Best Horror Movies of 1957


The Incredible Shrinking Man

7.6/10 IMDB

A dangerous combination of radiation and insecticide causes the unfortunate Scott Carey to shrink, slowly but surely, until he is only a few inches tall. His home becomes a wilderness where he must survive everything from spiders living in the cellar to his beloved cat.

Starring: Grant Williams, Randy Stuart, April Kent, Paul Langton, Raymond Bailey, William Schallert, Frank J. Scannell, Helene Marshall, Diana Darrin, Billy Curtis ..
Directed by: Jack Arnold
Release date: 1957-02-22
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Night of the Demon

7.4/10 IMDB

American professor John Holden arrives in London for a conference on parapsychology only to discover that the colleague he was supposed to meet was killed in a freak accident the day before. It turns out that the deceased had been investigating a cult lead by Dr. Julian Karswell. Though a skeptic, Holden is suspicious of the devil-worshiping Karswell. Following a trail of mysterious manuscripts, Holden enters a world that makes him question his faith in science.

Starring: Dana Andrews, Peggy Cummins, Niall MacGinnis, Athene Seyler, Liam Redmond, Peter Elliott, Ewan Roberts, Reginald Beckwith, Rosamund Greenwood, Brian Wilde ..
Directed by: Jacques Tourneur
Release date: 1957-11-09

The Curse of Frankenstein

7.0/10 IMDB

Baron Victor Frankenstein has discovered life's secret and unleashed a blood-curdling chain of events resulting from his creation: a cursed creature with a horrid face — and a tendency to kill.

Starring: Peter Cushing, Hazel Court, Robert Urquhart, Christopher Lee, Melvyn Hayes, Valerie Gaunt, Paul Hardtmuth, Noel Hood, Fred Johnson, Claude Kingston ..
Directed by: Terence Fisher
Release date: 1957-05-20

20 Million Miles to Earth

6.3/10 IMDB

When the first manned flight to Venus returns to Earth, the rocket crash-lands in the Mediterranean near a small Italian fishing village. The locals manage to save one of the astronauts Colonel Calder, the mission commander. A young boy also recovers what turns out to be a specimen of an alien creature. Growing at a fantastic rate, it manages to escape and eventually threatens the city of Rome.

Starring: William Hopper, Joan Taylor, Frank Puglia, John Zaremba, Thomas Browne Henry, Bart Braverman, Tito Vuolo, Jan Arvan, Don Orlando, George Khoury ..
Directed by: Nathan H. Juran
Release date: 1957-02-08

Quatermass 2

6.8/10 IMDB

In England, a group of space scientists led by Bernard Quatermass, who have developed plans for the first Moon colony, learn that a secret, ostensibly government-run, complex of identical design has been built in a remote part of England and is the focus of periodic falls of small, hollow "meteorites" originating in outer space. Quatermass determines to investigate and uncovers a terrifying extraterrestrial life form which has already begun action to take over the Earth.

Starring: Brian Donlevy, John Longden, Sid James, Bryan Forbes, William Franklyn, Charles Lloyd Pack, Tom Chatto, John Van Eyssen, Percy Herbert, John Rae ..
Directed by: Val Guest
Release date: 1957-05-24

The Monolith Monsters

6.3/10 IMDB

Rocks from a meteor which grow when in contact with water threaten a sleepy Southwestern desert community.

Starring: Grant Williams, Lola Albright, Les Tremayne, Trevor Bardette, William Flaherty, Harry Jackson, Richard H. Cutting, Linda Scheley, Dean Cromer, Steve Darrell ..
Directed by: John Sherwood
Release date: 1957-12-01

The Abominable Snowman

6.4/10 IMDB

A kindly English botanist and a gruff American promoter lead an expedition to the Himalayas in search of the legendary Yeti.

Starring: Forrest Tucker, Peter Cushing, Arnold Marlé, Maureen Connell, Richard Wattis, Robert Brown, Michael Brill, Wolfe Morris, Anthony Chinn, Fred Johnson ..
Directed by: Val Guest
Release date: 1957-08-26

Not of This Earth

6.2/10 IMDB

An agent from a distant planet has been sent to earth to ship large quantities of blood to his world, where a plague is ravaging the populace. He comes equipped with an interstellar matter transmitter, telepathic mind-control powers, and deathray-shooting eyes. Because he is also affected by the blood disease, he gains control of the town's physician and has him place a nurse at his disposal, while he collects live humans for fresh blood; but gains the nurse's suspicions, along with those of her boyfriend - a town police officer.

