Best Horror Movies of 1953


House of Wax

7.0/10 IMDB

A New York sculptor who opens a wax museum to showcase the likenesses of famous historical figures runs into trouble with his business partner, who demands that the exhibits become more extreme in order to increase profits.

Starring: Vincent Price, Frank Lovejoy, Phyllis Kirk, Carolyn Jones, Paul Picerni, Charles Bronson, Roy Roberts, Dabbs Greer, Angela Clarke, Paul Cavanagh ..
Directed by: André de Toth
Release date: 1953-04-16

It Came from Outer Space

6.5/10 IMDB

Author & amateur astronomer John Putnam and schoolteacher Ellen Fields witness an enormous meteorite come down near a small town in Arizona, but Putnam becomes a local object of scorn when, after examining the object up close, he announces that it is a spacecraft, and that it is inhabited...

Starring: Richard Carlson, Barbara Rush, Charles Drake, Joe Sawyer, Russell Johnson, Dave Willock, Alan Dexter, George Eldredge, Warren MacGregor, Edgar Dearing ..
Directed by: Jack Arnold
Release date: 1953-06-05

The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms

6.6/10 IMDB

The controlled explosion of an atomic bomb in the Arctic Circle awakens a frozen dinosaur that will wreak havoc in New York City.

Starring: Paul Hubschmid, Paula Raymond, Cecil Kellaway, Kenneth Tobey, Donald Woods, Lee Van Cleef, Steve Brodie, Ross Elliott, Jack Pennick, Ray Hyke ..
Directed by: Eugène Lourié
Release date: 1953-06-13

The Hitch-Hiker

6.9/10 IMDB

Roy and Gilbert's fishing trip takes a terrifying turn when the hitchhiker they pick up turns out to be a sociopath on the run from the law. He's killed before, and he lets the two know that as soon as they're no longer useful, he'll kill again. The two friends plot an escape, but the hitchhiker's peculiar physical affliction, an eye that never closes even when he sleeps, makes it impossible for them to tell when they can make a break for it.

Starring: Edmond O'Brien, Frank Lovejoy, William Talman, José Torvay, Sam Hayes, Wendell Niles, Jean Del Val, Clark Howat, Natividad Vacío, Larry Hudson ..
Directed by: Ida Lupino
Release date: 1953-03-30
Best Horror Movies of 1953 : The Tell-Tale Heart

The Tell-Tale Heart

7.5/10 IMDB

One of the most discussed and imaginative cartoons of any era. It tells the famous Edgar Allan Poe story of the deranged boarder who had to kill his landlord, not for greed, but because he possessed an "evil eye." The killer is never seen but his presence is felt by the use light-and-shadow to give the impression of impending disaster.

Starring: James Mason ..
Directed by: Ted Parmelee
Release date: 1953-12-17

Invaders from Mars

6.2/10 IMDB

In the early hours of the night, young David Maclean sees a flying saucer land and disappear into the sand dunes just beyond his house. Slowly, all of the adults, including his once loving parents, begin to act strangely.

Starring: Jimmy Hunt, Arthur Franz, Helena Carter, Leif Erickson, Hillary Brooke, Morris Ankrum, Walter Sande, Bert Freed, Max Wagner, Charles Gibb ..
Directed by: William Cameron Menzies
Release date: 1953-04-22

Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

6.4/10 IMDB

Abbott and Costello, two bumbling American cops on exchange in London, hunt for Mr. Hyde—the monster that has been terrorizing the city.

Starring: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Boris Karloff, Eddie Parker, Craig Stevens, Helen Westcott, Reginald Denny, John Dierkes, Patti McKaye, Betty Tyler ..
Directed by: Charles Lamont
Release date: 1953-08-01

Donovan's Brain

5.9/10 IMDB

A scientist takes the brain of dead man and revives it via electrodes as it lays suspended in a tank of liquid. Soon, the brain grows to possess enormous psychic powers and inflicts its personality upon the doctor who saved it, creating a "Jekyll and Hyde" paradigm.

Starring: Lew Ayres, Nancy Reagan, Gene Evans, Steve Brodie, Tom Powers, Lisa Howard, James Anderson, Victor Sutherland, Michael Colgan, Peter Adams ..
Directed by: Felix E. Feist
Release date: 1953-09-30

The Maze

5.8/10 IMDB

A Scotsman abruptly breaks off his engagement to pretty Kitty and moves to his uncle's castle in the Scottish highlands. Kitty and her aunt follow Gerald a few weeks later, and discover he has suddenly aged. Some mysterious things happen in a maze made from the hedges adjoining the castle.

