Eisenhower & The Horror Movies! Part Trois


This is it, the final three years of horror movies made during Eisenhower’s presidency. Some real banner titles in this mix! Some heavy hitters and more than a few faves. 1959 and 1960 particularly kick ass! I am excited to discover some new gems and revisit some awesome classics. Hammer keeps Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing hopping busy. Roger Corman floods the horror market but hits the nail on the head with some brilliant Edgar Allen Poe adaptations starring the irreplaceable Vincent Price! William Castle’s name should be spelled F-U-N! It is time to start watching some of these damn movies! Let the games begin!

1959

A great year although I’m not sure any year during Eisenhower’s presidency is mightier than 1960! Giant Leeches await me (Attack of the Giant Leeches is sitting on a bookshelf in the Dungeon as I write!).

The Hound of the Baskervilles
The Tingler
A Bucket of Blood
The Mummy
House on Haunted Hill
Plan 9 from Outer Space
Return of the Fly
The Killer Shrews
The Wasp Woman
The Bat
The Giant Gila Monster

Still to see: Attack of the Giant Leeches, Teenagers from Outer Space, Behemoth the Sea Monster, 4D Man, Beast from Haunted Cave, Night of the Ghouls, First Man Into Space, Jack the Ripper, Horrors of the Black Museum, Invisible Invaders, The Man Who Could Cheat Death, The Alligator People, Caltiki – il mostro immortale, Teenage Zombies, The Manster, Terror Is a Man, The Stranglers of Bombay, Curse of the Undead, Rymdinvasion i Lappland, The Hideous Sun Demon, The Head, The Ghost of Yotsuya, The Monster of Piedras Blancas, The Living Coffin, The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake

1960

Amazing! Definitely the best year of horror films during Eisenhower’s presidency. Notice a change in tone as the years advance? There are definitely fewer horror films packed with paranoia and science gone awry! So many brilliant flicks here and so many that deserve a review! On the other hand, there are still plenty of flicks I have yet to see. Circus of Horrors, The Housemaid, The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll and Hand of the Gallows are strong contenders.

Black Sunday
Peeping Tom
Psycho

Eyes Without a Face
Village of the Damned
Blood and Roses
House of Usher
13 Ghosts
The City of the Dead
The Brides of Dracula
The Little Shop of Horrors
The Sinners of Hell (Jigoku)
The Flesh and the Fiends
Mill of the Stone Woman
Atom Age Vampire

Still to see: Last Woman on Earth, Horrors of Spider Island, Circus of Horrors, The Housemaid, Tormented, The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll, The Leech Woman, The Crying Woman, The Hypnotic Eye, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Hands of Orlac, The Playgirls and the Vampire, Hand of the Gallows, The Vampire and the Ballerina, The Hand, La nave de los monstruos, Denso Ningen, The House in Marsh Road, La casa del terror, The Enchanting Shadow, The Skeleton of Mrs. Morales

1961

Plenty here I haven’t seen! Mother Joan of the Angels is high on the priority list for this year.

The Innocents
Pit and the Pendulum
The Curse of the Werewolf
Homicidal
Mr. Sardonicus
The Beast of Yucca Flats
Taste of Fear
Hercules in the Haunted World
The Dead Eyes of London
The Terror of the Tongs

Still to see: Creature from the Haunted Sea, Reptilicus, Bloodlust!, Mother Joan of the Angels, Lycanthropus, The Mask, The Shadow of the Cat, Doctor Blood’s Coffin, Konga, What a Carve Up!, The Dead One, The Snake Woman, Samson vs. the Vampires, The Naked Witch, The Devil’s Messenger, Devil’s Partner, Devil Doll Men, Ghost of Oiwa, The World of Vampires, House of Mystery

8 Responses to “Eisenhower & The Horror Movies! Part Trois”

  1. WOW, what a blog, original articles! Found by chance,
    but now we stay!
    Greetings from Italy horror! : D

  2. The Innocents is another classic ghost film but instead of being based on an M.R. James story it’s Henry James’s The Turn of the Screw. Peeping Tom – the film that derailed Michael Powell’s career as a director – a case of how the UK press robbed the British film industry of a true creative.

    I haven’t seen many of the films listed in this article or the previous two. You’ve definitely got a passion for horror that leaves me in the dust.

    I must say that I like the layout of the articles linking it to a political era – Eisenhower in this case.

    • I understand Peeping Tom really got lamb basted when it came out. It took far too many years for people to appreciate the awesomeness that is Peeping Tom. Damn shame.

      Thanks GJ-It is a period of horror I lack in for sure and it has been my intention to bulk up on these films. This feature or something like it was a long time coming.

  3. Oh wow, Creature from the Haunted Sea is such a hilarious and fun hunk of shit. As I recall, there’s even a song in the movie, sung by the male lead, and it’s called “Creature from the Haunted Sea”. The monster looks a lot like the Stanford University mascot.

    And if I remember right, the whole plot revolves around Castro-era revolutionaries, but I could be mixing it up with a different super low-budget 1960ish sci-fi/horror.

    • Well, hell, sounds like I best see this Creature from the Haunted Sea!

      • I just verified that it does in fact have a bunch of Cuban revolutionaries, which is such a funny thing to randomly throw into a horror movie. I guess the red scare went deeper than I ever thought, even reaching into horror movies.

        • Horror films are definitely not without their social and political messages. The Eisenhower years were chocked full of paranoia. Nuclear weapons and of course communism and let us not forget the freaking Hollywood blacklist which ruined more than a few entertainers careers not to mention seriously suppressing creativity.

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