Best of 50's B Horror Movies

A Listmania! list by John P. Courville "jcourvil" (Maynard, MA United States)
The list author says: "These seem right out of the old 1970's Creature Double Feature days, and they are. A nostalgic trip to Saturday afternoons. It almost seems silly that they were some of the scariest movies of the era, but they're definitely all time classics."
The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms
1.  The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms DVD ~ Paul Hubschmid
The list author says:
  "Watch for the cameo of a young Lee Van Cleef.  Ray Harryhause proves he's the master of stop-motion animation."
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Gojira / Godzilla, King of the Monsters
2.  Gojira / Godzilla, King of the Monsters DVD ~ Akira Takarada
The list author says:
  "It's almost as fun to watch how they spliced Raymond Burr into the original move as it is watching the big guy (Godzilla) burst through Tokyo's defenses and stomp the city."
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Deadly Mantis [VHS]
3.  Deadly Mantis [VHS] VHS Craig Stevens
The list author says:
  "Watch it come out of the fog.  Why do all giant creatures seem to get thawed out from Arctic ice and attack?  I don't know, but it works in these films."
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Them! (Snapcase Packaging)
4.  Them! (Snapcase Packaging) DVD ~ James Whitmore
The list author says:
  "Awesome.  Giant ants.  The sounds they make will stay with you forever.  James Whitmore and a special appearance of a pre-Daniel Boone Fess Parker"
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The Thing from Another World
5.  The Thing from Another World DVD ~ James Arness
The list author says:
  "The original.  James Arness as the creature with the old standby of the scientist trying to protect it for study while the military wants to kill it to save the world.  Still one of the best.  Based on the boo "Who Goes There."  Later remade by John Carpenter in the early 80's starring Kurt Russell."
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Forbidden Planet
6.  Forbidden Planet DVD ~ Walter Pidgeon
The list author says:
  "Robbie the Robot and Leslie Nielsen.  An unbeatable combination.  The sub-conscious mind can be deadly."
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It! The Terror from Beyond Space (Midnite Movies)
7.  It! The Terror from Beyond Space (Midnite Movies) DVD ~ Marshall Thompson
The list author says:
  "See what Alien would have looked like in the 1950's, as a creature sneaks aboard a returning space crafe and wreaks havoc."
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Curse of the Demon / Night of the Demon (Double Feature)
8.  Curse of the Demon / Night of the Demon (Double Feature) DVD ~ Dana Andrews
The list author says:
  "A hidden gem if ever there was one.  Is it psychological terror by devil worshipper or is there really a demon killing his selected victims?"
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Earth Vs the Spider [VHS]
9.  Earth Vs the Spider [VHS] VHS Ed Kemmer
The list author says:
  "The original.  Great 50's B-Movie.  The webbing and the effect of watching the legs start to move when you think it's dead are great."
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The Giant Behemoth [VHS]
10.  The Giant Behemoth [VHS] VHS Gene Evans
The list author says:
  "It's England's turn to be attacked by a giant radioactive beast.  'Bout time."
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The Monster That Challenged the World
11.  The Monster That Challenged the World DVD ~ Tim Holt
The list author says:
  "Giant killer snails from the Salton Sea"
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Tarantula (1955) [VHS]
12.  Tarantula (1955) [VHS] VHS John Agar
The list author says:
  "A mad scientist makes giant creatures and the tarantula bites him and escapes.  The story could be done for any one of a dozen giant creatures, and it has, but it's still fun to watch."
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Creature From the Black Lagoon
13.  Creature From the Black Lagoon DVD ~ Richard Carlson
The list author says:
  "The one everyone seems to remember.  The quintessential 1950's B-movie horror classic.  While exploring a South American lagoon looking for a missing link, little do the scientists know, this link is still alive!"
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It Came from Beneath the Sea
14.  It Came from Beneath the Sea DVD ~ Kenneth Tobey
The list author says:
  "Ray Harryhausen+Giant Octopus+Golden Gate Bridge=Great pic."
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The Crawling Eye (Widescreen European Edition)
15.  The Crawling Eye (Widescreen European Edition) DVD ~ Forrest Tucker
The list author says:
  "They're up there.  In the mists of the Swiss Alps."
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It Conquered the World
16.  It Conquered the World VHS Roger Corman
The list author says:
  "Remade later as Zontar.  The cheesy rubber monster is classic.  It could have been an episode of Outer Limits."
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The Brain That Wouldn't Die
17.  The Brain That Wouldn't Die DVD ~ Jason Evers
The list author says:
  "For some reason this movie scared the bejezus out of me when I was a kid.  Seems a little silly now.  Scientists girlfriend gets beheaded in a car accident.  He saves the head and brings it back to life.  She's kinda upset about it.  I don't see a future in that relationship."
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Attack of the Giant Leeches
18.  Attack of the Giant Leeches DVD ~ Ken Clark
The list author says:
  "They'll drag you down to their hidden cave.  This movie was made for Drive-In cinema."
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Day the World Ended
19.  Day the World Ended 
The list author says:
  "After a nuclear holocaust only a small, isolated valley remains radioactive free, but something outside the valley have become mutated, and it wants in."
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