Best Horror Movies of 1959

1.

The Hound of the Baskervilles

4.9
6.9/10 IMDB

When a nobleman is threatened by a family curse on his newly inherited estate, detective Sherlock Holmes is hired to investigate.

Starring: Peter Cushing, André Morell, Christopher Lee, Marla Landi, David Oxley, Francis de Wolff, Miles Malleson, Ewen Solon, John Le Mesurier, Helen Goss ..
Directed by: Terence Fisher
Release date: 1959-05-04
2.

House on Haunted Hill

4.9
6.8/10 IMDB

Frederick Loren has invited five strangers to a party of a lifetime. He is offering each of them $10,000 if they can stay the night in a house. But the house is no ordinary house. This house has a reputation for murder. Frederick offers them each a gun for protection. They all arrived in a hearse and will either leave in it $10,000 richer or leave in it dead!

Starring: Vincent Price, Carol Ohmart, Richard Long, Alan Marshal, Carolyn Craig, Elisha Cook Jr., Julie Mitchum, Leona Anderson, Howard Hoffman ..
Directed by: William Castle
Release date: 1959-02-17
3.

The Mummy

4.2
6.7/10 IMDB

One by one the archaeologists who discover the 4,000-year-old tomb of Princess Ananka are brutally murdered. Kharis, high priest in Egypt 40 centuries ago, has been brought to life by the power of the ancient gods and his sole purpose is to destroy those responsible for the desecration of the sacred tomb. But Isobel, wife of one of the explorers, resembles the beautiful princess, forcing the speechless and tormented monster to defy commands and abduct Isobel to an unknown fate.

Starring: Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Yvonne Furneaux, Eddie Byrne, Felix Aylmer, Raymond Huntley, George Pastell, Michael Ripper, George Woodbridge, Harold Goodwin ..
Directed by: Terence Fisher
Release date: 1959-08-01
4.

A Bucket of Blood

4.1
6.7/10 IMDB

Nerdy Walter Paisley (Dick Miller), a maladroit busboy at a beatnik café who doesn't fit in with the cool scene around him, attempts to woo his beautiful co-worker, Carla (Barboura Morris), by making a bust of her. When his klutziness results in the death of his landlady's cat, he panics and hides its body under a layer of plaster. But when Carla and her friends enthuse over the resulting artwork, Walter decides to create some bigger and more elaborate pieces using the same artistic process.

Starring: Dick Miller, Barboura Morris, Antony Carbone, Julian Burton, Ed Nelson, John Brinkley, John Herman Shaner, Judy Bamber, Myrtle Vail, Bert Convy ..
Directed by: Roger Corman
Release date: 1959-10-21
5.

The Tingler

4.1
6.6/10 IMDB

After much hard work, a pathologist discovers and captures a creature that lives in every vertebrate and grows when fear grips its host. "Scream for your lives!"

Starring: Vincent Price, Judith Evelyn, Darryl Hickman, Patricia Cutts, Philip Coolidge, Pamela Lincoln, William Castle, Bob Gunderson, Dal McKennon ..
Directed by: William Castle
Release date: 1959-07-29
Best Horror Movies of 1959 : Where is Everybody?
6.

Where is Everybody?

4.0
7.9/10 IMDB

Mike Ferris finds himself alone in the small Oakwood town and without recollection about his name, where he is or who he is. Mike wanders through the town trying to find a living soul. The tension increases and Mike has a breakdown.

Starring: Earl Holliman, James Gregory, Paul Langton, Rod Serling ..
Directed by: Robert Stevens
Release date: 1959-10-02
7.

Return of the Fly

3.7
5.7/10 IMDB

Fifteen years after his father's experiments with matter transmission fail, Philippe Delambre and his uncle François attempt to create a matter transmission device on their own. However, their experiments have disastrous results, turning Philippe into a horrible half-man, half-fly creature.

Starring: Vincent Price, Brett Halsey, John Sutton, David Frankham, Dan Seymour, Danielle De Metz, Jack Daly, Janine Grandel, Richard Flato, Gregg Martell ..
Directed by: Edward Bernds
Release date: 1959-07-01
8.