Starring: Paul Birch, Beverly Garland, Morgan Jones, William Roerick, Jonathan Haze, Roy Engel, Anna Lee Carroll, Dick Miller, Hank Mann, Ralph Reed ..
Directed by: Roger Corman
Release date: 1957-02-10

The Vampire

5.8/10 IMDB

A small town doctor mistakenly ingests an experimental drug made from the blood of vampire bats which transforms the kindly medic into a bloodthirsty monster.

Starring: John Beal, Coleen Gray, Kenneth Tobey, Lydia Reed, Dabbs Greer, Herb Vigran, Hallene Hill, Paul Brinegar, Raymond Greenleaf, Ann Staunton ..
Directed by: Paul Landres
Release date: 1957-06-01

The Monster That Challenged the World

5.7/10 IMDB

Giants Mollusks are released from the earth by an earthquake and start killing people.

Starring: Tim Holt, Audrey Dalton, Mimi Gibson, Hans Conried, Max Showalter, Harlan Warde, Gordon Jones, Dennis McCarthy, Marjorie Stapp, Milton Parsons ..
Directed by: Arnold Laven
Release date: 1957-06-01

Zombies of Mora Tau

5.1/10 IMDB

American tycoon George Harrison, his beautiful wife, Mona, and deep-sea diver Jeff Clark are off the coast of Africa hoping to salvage a fortune in diamonds at the bottom of the sea near the voodoo-haunted island of Mora Tau, and are joined by an English girl named Jan. The treasure is reported to be guarded by Zombies, walking dead-men doomed to roam the earth until men stop trying to find the sacred treasure. Here, they are walking the sea-bottom, and there is a large conflict of interest between them and the treasure-seekers.

Starring: Gregg Palmer, Allison Hayes, Autumn Russell, Joel Ashley, Morris Ankrum, Marjorie Eaton, Gene Roth, Leonard P. Geer, Karl 'Killer' Davis, Ray Corrigan ..
Directed by: Edward L. Cahn
Release date: 1957-03-01

The Black Scorpion

5.4/10 IMDB

Giant scorpions wreck havoc after being released due to volcanic activity.

Starring: Richard Denning, Mara Corday, Carlos Rivas, Mario Navarro, Carlos Múzquiz, Pascual García Peña, Fanny Schiller, Pedro Galván, Arturo Martínez ..
Directed by: Edward Ludwig
Release date: 1957-10-11

I Was a Teenage Werewolf

5.1/10 IMDB

A hypnotherapist uses a temperamental teenager as a guinea pig for a serum which transforms him into a vicious werewolf.

Starring: Michael Landon, Yvonne Lime, Whit Bissell, Charles Willcox, Barney Phillips, Ken Miller, Cynthia Chenault, Michael Rougas, Robert Griffin, Joseph Mell ..
Directed by: Gene Fowler Jr.
Release date: 1957-06-19

The Brain from Planet Arous

5.2/10 IMDB

An evil alien brain, bent on world domination, takes over the body of an atomic scientist, while a "good" alien brain inhabits the body of the scientist's dog and waits for an opportunity to defeat the evil brain.

Starring: John Agar, Joyce Meadows, Robert Fuller, Thomas Browne Henry, Henry Travis, E. Leslie Thomas, Tim Graham, Bill Giorgio, Ken Terrell ..
Directed by: Nathan H. Juran
Release date: 1957-10-01

Invasion of the Saucer-Men

5.3/10 IMDB

A teenage couple making out in the woods accidentally runs over an alien creature with their car. The creature's hand falls off, but it comes alive, and, with an eye growing out of it, begins to stalk the teens. Meanwhile, Joe the town drunk wants to store the body in his refrigerator, but some of the alien's buddies inject alcohol into his system, and Joe dies of an overdose.

