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1940s Horror Movies

Public list by WPS with 125 movies or TV shows/series

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The Picture of Dorian Gray(1945)

NR
| 1h 50min | Drama, Fantasy, Thriller, Horror
3.6/5 (with 82 votes)

Posing for a portrait, Dorian Gray talks with Lord Henry Wotton, who says that men should pursue their sensual longings, but laments that only the young get to do so. Taken with the idea, Dorian imagines a scenario in which the painting will age as he stays youthful. His wish comes true, and his boyish looks aid him as he indulges his every whim. But when a stunning revelation forces him to see what he's become, Dorian faces some very dangerous questions.

The Wolf Man(1941)

1h 10min | Horror, Drama
3.6/5 (with 180 votes)

After his brother's death, Larry Talbot returns home to his father and the family estate. Events soon take a turn for the worse when Larry is bitten by a werewolf.

Cat People(1942)

NR
| 1h 13min | Horror, Drama
3.5/5 (with 180 votes)

Serbian fashion designer Irena Dubrovna and American marine engineer Oliver Reed meet in Central Park, fall in love and marry after a brief courtship; but Irena won't consummate the union for fear that she will turn into a panther compelled to kill her lover, pursuant to a belief harbored by her home village.

I Walked with a Zombie(1943)

1h 9min | Drama, Horror, Fantasy
3.5/5 (with 85 votes)

A nurse in the Caribbean turns to voodoo in hopes of curing her patient, an unusual woman whose husband she's fallen in love with.

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein(1948)

1h 23min | Comedy, Horror
3.6/5 (with 97 votes)

Two hapless freight handlers find themselves encountering Dracula, the Frankenstein Monster and the Wolf Man.

Dead of Night(1945)

NR
| 1h 43min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
3.7/5 (with 78 votes)

Architect Walter Craig, seeking the possibility of some work at a country farmhouse, soon finds himself once again stuck in his recurring nightmare. Dreading the end of the dream that he knows is coming, he must first listen to all the assembled guests' own bizarre tales.

The Uninvited(1944)

1h 39min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror, Mystery
3.6/5 (with 66 votes)

A brother and sister move into an old seaside house they find abandoned for many years on the English coast. Their original enchantment with the house diminishes as they hear stories of the previous owners and meet their daughter (now a young woman) who now lives as a neighbor with her grandfather. Also heard are unexplained sounds during the night. It becomes obvious that the house is haunted.

Phantom of the Opera(1943)

3.2/5 (with 56 votes)

Pit violinist Claudin hopelessly loves rising operatic soprano Christine Dubois (as do baritone Anatole and police inspector Raoul) and secretly aids her career. But Claudin loses both his touch and his job, murders a rascally music publisher in a fit of madness, and has his face etched with acid. Soon, mysterious crimes plague the Paris Opera House, blamed on a legendary "phantom".

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde(1941)

3.3/5 (with 58 votes)

Dr. Jekyll believes good and evil exist in everyone and creates a potion that allows his evil side, Mr. Hyde, to come to the fore. He faces horrible consequences when he lets his dark side run amok.

The Spiral Staircase(1946)

3.6/5 (with 75 votes)

In 1916, a shadowy serial killer is targeting women with "afflictions". One night, during a thunderstorm, the mute Helen feels menaced.

The Seventh Victim(1943)

NR
| 1h 11min | Horror, Mystery
3.3/5 (with 39 votes)

A young woman searches for her missing sister who, unknown to her, has become involved with a group of Satan worshippers in Greenwich Village.

The Body Snatcher(1945)

NR
| 1h 18min | Horror, Thriller
3.5/5 (with 55 votes)

Edinburgh, 1831. Among those who undertake the illegal trade of grave robbery is Gray, ostensibly a cab driver. Formerly a medical student convicted of grave robbery, Gray holds a grudge against Dr. MacFarlane who had escaped detection and punishment.

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House of Dracula(1945)

2.9/5 (with 33 votes)

A scientist working on cures for rare afflictions, such as a bone softening agent made from molds to allow him to correct the spinal deformity of his nurse, finds the physical causes of lycanthropy in wolf-man Larry Talbot and of vampirism in Count Dracula, but himself becomes afflicted with homicidal madness while exchanging blood with Dracula.

The Invisible Man Returns(1940)

3.1/5 (with 33 votes)

The owner of a coal mining operation, falsely imprisoned for fratricide, takes a drug to make him invisible, despite its side effect: gradual madness.

House of Frankenstein(1944)

3.0/5 (with 43 votes)

An evil scientist and a hunchback escape from prison and encounter Dracula, the Wolf Man and Frankenstein's Monster.

