Day 20 – Them! (1954)

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Favorite Horror Movies of the 1950s

Them!
Release date: June 19, 1954
Cast:
James Whitmore as Sgt. Ben Peterson
Edmund Gwenn as Dr. Harold Medford
Joan Weldon as Dr. Patricia Medford
James Arness as Robert Graham

Story by George Worthing Yates
Screenplay by Ted Sherdeman
Directed by Gordon Douglas

Pat, if these monsters got started as a result of the first atomic bomb in 1945, what about all the others that have been exploded since then?

My first experience with the film
I watched this on cable television sometime during the 1980s.

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Day 19 – Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)

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Favorite Horror Movies of the 1950s

Creature from the Black Lagoon
Release date: March 5, 1954
Cast:
Richard Carlson as Dr. David Reed
Julie Adams as Kay Lawrence
Richard Denning as Dr. Mark Williams
Ricou Browning & Ben Chapman as The Gill Man 

Story by Maurice Zimm
Screenplay by Harry Essex & Arthur A. Ross
Directed by Jack Arnold

There are many strange legends in the Amazon. Even I, Lucas, have heard the legend of a man-fish.

My first experience with the film
I watched this on the big screen in 1981 in 3D in a double feature with It Came from Outer Space (1953).

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Day 18 – El Vampiro (1957) & El Ataud del Vampiro (1958)

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Favorite Horror Movies of the 1950s

El Vampiro
&
El Ataud del Vampiro
Release dates: October 4, 1957
& August 28, 1958
Cast:
German Robles as Count Karol de Lavud
Abel Salazar as Dr. Enrique Saldivar
Ariadne Welter as Marta Gonzalez   

Story by Ramon Obon (El Vampiro) & Raul Zentano (El Ataud del Vampiro)
Screenplay by Ramon Rodriguez (El Vampiro) & Ramon Obon (El Ataud del Vampiro)
Directed by Fernando Mendez

We’ve been brought to a halt in the middle of this strange bridge that extends between the end of life and the beginning of death.

My first experience with the films
I watched El Vampiro in 2017 and El Etaud del Vampiro in 2018 on DVD.

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Day 17 – The Thing from Another World (1951)

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Favorite Horror Movies of the 1950s

The Thing from Another World
Release date: April 7, 1951
Cast:
Margaret Sheridan as Nikki Nicholson
Kenneth Tobey as Captain Patrick Hendry
Robert Cornthwaite as Dr. Arthur Carrington   

Based on the short story Who Goes There? By John W. Campbell Jr.
Screenplay by Charles Lederer
Directed by Christian Nyby & Howard Hawks

Keep watching the skies!

My first experience with the film
I watched this on television at some point in the 1990s.

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Day 16 – You’ll Find Out (1940)

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Favorite Horror Movies of the 1940s

You’ll Find Out
Release date: November 22, 1940
Cast:
Kay Kyser as Kay Kyser
Peter Lorre as Karl Fenninger
Boris Karloff as Judge Spencer Mainwaring
Bela Lugosi as Prince Saliano
Helen Parrish as Janis Bellacrest
Dennis O’Keefe as Chuck Deems   

Story by David Butler & James V. Kern
Screenplay by James V. Kern
Directed by David Butler

Why do I have to waste my time outwitting morons?

My first experience with the film
I watched this on DVD for the first time in 2009 on the first release of the Karloff & Lugosi Horror Classics DVD set.

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Day 15 – The Uninvited (1944)

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Favorite Horror Movies of the 1940s

The Uninvited
Release date: February 10, 1944
Cast:
Ray Milland as Roderick Fitzgerald
Ruth Hussey as Pamela Fitzgerald
Donald Crisp as Commander Beech 

Based on the novel by Dorothy Macardle
Screenplay by Dodie Smith & Frank Partos
Directed by Lewis Allen

Now, don’t get rattled, Pam. There’s a logical explanation for this.

My first experience with the film
I watched this on channel 41 KSHB in the early 1980s.

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Day 14 – The Boogie Man Will Get You (1942)

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Favorite Horror Movies of the 1940s

The Boogie Man Will Get You
Release date: October 22, 1942
Cast:
Boris Karloff as Professor Nathanial Billings
Peter Lorre as Dr. Arthur Lorencz 

Story by Hal Fimberg & Robert B. Hunt
Screenplay by Edwin Blum
Directed by Lew Landers

Amelia, this riffraff, as you call him, is really the salt of the earth. All he needs is to be iodized.

My first experience with the film
I have a vivid memory of watching this on a Sunday afternoon in the early 1980s on channel 41 KSHB out of Kansas City.

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Day 13 – The Wolf Man (1941)

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Favorite Horror Movies of the 1940s

The Wolf Man
Release date: December 12, 1941
Cast:
Lon Chaney Jr. as Lawrence Talbot
Claude Rains as Sir John Talbot
Ralph Bellamy as Colonel Montford
Evelyn Ankers as Gwen Conliffe
Bela Lugosi as Bela 

Written by Curt Siodmak
Directed by George Waggner

Even a man who is pure in heart and says his prayers by night, may become a wolf when the wolfbane blooms and the autumn moon is bright.

My first experience with the film
I don’t believe I saw this until the Universal VHS release in 1990.

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Day 12 – The Ghost Breakers (1940)

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Favorite Horror Movies of the 1940s

The Ghost Breakers
Release date: June 21, 1940
Cast:
Bob Hope as Larry Lawrence
Paulette Goddard as Mary Carter
Richard Carlson as Geoff Montgomery
Willie Best as Alex 

Based on the play by Paul Dickey & Charles W. Goddard
Screenplay by Walter DeLeon
Directed by George Marshall

If somebody passes you, that’ll be me.

My first experience with the film
I remember watching this on television at some point in the late 70s or early 80s.

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Day 11 – Dead of Night (1945)

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Favorite Horror Movies of the 1940s

Dead of Night
Release date: September 9, 1945
Cast:
Mervyn Johns as Walter Craig
Roland Culver as Eliot Foley
Mary Merrall as Mrs. Foley
Michael Redgrave as Maxwell Frere 

Written by John Baines & Angus MacPhail
Directed by Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Basil Dearden & Robert Hammer

Just room for one inside, sir.

My first experience with the film
I watched it on Turner Classic Movies in the early 2000s.

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