All Classic Mad Scientist Movies

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1. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (I) (1913)

26 min | Short, Drama, Horror

Dr. Henry Jekyll experiments with scientific means of revealing the hidden, dark side of man and releases a murderer from within himself.

Director: Herbert Brenon | Stars: King Baggot, Jane Gail, Matt Snyder, Howard Crampton

Votes: 221

2. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (I) (1920)

Unrated | 82 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

Dr. Henry Jekyll experiments with scientific means of revealing the hidden, dark side of man and releases a murderer from within himself.

Director: John S. Robertson | Stars: John Barrymore, Martha Mansfield, Brandon Hurst, Charles Lane

Votes: 4,597

3. The Monster (1925)

Passed | 86 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

A meek clerk who doubles as an amateur detective investigates some very strange goings-on at a remote mental sanitarium.

Director: Roland West | Stars: Lon Chaney, Gertrude Olmstead, Hallam Cooley, Johnny Arthur

Votes: 886

4. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)

Not Rated | 98 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Dr. Jekyll faces horrible consequences when he lets his dark side run wild with a potion that transforms him into the animalistic Mr. Hyde.

Director: Rouben Mamoulian | Stars: Fredric March, Miriam Hopkins, Rose Hobart, Holmes Herbert

Votes: 11,939

5. Doctor X (1932)

Unrated | 76 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror

A wisecracking New York reporter intrudes on a research scientist's quest to unmask The Moon Killer.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, Lee Tracy, Preston Foster

Votes: 2,618

6. The Invisible Man (1933)

Not Rated | 71 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

A scientist finds a way of becoming invisible, but in doing so, he becomes murderously insane.

Director: James Whale | Stars: Claude Rains, Gloria Stuart, William Harrigan, Henry Travers

Votes: 28,296

7. The Crime of Doctor Crespi (1935)

Approved | 63 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

A crazed scientist invents a serum that induces a catatonic state in whoever it is injected into. He uses the serum to paralyze his enemies, so that he can bury them alive.

Director: John H. Auer | Stars: Erich von Stroheim, Harriet Russell, Dwight Frye, Paul Guilfoyle

Votes: 200

8. The Walking Dead (1936)

Approved | 66 min | Crime, Horror, Sci-Fi

After hapless pianist and ex-con John Elman is framed for murder, he is resurrected by a scientist after his execution.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Boris Karloff, Ricardo Cortez, Edmund Gwenn, Marguerite Churchill

Votes: 2,247

9. The Invisible Ray (1936)

Approved | 80 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller

A scientist becomes murderous after discovering, and being exposed to the radiation of, a powerful new element called Radium X.

Director: Lambert Hillyer | Stars: Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Frances Drake, Frank Lawton

Votes: 2,114

10. The Man Who Lived Again (1936)

Not Rated | 66 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Dr. Laurience, a brilliant but unstable scientist experimenting with transferring minds, becomes vengeful when his magnate patron withdraws his support.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Boris Karloff, Anna Lee, John Loder, Frank Cellier

Votes: 887

11. The Man They Could Not Hang (1939)

Unrated | 64 min | Crime, Horror, Sci-Fi

When Dr. Savaard's experiment in cryonics is interrupted by the short-sighted authorities, his volunteer dies, and he is condemned to death. He vows vengeance if he can survive his own hanging.

Director: Nick Grinde | Stars: Boris Karloff, Lorna Gray, Robert Wilcox, Roger Pryor

Votes: 1,328

12. The Return of Doctor X (1939)

Approved | 62 min | Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi

A hotshot reporter and a young doctor team up to investigate a series of grisly murders and a mysterious sample of synthetic blood.

Director: Vincent Sherman | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Rosemary Lane, Wayne Morris, Dennis Morgan

Votes: 1,784

13. Before I Hang (1940)

Passed | 62 min | Crime, Horror, Sci-Fi

A physician on death row for a mercy killing is allowed to experiment on a serum using a criminals' blood, but secretly tests it on himself. He gets a pardon, but finds out he's become a Jekyll-&-Hyde.

Director: Nick Grinde | Stars: Boris Karloff, Evelyn Keyes, Bruce Bennett, Edward Van Sloan

Votes: 932

14. The Invisible Man Returns (1940)

Passed | 81 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

The owner of a coal mining operation, falsely imprisoned for fratricide, takes a drug to make him invisible, despite its side effect: gradual madness.

Director: Joe May | Stars: Cedric Hardwicke, Vincent Price, Nan Grey, John Sutton

Votes: 3,286

15. The Devil Bat (1940)

Approved | 68 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A mad scientist develops an aftershave lotion that causes his gigantic bats to kill anyone who wears it.

