Best Horror Movies of 1958



7.2/10 IMDB

After Jonathan Harker attacks Dracula at his castle, the vampire travels to a nearby city, where he preys on the family of Harker's fiancée. The only one who may be able to protect them is Dr. van Helsing, Harker's friend and fellow-student of vampires, who is determined to destroy Dracula, whatever the cost.

Starring: Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Michael Gough, Melissa Stribling, Carol Marsh, Olga Dickie, John Van Eyssen, Valerie Gaunt, Janina Faye, Barbara Archer ..
Directed by: Terence Fisher
Release date: 1958-05-22

The Fly

7.1/10 IMDB

Industrialist François Delambre is called late at night by his sister-in-law, Helene Delambre, who tells him that she has just killed her husband, André. Reluctant at first, she eventually explains to the police that André invented a matter transportation apparatus and, while experimenting on himself, a fly entered the chamber during the matter transference.

Starring: David Hedison, Patricia Owens, Vincent Price, Herbert Marshall, Kathleen Freeman, Betty Lou Gerson, Charles Herbert, Bess Flowers, Torben Meyer, Eugene Borden ..
Directed by: Kurt Neumann
Release date: 1958-07-16

The Blob

6.3/10 IMDB

A drive-in favorite, this sci-fi classic follows teenagers Steve and his best girl, Jane, as they try to protect their hometown from a gelatinous alien life form that engulfs everything it touches. The first to discover the substance and live to tell about it, Steve and Jane witness the blob destroying an elderly man, then it growing to a terrifying size. But no one else has seen the goo, and policeman Dave refuses to believe the kids without proof.

Starring: Steve McQueen, Aneta Corsaut, Earl Rowe, John Benson, Robert Fields, Anthony Franke, Olin Howland, Stephen Chase, Elbert Smith, Audrey Metcalf ..
Directed by: Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr.
Release date: 1958-09-10

The Revenge of Frankenstein

6.8/10 IMDB

Baron Frankenstein, working under the protective pseudonym Dr. Victor Stein, together with his assistant Dr. Kleve, transplants a dwarf's brain into another body and unleashes a deranged being.

Starring: Peter Cushing, Francis Matthews, Eunice Gayson, Michael Gwynn, John Welsh, Lionel Jeffries, Oscar Quitak, Richard Wordsworth, John Stuart, Michael Ripper ..
Directed by: Terence Fisher
Release date: 1958-06-13

The Snorkel

6.8/10 IMDB

On the Italian coast, writer Paul Decker has grown unhappy in his marriage and executes what appears to be a perfect murder of his wife. While Paul is believed to be writing a book in France, his stepdaughter, Candy, suspects him of murdering her mother, as well as her father years before. With the police unwilling to investigate any further, Candy sets out to confirm her suspicions and take Paul down herself.

Starring: Peter van Eyck, Betta St. John, Mandy Miller, William Franklyn, Marie Burke, Irene Prador, Henri Vidon, Flush, Grégoire Aslan ..
Directed by: Guy Green
Release date: 1958-07-07
Best Horror Movies of 1958 : Corridors of Blood

Corridors of Blood

6.4/10 IMDB

An 1840s British surgeon, experiments with anesthetic gases in an effort to make surgery pain-free. While doing so, his demonstration before a panel of his peers ends in a horrific mishap with his patient awakening under the knife; he is forced to leave his position in disgrace. To complicate matters, he becomes addicted to the gases and gets involved with a gang of criminals, led by Black Ben and his henchman Resurrection Joe.

Starring: Boris Karloff, Betta St. John, Christopher Lee, Finlay Currie, Adrienne Corri, Francis de Wolff, Francis Matthews, Frank Pettingell, Basil Dignam, Nigel Green ..
Directed by: Robert Day
Release date: 1958-12-01

I Bury the Living

6.3/10 IMDB

A newly appointed cemetery chairman believes that, merely by inserting a black plot-marking pin into a wall-sized map of the cemetery, he can cause the deaths of that plot's owner.

