Best Horror Movies of 1955

1.

The Night of the Hunter

6.4
8.0/10 IMDB

In the Deep South, a serial-killing preacher hunts two young children who know the whereabouts of a stash of money.

Starring: Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, Billy Chapin, Lillian Gish, James Gleason, Sally Jane Bruce, Evelyn Varden, Don Beddoe, Gloria Castillo, Peter Graves ..
Directed by: Charles Laughton
Release date: 1955-08-26
2.

The Quatermass Xperiment

4.2
6.7/10 IMDB

The first manned spacecraft, fired from an English launchpad, is first lost from radar, then roars back to Earth and crashes in a farmer's field, and is found to contain only one of the three men who took off in it; and he is unable to talk but appears to be undergoing a torturous physical and mental metamorphosis.

Starring: Brian Donlevy, Richard Wordsworth, Jack Warner, David King-Wood, Margia Dean, Maurice Kaufmann, John Wynn, Lionel Jeffries, Harold Lang, Jane Asher ..
Directed by: Val Guest
Release date: 1955-08-26
3.

Tarantula

4.0
6.5/10 IMDB

A lone-wolf scientist sequestered in a mansion near a small desert town arouses the suspicion of the town's doctor when his lab assistant is found dead from a case of acromegaly which took only four days to develop. As the doctor investigates, aided by the scientist's new, and very female, assistant, they discover that, far worse, something much larger and hungrier than it ever should be, is devouring local cattle - and humans - in increasingly large quantities.

Starring: John Agar, Mara Corday, Leo G. Carroll, Nestor Paiva, Ross Elliott, Edwin Rand, Raymond Bailey, Hank Patterson, Bert Holland, Steve Darrell ..
Directed by: Jack Arnold
Release date: 1955-12-14
4.

This Island Earth

3.8
5.9/10 IMDB

Aliens have landed and are hiding on Earth, but need Earth’s scientists to help them fight an inter-planetary war.

Starring: Rex Reason, Faith Domergue, Jeff Morrow, Lance Fuller, Russell Johnson, Robert Nichols, Douglas Spencer, Karl Ludwig Lindt, Robert B. Williams, Coleman Francis ..
Directed by: Joseph M. Newman
Release date: 1955-06-01
5.

Dementia

3.5
6.8/10 IMDB

Shot entirely without dialogue and filled with suggestive violence and psycho-sexual imagery, it's like a skid row expressionist thriller following the nocturnal prowling of a young woman haunted by homicidal guilt.

Starring: Adrienne Barrett, Ben Roseman, Bruno VeSota, Ed Hinkle, Richard Barron, Shelley Berman, Ed McMahon, Angelo Rossitto, Lucille Rowland, Jebbie VeSota ..
Directed by: John Parker
Release date: 1955-12-22
6.

Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy

3.3
6.3/10 IMDB

When the murder of an archaeologist puts a valuable medallion into their hands, Abbott and Costello waste little time in trying to sell it, only to find themselves pursued by police, a slinky adventuress, an Egyptian high priest, and the mummy himself.

Starring: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Marie Windsor, Michael Ansara, Dan Seymour, Richard Deacon, Kurt Katch, Richard Karlan, Peggy King, Mel Welles ..
Directed by: Charles Lamont
Release date: 1955-06-23
7.

Cult of the Cobra

3.2
5.8/10 IMDB

While stationed in Asia, six American G.I.'s witness the secret ritual of Lamians (worshipers of women who can change into serpents). When discovered by the cult, the High Lamian Priest vows that "the Cobra Goddess will avenge herself". Once back in the United States, a mysterious woman enters into their lives and accidents begin to happen. The shadow of a cobra is seen just before each death.

Starring: Faith Domergue, Richard Long, Marshall Thompson, Kathleen Hughes, William Reynolds, Jack Kelly, Myrna Hansen, David Janssen, Leonard Strong, James Dobson ..
Directed by: Francis D. Lyon
Release date: 1955-05-30
8.

It Came from Beneath the Sea

3.1
6.0/10 IMDB

A giant octopus, whose feeding habits have been affected by radiation from H-Bomb tests, rises from the Mindanao Deep to terrorize the California Coast.

Starring: Kenneth Tobey, Faith Domergue, Donald Curtis, Chuck Griffiths, Ian Keith, Dean Maddox Jr., Harry Lauter, Richard W. Peterson ..
Directed by: Robert Gordon
Release date: 1955-07-01
9.

Revenge of the Creature

3.0
5.7/10 IMDB

Men from an oceanarium capture the Creature from the Black Lagoon and make him an aquarium attraction, from which he escapes.

Starring: John Agar, Lori Nelson, John Bromfield, Dave Willock, Robert B. Williams, Nestor Paiva, Grandon Rhodes, Charles Cane, Ricou Browning, Ben Chapman ..
Directed by: Jack Arnold
Release date: 1955-05-13
10.

Creature with the Atom Brain

2.9
5.5/10 IMDB

Murders, with victims dying from spines broken by brute strength, erupt in the city and the killers, when encountered, walk away unharmed by police bullets which strike them. A police doctor's investigation of the deaths leads to the discovery of an army of dead criminal musclemen restored to life, remotely controlled by a vengeful former crime boss and a former Nazi scientist, from the latter's laboratory hidden in the suburbs.

Starring: Richard Denning, Angela Stevens, S. John Launer, Michael Granger, Gregory Gaye, Linda Bennett, Charles Evans, Tris Coffin, Pierre Watkin, Harry Lauter ..
Directed by: Edward L. Cahn
Release date: 1955-07-01

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