1. The Thing from Another World (1951)
Basic Plot: Aliens + The Arctic + Plants = Mayhem.
Fun Facts: John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982) is a remake of this film. Also, Howard Hawks helped Christian Nyby direct it.
2. House of Wax (1953)
Basic Plot: Vincent Price + Fire + Dead bodies as wax figures = Mayhem.
Fun Fact: It’s the first film in 3-D color for an American production.
3. The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
Basic Plot: The Amazon + Prehistoric monster + Damsel in distress = Mayhem.
Fun Facts: The Gill Man’s costume had no air tank, so Ricou Browning had to hold his breath for as long as four minutes during each take. Also, he couldn’t really see out of the mask.
4. Godzilla (1954)
Basic Plot: Japan + Nuclear weaponry + Giant freakin’ lizard = Mayhem.
Fun Fact: Godzilla has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
5. Tarantula (1955)
Basic Plot: Experiment gone wrong + Big-ass spider + TNT = Mayhem.
Fun Fact: Clint Eastwood has a minor role in the film.
6. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
Basic Plot: Alien invasion + Pod people + Paranoia = Mayhem.
Fun Fact: The film is argued by many as a metaphor for Communism, since it debuted during the Cold War era.
7. I Was a Teenage Frankenstein (1957)
Basic Plot: University professor + Athletes’ body parts + Monster with a hot body = Mayhem.
Fun Fact: Gary Conway played the title character; it was his first role.
8. The Blob (1958)
Basic Plot: Steven McQueen + Alien + Pink goo = Mayhem.
Fun Fact: This film marks the final time Steve McQueen listed his name as â€˜Steven.’
9. Dracula AKA Horror of Dracula (1958)
Basic Plot: Sir Christopher Lee + Vampire + Hammer Horror = Mayhem.
Fun Fact: Although he plays the title character, Sir Christopher Lee speaks less than 20 lines in the film.
10. I Married a Monster from Outer Space (1958)
Basic Plot: Marriage woes + Aliens + Mating issues = Mayhem.
Fun Fact: The dogs who attack the aliens became close to the costumed actors. So much that when it came time to film the scene, they’d want to play with the actors instead.
11. House on Haunted Hill (1959)
Basic Plot: Vincent Price + $10,000 prize + Skeletons = Mayhem.
Fun Fact: The film is somewhat inspired by The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson and by And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie.
12. The Tingler (1959)
Basic Plot: Vincent Price + Parasites + LSD = Mayhem.
Fun Fact: Director William Castle used various gimmicks to promote his films. One of them for The Tingler was called, â€œPercepto.â€ It caused the audience members’ chairs to vibrate whenever loud screams occurred in the film.
13. The Wasp Woman (1959)
Basic Plot: Youthful beauty + Queen wasps + Side effects = Mayhem.
Fun Fact: Director Roger Corman had a cameo as one of the doctors in the hospital.