The Stranglers of Bombay

3.3
6.2/10 IMDB

In 1826 British-ruled India, the secret Cult of Thugee demonstrates their worship of their goddess, Kali, by the mutilation and mass murder of thousands of Indians while pirating the shipments of the British East-Indian Tea Company. As the British military leaders play down the implications of the piracy and disappearances, a lone captain realizes that they are not just coincidence and sets out to uncover the source of the deviltry, at the risk of his career. Based on history.

Starring: Guy Rolfe, Allan Cuthbertson, Andrew Cruickshank, George Pastell, Marne Maitland, Jan Holden, Paul Stassino, Marie Devereux, John Harvey, Roger Delgado ..
Directed by: Terence Fisher
Release date: 1959-12-04
9.

The Man Who Could Cheat Death

3.2
6.2/10 IMDB

Dr. Bonner plans to live forever through periodic gland transplants from younger, healthier human victims. Bonner looks about 40; he's really 104 years old. But people are starting to get suspicious, and he may not make 200.

Starring: Anton Diffring, Hazel Court, Christopher Lee, Arnold Marlé, Delphi Lawrence, Francis de Wolff, Gerda Larsen, Middleton Woods, Michael Ripper, Denis Shaw ..
Directed by: Terence Fisher
Release date: 1959-06-15
10.

Horrors of the Black Museum

3.2
5.9/10 IMDB

A writer of murder mysteries finds himself caught up in a string of murders in London.

Starring: Michael Gough, June Cunningham, Graham Curnow, Geoffrey Keen, Shirley Anne Field, Gerald Anderson, John Warwick, Beatrice Varley, Austin Trevor, Malou Pantera ..
Directed by: Arthur Crabtree
Release date: 1959-04-29
11.

The Bat

3.2
6.0/10 IMDB

Mystery writer Cornelia Van Gorder has rented a country house called "The Oaks", which not long ago was the scene of some murders committed by a strange and violent criminal known as "The Bat". Meanwhile, the house's owner, bank president John Fleming, has recently embezzled one million dollars in securities and has hidden the proceeds in the house, but is killed before he can retrieve it.

Starring: Vincent Price, Agnes Moorehead, Gavin Gordon, John Sutton, Lenita Lane, Darla Hood, Elaine Edwards, John Bryant, Harvey Stephens, Mike Steele ..
Directed by: Crane Wilbur
Release date: 1959-08-09
Best Horror Movies of 1959 : The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake
12.

The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake

3.1
5.8/10 IMDB

Jonathan Drake, while attending his brother's funeral, is shocked to find the head of the deceased is missing. When his brother's skull shows up later in a locked cabinet, Drake realizes an ancient curse placed upon his grandfather by a tribe of South American Jivaro Indians is still in effect and that he himself is the probable next victim.

Starring: Henry Daniell, Valerie French, Grant Richards, Paul Wexler, Eduard Franz, Frank Gerstle, Lumsden Hare, Bert Stevens, Arthur Tovey ..
Directed by: Edward L. Cahn
Release date: 1959-11-13
13.

4D Man

3.0
5.8/10 IMDB

Two brothers, scientists Scott and Tony Nelson, develop an amplifier which enables a person to enter a 4th dimensional state, allowing him to pass through any object. Scott experiments on himself and discovers that each time he passes through something he ages rapidly. He begins killing people, sucking out their life energies and regaining his youth as a result.

Starring: Robert Lansing, Lee Meriwether, James Congdon, Robert Strauss, Edgar Stehli, Patty Duke, Guy Raymond, Chic James, Dean Newman, Elbert Smith ..
Directed by: Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr.
Release date: 1959-10-07
14.

The Giant Behemoth

3.0
5.7/10 IMDB

Marine atomic tests cause changes in the ocean's ecosystem resulting in dangerous blobs of radiation and the resurrection of a dormant dinosaur which threatens London.

Starring: Gene Evans, André Morell, John Turner, Leigh Madison, Jack MacGowran, Alastair Hunter, Maurice Kaufmann, Patrick Jordan, Howard Lang, Lloyd Lamble ..
Directed by: Douglas Hickox, Eugène Lourié
Release date: 1959-03-03
15.

Curse of the Undead

3.0
5.9/10 IMDB

A mysterious epidemic has struck an Old West frontier town and young girls are falling deathly ill. Doc Carter, his lovely daughter Dolores, and preacher Dan Young have their hands full caring for the infirm. When one of the patients dies unexpectedly, Dan notices two puncture wounds on her neck. His investigation leads him to the strange gunslinger Drake Robey, who always seems to be slower on the draw than his opponents, but who—despite being outdrawn, and even shot—always manages to survive these deadly encounters. Dan soon discovers that Drake also has an aversion to crucifixes, sleeps in coffins, and cannot tolerate sunlight...

