Best Horror Movies by Year Since 1920

#1950
#1950
Adjusted Score: 63.372%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: Fritz Lang was the guiding hand of this laudable Republic Studios melodrama. Louis Hayward stars as a wealthy wastrel who... [More]
Directed By: Fritz Lang

#1951
#1951
Adjusted Score: 92.665%
Critics Consensus: As flying saucer movies go, The Thing From Another World is better than most, thanks to well-drawn characters and concise, tense plotting.
Synopsis: This film is set at a distant Arctic missile base, where a UFO has crashed. The frozen body of the... [More]
Directed By: Christian Nyby

#1952
Adjusted Score: 100.051%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
Synopsis: A newly wed woman goes to the local shaman to get some help with her lovelife, but instead gets turned... [More]
Directed By: Erik Blomberg

#1953

House of Wax (1953)
95%

#1953
Adjusted Score: 100.105%
Critics Consensus: House of Wax is a 3-D horror delight that combines the atmospheric eerieness of the wax museum with the always chilling presence of Vincent Price.
Synopsis: Ever been creeped out by the life-like statues at a wax museum? Yes? But have you ever recognized your old... [More]
Directed By: André De Toth

#1954

Them! (1954)
100%

#1954
Adjusted Score: 102.737%
Critics Consensus: One of the best creature features of the early atomic age, Them! features effectively menacing special effects and avoids the self-parody that would taint later monster movies.
Synopsis: In this film, a girl is found wandering in the desert in a state of complete shock. When she finally... [More]
Directed By: Gordon Douglas

#1955
#1955
Adjusted Score: 106.288%
Critics Consensus: Featuring Robert Mitchum's formidable performance as a child-hunting preacher, The Night of the Hunter is a disturbing look at good and evil.
Synopsis: Adapted by James Agee from a novel by Davis Grubb, The Night of the Hunter represented legendary actor Charles Laughton's... [More]
Directed By: Charles Laughton

#1956
Adjusted Score: 103.949%
Critics Consensus: One of the best political allegories of the 1950s, Invasion of the Body Snatchers is an efficient, chilling blend of sci-fi and horror.
Synopsis: Director Don Siegel's thinly-veiled examination of McCarthy-era hysteria stars Kevin McCarthy (no relation) as Miles Bennell, a California doctor who... [More]
Directed By: Don Siegel

#1957
#1957
Adjusted Score: 92.339%
Critics Consensus: A curiously sensitive and spiritual addition to the Universal Monsters line-up, tacking on deep questions about a story who is shrinking to death.
Synopsis: The screen's great existential science fiction film, The Incredible Shrinking Man stars Grant Williams in the title role. While catching... [More]
Directed By: Jack Arnold

#1958

The Fly (1958)
95%

#1958
Adjusted Score: 100.039%
Critics Consensus: Deliciouly funny to some and eerily presicient to others, The Fly walks a fine line between shlocky fun and unnerving nature parable.
Synopsis: Wealthy Helene Delambre (Patricia Owens) is discovered late at night in the factory owned by her husband Andre (David Hedison).... [More]
Directed By: Kurt Neumann

#1959
#1959
Adjusted Score: 98.316%
Critics Consensus: Campy by modern standards but spooky and atmospheric, House on Haunted Hill is a fun, well-executed cult classic featuring a memorable performance from genre icon Vincent Price.
Synopsis: A very wealthy man gives a haunted house party, offering to give each of his guests $10,000 - if they... [More]
Directed By: William Castle

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