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Title of an old Haunting movie.

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Hello, This would be my first time using this so I am not quite sure how it works, but here it goes. My Grandpa recently told me about a movie he saw once when he was just a kid, he mentioned the year 1949 but was not 100% sure. The brief plot/synopsis he gave me was this: A group of about 6 people set out on a trail. They make their way up a mountain in a wooded area where they become caught in a snow storm. To get away from it the travel into a cave and move down deeper and deeper, once inside they find a group of cavemen. At first they hide from them but they eventually find them and seem friendly at first. At one point the heat up what looks to be like an iron head. They then place this on one of the people and kill him. This was all he could remember. Can you tell me the name of this movie?

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    I have tried a lot to find the exact movie but did not find it. But I am listing down some best movies from 1940 to 1949. You can find your one here.
    15. The Devil Commands, The (1941)
    This is a weird one which features some strange scenes and images you'll long remember. Boris Karloff is the mad scientist who is trying to communicate with the dead. He puts corpses in robot/diving suits sets them around a table and makes them spastically move about with electricity. He really wants to talk to his dead wife, you see. Yikes. It's odd, creepy and rather fun.
    14. The Ghost Breakers (1940)
    A very good haunted house type comedy with Bob Hope and Paulette Goddard, They were a hit with The Cat and the Canary and they are even better here. Hope and his buddy hide out from gangsters by going to Cuba where Goddard has inherited a haunted castle. There's a zombie and a real ghost and Richard Carlson and Anthony Quinn show up too. It's a lotta fun and was remade by Martin and Lewis as 1953's Scared Stiff.
    13. Man Made Monster (1941)
    A low-brow classic, Lon Chaney Jr. is a circus performer who does tricks with electricity. Mad doctor Lionel Atwill turns nice guy Lon into a zombie like killer. He's caught and electrocuted but that just really pis-s-es him off. It's been re-worked many different ways, but this is more less the archetype for films of this type and very entertaining.
    12. Beast with Five Fingers, The (1946)
    The film features that remarkable scene with the disembodied hands coming after a terrified Peter Lorre. If you never saw it before, it might appear quite silly but it was the stuff of nightmares when I was a kid. . The famous scene was co-directed by Bunnuel. It's the last good, pure horror film until the mid-50's. It stars Robert Alda (Alan's father), features Victor Francen (as the dead pianist) and J. Carrol Naish as a police captain.
    11. Bedlam (1946)
    Bedlam was the final low budget horror type film Val Lewton made for RKO pictures. It remains an interesting movie mainly for it's clever ideas, more than anything else. There's not a lot of action or horror in the film, but I particularly loved the scene where an inmate is judged insane because he invented the motion pictures. There is an interesting story, and some memorable characters including Boris Karloff who plays the sadistic ruler of an English insane assylum. Set in the late 1700's the film ws inspired by the engravings of William Hogarth. Certainly worth a look.
    10. I Walked with a Zombie (1943)
    Val Lewton produced this slow moving, atmospheric classic for RKO. Jacques Tourneur directed from Curt Siodmak and Ardel Wray's script. If you let the film work like a haunting poem, you'll find yourself mesmerized by a very unique and special film. Nurse Dee goes to the West Indies to care for the sick wife of a plantation owner and finds much more than she bargained for including strange rituals, voodoo and Carre-four (Darby Jones) the zombie guard.
    9. The Lady and the Monster (1944)
    Republic pictures occassionally made horror films in between their cheap serials and westerns. Here's a pretty decent one and one that's often referred to as the first official Donovan's Brain film. Erich von Stroheim is the doctor who keeps the brain of a dead gangster alive. The brain takes over lab assistant Richard Arlen and makes him kill the gangster's enemies. Not particularly scary, but fun. (Don't confuse this one with 1940's Monster and the Girl which is a human brain gets put into a man in a gorilla suit gorilla and seeks revenge kind of movie).