Starring: Richard Carlson, Veronica Hurst, Katherine Emery, Michael Pate, John Dodsworth, Hillary Brooke, Stanley Fraser, Lilian Bond, Owen McGiveney, Robin Hughes ..
Directed by: William Cameron Menzies
Release date: 1953-07-26
Best Horror Movies of 1953 : Return to Glennascaul: A Story That Is Told in Dublin

Return to Glennascaul: A Story That Is Told in Dublin

6.9/10 IMDB

Orson Welles, taking a break from the filming of "Othello," is driving in the Irish countryside one night when he offers a ride to a man with car trouble. The man relays to Welles a strange tale of an encounter he had once before at the same isolated location.

Starring: Orson Welles, Michael Laurence, Shelah Richards, Helena Hughes, John Dunne, Isobel Couser, Ann Clery ..
Directed by: Hilton Edwards
Release date: 1953-02-01
Best Horror Movies of 1953 : Remains to Be Seen

Remains to Be Seen

6.2/10 IMDB

A singer and her apartment manager get mixed up in a creepy Park Avenue murder and find themselves facing danger at every turn.

Starring: June Allyson, Van Johnson, Louis Calhern, Angela Lansbury, John Beal, Dorothy Dandridge, Barry Kelley, Sammy White, Kathryn Card, Paul Harvey ..
Directed by: Don Weis
Release date: 1953-05-15

Phantom from Space

4.1/10 IMDB

After a UFO sighting, a mysterious phantom in a bizarre outfit starts attacking people in San Fernando Valley.

Starring: Ted Cooper, Tom Daly, Steve Acton, Burt Wenland, Lela Nelson, Harry Landers, Bert Arnold, Sandy Sanders, Harry Strang, Jim Bannon ..
Directed by: W. Lee Wilder
Release date: 1953-05-15

Robot Monster

2.9/10 IMDB

Ro-Man, an alien robot who greatly resembles a gorilla in a diving helmet, is sent to earth to destroy all human life. Ro-Man falls in love with one of the last six remaining humans, and struggles to understand how his programming can instruct him to kill her while his heart demands that he can't.

Starring: George Nader, Claudia Barrett, Gregory Moffett, John Mylong, Selena Royle, Pamela Paulson, George Barrows, John Brown ..
Directed by: Phil Tucker
Release date: 1953-06-25
Best Horror Movies of 1953 : The Neanderthal Man

The Neanderthal Man

4.4/10 IMDB

A scientist develops a formula which will cause animals to regress to the form of their primitive ancestors, and tries it on himself with disastrous results.

Starring: Robert Shayne, Richard Crane, Joyce Terry, Doris Merrick, Tandra Quinn, Robert Long, Dick Rich, Lee Morgan, Beverly Garland, Frank Gerstle ..
Directed by: E.A. Dupont
Release date: 1953-06-19

Tales of Tomorrow: The Evil Within

7.1/10 IMDB

A scientist perfects a chemical, unleashing the beast within, but before he can create an antidote, his neglected wife is accidentally dosed when he has to rush a batch home to keep it refrigerated. Her mild resentment of his endless hours at the lab accelerates into a torrent, after she gobbles pie on which the potion dripped.

Starring: James Dean, Margaret Phillips, Rod Steiger ..
Directed by: Don Medford
Release date: 1953-05-01

Mesa of Lost Women

2.7/10 IMDB

A mad scientist, Dr. Aranya (Jackie Coogan), has created giant spiders in his Mexican lab in Zarpa Mesa to create a race of superwomen by injecting spiders with human pituitary growth hormones. Women develop miraculous regenerative powers, but men mutate into disfigured dwarves. Spiders grow to human size and intelligence.

Starring: Jackie Coogan, Allan Nixon, Richard Travis, Lyle Talbot, Paula Hill, Tandra Quinn, Robert Knapp, Harmon Stevens, George Barrows, Dolores Fuller ..
Directed by: Ron Ormond, Herbert Tevos
Release date: 1953-06-17

All Hallowe'en

0.0/10 IMDB

A woman falls in love with a ghost on All Hallows Eve.

Starring: Diane Cilento, Hattie Jacques, Ferdy Mayne, Robert Mooney, Walter Hudd, Clive Morton, Oleg Briansky, Sally Gilmore, Jane Baxter ..
Release date: 1953-08-01
Best Horror Movies of 1953 : The Mask

The Mask

0.0/10 IMDB

In 1909 Cornwall, the affair between a disfigured miller's wife and his estranged cousin leads to a tragic case of mistaken identity.

Starring: Robert Ayres, Cecile Chevreau ..
Directed by: Don Chaffey
Release date: 1953-11-24
Best Horror Movies of 1953 : Walt Disney's Halloween Hilarities

Walt Disney's Halloween Hilarities

0.0/10 IMDB

A package film of Halloween-themed cartoons, one of which being Trick or Treat (1952).

Starring: June Foray, Clarence Nash ..
Release date: 1953-10-30

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