Best Horror Movies of 1956

1.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

5.5
7.7/10 IMDB

A small-town doctor learns that the population of his community is being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates.

Starring: Kevin McCarthy, Dana Wynter, King Donovan, Carolyn Jones, Larry Gates, Jean Willes, Ralph Dumke, Virginia Christine, Kenneth Patterson, Guy Way ..
Directed by: Don Siegel
Release date: 1956-02-05
2.

The Bad Seed

5.2
7.5/10 IMDB

Air Force Colonel Kenneth Penmark and his wife, Christine, dote on their daughter, Rhoda -- as does their lonely landlady, Monica Breedlove. But self-centered Rhoda has a secret tendency for selfishness and loves to accumulate gifts, whether given or stolen, in her room. Christine keeps her knowledge of her daughter's darker side to herself, but when a schoolmate of Rhoda's dies mysteriously, her self-deception unravels.

Starring: Patty McCormack, Eileen Heckart, Henry Jones, Nancy Kelly, Evelyn Varden, William Hopper, Paul Fix, Jesse White, Gage Clarke, Joan Croydon ..
Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy
Release date: 1956-09-12
3.

Godzilla, King of the Monsters!

4.3
6.5/10 IMDB

During an assignment, foreign correspondent Steve Martin spends a layover in Tokyo and is caught amid the rampage of an unstoppable prehistoric monster the Japanese call 'Godzilla'. The only hope for both Japan and the world lies on a secret weapon, which may prove more destructive than the monster itself.

Starring: Raymond Burr, Akira Takarada, Momoko K├┤chi, Akihiko Hirata, Takashi Shimura, Frank Iwanaga, James Hong, Sachio Sakai, Fuyuki Murakami, Ren Yamamoto ..
Directed by: Terry O. Morse, Ishir? Honda
Release date: 1956-04-27
4.

The Black Sleep

3.3
6.1/10 IMDB

In 19th century England, a noted brain surgeon rescues a former student from being hanged on a false conviction for murder, and spirits him away to an ancient, repurposed abbey far in the countryside. There, he connives his pupil into assisting him in mapping the functions of the various parts of the human brain, using living subjects who are under a terrible animation-suspending drug called "black sleep". Subsequently, the student, along with the daughter of one of the subjects, discover that most of these subjects have survived but are being kept in a dungeon-like cellar, in various stages of physical and mental derangement...

Starring: Basil Rathbone, Herbert Rudley, Patricia Blair, Akim Tamiroff, Phyllis Stanley, Lon Chaney Jr., Bela Lugosi, John Carradine, George Sawaya, Tor Johnson ..
Directed by: Reginald Le Borg
Release date: 1956-06-15
5.

X: The Unknown

3.3
6.2/10 IMDB

When a fissure explosively opens in an English mud flat during a military exercise there, injuring one soldier and killing another, an American research scientist at a nearby nuclear plant joins with a British investigator to discover why the victims were radioactively burned and why, shortly thereafter, a series of radiation-related incidents are occurring in an ever-growing straight line away from the fissure.

Starring: Dean Jagger, Leo McKern, William Lucas, Edward Chapman, John Harvey, Anthony Newley, Ian MacNaughton, Peter Hammond, Michael Ripper, Kenneth Cope ..
Directed by: Leslie Norman, Joseph Losey
Release date: 1956-09-21
6.

The Werewolf

3.1
5.9/10 IMDB

The arrival in a small mountain town of a dissheveled stranger launches a series of murders committed by some sort of animal. As the town doctor and his daughter attempt to help the stranger, the sheriff investigates the murders; and they uncover a sinister experiment involving two rogue scientists, a car accident victim, his wife and children, and a serum that causes a man to turn into a ravaging werewolf.

Starring: Steven Ritch, Don Megowan, Joyce Holden, S. John Launer, George Lynn, Ken Christy, Eleanore Tanin, Kim Charney, Harry Lauter, Larry J. Blake ..
Directed by: Fred F. Sears
Release date: 1956-07-01
7.

The Creature Walks Among Us

3.0
5.8/10 IMDB

The third film in The "Creature From The Black Lagoon" franchise sees the Gill Man suspicious turned into an air-breather by a mad scientist.

Starring: Rex Reason, Jeff Morrow, Leigh Snowden, Gregg Palmer, Maurice Manson, James Rawley, David McMahon, Paul Fierro, Lillian Molieri, Frank Chase ..
Directed by: John Sherwood
Release date: 1956-04-26
8.

The Mole People

2.7
5.0/10 IMDB

A party of archaeologists discovers the remnants of a mutant five millennia-old Sumerian civilization living beneath a glacier atop a mountain in Mesopatamia.

Starring: John Agar, Cynthia Patrick, Hugh Beaumont, Alan Napier, Nestor Paiva, Phil Chambers, Rodd Redwing, Robin Hughes, Frank Baxter, Eddie Parker ..
Directed by: Virgil W. Vogel
Release date: 1956-12-01
9.

It Conquered the World

2.6
5.0/10 IMDB

An alien from Venus tries to take over the world with the help of a disillusioned human scientist.

Starring: Peter Graves, Beverly Garland, Lee Van Cleef, Sally Fraser, Russ Bender, Jonathan Haze, Dick Miller, Taggart Casey, Paul Harbor, Karen Kadler ..
Directed by: Roger Corman
Release date: 1956-07-14
10.

The Gamma People

2.5
5.3/10 IMDB

An American reporter smells a story when he is stranded in an Iron Curtain country where the local dictator is using gamma rays to transform children into mutated henchmen.

Starring: Paul Douglas, Eva Bartok, Leslie Phillips, Walter Rilla, Philip Leaver, Martin Miller, Jocelyn Lane, Rosalie Crutchley, Pauline Drewett ..
Directed by: John Gilling
Release date: 1956-12-01

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