Best Horror Movies of 1946

1.

The Spiral Staircase

4.5
7.4/10 IMDB

In 1916, beautiful young mute Helen is a domestic worker for elderly, ailing Mrs. Warren. Mrs. Warren's two adult sons, Albert (a professor) and womanizing impudent Steven, also live in the Warren mansion. Mrs. Warren becomes concerned for Helen's safety when a rash of murders involving 'women with afflictions' hits the neighborhood. She implores her physician, Dr. Parry, to take Helen away for her own safety. When another murder occurs inside the Warren mansion, it becomes obvious that Helen is in danger.

Starring: Dorothy McGuire, George Brent, Ethel Barrymore, Kent Smith, Rhonda Fleming, Gordon Oliver, Elsa Lanchester, Sara Allgood, Rhys Williams, James Bell ..
Directed by: Robert Siodmak
Release date: 1946-02-06
2.

The Beast with Five Fingers

3.4
6.6/10 IMDB

Locals in an Italian village believe evil has taken over the estate of a recently deceased pianist where murder has taken place. The alleged killer: the pianist's severed hand.

Starring: Robert Alda, Andrea King, Peter Lorre, Victor Francen, J. Carrol Naish, Charles Dingle, John Alvin, David Hoffman, Barbara Brown, Patricia Barry ..
Directed by: Robert Florey
Release date: 1946-12-25
Best Horror Movies of 1946 : Shock
3.

Shock

3.2
6.3/10 IMDB

In this thriller, psychiatrist Dr. Cross (Vincent Price) kills his wife and expects to get away with murder, until he discovers that the slaying was observed by a next-door neighbor, Janet Stewart (Anabel Shaw). As Janet attempts to convince her husband (Frank Latimore) of the doctor's dastardly deed, Cross shows up to advise him that Janet is in dire need of some in-depth counseling.

Starring: Vincent Price, Lynn Bari, Frank Latimore, Anabel Shaw, Stephen Dunne, Reed Hadley, Renee Carson, Charles Trowbridge ..
Directed by: Alfred L. Werker
Release date: 1946-02-01
Best Horror Movies of 1946 : The Spider Woman Strikes Back
4.

The Spider Woman Strikes Back

3.0
6.0/10 IMDB

A young girl goes to work as a live-in caretaker for a spooky old woman. She doesn't know that every night, the woman drains some blood from her to feed her strange plant.

Starring: Gale Sondergaard, Brenda Joyce, Kirby Grant, Rondo Hatton, Hobart Cavanaugh, Milburn Stone, Guy Wilkerson, Norman Leavitt, Horace Murphy, Hans Herbert ..
Directed by: Arthur Lubin
Release date: 1946-03-22
Best Horror Movies of 1946 : She-Wolf of London
5.

She-Wolf of London

2.9
5.2/10 IMDB

A young heiress finds evidence suggesting that at night she acts under the influence of a family curse and has begun committing ghastly murders in a nearby park.

Starring: June Lockhart, Don Porter, Sara Haden, Jan Wiley, Eily Malyon, Lloyd Corrigan, Dennis Hoey, Martin Kosleck, Frederick Worlock ..
Directed by: Jean Yarbrough
Release date: 1946-05-17
Best Horror Movies of 1946 : House of Horrors
6.

House of Horrors

2.7
6.2/10 IMDB

An unsuccessful sculptor saves a madman named "The Creeper" from drowning. Seeing an opportunity for revenge, he tricks the psycho into murdering his critics.

Starring: Rondo Hatton, Martin Kosleck, Robert Lowery, Virginia Grey, Bill Goodwin, Joan Shawlee, Alan Napier, Howard Freeman, Byron Foulger, Virginia Christine ..
Directed by: Jean Yarbrough
Release date: 1946-03-29
Best Horror Movies of 1946 : The Curse of the Wraydons
7.

The Curse of the Wraydons

2.4
5.4/10 IMDB

Tod Slaughter goes about the countryside strangling everybody. His evil scheme is to destroy the family who wronged him. He secret lab is complete with a torture chamber, featured in the films climax. Probably the most maniacal portrayal Tod ever gave.

Starring: Bruce Seton, Tod Slaughter, Henry Caine, Pearl Cameron, Andrew Laurence, Alan Lawrance, Lorraine Clewes, Gabriel Toyne, Ben Williams, John T. Coyle ..
Directed by: Victor M. Gover
Release date: 1946-12-16
Best Horror Movies of 1946 : The Mask of Diijon
8.

The Mask of Diijon

2.3
5.6/10 IMDB

A stage illusionist plots revenge after a particularly humiliating comeback attempt.

Starring: Erich von Stroheim, Jeanne Bates, William Wright, Denise Vernac, Edward Van Sloan, Hope Landin, Mauritz Hugo, Shimen Ruskin, Antonio Filauri ..
Directed by: Lew Landers
Release date: 1946-03-11
Best Horror Movies of 1946 : The Brute Man
9.

The Brute Man

2.3
4.2/10 IMDB

A facially disfigured and mentally unhinged man wreaks his revenge on those he blames for his condition.

Starring: Rondo Hatton, Jane Adams, Donald MacBride, Tom Neal, Jan Wiley, Peter Whitney, Fred Coby, Janelle Johnson Dolenz ..
Directed by: Jean Yarbrough
Release date: 1946-10-01
10.

The Cat Creeps

2.1
5.3/10 IMDB

A black cat is suspected of being possessed by the spirit of a elderly murdered woman.

Starring: Frederick Brady, Noah Beery, Jr., Jonathan Hale, Paul Kelly, Douglass Dumbrille, Rose Hobart, Vera Lewis, Lois Collier, Iris Lancaster, William B. Davidson ..
Directed by: Erle C. Kenton
Release date: 1946-05-17

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