Starring: Steven Terrell, Gloria Castillo, Frank Gorshin, Raymond Hatton, Lyn Osborn, Russ Bender, Douglas Henderson, Sam Buffington, Don Shelton, Scott Peters ..
Directed by: Edward L. Cahn
Release date: 1957-06-01

Attack of the Crab Monsters

4.9/10 IMDB

A group of scientists travel to a remote island to study the effects of nuclear weapons tests, only to get stranded when their airplane mysteriously explodes. The team soon discovers that the tests have given rise to crabs mutated into intelligent, impervious, telepathic giants intent on increasing their numbers by breeding, then travelling to populated areas to feed, and which do not intend to be stopped by their discoverers.

Starring: Richard Garland, Pamela Duncan, Russell Johnson, Leslie Bradley, Mel Welles, Richard H. Cutting, Beach Dickerson, Tony Miller, Ed Nelson, Charles B. Griffith ..
Directed by: Roger Corman
Release date: 1957-02-10

The Deadly Mantis

5.1/10 IMDB

The calving of an Arctic iceberg releases a giant praying mantis, trapped in suspended animation since prehistoric times. It first attacks military outposts to eat their occupants, then makes its way to the warmer latitudes of Washington and New York. A paleontologist works together with military units to try to kill it.

Starring: Craig Stevens, William Hopper, Alix Talton, Donald Randolph, Pat Conway, Florenz Ames, Paul Smith, Phil Harvey, Paul Campbell, Helen Jay ..
Directed by: Nathan H. Juran
Release date: 1957-05-01

Blood of Dracula

4.5/10 IMDB

A crazed teacher at a respectable girls' school draws power from a medallion she has obtained from the Carpathian Mountains, and uses it to experiment telepathically on the school's newest young pupil.

Starring: Susan Harrison, Louise Lewis, Jerry Blaine, Gail Ganley, Heather Ames, Malcolm Atterbury, Mary Adams, Thomas Browne Henry, Don Devlin, Jean Dean ..
Directed by: Herbert L. Strock
Release date: 1957-11-01
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She Devil

5.6/10 IMDB

Biochemists give fruit-fly serum to a dying woman, with side effects.

Starring: Mari Blanchard, Jack Kelly, Albert Dekker, John Archer, Fay Baker, Marie Blake, Paul Cavanagh, George Baxter, Helen Jay, Joan Bradshaw ..
Directed by: Kurt Neumann
Release date: 1957-04-01

The Giant Claw

4.5/10 IMDB

Global panic ensues when it is revealed that a mysterious UFO is actually a giant turkey-like bird that flies at supersonic speed and has no regard for life or architecture.

Starring: Jeff Morrow, Mara Corday, Morris Ankrum, Louis Merrill, Edgar Barrier, Robert Shayne, Frank Griffin, Clark Howat, Morgan Jones ..
Directed by: Fred F. Sears
Release date: 1957-06-01

I Was a Teenage Frankenstein

5.1/10 IMDB

Professor Frankenstein creates a teenager from an accident victim, who gets angry when he learns he is going to be taken apart.

Starring: Whit Bissell, Phyllis Coates, Robert Burton, Gary Conway, George Lynn, John Cliff, Marshall Bradford, Claudia Bryar, Angela Blake, Russ Whiteman ..
Directed by: Herbert L. Strock
Release date: 1957-11-23

Daughter of Dr. Jekyll

5.4/10 IMDB

A young woman discovers she is the daughter of the infamous Dr. Jekyll, and begins to believe that she may also have a split personality, one of whom is a ruthless killer.

Starring: John Agar, Gloria Talbott, Arthur Shields, John Dierkes, Molly McCarthy, Martha Wentworth, Marjorie Stapp, Reita Green, Marel Page, Ken Terrell ..
Directed by: Edgar G. Ulmer
Release date: 1957-06-28

The Undead

4.6/10 IMDB

Two psychics place a prostitute under hypnosis in order to learn about her past-life experiences. When they unwittingly send her back in time, she finds herself in the Middle Ages, suspected of being a witch and on the verge of being executed.