Starring: Richard Boone, Theodore Bikel, Peggy Maurer, Howard Smith, Herbert Anderson, Robert Osterloh, Russ Bender, Glen Vernon, Lynette Bernay, Ken Drake ..
Directed by: Albert Band
Release date: 1958-07-01

I Married a Monster from Outer Space

6.3/10 IMDB

Aliens from Outer Space are slowly switching places with real humans -- one of the first being a young man about to get married. Slowly, his new wife realizes something is wrong, and her suspicions are confirmed when her husband's odd behaviour begins to show up in other townspeople.

Starring: Tom Tryon, Gloria Talbott, Peter Baldwin, Robert Ivers, Chuck Wassil, Valerie Allen, Ty Hardin, Ken Lynch, Maxie Rosenbloom, John Eldredge ..
Directed by: Gene Fowler Jr.
Release date: 1958-10-01

Grip of the Strangler

6.2/10 IMDB

A researcher investigating a notorious serial killer who was hanged 20 years earlier seemingly becomes possessed by the long dead strangler.

Starring: Boris Karloff, Jean Kent, Elizabeth Allan, Anthony Dawson, Vera Day, Tim Turner, Diane Aubrey, Max Brimmell, Leslie Perrins, Jessica Cairns ..
Directed by: Robert Day
Release date: 1958-05-11

Attack of the 50 Foot Woman

5.0/10 IMDB

When an abused wife grows to giant size because of an alien encounter and an aborted murder attempt, she goes after her cheating husband with revenge on her mind.

Starring: Allison Hayes, William Hudson, Yvette Vickers, Roy Gordon, George Douglas, Otto Waldis, Eileen Stevens, Michael Ross, Frank Chase, Ken Terrell ..
Directed by: Nathan H. Juran
Release date: 1958-05-18


5.7/10 IMDB

After his wife and her blind sister have died under his care, a doctor's small daughter is kidnapped and reported as buried alive, and he is given just five hours to find and rescue her.

Starring: William Prince, Jim Backus, Christine White, Jacqueline Scott, Susan Morrow, Philip Tonge, Jonathan Kidd, Ellen Corby, Dorothy Morris, Howard Hoffman ..
Directed by: William Castle
Release date: 1958-10-01

Fiend Without a Face

6.1/10 IMDB

An American airbase in Canada provokes resentment from the nearby residents after fallout from nuclear experiments at the base are blamed for a recent spate of disappearances. A captain from the airbase is assigned to investigate, and begins to suspect that an elderly British scientist who lives near the base and conducts research in the field of mind over matter knows more than he is letting on..

Starring: Marshall Thompson, Kynaston Reeves, Kim Parker, Stanley Maxted, Terry Kilburn, James Dyrenforth, Robert MacKenzie, Peter Madden, Gil Winfield, Michael Balfour ..
Directed by: Arthur Crabtree
Release date: 1958-07-03

Monster on the Campus

5.8/10 IMDB

A college paleontology professor acquires a newly discovered specimen of a coelecanth, but while examining it, he is accidentally exposed to its blood, and finds himself periodically turning into a murderous Neanderthal man.

Starring: Arthur Franz, Joanna Moore, Judson Pratt, Nancy Walters, Troy Donahue, Helen Westcott, Alexander Lockwood, Whit Bissell, Ross Elliott, Phil Harvey ..
Directed by: Jack Arnold
Release date: 1958-12-17

It! The Terror from Beyond Space

6.0/10 IMDB

In 1973, the first manned expedition to Mars is marooned; by the time a rescue mission arrives, there is only one survivor: the leader, Col. Edward Carruthers, who appears to have murdered the others! According to Carruthers, an unknown life form killed his comrades during a sandstorm. But the skeptical rescuers little suspect that "it" has stowed away for the voyage back to Earth...

Starring: Marshall Thompson, Shirley Patterson, Kim Spalding, Ann Doran, Dabbs Greer, Paul Langton, Robert Bice, Richard Benedict, Richard Hervey, Thom Carney ..
Directed by: Edward L. Cahn
Release date: 1958-07-31
Best Horror Movies of 1958 : Blood of the Vampire

Blood of the Vampire

5.5/10 IMDB

A man and wife are terrorized by Mad Scientist Dr. Callistratus who was executed but has returned to life with a heart transplant. Along with his crippled assistant Carl, the 'anemic' Mad Scientist, believed to be a vampire, conducts blood deficiency research on the inmates of a prison hospital for the criminally insane to sustain his return to life.