Director: Jean Yarbrough | Stars: Bela Lugosi, Suzanne Kaaren, Dave O'Brien, Guy Usher

Votes: 2,457

16. The Ape (1940)

Approved | 62 min | Horror

Dr. Bernard Adrian is a kindly mad scientist who seeks to cure a young woman's polio. He needs spinal fluid from a human to complete the formula for his experimental serum. Meanwhile, a ... See full summary »

Director: William Nigh | Stars: Boris Karloff, Maris Wrixon, Gene O'Donnell, Dorothy Vaughan

Votes: 1,521

17. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)

Passed | 113 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

Dr. Jekyll allows his dark side to run wild when he drinks a potion that turns him into the evil Mr. Hyde.

Director: Victor Fleming | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Ingrid Bergman, Lana Turner, Donald Crisp

Votes: 7,923

18. Man Made Monster (1941)

Passed | 59 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

A mad scientist turns a man into an electrically-controlled monster to do his bidding.

Director: George Waggner | Stars: Lionel Atwill, Lon Chaney Jr., Anne Nagel, Frank Albertson

Votes: 1,168

19. The Devil Commands (1941)

Approved | 65 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Scientist becomes obsessed with the idea of communicating with his dead wife.

Director: Edward Dmytryk | Stars: Boris Karloff, Anne Revere, Amanda Duff, Richard Fiske

Votes: 886

20. The Mad Doctor of Market Street (1942)

Passed | 61 min | Comedy, Drama, Horror

A mad scientist is forced to leave San Francisco when his experiments become known. He lands on a tropical island, takes control and terrorizes the local populace. The survivor of a ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph H. Lewis | Stars: Una Merkel, Lionel Atwill, Nat Pendleton, Claire Dodd

Votes: 288

21. The Corpse Vanishes (1942)

Passed | 64 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A scientist, aided by an old hag and her two sons, kills virginal brides, steals their bodies, and extracts gland fluid to keep his ancient wife alive and young.

Director: Wallace Fox | Stars: Bela Lugosi, Luana Walters, Tristram Coffin, Elizabeth Russell

Votes: 2,698

22. Invisible Agent (1942)

Passed | 81 min | Adventure, Comedy, Romance

The Invisible Man's grandson uses his secret formula to spy on Nazi Germany.

Director: Edwin L. Marin | Stars: Ilona Massey, Jon Hall, Peter Lorre, Cedric Hardwicke

Votes: 1,577

23. The Ape Man (1943)

Passed | 64 min | Action, Drama, Horror

A crazed scientist accidentally turns himself into a half ape, half human creature, and scrambles to find a cure.

Director: William Beaudine | Stars: Bela Lugosi, Louise Currie, Wallace Ford, Henry Hall

Votes: 1,072

24. The Invisible Man's Revenge (1944)

Unrated | 78 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

An eccentric scientist helps a fugitive from the law become invisible, unwittingly giving him the power to exact revenge on his former friends.

Director: Ford Beebe | Stars: Jon Hall, Leon Errol, John Carradine, Alan Curtis

Votes: 1,668

25. Return of the Ape Man (1944)

Approved | 60 min | Horror, Romance, Sci-Fi

While on an Arctic expedition, two scientists find the frozen body of a prehistoric caveman. They bring him home to their laboratory, but decide that in order to fully utilize (and control)... See full summary »

Director: Phil Rosen | Stars: Bela Lugosi, John Carradine, George Zucco, Frank Moran

Votes: 258

26. The Man in Half Moon Street (1945)

Approved | 92 min | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller

A scientist who has found a way to prolong life (he is 120 years old) finds himself in a dilemma: he has fallen in love, and he has also discovered that if he doesn't get new glands, he will die.

Director: Ralph Murphy | Stars: Nils Asther, Helen Walker, Reinhold Schünzel, Paul Cavanagh

Votes: 93

27. The Son of Dr. Jekyll (1951)

Passed | 78 min | Crime, Horror, Romance

Edward Jekyll, ignorant of how his father had brought forth death and destruction with his experiments, is pursuing a chemist career despite the fact that he has been discharged from school... See full summary »

Director: Seymour Friedman | Stars: Louis Hayward, Jody Lawrance, Alexander Knox, Lester Matthews

Votes: 265

28. Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951)

Passed | 82 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi, Sport

Two bumbling private eyes help a man wrongly accused of murder who has become invisible to help clear his name.

Director: Charles Lamont | Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Nancy Guild, Arthur Franz

Votes: 4,591

29. Bela Lugosi Meets a Brooklyn Gorilla (1952)

Not Rated | 74 min | Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi

Two goofy entertainers meet a mad scientist on a jungle island.

Director: William Beaudine | Stars: Bela Lugosi, Duke Mitchell, Sammy Petrillo, Charlita

Votes: 2,114

30. Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1953)

Passed | 76 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

Two bumbling American cops hunt for the mysterious Mr. Hyde in London, England.

Director: Charles Lamont | Stars: Bud Abbott, Lou Costello, Boris Karloff, Craig Stevens

Votes: 3,927

31. Bride of the Monster (1955)

Not Rated | 69 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A mad doctor attempts to create atomic supermen.