Starring: Pamela Duncan, Richard Garland, Allison Hayes, Val Dufour, Dorothy Neumann, Mel Welles, Billy Barty, Richard Devon, Bruno VeSota, Maurice Manson ..
Directed by: Roger Corman
Release date: 1957-03-01

The Cyclops

4.4/10 IMDB

A test pilot is missing and a search party is sent out in the jungles of Mexico; however, while searching they uncover a monster in the jungle who became this way due to a dose of radioactivity.

Starring: James Craig, Gloria Talbott, Lon Chaney Jr., Tom Drake, Duncan 'Dean' Parkin, Vicente Padula, Marlene Kloss, Manuel López ..
Directed by: Bert I. Gordon
Release date: 1957-07-28

Back from the Dead

5.2/10 IMDB

A woman is possessed by the spirt of her husband's deceased first wife, turning her into a cold, scheming flirt who will stop at nothing to get what she wants. The woman's sister, husband and the sister's new boyfriend struggle with accepting what has happened, who has caused it and how to correct it, which soon brings them into contact with a coven of devil-worshippers and forces of the supernatural.

Starring: Peggie Castle, Arthur Franz, Marsha Hunt, Don Haggerty, Marianne Stewart, Otto Reichow, James Bell, Helen Wallace, Evelyn Scott, Ned Glass ..
Directed by: Charles Marquis Warren
Release date: 1957-08-12
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The Unknown Terror

4.8/10 IMDB

A woman leads an expedition into a remote jungle to find her long-lost brother, but instead finds a mad scientist who has created a fungus monster that feeds on the local inhabitants.

Starring: John Howard, Mala Powers, May Wynn, Gerald Milton, Duane Grey, Gerald Gilden, Sir Lancelot, Patrick O'Moore, William Hamel, Martín Garralaga ..
Directed by: Charles Marquis Warren
Release date: 1957-08-12

Cat Girl

5.4/10 IMDB

A psychiatrist treats a woman who is convinced that she turns into a killer leopard because of a family curse.

Starring: Barbara Shelley, Robert Ayres, Kay Callard, Ernest Milton, Lily Kann, Jack May, Paddy Webster, John Lee, Edward Harvey, Martin Boddey ..
Directed by: Alfred Shaughnessy
Release date: 1957-09-01

The Man Who Turned to Stone

5.1/10 IMDB

A new social worker at a girls' reformatory discovers that her charges are being used by a group of ancient alchemists, who have insinuated themselves as the prison's chief staffers, to keep themselves alive and free from an insidious petrification, which is already afflicting one of their number.

Starring: Victor Jory, William Hudson, Charlotte Austin, Jean Willes, Ann Doran, Paul Cavanagh, George Lynn, Victor Varconi, Friedrich von Ledebur, Tina Carver ..
Directed by: László Kardos
Release date: 1957-03-01

Beginning of the End

3.9/10 IMDB

An attractive reporter investigating the mysterious destruction of an Illinois town stumbles upon a secret government laboratory conducting radiation experiments on vegetables. The lead scientist is eager to help find out what happened. Together they discover that giant grasshoppers are behind the devastation. Worse yet, thousands of them are headed toward Chicago! Can they be stopped... or is this the BEGINNING OF THE END?

Starring: Peter Graves, Peggie Castle, Morris Ankrum, Thomas Browne Henry, James Seay, Than Wyenn, John Close, Richard Benedict, Don C. Harvey, Douglas Evans ..
Directed by: Bert I. Gordon
Release date: 1957-06-28

From Hell It Came

3.8/10 IMDB

A wrongfully accused South Seas prince is executed, and returns as a walking tree stump.

Starring: Tod Andrews, Tina Carver, Linda Watkins, John McNamara, Gregg Palmer, Robert Swan, Baynes Barron, Robert Swan ..
Directed by: Dan Milner
Release date: 1957-08-25

The Disembodied

4.7/10 IMDB

When men on a photo safari stumble into a misanthropic doctor’s remote camp with a wounded comrade, the doctor's restless wife supplements her usual pursuit (voodoo, especially as a way to off her husband) with a new one: seduction. As men lose their hearts (sometimes literally) to the alluring voodoo priestess, she embarks on a killing spree that turns the jungle blood red.