Starring: Donald Wolfit, Vincent Ball, Barbara Shelley, Victor Maddern, William Devlin, Andrew Faulds, John Le Mesurier, Bryan Coleman, Cameron Hall, George Murcell ..
Directed by: Henry Cass
Release date: 1958-08-25

The Colossus of New York

5.8/10 IMDB

A brilliant surgeon encases his dead son's brain in a large robot body, with unintended results...

Starring: John Baragrey, Mala Powers, Otto Kruger, Robert Hutton, Ross Martin, Ed Wolff, Charles Herbert, Dick Nelson, Roy Engel ..
Directed by: Eugène Lourié
Release date: 1958-06-26

The Return of Dracula

5.7/10 IMDB

After a vampire leaves his native Balkans, he murders a Czech artist, assumes his identity, and moves in with the dead man's American cousins.

Starring: Francis Lederer, Norma Eberhardt, Ray Stricklyn, Virginia Vincent, John Wengraf, Jimmy Baird, Greta Granstedt, William Fawcett, Gage Clarke ..
Directed by: Paul Landres
Release date: 1958-04-01
Best Horror Movies of 1958 : How to Make a Monster

How to Make a Monster

5.5/10 IMDB

When master monster make-up man Pete Dumond is fired by the new bosses of American International studios, he uses his creations to exact revenge.

Starring: Robert H. Harris, Paul Brinegar, Gary Conway, Gary Clarke, Malcolm Atterbury, Dennis Cross, Morris Ankrum, Walter Reed, John Ashley, Paul Maxwell ..
Directed by: Herbert L. Strock
Release date: 1958-07-01

Curse of the Faceless Man

4.8/10 IMDB

A stone-encrusted body is unearthed at Pompeii, and people left alone with it keep dying of crushed skulls...

Starring: Richard Anderson, Elaine Edwards, Adele Mara, Luis van Rooten, Jan Arvan, Felix Locher, Gar Moore, Bob Bryant, Morris Ankrum ..
Directed by: Edward L. Cahn
Release date: 1958-08-14

Attack of the Puppet People

5.2/10 IMDB

A deranged scientist creates a ray that can shrink people down to doll size.

Starring: John Hoyt, John Agar, June Kenney, Marlene Willis, Laurie Mitchell, Scott Peters, Ken Miller, Michael Mark, Jean Moorhead, Susan Gordon ..
Directed by: Bert I. Gordon
Release date: 1958-04-01

Frankenstein 1970

4.9/10 IMDB

The baron's grandson rents the family castle to a TV crew to fund his atomic revival of the family monster.

Starring: Boris Karloff, Tom Duggan, Jana Lund, Don Barry, Charlotte Austin, Irwin Berke, Rudolph Anders, John Dennis, Norbert Schiller, Mike Lane ..
Directed by: Howard W. Koch
Release date: 1958-07-20

The Crawling Eye

5.1/10 IMDB

An American investigator for the U.N., a German scientist and a British reporter join forces to investigate a series of disappearances and mutilation-deaths confined to a Swiss Alp and involving a thick, mobile cloud, a telepathic girl, an animate dead man, and tentacled, cyclopean beings from another planet.

Starring: Forrest Tucker, Jennifer Jayne, Janet Munro, Laurence Payne, Warren Mitchell, Andrew Faulds, Frederick Schiller, Colin Douglas, Derek Sydney, Stuart Saunders ..
Directed by: Quentin Lawrence
Release date: 1958-07-07
Best Horror Movies of 1958 : The Spaniard's Curse

The Spaniard's Curse

5.7/10 IMDB

A convicted murderer uses an ancient curse to take his revenge on those responsible for sending him to prison.