Starring: Eric Fleming, Michael Pate, Kathleen Crowley, John Hoyt, Bruce Gordon, Jimmy Murphy, Helen Kleeb, Don Sullivan, Edward Binns, Helen Kleeb ..
Directed by: Edward Dein
Release date: 1959-05-01
16.

The Alligator People

3.0
5.5/10 IMDB

Under therapeutic hypnosis, a seemingly well-adjusted young woman tells a fantastic story, verified by lie detector, of her forgotten marriage to a man who disappeared on the day of their honeymoon, and of her search for him which takes her to a lonely mansion in a remote section of swampland tenanted by snakes, alligators, a drunken one-armed lout, a mysterious doctor, and a cold-hearted elderly woman who lives alone in a brooding manse.

Starring: Beverly Garland, George Macready, Frieda Inescort, Richard Crane, Lon Chaney Jr., Bruce Bennett, Douglas Kennedy, Vince Townsend Jr., Ruby Goodwin, Bill Bradley ..
Directed by: Roy Del Ruth
Release date: 1959-07-16
17.

Plan 9 from Outer Space

2.9
3.9/10 IMDB

In California, an old man grieves the loss of his wife and on the next day he also dies. However, the space soldier Eros and her mate Tanna use an electric device to resurrect them both and the strong Inspector Clay that was murdered by the couple. Their intention is not to conquest Earth but to stop mankind from developing the powerful bomb “Solobonite” that would threaten the universe. When the population of Hollywood and Washington DC sees flying saucers on the sky, a colonel, a police lieutenant, a commercial pilot, his wife and a policeman try to stop the aliens.

Starring: Gregory Walcott, Mona McKinnon, Duke Moore, Tom Keene, Carl Anthony, Paul Marco, Tor Johnson, Dudley Manlove, Joanna Lee, John Breckinridge ..
Directed by: Edward D. Wood Jr.
Release date: 1959-07-22
18.

First Man into Space

2.8
5.4/10 IMDB

The first pilot to leave Earth's atmosphere lands, then vanishes; but something with a craving for blood prowls the countryside...

Starring: Marshall Thompson, Marla Landi, Bill Edwards, Robert Ayres, Bill Nagy, Carl Jaffe, Roger Delgado, John McLaren, Spencer Teakle, Chuck Keyser ..
Directed by: Robert Day
Release date: 1959-02-27
19.

The Manster

2.7
5.3/10 IMDB

A reporter is sent to interview a scientist working in his mountain laboratory.

Starring: Peter Dyneley, Jane Hylton, Tetsu Nakamura, Terri Zimmern, Norman Van Hawley, Jerry Itô, Toyoko Takechi, Alan Tarlton, Fujie Satsuki ..
Directed by: George P. Breakston, Kenneth G. Crane
Release date: 1959-07-01
20.

Jack the Ripper

2.6
6.1/10 IMDB

A serial killer is murdering women in the Whitechapel district of London. An American policeman is brought in to help Scotland Yard solve the case.

Starring: Lee Patterson, Eddie Byrne, Betty McDowall, Ewen Solon, John Le Mesurier, George Rose, Philip Leaver, Barbara Burke, Anne Sharp, Denis Shaw ..
Directed by: Robert S. Baker, Monty Berman
Release date: 1959-05-28
21.

Invisible Invaders

2.6
4.9/10 IMDB

Aliens, contacting scientist Adam Penner, inform him that they have been on the moon for twenty thousand years, undetected due to their invisibility, and have now decided to annihilate humanity unless all the nations of earth surrender immediately. Sequestered in an impregnable laboratory trying to find the aliens' weakness, Penner, his daughter, a no-nonsense army major and a squeamish scientist are attacked from outside by the aliens, who have occupied the bodies of the recently deceased.

Starring: John Agar, Jean Byron, Philip Tonge, Robert Hutton, John Carradine, Hal Torey, Paul Langton, Eden Hartford, Jack Kenney, John Roy ..
Directed by: Edward L. Cahn
Release date: 1959-05-15
22.