Director: Edward D. Wood Jr. | Stars: Bela Lugosi, Tor Johnson, Tony McCoy, Loretta King

Votes: 6,342

32. The Black Sleep (1956)

Not Rated | 82 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Sir Joel Cadman, a mad scientist, kidnaps his victims and cuts open their brains in an effort to discover a means to cure his wife's brain tumor.

Director: Reginald Le Borg | Stars: Basil Rathbone, Akim Tamiroff, Lon Chaney Jr., John Carradine

Votes: 1,350

33. Daughter of Dr. Jekyll (1957)

Unrated | 71 min | Fantasy, Horror

A young woman discovers she is the daughter of the infamous Dr. Jekyll, and begins to believe that she may also have a split personality, one of whom is a ruthless killer.

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer | Stars: John Agar, Gloria Talbott, Arthur Shields, John Dierkes

Votes: 420

34. Terror Is a Man (1959)

Approved | 90 min | Horror, Romance, Sci-Fi

A mad scientist transforms a panther into a man-like creature that escapes and goes on a murderous rampage.

Directors: Gerardo de Leon, Eddie Romero | Stars: Francis Lederer, Greta Thyssen, Richard Derr, Oscar Keesee

Votes: 644

35. The Fly (1958)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

A scientist has a horrific accident when he tries to use his newly invented teleportation device.

Director: Kurt Neumann | Stars: David Hedison, Patricia Owens, Vincent Price, Herbert Marshall

Votes: 19,844 | Gross: $3.00M

36. Return of the Fly (1959)

Unrated | 80 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Philippe Delambre, the now-adult son of "The Fly", does some transportation experimentation of his own.

Director: Edward Bernds | Stars: Vincent Price, Brett Halsey, David Frankham, John Sutton

Votes: 4,047

37. Curse of the Fly (1965)

Approved | 86 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Motorist Martin Delambre attempts to keep evidence of his family's bizarre experiments in teleportation hidden from his wife, who is hiding secrets of her own.

Director: Don Sharp | Stars: Brian Donlevy, George Baker, Carole Gray, Yvette Rees

Votes: 1,548

38. The Man Who Could Cheat Death (1959)

Approved | 83 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

A centenarian artist and scientist in 1890 Paris maintains his youth and health by periodically replacing a gland with that of a living person.

Director: Terence Fisher | Stars: Anton Diffring, Hazel Court, Christopher Lee, Arnold Marlé

Votes: 1,486

39. The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960)

88 min | Horror

Dr. Henry Jekyll experiments with scientific means of revealing the hidden, dark side of man and releases a murderer from within himself.

Director: Terence Fisher | Stars: Paul Massie, Dawn Addams, Christopher Lee, David Kossoff

Votes: 2,327

40. Monster of Terror (1965)

Approved | 80 min | Mystery, Horror, Sci-Fi

A young man visits his fiancée's estate to discover that her wheelchair-bound scientist father has discovered a meteorite that emits mutating radiation rays that have turned the plants in ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Haller | Stars: Boris Karloff, Nick Adams, Freda Jackson, Suzan Farmer

Votes: 2,664

41. Corruption (1968)

Approved | 91 min | Horror

A doctor goes to extreme lengths--even murder--to restore the badly burned face of his fiancée.

Director: Robert Hartford-Davis | Stars: Peter Cushing, Sue Lloyd, Noel Trevarthen, Kate O'Mara

Votes: 988

42. The Blood Beast Terror (1968)

G | 88 min | Horror

A scientist, working with genetics, creates a creature that is capable of transforming back and forth between a giant Death Head moth and a beautiful woman. The creature masquerades as his ... See full summary »

Director: Vernon Sewell | Stars: Peter Cushing, Robert Flemyng, Wanda Ventham, Vanessa Howard

Votes: 1,203

43. I, Monster (1971)

PG | 75 min | Horror

In the Nineteenth Century, in London, the psychologist Charles Marlowe researches a new drug capable to release inhibitions and uses his patients as guinea pigs. He discusses the principles... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Weeks | Stars: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Mike Raven, Richard Hurndall

Votes: 1,130

44. Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde (1971)

PG | 94 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A Victorian scientist tests a serum that transforms him into a sensuous murderess.

Director: Roy Ward Baker | Stars: Ralph Bates, Martine Beswick, Gerald Sim, Lewis Fiander

Votes: 2,272 | Gross: $0.20M

45. The Creeping Flesh (1973)

PG | 92 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A Victorian-age scientist returns to London with his paleontological bag-of-bones discovery from Papua New Guinea. Unfortunately, when exposed to water, flesh returns to the bones ... See full summary »

Director: Freddie Francis | Stars: Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Lorna Heilbron, George Benson

Votes: 2,877

46. Nothing But the Night (1973)

PG | 90 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

Three trustees of the Van Traylen fund have died during the last few months in deaths looking like suicides. However, after a mysterious bus accident involving the last three trustees and ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Sasdy