Starring: Paul Burke, Allison Hayes, John Wengraf, Eugenia Paul, Joel Marston, Robert Christopher, Dean Fredericks, Paul Thompson, Otis Greene ..
Directed by: Walter Grauman
Release date: 1957-08-25
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Voodoo Island

4.6/10 IMDB

A wealthy industrialist hires the renowned hoax-buster Phillip Knight to prove that an island he plans to develop isn't voodoo cursed. However, arriving on the island, Knight soon realizes that voodoo does exist when he discovers man-eating plants and a tribe of natives with bizarre powers.

Starring: Boris Karloff, Rhodes Reason, Beverly Tyler, Murvyn Vye, Elisha Cook Jr., Jean Engstrom, Herbert Patterson, Glenn Dixon, Friedrich von Ledebur, Owen Cunningham ..
Directed by: Reginald Le Borg
Release date: 1957-02-01

The Astounding She-Monster

3.6/10 IMDB

A scientist and a gang that has kidnapped a rich heiress come up against a beautiful but lethal alien who has crash-landed her spaceship on Earth.

Starring: Robert Clarke, Kenne Duncan, Shirley Kilpatrick, Marilyn Harvey, Jeanne Tatum, Ewing Miles Brown, Scott Douglas, Al Avalon ..
Directed by: Ronald V. Ashcroft
Release date: 1957-04-10
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Pharaoh's Curse

4.7/10 IMDB

Archaeologists in Egypt find one of their crew has been turned into a blood sucking mummy after they have unleashed a three thousand year curse.

Starring: Mark Dana, Diane Brewster, Ziva Rodann, Alvaro Guillot, George N. Neise, Ben Wright, Terence de Marney, Richard Peel, Guy Prescott, Kurt Katch ..
Directed by: Lee Sholem
Release date: 1957-02-01

Monster from Green Hell

3.6/10 IMDB

A test rocket carrying wasps to outer space, to study the effects on them of weightlessness and radiations, crashes out of control back to Earth, into the jungles of Africa. The two astrobiologists in charge of the test mount an expedition to the Darkest Continent to retrieve their experiment, only to find the wasps have grown to giant size which are panicking all forms of life as they quest for food.

Starring: Jim Davis, Robert Griffin, Joel Fluellen, Barbara Turner, Eduardo Ciannelli, Vladimir Sokoloff ..
Directed by: Kenneth G. Crane
Release date: 1957-05-17

The Man Without a Body

4.6/10 IMDB

A wealthy business man discovers he has a brain tumor and seeks medical help. The business man finds a scientist experimenting with transplanting monkey heads on different monkey bodies. The business man decides to steal the head of Nostradamus from the prophet's crypt.

Starring: Robert Hutton, George Coulouris, Julia Arnall, Sheldon Lawrence, Peter Copley, Nadja Regin, Michael Golden, Maurice Kaufmann, Tony Quinn ..
Directed by: W. Lee Wilder, Charles Saunders
Release date: 1957-05-01
Best Horror Movies of 1957 : Voodoo Woman

Voodoo Woman

4.0/10 IMDB

Deep in the jungles a mad scientist is using the natives' voodoo for his experiments to create an indestructible being to serve his will. When a party of gold seekers stumbles upon his village, the scientist realizes that Marilyn the expedition's evil leader is the perfect subject for his work.

Starring: Marla English, Tom Conway, Mike Connors, Lance Fuller, Mary Ellen Kay, Paul Dubov, Martin Wilkins, Norman Willis, Otis Greene, Emmett Smith ..
Directed by: Edward L. Cahn
Release date: 1957-04-11
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The Glass Eye

8.4/10 IMDB

Captivated by the actor's physical beauty, an aging spinster pulls up stakes to follow a ventriloquist and his dummy from performance to performance; finally, the man consents to a much-wanted meeting.

Starring: Jessica Tandy, Tom Conway, Rosemary Harris, William Shatner, Patricia Hitchcock ..
Directed by: Robert Stevens
Release date: 1957-10-06
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The Dead Talk Back

1.8/10 IMDB

A psychic researcher attempts to solve a murder by using a radio that enables him to speak with the dead.

Starring: Aldo Farnese, Scott Douglas, Laura Brock, Earl Sands, Myron Natwick ..
Directed by: Merle S. Gould
Release date: 1957-12-31

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