Best Horror Movies of 1946

1.

The Spiral Staircase

4.6
7.3/10 IMDB

On a stormy night, the mute servant to an ailing matriarch is stalked by a serial killer.

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
Best Horror Movies of 1946 : Shock
2.

Shock

3.3
6.2/10 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, Robert Adler, Harry Carter ..
Directed by: Alfred L. Werker
Release date: 1946-02-01
Best Horror Movies of 1946 : She-Wolf of London
3.

She-Wolf of London

3.0
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
4.

House of Horrors

2.7
6.1/10 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 Spider Woman Strikes Back
5.

The Spider Woman Strikes Back

2.7
5.8/10 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 : Fragment of Seeking
6.

Fragment of Seeking

2.5
6.2/10 IMDB

A young man desperately seeks out the fleeting image of a female companion, and though he never quite catches her, he discovers much more through the surreal explorations of his own sexuality.

Starring: Curtis Harrington ..
Directed by: Curtis Harrington
Release date: 1946-08-01
Best Horror Movies of 1946 : Strangler of the Swamp
7.

Strangler of the Swamp

2.5
6.1/10 IMDB

A number of swamp land men have died by strangulation and the inhabitants believe that an innocent man they hanged is seeking revenge on all of the male descendants of those responsible for his death. Maria, granddaughter of the innocent ferryman, decides to operate the ferry service. Chris Sanders, a son of one of the men who did the hanging, and Maria fall in love. The "strangler" seizes Chris and Maria offers her life if Chris is spared.

Starring: Rosemary La Planche, Robert Barrat, Blake Edwards, Charles Middleton, Effie Laird, Nolan Leary ..
Directed by: Frank Wisbar
Release date: 1946-01-02
Best Horror Movies of 1946 : The Mask of Diijon
8.

The Mask of Diijon

2.4
5.6/10 IMDB

A stage illusionist plots a 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, George Chandler ..
Directed by: Lew Landers
Release date: 1946-03-11
9.

The Brute Man

2.3
4.3/10 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, Mary Ann Bricker, Tris Coffin ..
Directed by: Jean Yarbrough
Release date: 1946-10-01
Best Horror Movies of 1946 : The Curse of the Wraydons
10.

The Curse of the Wraydons

2.3
4.7/10 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 Night Comes Too Soon
11.

The Night Comes Too Soon

2.2
5.1/10 IMDB

When ghosts inhabit an Englishwoman's home, Dyall, a ghost hunter of sorts, takes on the poltergeists. Developments reveal a trio of spirits that includes a sailor, the seaman's late wife, and her lover, whom the sailor had shot.

Starring: Valentine Dyall, Anne Howard, Alec Faversham, Howard Douglas, Beatrice Marsden, Arthur Brander, Anthony Baird, Frank Dunlop, David Keir, Monti DeLyle ..
Directed by: Denis Kavanagh
Release date: 1946-11-30
Best Horror Movies of 1946 : Valley of the Zombies
12.

Valley of the Zombies

2.2
5.2/10 IMDB

A woman falls under the hypnotic spell of a resurrected madman.

Starring: Ian Keith, Robert Livingston, Lorna Gray, Thomas E. Jackson, Charles Trowbridge, Wilton Graff, Earle Hodgins, LeRoy Mason, William Haade, Charles Cane ..
Directed by: Philip Ford
Release date: 1946-05-26
13.

The Cat Creeps

2.2
5.1/10 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
Best Horror Movies of 1946 : The Face of Marble
14.

The Face of Marble

2.2
4.9/10 IMDB

John Carradine stars as Dr. Charles Randolph, a scientist dedicated to deciphering the secrets of life and death. Aided by assistant David Cochran (Robert Shayne), Charles conducts experiments that have horrifying side effects. Charles's lonely wife, Elaine (Claudia Drake), is frightened by his work, and in order to protect her, housekeeper Maria (Rosa Rey) unleashes a torrent of voodoo that wrecks havoc.

Starring: John Carradine, Claudia Drake, Robert Shayne, Maris Wrixon, Willie Best, Thomas E. Jackson, Rosa Rey, Neal Burns, Donald Kerr, Allan Ray ..
Directed by: William Beaudine
Release date: 1946-01-19
Best Horror Movies of 1946 : The Flying Serpent
15.

The Flying Serpent

2.0
4.8/10 IMDB

A demented archaeologist discovers a living, breathing serpent creature known to the Aztecs as Quetzalcoatl and accidentally kills his wife by giving her one of the beast's feathers, causing the creature to track her down and slaughter her. Using this knowledge he exacts revenge upon his enemies by placing one of the feathers on his intended victim and letting the beast loose to wreak havoc.

Starring: George Zucco, Hope Kramer, Eddie Acuff, Wheaton Chambers, James Metcalf, Henry Hall, Ralph Lewis, Richard Crane ..
Directed by: Sam Newfield
Release date: 1946-02-01
Best Horror Movies of 1946 : Devil Bat's Daughter
16.

Devil Bat's Daughter

1.9
4.4/10 IMDB

Wishing to dispose of his wife, psychiatrist Doctor Elliott makes his patient Nina think that she suffers from a compulsion to kill. He drugs Nina, murders his wife and leaves evidence that points to Nina. The latter, pre-conditioned by Elliott, also thinks she is guilty.

Starring: Rosemary La Planche, John James, Michael Hale, Molly Lamont, Nolan Leary, Monica Mars, Ed Cassidy, Eddie Kane ..
Directed by: Frank Wisbar
Release date: 1946-04-15
Best Horror Movies of 1946 : Devil Monster
17.

Devil Monster

1.1
2.0/10 IMDB

A schooner disappears at sea without a trace. Years later, evidence of possible survivors prompts the mother of the schooner's mate Jose to hire a tuna boat to investigate. They discover the lad living happily on a South Seas island, and, when he refuses to leave with them, they abduct him. However, Jose gets revenge by leading the ship into the lair of a mysterious giant manta ray.

Starring: Barry Norton, Blanche Mehaffey, Jack Barty, Terry Grey, Jack Del Rio, Mary Carr ..
Directed by: S. Edwin Graham
Release date: 1946-06-29
Best Horror Movies of 1946 : The Unknown
18.

The Unknown

0.0
6.0/10 IMDB

"The Unknown" was the final entry in Columbia’s I Love A Mystery series. A woman hires two detectives to keep her alive long enough to claim her inheritance.

Starring: Karen Morley, Jim Bannon, Jeff Donnell, Mark Roberts, Robert Wilcox, Barton Yarborough, James Bell, Wilton Graff, Helen Freeman, Robert Kellard ..
Directed by: Henry Levin
Release date: 1946-07-04

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