Best Horror Movies of 1956

1.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

5.4
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

A 400-foot (122-meter) fire-breathing dinosaur, awakened from undersea hibernation off the Japanese coast by hydrogen-bomb testing, attacks Tokyo.

Starring: Raymond Burr, Akira Takarada, Momoko Kôchi, 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

3.2
6.1/10 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
6.0/10 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 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.

The Gamma People

2.6
5.4/10 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
10.

The Ghosts of Yotsuya

2.5
6.7/10 IMDB

Oiwa has been searching for the one who killed her father for a long time. She comes to Yedo and sees a man named Naosuke. The film is based on the kabuki classic: Toukaidou Yotsuya Kaidan (1826) written by Tsuruya Nanboku and is one of the most famous ghost stories throughout Japan.

Starring: Tomisabur? Wakayama, Akemi Tsukushi, Chieko Soma, Haruo Tanaka, Shigeru Ogura, Unpei Yokoyama, Chôko Iida, Ko Mihashi, Masao Takamatsu, Michiko Ozawa ..
Directed by: Masaki Môri
Release date: 1956-07-12

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