The Ghost of Frankenstein(1942)

3.0/5 (with 36 votes)

Ygor discovers Frankenstein's creation is still alive and brings him to the Doctor's son, Ludwig, for help. Obsessed with restoring the monster to his full potential, Ludwig is unaware that someone has more devious plans for the creature.

Isle of the Dead(1945)

NR
| 1h 11min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
3.1/5 (with 34 votes)

On a Greek island during the 1912 war, several people are trapped by quarantine for the plague. If that isn't enough worry, one of the people—a superstitious old peasant—suspects a young woman of being a vampiric demon.

The Mummy's Hand(1940)

3.2/5 (with 22 votes)

A couple of young, out-of-work archaeologists in Egypt discover evidence of the burial place of the ancient Egyptian princess Ananka. After receiving funding from an eccentric magician and his beautiful daughter, they set out into the desert only to be terrorized by a sinister high priest and the living mummy Kharis who are the guardians of Ananka’s tomb.

The Leopard Man(1943)

NR
| 1h 6min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
3.2/5 (with 36 votes)

When a leopard escapes during a publicity stunt, it triggers a series of murders.

Son of Dracula(1943)

NR
| 1h 20min | Fantasy, Horror
3.2/5 (with 27 votes)

Carpathian Count Alucard is invited to the U.S. by a young heiress. Her boyfriend and local officials are suspicious of the newcomer, who is interested in the "virile" soil of the new world.

The Jungle Captive(1945)

3.1/5 (with 4 votes)

Once again Paula the ape woman is brought back to life, this time by a mad doctor and his disfigured assistant, who also kidnaps a nurse in order to have a female blood donor.

Pillow of Death(1945)

1h 6min | Horror, Mystery, Crime
3.4/5 (with 7 votes)

Attorney Wayne Fletcher and his secretary are having an affair, so when Wayne's wife is found smothered to death, he becomes the prime suspect. As the police investigate the murder, a psychic with questionable motives tries to contact the deceased woman. Soon, Wayne begins seeing visions of his dead wife, and other people involved with the case begin to be killed, one by one.

The Curse of the Cat People(1944)

1h 10min | Horror, Drama, Mystery
3.1/5 (with 40 votes)

Amy, the young, friendless daughter of Oliver and Alice Reed, befriends her father's late first wife and an aging, reclusive actress.

The Mad Monster(1942)

NR
| 1h 17min | Horror
1.6/5 (with 13 votes)

A mad scientist changes his simple-minded handyman into a werewolf in order to prove his supposedly crazy scientific theories - and exact revenge.

The Devil Bat(1940)

2.6/5 (with 26 votes)

Dr. Carruthers feels bitter at being betrayed by his employers, Heath and Morton, when they became rich as a result of a product he devised. He gains revenge by electrically enlarging bats and sending them out to kill his employers' family members by instilling in the bats a hatred for a particular perfume he has discovered, which he gets his victims to apply before going outdoors. Johnny Layton, a reporter, finally figures out Carruthers is the killer and, after putting the perfume on himself, douses it on Carruthers in the hopes it will get him to give himself away. One of the two is attacked as the giant bat makes one of its screaming, swooping power dives.

The Lodger(1944)

NR
| 1h 24min | Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
3.2/5 (with 30 votes)

In Victorian era London, the inhabitants of a family home with rented rooms upstairs fear the new lodger is Jack the Ripper.

The Queen of Spades(1949)

1h 35min | Drama, Fantasy
3.3/5 (with 16 votes)

An elderly countess strikes a bargain with the devil and exchanges her soul for the ability to always win at cards. An army officer, who is also a fanatic about cards, murders her for the secret, then finds himself haunted by the woman's spirit.

Strange Confession(1945)

1h 2min | Crime, Mystery, Drama, Horror
3.4/5 (with 7 votes)

A scientist who is working on a cure for influenza is victimized by his unscrupulous boss, who releases the vaccine before it's ready, resulting in the death of the scientist's young son.

Hold That Ghost(1941)

1h 26min | Comedy, Horror
3.5/5 (with 21 votes)

Two bumbling service station attendants are left as the sole beneficiaries in a gangster's will. Their trip to claim their fortune is sidetracked when they are stranded in a haunted house along with several other strangers.

Bedlam(1946)

1h 16min | Drama, Thriller
3.3/5 (with 25 votes)

London, 1761. St. Mary's of Bethlehem, a sinister madhouse, is visited by wealthy people who enjoy watching the patients confined there as if they were caged animals. Nell Bowen, one of the visitors, is horrified by the deplorable living conditions of the unfortunate inhabitants of this godforsaken place, better known as Bedlam.

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