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    11 Must-Watch Horror Films From The 1940s

    Creature features, psychological horror, and a hidden painting.

    1. Dr. Cyclops (1940)

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    Basic Plot: Peruvian jungle + Mad scientist + Miniaturization = Dr. Cyclops.

    Fun Fact: This film was nominated for Best Visual/Special Effects at the Academy Awards.

    2. The Wolf Man (1941)

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    Basic Plot: Lycanthropy + Gypsy + Silver walking stick = The Wolf Man.

    Fun Fact: Bela Lugosi, best known for playing Dracula, plays the gypsy's son.

    3. Cat People (1942)

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    Basic Plot: Serbian immigrant + Cats + Sexual arousal = Cat People

    Fun Fact: Producer Val Lewton preferred using psychological horror in his films, rather than physical horror.

    4. Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943)

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    Basic Plot: Trapped in ice + Ensemble of monsters + Fighting = Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man.

    Fun Fact: This film marks the fifth installment in the Frankenstein series for Universal Studios.

    5. I Walked with a Zombie (1943)

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    Basic Plot: Sugar plantation + Fever + Voodoo = I Walked with a Zombie.

    Fun Fact: Edith Barrett was only three years older than James Ellison, even though they were supposed to be mother and son.

    6. Son of Dracula (1943)

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    Basic Plot: Count Alucard + Vampirism + Fire = Son of Dracula.

    Fun Fact: This film marks the first time a vampire changes into a bat onscreen.

    7. House of Frankenstein (1944)

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    Basic Plot: Mad scientist + Tons of monsters + Death = House of Frankenstein.

    Fun Fact: The Mummy was supposed to be a character in the film, but had to be scrapped due to financial reasons.

    8. The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)

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    Basic Plot: Eternal beauty + Hidden Painting + Murder = The Picture of Dorian Gray.

    Fun Fact: Dorian Gray's painting is the only thing shown in color. This occurs four different times throughout the film.

    9. House of Horrors (1946)

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    Basic Plot: Sculpting + "The Creeper" + Death to critics = House of Horrors.

    Fun Fact: This film was supposed to spark a series of "Creeper" films, but only managed to produce two after star Rondo Hatton died.

    10. Scared to Death (1947)

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    Basic Plot: Death by fear + Magicians + Nazis = Scared to Death.

    Fun Fact: This film is the only color film Bela Lugosi starred in.

    11. Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)

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    OKAY, it's more of a comedy, but we're including it anyway.

    Basic Plot: Comedy duo + A gaggle of monsters + Confusion = Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein.

    Fun Fact: This film is considered by organizations such as the American Film Institute and Reader's Digest Magazine as one of the funniest movies in cinema history.

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