Best Horror Movies by Year Since 1920

#1940

Dr. Cyclops (1940)
77%

#1940
Adjusted Score: 77.92%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this film, the evil Dr. Thorkel (Albert Dekker) has developed a way to shrink people to a minuscule size... [More]
Directed By: Ernest B. Schoedsack

#1941

The Wolf Man (1941)
94%

#1941
Adjusted Score: 99.432%
Critics Consensus: A handsomely told tale with an affecting performance from Lon Chaney, Jr., The Wolf Man remains one of the classics of the Universal horror stable.
Synopsis: "Even a man who is pure at heart/And says his prayers by night/May become a wolf when the wolf-bane blooms/And... [More]
Directed By: George Waggner

#1942

Cat People (1942)
93%

#1942
Adjusted Score: 99.905%
Critics Consensus: Influential noir director Jacques Tourneau infused this sexy, moody horror film with some sly commentary about the psychology and the taboos of desire.
Synopsis: Handed the exploitive title Cat People, RKO producer Val Lewton opted for a thinking man's thriller--a psychological mood piece, more... [More]
Directed By: Jacques Tourneur

#1943
#1943
Adjusted Score: 97.439%
Critics Consensus: Evocative direction by Jacques Tourneur collides with the low-rent production values of exploitateer Val Lewton in I Walked with a Zombie, a sultry sleeper that's simultaneously smarmy, eloquent and fascinating.
Synopsis: RKO producer Val Lewton seemed to thrive upon taking the most lurid film titles and coming up with pocket-edition works... [More]
Directed By: Jacques Tourneur

#1944

Bluebeard (1944)
100%

#1944
Adjusted Score: 100.96%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: In this haunting feature from director Edgar G. Ulmer, a 19th-century Parisian marionette master cannot seem to control his urges... [More]
Directed By: Edgar G. Ulmer

#1945

Dead of Night (1945)
97%

#1945
Adjusted Score: 101.28%
Critics Consensus: With four accomplished directors contributing, Dead of Night is a classic horror anthology that remains highly influential.
Synopsis: A phone rings. Architect Mervyn Johns is wakened from a nightmare and summoned to the country estate of Roland Culver.... [More]

#1946
#1946
Adjusted Score: 90.954%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: When a concert pianist dies without recognizing his personal secretary in his will, the secretary chops off one of the... [More]
Directed By: Robert Florey

#1947

Scared to Death (1947)
63%

#1947
Adjusted Score: 63.46%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Completed several years before its 1947 release, Scared to Death is historically important as Bela Lugosi's only color film (outside... [More]
Directed By: Christy Cabanne

#1948
Adjusted Score: 91.387%
Critics Consensus: A zany horror spoof that plays up and then plays into the best of Universal horror cliches.
Synopsis: It seems that Count Dracula (Bela Lugosi), in league with a beautiful but diabolical lady scientist (Lenore Aubert), needs a... [More]
Directed By: Charles Barton

#1949
#1949
Adjusted Score: 97.54%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A supernatural tale based on a short story by Russian poet Alexander Pushkin, this is the portrayal of a poor... [More]
Directed By: Thorold Dickinson

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