Starring: Tony Wright, Lee Patterson, Michael Hordern, Susan Beaumont, Ralph Truman, Henry Oscar, Brian Oulton, Olga Dickie, Roddy Hughes, Joe Gibbons ..
Directed by: Ralph Kemplen
Release date: 1958-06-01
Best Horror Movies of 1958 : Jack the Ripper

Jack the Ripper

5.5/10 IMDB

Comprised of 4 episodes from the unsold TV series "The Veil" (1958) - "Summer Heat," "Genesis," "Food on the Table," and "Jack the Ripper."

Starring: Boris Karloff, Harry Bartell, Thomas Browne Henry, Kay Stewart, Paul Bryar, Gretchen Thomas, Tudor Owen, Dorothy Allison, Russ Bender, Niall MacGinnis ..
Directed by: David MacDonald, Frank P. Bibas, George Waggner
Release date: 1958-03-08

Earth vs. the Spider

4.6/10 IMDB

Teenagers from a small town and their high school science teacher join forces to battle a giant mutant spider, living in a cave nearby and getting hungry.

Starring: Ed Kemmer, Eugene Persson, June Kenney, Gene Roth, Sally Fraser, Hal Torey, June Jocelyn, Troy Patterson, Mickey Finn, Howard Wright ..
Directed by: Bert I. Gordon
Release date: 1958-09-01
Best Horror Movies of 1958 : Tales of Frankenstein

Tales of Frankenstein

5.9/10 IMDB

In this pilot for a series that was never picked up, Dr. Frankenstein has just finished rebuilding his creation, but the monster is unresponsive. He needs to try something different to make it work, perhaps some new parts. Enter a terminally ill sculptor and his assertive wife…

Starring: Anton Diffring, Helen Westcott, Don Megowan, Ludwig Stössel, Richard Bull, Raymond Greenleaf, Peter Brocco, Sydney Mason, David Hoffman ..
Directed by: Curt Siodmak
Release date: 1958-01-01

The Thing That Couldn't Die

4.1/10 IMDB

A 400 year old disembodied head hypnotizes a female psychic, who recovered it using a dowsing rod, to search for the rest of its body.

Starring: William Reynolds, Carolyn Kearney, Jeffrey Stone, Andra Martin, Peggy Converse, Robin Hughes, Charles Horvath, James Anderson, Forrest Lewis, Thomas Browne Henry ..
Directed by: Will Cowan
Release date: 1958-06-27

The Strange World of Planet X

4.8/10 IMDB

Near a small English village, a scientific team is conducting experiments with magnetic fields, the results of which may have military applications but the intensification of which seem to be connected to UFO reports, a series of murders, an enormous insect egg, and a strange visitor with exceptional scientific knowledge. Released in USA as THE COSMIC MONSTER.

Starring: Forrest Tucker, Gaby André, Martin Benson, Alec Mango, Wyndham Goldie, Geoffrey Chater, Hugh Latimer, Patricia Sinclair, Susan Redway, Hilda Fenemore ..
Directed by: Gilbert Gunn
Release date: 1958-03-04

The Brain Eaters

4.3/10 IMDB

A huge, alien structure resembling an inverted cone, appears in the woods outside a small rural town. Sent from Washington to investigate the origin of the mysterious object, a team of investigators discovers that intelligent parasites from inside the "cone" can attach themselves to humans' nervous systems and control their minds, taking control of the authorities and workers, making communication with the outside world impossible, and leaving the responsibility of stopping the invasion up to seven people who have thus far been able to avoid possession by these creatures from parts unknown.

Starring: Ed Nelson, Alan Jay Factor, Cornelius Keefe, Joanna Lee, Jody Fair, David Hughes, Robert Ball, Greigh Phillips, Leonard Nimoy, Doug Banks ..
Directed by: Bruno VeSota
Release date: 1958-09-01
Best Horror Movies of 1958 : My World Dies Screaming

My World Dies Screaming

5.2/10 IMDB

A newlywed is terrified when her husband brings her to live in the old house that figures in her recurring nightmare.

Starring: Gerald Mohr, Cathy O'Donnell, William Ching, John Qualen, Barry Bernard ..
Directed by: Harold Daniels
Release date: 1958-01-01

The Hideous Sun Demon

4.3/10 IMDB

After exposure to radiation, an atomic research scientist finds himself changing into a murderous, lizard-like creature every time he is exposed to sunlight.

