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  1. Little_Sam
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    Only the first 5 minutes or so of “The Day the Earth Stood Still” was horrifying. The rest of it was just science fiction and a morality story. It was not a horror movie after the first 5 minutes or so. Similarly I do not consider the “Hound of the Baskervilles” a horror story. It was mysterious but not horrifying. Only the final confrontation between Holmes and the dog could be remotely considered to be horrifying. Even then I would say it was more intense and dramatic than horrifying. That is the way I see it.

    1. Brian Douglas
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      Thanks, Little Sam. I appreciate your comments. And, I personally feel that “sci-fi” and “horror” went hand-in-hand in movies from this era, where today we have a much more distinct line between what sci-fi and horror actually are.

      Either way, I hope you at least enjoyed the list!!

  2. Khapkaos
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    Great list – captures a good mix of the possibilities.

  3. Charles
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    I’ve seen all of these. I’ve got to say that Creature from the Black Lagoon was scarier than most monster flicks of the era. House of Wax is one of my favorite movies. Nice suspenseful scene on the city streets late at night.

    War of the Worlds was the dumbest of the above movies. Imagine if they’d actually written a script based on the original book…

  4. Dennis
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    None of these were “scary” and I saw them all at the Parthenon theater in Hammond,Indiana as a teenager. “House Of Usher” and “The Tingler” ,both with Vincent Price-Now,they were scary.

  5. TriviaFan
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    Though not a horror film, more of a sci fi monster film like Ants, how about Godzilla that came out in 1954?

  6. Bill
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    ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’ is based on HG Wells classic BOOK. Orson Welles adapted said book into a radio show.

    Also, this list fails for lack of ‘Night of the Demon’.

  7. Rick
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    “The Thing from another World”
    “IT!” The Terror from Beyond Space”
    “The Deadly Mantis”
    Just a few that would keep me awake at night when I was a kid. Make a longer list and include some of these classics.

  8. Flu-Bird
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    WAR OF THE WORLDS the creepy sceine in the farm house with that martian layings its hand on her shoulder was what realy scared me as a kid when i first saw it

  9. Peter Boucher
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    How about “THE INCREDIBLE SHRINKING MAN” (1957) starring Grant Williams and the INFAMOUS TARANTULA in the cellar of his house that is out to get him !!!

  10. Jeremy
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    Does Night of the Hunter count as horror? If so I think it should have been in this list. Even to this day nobody can straddle the line between charming and menacing quite like Robert Mitchum could. See also: Cape Fear. Though I think that was the 60’s.

  11. Curtis Stotlar
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    Good list. The William Castle films “Tingler” and “House on Haunted Hill” are always fun, but I was hoping “The Thing” would be there. It scared the living daylights out of EVERYBODY. Thanks for the list.

    Curtis Stotlar

  12. kim detuncq
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    I saw a black and white movie (probably 1950 to1960’s era) about a doctor that took something in his lab and then turned into a hideous monster with a man’s body. His name was “paul”. He had a girlfriend. I thought his lab assistant was a very young Clint eastwood. There is a scene where as the monster, he chases his girlfriend down a neighborhood street. Does this ring a bell with anybody? i would love to see this movie again. I was about 10 years old when I saw this movie. I
    am now 56 yrs old.

  13. Bobbie Bostick
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    None of these is the one I remember. My picture was very dark, gloomy and misty on the water with lost/abandonded ships. There were wraithlike people who walked on the water that had grass or fungus to support them. If there was a plot it long escapes me as this was in the late 1950’s to the 1960’s. We saw this at a drive in and had to carry each of our four children to the restroom as they refused to put their feet on the ground. They knew they would be swallowed up. Why, as adults, we ever allowed our children to watch this horror show gives me pangs of guilt after more than 50 years.
    I hope someone will recognize this and tell me the name. I’m hoping to be able to see it again and see it for the hokey production it probably was.

  14. Rickey
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    I own all these films. Watched them several times over growing up. I love old horror and sci-fi, especially the early black and white stuff. I don’t see the old films as outdated or tacky. These are some awesome movies to have on the shelf. Little windows into the past that give a glimpse at how people interacted with one another, their logic and beliefs. Cool stuff.

  15. Linda
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    Does anyone remember this movie that came on TV when I was a kid? Thinking it was late 60’s maybe and not sure if Vincent Price was in it. There were moving arms and legs behind some sort of panel or curtain and there was a head in a small box. The mouth would open and would make some kind of sound like Ahhhhhhh or Awwwwww. It is not the Brain that Never Died…I think that is the title. Been searching for that movie for months now and getting nowhere. Thanks


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