The Wasp Woman

2.5
4.7/10 IMDB

The head of a major cosmetics company experiments on herself with a youth formula made from royal jelly extracted from wasps, but the formula's side effects have deadly consequences.

Starring: Susan Cabot, Anthony Eisley, Michael Mark, Barboura Morris, William Roerick, Frank Gerstle, Bruno VeSota, Roy Gordon, Carolyn Hughes, Lynn Cartwright ..
Directed by: Roger Corman
Release date: 1959-10-30
23.

Beast from Haunted Cave

2.4
4.3/10 IMDB

A gold thief and his gang use a skier's lodge and meet a monster covered with cobwebs.

Starring: Michael Forest, Sheila Noonan, Frank Wolff, Wally Campo, Richard Sinatra, Linné Ahlstrand, Kay Jennings, Chris Robinson, Jaclyn Hellman, Kinta Zertuche ..
Directed by: Monte Hellman
Release date: 1959-10-30
24.

Gigantis the Fire Monster

2.4
4.4/10 IMDB

The altered American release of Godzilla Raids Again. Originally meant to be known as the The Volcano Monsters, the film was eventually released as "Gigantis."

Starring: Hiroshi Koizumi, Setsuko Wakayama, Minoru Chiaki, Takashi Shimura, Keye Luke, Marvin Miller, Paul Frees, George Takei, Takashi Shimura, Masao Shimizu ..
Directed by: Motoyoshi Oda, Hugo Grimaldi
Release date: 1959-05-21
25.

The Killer Shrews

2.4
4.0/10 IMDB

Trapped on a remote island by a hurricane, a group discover a doctor has been experimenting on creating half sized humans. Unfortunately, his experiments have also created giant shrews, who when they have run out of small animals to eat, turn on the humans....

Starring: James Best, Ingrid Goude, Ken Curtis, Gordon McLendon, Baruch Lumet, Judge Henry Dupree, Alfredo de Soto ..
Directed by: Ray Kellogg
Release date: 1959-06-25
26.

The Monster of Piedras Blancas

2.3
5.3/10 IMDB

An old lighthouse keeper who lives with his daughter secretly keeps a prehistoric fish-man by feeding it scraps and fish. One day he misses the feeding and all hell breaks loose.

Starring: Les Tremayne, Forrest Lewis, John Harmon, Frank Arvidson, Jeanne Carmen, Don Sullivan, Pete Dunn ..
Directed by: Irvin Berwick
Release date: 1959-04-22
27.

Night of the Ghouls

2.2
3.6/10 IMDB

Reports of strange activities out by the Old Willow's place signal new adventures for Kelton the Cop & Co. An apparent mystic, Dr. Acula is engaging in rituals designed to raise the dead. But he may get more than he bargained for...

Starring: Kenne Duncan, Duke Moore, Valda Hansen, Tor Johnson, Paul Marco, Jeannie Stevens, John Carpenter, Criswell, Bud Osborne, Marcelle Hemphill ..
Directed by: Edward D. Wood Jr.
Release date: 1959-01-01
28.

Terror Is a Man

2.2
5.4/10 IMDB

A mad scientist transforms a panther into a man-like creature that escapes and goes on a murderous rampage.

Starring: Francis Lederer, Greta Thyssen, Richard Derr, Oscar Keesee, Lilia Duran, Peyton Keesee, Flory Carlos ..
Directed by: Gerardo de Leon
Release date: 1959-11-01
29.

Teenagers from Outer Space

2.1
3.8/10 IMDB

A young alien falls for a pretty teenage Earth girl and they team up to try to stop the plans of his invading cohorts, who intend to use Earth as a food-breeding ground for giant lobsters from their planet.

Starring: David Love, Bryan Grant, Harvey B. Dunn, Tom Graeff, King Moody, Helen Sage, Frederick Welch, Carl Dickensen, Sonia Torgeson, Billy Bridges ..
Directed by: Tom Graeff
Release date: 1959-06-01
30.

Attack of the Giant Leeches

2.1
3.7/10 IMDB

A backwoods game warden and a local doctor discover that giant leeches are responsible for disappearances and deaths in a local swamp, but the local police don't believe them.

Starring: Ken Clark, Yvette Vickers, Michael Emmet, Jan Shepard, Tyler McVey, Bruno VeSota, Gene Roth, Dan White, George Cisar, Joseph Hamilton ..
Directed by: Bernard L. Kowalski
Release date: 1959-10-01
31.