Starring: Robert Clarke, Patricia Manning, Nan Peterson, Patrick Whyte, Fred La Porta, Peter Similuk, William White, Robert Garry, Donna King, Xandra Conkling ..
Directed by: Tom Boutross, Robert Clarke
Release date: 1958-08-28

War of the Satellites

5.1/10 IMDB

An "unknown force" declares war against planet Earth when the United Nations disobeys warnings to cease and desist in its attempts at assembling the first satellite in the atmosphere.

Starring: Dick Miller, Susan Cabot, Richard Devon, Eric Sinclair, Michael Fox, Robert Shayne, Jered Barclay, Beach Dickerson, Jay Sayer, Mitzi McCall ..
Directed by: Roger Corman
Release date: 1958-05-18

Frankenstein's Daughter

4.2/10 IMDB

Dr. Frankenstein's insane grandson attempts to create horrible monsters in modern day L.A.

Starring: John Ashley, Sandra Knight, Donald Murphy, Sally Todd, Harold Lloyd Jr., Felix Locher, Wolfe Barzell, John Zaremba, Robert Dix, Harry Wilson ..
Directed by: Richard E. Cunha
Release date: 1958-12-15

The Lost Missile

5.1/10 IMDB

A missile from parts unknown enters an orbit only 5 miles above Earth's surface and, due to friction from its intense speed through our atmosphere, proceeds to incinerate everything in its immediate wake.

Starring: Robert Loggia, Ellen Parker, Phillip Pine, Larry Kerr, Marilee Earle, Lawrence Dobkin, Kitty Kelly, John McNamara, Mike Steele, Selmer Jackson ..
Directed by: William Berke
Release date: 1958-12-01

The Screaming Skull

3.9/10 IMDB

Newlyweds Eric and Jenni Whitlock retire to his desolate mansion, where Eric's first wife Marianne died from a mysterious freak accident. Jenni, who has a history of mental illness, begins to see strange things including a mysterious skull, which may or may not be a product of her imagination.

Starring: John Hudson, Peggy Webber, Russ Conway, Alex Nicol, Tony Johnson ..
Directed by: Alex Nicol
Release date: 1958-01-01
Best Horror Movies of 1958 : Missile to the Moon

Missile to the Moon

4.0/10 IMDB

Two escaped convicts are found hiding in a rocketship built by a renegade inventor, who forces them to become the crew for a trip to the Moon. Also on board, as inadvertent stowaways, are his assistant and his secretary; and none of them are aware that the inventor is actually a Lunarian explorer sent to Earth by the dying Lunar civilization and the only remaining male member of that civilization.

Starring: Richard Travis, Cathy Downs, K.T. Stevens, Tommy Cook, Nina Bara, Gary Clarke, Michael Whalen, Laurie Mitchell, Leslie Parrish, Henry Hunter ..
Directed by: Richard E. Cunha
Release date: 1958-11-15
Best Horror Movies of 1958 : War of the Colossal Beast

War of the Colossal Beast

3.8/10 IMDB

Glenn Manning, "The Amazing Colossal Man," believed dead after falling from the Hoover Dam, reemerges in rural Mexico, brain damaged, disfigured, and very angry.

Starring: Duncan 'Dean' Parkin, Sally Fraser, Roger Pace, Russ Bender, Rico Alaniz, Charles Stewart, Roberto Hernández, George Becwar, Roy Gordon, John McNamara ..
Directed by: Bert I. Gordon
Release date: 1958-06-04
Best Horror Movies of 1958 : Womaneater


4.6/10 IMDB

A mad scientist captures women and feeds them to a flesh-eating tree, which in turn gives him a serum that helps bring the dead back to life.

Starring: George Coulouris, Vera Day, Peter Wayn, Joyce Gregg, Joy Webster, Marie Devereux, Peter Forbes-Robertson, Jimmy Vaughn, Robert MacKenzie, Norman Claridge ..
Directed by: Charles Saunders
Release date: 1958-04-01

She Demons

4.5/10 IMDB

A couple wash up on an uncharted island where Nazi experiments are going on.

