Tyler, Jeanne Gail, Almira Sessions, Jack Carr ..
Directed by: Walter Colmes
Release date: 1945-12-13
Best Horror Movies of 1945 : I Love a Mystery

I Love a Mystery

6.2/10 IMDB

In San Francisco, detective partners Jack Packard and Doc Long are hired by socialite Jefferson Monk who believes someone is following him with the aim to kill him.

Starring: Jim Bannon, Nina Foch, George Macready, Barton Yarborough, Carole Mathews, Lester Matthews, Ernie Adams, Gary Bruce, Joseph Crehan, Franklyn Farnum ..
Directed by: Henry Levin
Release date: 1945-01-25
Best Horror Movies of 1945 : A Place of One's Own

A Place of One's Own

6.2/10 IMDB

An elderly couple move into an old, supposedly haunted abandoned house. A young girl comes to live with the pair as a companion for the wife. However, soon the girl is possessed by the spirit of another girl, a wealthy woman who had once lived in the house but who had been murdered there.

Starring: Margaret Lockwood, James Mason, Barbara Mullen, Dennis Price, Helen Haye, Michael Shepley, Dulcie Gray, Ernest Thesiger, Henry B. Longhurst, Moore Marriott ..
Directed by: Bernard Knowles
Release date: 1945-03-20
Best Horror Movies of 1945 : The Vampire's Ghost

The Vampire's Ghost

5.9/10 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: 1945-04-13
Best Horror Movies of 1945 : The Phantom Speaks

The Phantom Speaks

5.7/10 IMDB

A reporter learns that an executed killer has taken over a scientist's mind.

Starring: Richard Arlen, Stanley Ridges, Lynne Roberts, Tom Powers, Charlotte Wynters, Jonathan Hale, Marion Martin, Pierre Watkin, Garry Owen, Ralf Harolde ..
Directed by: John English
Release date: 1945-04-13

The Jungle Captive

5.1/10 IMDB

Once again Paula the ape woman is brought back to life, this time by a mad doctor and his disfigured assistant, who also kidnaps a nurse in order to have a female blood donor.

Starring: Vicky Lane, Otto Kruger, Rondo Hatton, Amelita Ward, Phil Brown, Jerome Cowan, Eddie Acuff, Ernie Adams, Charles Wagenheim, Eddy Chandler ..
Directed by: Harold Young
Release date: 1945-06-25
Best Horror Movies of 1945 : Fog Island

Fog Island

5.2/10 IMDB

Leo, a former convict, is living in seclusion on an island with his step-daughter, the daughter of his late wife. Leo was framed by a group of former business associates, and he also suspects that one of them killed his wife. He has invited the group to his island, tempting them by hinting about a hidden fortune, and he has installed a number of traps and secret passages in his home. He is aided in his efforts by a former cell-mate who holds a grudge against the same persons. When everyone arrives, the atmosphere of mutual suspicion and the thick fog that covers the island promise a tense and hazardous weekend for everyone.

Starring: George Zucco, Lionel Atwill, Jerome Cowan, Sharon Douglas, Veda Ann Borg, George Lloyd, John Whitney, Jacqueline deWit, Ian Keith ..
Directed by: Terry O. Morse
Release date: 1945-02-15
Best Horror Movies of 1945 : Zombies on Broadway

Zombies on Broadway

5.2/10 IMDB

Hiring real zombies for a broadway show proves difficult.

Starring: Wally Brown, Alan Carney, Bela Lugosi, Anne Jeffreys, Sheldon Leonard, Frank Jenks, Ian Wolfe, Bess Flowers, Jason Robards Sr., Russell Hopton ..
Directed by: Gordon Douglas
Release date: 1945-05-01
Best Horror Movies of 1945 : Scared Stiff

Scared Stiff

4.9/10 IMDB

A meek reporter happens upon a murder, an escaped gangster and a stolen jade chess set.

Starring: Jack Haley, Ann Savage, Barton MacLane, Veda Ann Borg, Roger Pryor, George E. Stone, Robert Emmett Keane, Lucien Littlefield, Paul Hurst, Arthur Aylesworth ..
Directed by: Frank McDonald
Release date: 1945-06-22
Best Horror Movies of 1945 : White Pongo

White Pongo

3.0/10 IMDB

Suspecting that a safari guide is a wanted killer, undercover policeman Geoffrey Bishop (Richard Fraser) joins a safari led by the suspect for a scientist that hopes to find and prove that a fabled white gorilla is a missing link.

Starring: Richard Fraser, Maris Wrixon, Lionel Royce, Al Eben, Gordon Richards, Michael Dyne, George Lloyd, Larry Steers, Milton Kibbee, Egon Brecher ..
Directed by: Sam Newfield
Release date: 1945-11-02

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