The Giant Gila Monster

2.0
3.6/10 IMDB

A small town in Texas finds itself under attack from a hungry, fifty-foot-long gila monster. No longer content to forage in the desert, the giant lizard begins chopming on motorists and train passengers before descending upon the town itself. Only Chase Winstead, a quick-thinking mechanic, can save the town from being wiped out.

Starring: Don Sullivan, Fred Graham, Lisa Simone, Shug Fisher, Bob Thompson, Janice Stone, Ken Knox, Gay McLendon, Don Flournoy, Cecil Hunt ..
Directed by: Ray Kellogg
Release date: 1959-06-25
Best Horror Movies of 1959 : Ghost of Dragstrip Hollow
32.

Ghost of Dragstrip Hollow

2.0
4.6/10 IMDB

A group of drag-racing fanatics, members of a Los Angeles club, move into an old deserted mansion and set up shop, making it their headquarters. They hold a Halloween masked ball for the club's grand opening, and invite everyone to come dressed as their favorite monster! Oddly enough, the festivities turn sour when one of the bright youths discovers an impostor among them in the form of an honest-to-gosh live monster who's been hogging all the dances with the best-looking girls

Starring: Jody Fair, Russ Bender, Henry McCann, Martin Braddock, Elaine DuPont, Leon Tyler, Jack Ging, Nancy Anderson, Dorothy Neumann, Sanita Pelkey ..
Directed by: William J. Hole Jr.
Release date: 1959-07-01
Best Horror Movies of 1959 : The Headless Ghost
33.

The Headless Ghost

1.9
4.3/10 IMDB

Three teenagers encounter a ghost who is in limbo until he retrieves his lost head. They do their parts to help him find it.

Starring: Richard Lyon, Liliane Sottane, Jack Allen, Clive Revill, John Stacy, Carl Bernard, Alexander Archdale, David Rose, Josephine Blake, Donald Bisset ..
Directed by: Peter Graham Scott
Release date: 1959-04-18
Best Horror Movies of 1959 : The Turn of the Screw
34.

The Turn of the Screw

1.8
8.0/10 IMDB

A governess put in charge of two young children begins to see the ghost of her dead predecessor.

Starring: Ingrid Bergman, Isobel Elsom, Hayward Morse, Alexandra Wager, Laurinda Barrett, Paul Stevens ..
Directed by: John Frankenheimer
Release date: 1959-10-19
Best Horror Movies of 1959 : Perchance to Dream
35.

Perchance to Dream

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

A man (Richard Conte) with a severe heart condition who has been awake for a long time tells his psychiatrist that he will die if he goes to sleep, because a vixen (Suzanne Lloyd) is trying to kill him.

Starring: Richard Conte, John Larch, Suzanne Lloyd, Eddie Marr, Rod Serling, Ted Stanhope, Russell Trent, Max Wagner ..
Directed by: Robert Florey
Release date: 1959-11-27
Best Horror Movies of 1959 : Hantu Rimau
36.

Hantu Rimau

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

Hantu Rimau is a collection of three different stories from three different directors

Starring: S. Roomai Noor, Siput Sarawak, Mary Lim ..
Directed by: B. N. Rao, L. Krishnan, S. Roomai Noor
Release date: 1959-01-01
Best Horror Movies of 1959 : The Twilight Zone
37.

The Twilight Zone

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

The Twilight Zone is an American media franchise based on the anthology television series created by Rod Serling. The episodes are in various genres, including fantasy, science fiction, suspense, horror, and psychological thriller, often concluding with a macabre or unexpected twist, and usually with a moral. A popular and critical success, it introduced many Americans to common science fiction and fantasy tropes. The original series, shot entirely in black and white, ran on CBS for five seasons from 1959 to 1964.

Starring: Rod Serling, William Shatner, Lee Marvin, Martin Landau, Robert McCord, Jay Overholts, Vaughn Taylor, David Armstrong, James Turley, Jack Klugman ..
Directed by: Jacques Tourneur, Don Siegel, John Brahm
Release date: 1959-11-18
38.

Perchance to Dream

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

A fatigued man fights to stay awake as he explains to a psychiatrist that if he falls asleep it will trigger a nightmare, which will cause his heart to fail.

Directed by: Robert Florey
Release date: 1959-11-27

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