Starring: Irish McCalla, Tod Griffin, Victor Sen Yung, Rudolph Anders, Gene Roth, Leni Tana, Charles Opunui, Whitey Hughes, Bill Coontz, Billy Dix ..
Directed by: Richard E. Cunha
Release date: 1958-01-03

Night of the Blood Beast

3.4/10 IMDB

An astronaut is killed on re-entry to Earth, but his body is seeded with rapidly-gestating aliens.

Starring: John Baer, Angela Greene, Ed Nelson, Georgianna Carter, Michael Emmet, Tyler McVey, Ross Sturlin ..
Directed by: Bernard L. Kowalski
Release date: 1958-08-01

Giant from the Unknown

4.5/10 IMDB

A series of grisly murders plague a small mountain community and the sheriff suspects a local scientist whom he dislikes. Together with a former professor and the professor's pretty daughter, the scientist sets about solving the crimes and discovers the killer is an oversized 16th century conquistador, resurrected by a lightning bolt from his mountain grave.

Starring: Ed Kemmer, Sally Fraser, Morris Ankrum, Bob Steele, Buddy Baer, Oliver Blake, Jolene Brand, Billy Dix, Gary Crutcher, Ned Davenport ..
Directed by: Richard E. Cunha
Release date: 1958-01-03

The Bride and the Beast

3.4/10 IMDB

When Laura and Dan get married, she's more interested in Dan's gorilla. It's revealed through hypnosis that she was Queen of the Gorillas in a previous incarnation.

Starring: Charlotte Austin, Lance Fuller, Johnny Roth, William Justine, Gil Frye, Jeanne Gerson, Trustin Howard, Eve Brent, Bhogwan Singh ..
Directed by: Adrian Weiss
Release date: 1958-02-22
Best Horror Movies of 1958 : Half Human: The Story of the Abominable Snowman

Half Human: The Story of the Abominable Snowman

3.8/10 IMDB

An American scientist tells two colleagues about the finding of an abominable snowman living in the Japanese alps, where it is worshipped by a remote tribe as a god, and how it was discovered by modern man after it raided a ski-ers' shelter following an avalanche, killing all inside. This is an adaptation of the Japanese film Ju Jin Yuki Otoko with added American-made footage, narration and music track.

Starring: John Carradine, Momoko Kôchi, Akira Takarada, Akemi Negishi, Russell Thorson, Robert Karnes, Morris Ankrum, Sachio Sakai, Nobuo Nakamura, Kokuten K?d? ..
Directed by: Ishir? Honda, Kenneth G. Crane
Release date: 1958-12-01
Best Horror Movies of 1958 : Teenage Monster

Teenage Monster

3.6/10 IMDB

In a little Western town, a boy is subjected to rays from a meteor. As a result, he grows into a teenaged, hairy, psychopathic killer. His mother hides him in her basement.

Starring: Anne Gwynne, Stuart Wade, Gloria Castillo, Gil Perkins, Chuck Courtney, Norman Leavitt, Gabe Mooradian, Stephen Parker, Jim McCullough Sr., Frank Davis ..
Directed by: Jacques R. Marquette
Release date: 1958-01-08
Best Horror Movies of 1958 : Teenagers Battle the Thing

Teenagers Battle the Thing

2.3/10 IMDB

Archaeology students uncover a prehistoric manster… part man, part monster, and all bad attitude with a cheap costume. This film was completed in 1958 but the only theatrical release it received was in the director's hometown. The movie remained unreleased until 1975 when the director used the footage in Curse of Bigfoot. (IMDb)

Starring: Mary Brownless, Bob Clymire, Ken Koepfer, Dennis Kottmeier, Ruth Ann Mannella, Bill Simonsen, Jan Swihart ..
Directed by: Dave Flocker
Release date: 1958-01-01
Best Horror Movies of 1958 : The Professor

The Professor

2.6/10 IMDB

A Communist agent planted in America creates werewolves in order to start a panic in the U.S. that will lead to a Communist takeover.

Starring: Irene Barr, John S. Copeland, Doug Hobart, Benny McIntyre ..
Directed by: Tom McCain
Release date: 1958-01-01

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