Childhood 'Frightener', or Early Horror, Films

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1. The Skull (1965)

Not Rated | 83 min | Horror, Thriller

6.4
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A collector comes into possession of the skull of the Marquis de Sade and learns it is possessed by an evil spirit.

Director: Freddie Francis | Stars: Peter Cushing, Patrick Wymark, Jill Bennett, Nigel Green

Votes: 1,884

2. House of Dark Shadows (1970)

PG | 97 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

6.5
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Vampire Barnabas Collins is accidentally released from his centuries-long confinement at his family's estate in Maine. He targets his clueless descendants who live there now and pursues Maggie, the incarnation of his lost love.

Director: Dan Curtis | Stars: Jonathan Frid, Grayson Hall, Kathryn Leigh Scott, Roger Davis

Votes: 2,126

3. The Shuttered Room (1967)

Unrated | 99 min | Horror

6.4
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A series of horrific murders is traced to a creature that inhabits a very strange house.

Director: David Greene | Stars: Oliver Reed, Gig Young, Carol Lynley, Flora Robson

Votes: 1,394

4. The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)

Approved | 82 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

7.2
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Victor Frankenstein builds a creature and brings it to life, but it behaves not as he intended.

Director: Terence Fisher | Stars: Peter Cushing, Hazel Court, Robert Urquhart, Christopher Lee

Votes: 7,358 | Gross: $7.00M

5. Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Not Rated | 96 min | Horror

7.9
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87 Metascore

There is panic throughout the nation as the dead suddenly come back to life. The film follows a group of characters who barricade themselves in an old farmhouse in an attempt to remain safe from these bloodthirsty, flesh-eating monsters.

Director: George A. Romero | Stars: Duane Jones, Judith O'Dea, Karl Hardman, Marilyn Eastman

Votes: 97,706 | Gross: $0.09M

6. Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968)

G | 92 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

6.6
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When Castle Dracula is exorcised by the Monsignor, it accidentally brings the Count back from the dead. Dracula follows the Monsignor back to his hometown, preying on the holy man's beautiful niece and her friends.

Director: Freddie Francis | Stars: Christopher Lee, Rupert Davies, Veronica Carlson, Barbara Ewing

Votes: 5,213

7. Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)

G | 79 min | Horror

7.0
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A strange prehistoric beast lurks in the depths of the Amazonian jungle. A group of scientists try to capture the animal and bring it back to civilization for study.

Director: Jack Arnold | Stars: Richard Carlson, Julie Adams, Richard Denning, Antonio Moreno

Votes: 20,410 | Gross: $1.30M

8. The Green Slime (1968)

G | 90 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

4.6
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After destroying a giant asteroid heading towards Earth, a group of scientists unknowingly bring back a strange green substance that soon mutates into a monster.

Director: Kinji Fukasaku | Stars: Robert Horton, Luciana Paluzzi, Richard Jaeckel, Bud Widom

Votes: 2,587

9. Frogs (1972)

PG | 91 min | Horror, Mystery, Romance

4.3
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A group of hapless victims celebrate a birthday on an island estate crawling with killer amphibians, birds, insects, and reptiles.

Director: George McCowan | Stars: Ray Milland, Sam Elliott, Joan Van Ark, Adam Roarke

Votes: 4,903

10. The Wolf Man (1941)

Not Rated | 70 min | Horror

7.4
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A practical man returns to his homeland, is attacked by a creature of folklore, and infected with a horrific disease his disciplined mind tells him can not possibly exist.

Director: George Waggner | Stars: Claude Rains, Warren William, Lon Chaney Jr., Ralph Bellamy

Votes: 19,000

11. Gargoyles (1972 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 74 min | Horror

6.4
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An anthropologist/paleontologist and his daughter, while traveling through the southwestern US, stumble upon a colony of living, breathing gargoyles.

Director: Bill Norton | Stars: Cornel Wilde, Jennifer Salt, Grayson Hall, Bernie Casey

Votes: 1,889

12. Sssssss (1973)

PG | 99 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

5.4
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A college student becomes lab assistant to a scientist who is working on a serum that can transform humans into snakes.

Director: Bernard L. Kowalski | Stars: Strother Martin, Dirk Benedict, Heather Menzies-Urich, Richard B. Shull

Votes: 2,733

13. House of Usher (1960)

Not Rated | 79 min | Drama, Horror

7.0
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Upon entering his fiancée's family mansion, a man discovers a savage family curse and fears that his future brother-in-law has entombed his bride-to-be prematurely.

Director: Roger Corman | Stars: Vincent Price, Mark Damon, Myrna Fahey, Harry Ellerbe

Votes: 9,641

14. The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)

PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Horror

7.2
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A doctor, scientist, organist, and biblical scholar, Anton Phibes, seeks revenge on the nine doctors he considers responsible for his wife's death.

Director: Robert Fuest | Stars: Vincent Price, Joseph Cotten, Hugh Griffith, Terry-Thomas

Votes: 11,301

15. Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969)

PG-13 | 101 min | Horror, Drama, Sci-Fi

6.9
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Baron Frankenstein is once again working with illegal medical experiments. Together with a young doctor, Karl and his fiancée Anna, they kidnap the mentally sick Dr. Brandt, to perform the ... See full summary »

Director: Terence Fisher | Stars: Peter Cushing, Veronica Carlson, Freddie Jones, Simon Ward

Votes: 3,414

16. Nightwing (1979)

PG | 105 min | Horror

4.7
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Killer bats plague an Indian reservation in New Mexico.

Director: Arthur Hiller | Stars: Nick Mancuso, David Warner, Kathryn Harrold, Stephen Macht

Votes: 875