CATEGORIES Features
Classic '50s Horror Movies Horror movies of the 1950s had it all -- alien invasions, monsters, haunted houses mad scientists and oversized bugs. While some of these classic horror movies relied on special effects or 3D for their shock value, others went for psychological suspense and terror.

If you're ready for a good scare, lock the doors, turn down the lights and settle in with one of these horror films. Here are our picks for the 10 best classic '50s horror movies.

Classic '50s Horror Movies Horror movies of the 1950s had it all -- alien invasions, monsters, haunted houses mad scientists and oversized bugs. While some of these classic horror movies relied on special effects or 3D for their shock value, others went for psychological suspense and terror.

If you're ready for a good scare, lock the doors, turn down the lights and settle in with one of these horror films. Here are our picks for the 10 best classic '50s horror movies.

10. 'The Bad Seed' (1956) in this psychological horror Christine Penmark, played by Nancy Kelly, begins to suspect that her perfect little angel, Rhoda, played by Patty McCormack, may not be as sweet as she seems. Christine is torn between a mother's love and the fear that her child may be a cold-blooded killer.

9. 'The Bat' (1959) actor Agnes Moorehead stars in this horror classic as a mystery writer who rents a mansion in the country. The bank president, John Fleming, played by Harvey Stephens who owns the mansion confides in his friend, Dr. Wells (Vincent Price) that he has embezzled $1 million from the bank. In a twist, Dr. Wells shoots and kills Fleming. The search is on for the stolen money and a hooded killer known as 'The Bat,' who will kill anyone who gets in his way.

8. 'The Blob' (1958) in this scream-fest a meteorite falls to earth, releasing a jellylike creature. The blob grows larger with each victim it consumes. The creature seeps under doors, hangs from ceilings and can ooze through vents. It is up to teenagers Steve Andrews and Jane Martin, played by Steve McQueen and Aneta Corsaut, to find a way to stop "The Blob."

7. 'House on Haunted Hill' (1959) in this horror classic film Fredrick Loren, played by Vincent Price, offers five guests $10,000 each to spend the night with him in the 'House on Haunted Hill'. His wife Annabelle, played by Carol Ohmart, is also along for the fun. At midnight, the doors lock and the terror begins.

6. 'Tarantula' (1955) actors John Agar and Mara Corday star in this '50 horror film about science experiments gone wrong. A giant 'Tarantula' escapes from a lab and it is up to a family doctor and a lab assistant, played by Agar and Corday, to find and destroy the mutant menace.

5. 'Them!' (1954) in this sci-fi horror flick giant ants terrorize a town in New Mexico. After destroying the nests of mutant ants which were created by an atomic bomb explosion, Dr. Harold Medford (Edmund Gwenn) and his daughter Dr. Pat Medford (Joan Weldon) race against time to destroy the queen ants. However the queens are determined to start new colonies and one of the queen ants has started a colony in the sewers under Los Angeles.

4. 'Creature From the Black Lagoon' (1954) is a classic horror film, originally in 3D, that takes place in a lagoon along the Amazon River. Scientists searching for fossils discover a man-fish or gill-man. The scientists capture the 'Creature From the Black Lagoon,' but he escapes, kidnapping Kay Lawrence, played by Julie Adams.

3. 'The Thing from Another World' (1951) in this horror classic "The Thing", played by James Arness, is the pilot of an alien spacecraft that crash-landed at an Arctic research post. The spaceship gets blown up, but the alien is frozen in ice until it is found by the researchers and accidentally thawed by an electric blanket. The Thing goes on a rampage and it is up to the members of the Arctic research post to stop it.

2. 'House of Wax' (1953) actor Vincent Price stars as Professor Henry Jarrod in the 1953 horror classic 'House of Wax' about a sculptor severely burned and deformed in a fire started by his business partner. Driven mad by the inability to create his beloved wax figures, Jarrod begins using real bodies to fill his wax museum, beginning with his former business partner. The wax museum thrives, but Jarrod's obsession with replacing his Marie Antoinette may be his undoing.

1. 'Invasion of the Body Snatchers' (1956) played on people's fears of mind control, alien invasion and communism. The movie begins with Dr. Miles Bennell in a hospital ward talking to a psychiatrist who considers him paranoid and delusional as he recalls the events of the past few days. Dr. Bennell, played by Kevin McCarthy, returned home from a medical convention after his nurse called to say that they were overrun with patients. He arrived home to find that most of his appointments had been canceled. The few remaining patients complained that family members were not who they seemed to be. Dr. Bennell was skeptical at first, but as the evidence mounted, he could no longer deny that people were being taken over by pods from outer space. No wonder the shrink thought he was crazy.