    8. The Devil's Hand (1942/47) aka Carnival of Sinners
    Maurice Tourneur, the father of Jacques Tourneur wrote and directed this atmospheric horror fantasy during the German Occupation of France ( It was called: La Main du Diable). It was released in the U.S. in 1947 /48. A poor painter sells his soul to the devil. A distorted living hand is the symbol of the contract and various owners of the hand from various time periods appear with masks and proceed to tell their tales to the painter. It's a film I strongly recommend to all fans of atmosphere and mood in film.
    7. The Uninvited (1944)
    This serious, straightforward, haunted house/ghost story was unique in 1944 and in fact few serious haunted house films were made until 1963's The Haunting. Ray Milland and Ruth Hussey rent a haunted house on an English Coast. They get a young medium to try and exorcise the spirit. It's a well made ghost story and holds up pretty well.
    6. The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)
    Splendid version of Oscar Wilde's novel about the handsome wealthy Londoner who stays young while his portrait ages. George Sanders nearly steals the picture as Dorian's cynical friend. It's mostly in black and white with a few color sequences and also stars Angela Lansbury, Donna Reed, and Peter Lawford.
    5. The Wolf Man (1941)
    Horror and pathos mix pretty well in this story of Larry Talbot who's bitten by a gypsy werewolf and cursed to become a man/wolf with an animal desire to kill what he loves most when the moon is full and the wolfsbane blooms. A fine cast of supporting characters (including Bela Lugosi) help make this a delightful MONSTER (as opposed to horror) classic.
    4. Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
    A truly remarkable mixture of horror and comedy resulted from some of the best Abbott and Costello bits (Hold that Ghost) blended onto a bedroom farce structure to support most of the Universal Monsters- - Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolfman, and a final gag using Vincent Price. Although none of it was new, the blending of the genres and well seasoned comedy routines was never done better. One of the reasons it works so well is because the Monsters played it straight as if they were in House of Dracula/Frankenstein Part 2, while Abbott and Costello hammed it up. Lon Chaney Jr (in one of his best performances), Bela Lugosi, and Glenn Strange were the monsters. Karloff would join Abbot and Costello in Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff the following year and in A and C Meet Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (a much lesser effort) in 1953.
    3. The Body Snatcher (1945)
    Val Lewton produced this classic for RKO based on Robert Louis Stevenson's short story. It was the last film to team Karloff and Lugosi together. Lugosi has a small role as a simple minded would-be- black-mailing servant. Karloff plays Gray, a cab driver who supplies cadavers for medical experiments to Dr. Macfarlane (Henry Daniels). The ending still packs a punch. Wonderfully atmospheric, a tight well written script, well directed by Robert Wise (!) and superior acting from Karloff and Daniels. (Burke and Hare)
    2. Cat People (1942)
    Mood , atmosphere and suggestion creates a superior horror classic in Producer Val Lewton's first low budget film for RKO, brilliantly directed by Jacques Tourneur. They were subtle in presenting this very ‘adult' material, and it worked beautifully. It's a horror film about the ‘Fear of s*x'. And the One I think is the best of the decade is drum-roll please...
    1. Dead of Night (1945)
    Everything from t.v.'s Twilight Zone to comic books to the anthology films like Tales from The Crypt and Creepshow owe a huge debt to this grandfather of all horror anthologies and still one of the very best. 4 directors (perhaps you know of Charles Crichton) worked on this English film produced and distributed by Universal. There's a strong story that links everything in the film together. The best of the stories features Michael Redgrave as a deranged ventriloquist (you'll see how this sequence influenced Psycho years later). There's a Christmas ghost story, a mirror that is haunted, an ominous waiting hearse, and a rather silly ghost on a golf course. Don't miss this gem.
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    1. The Seventh Victim (1943)
    Producer Val Lewton's best film (for RKO) is directed by Mark Robson, and written by Dewitt Bodeen and Charles O'Neal. It's quite an influential film as well. There's a satanic cult in New York's Greenwich Village which needs to kill one of it's former members. Her sister arrives and finds an apartment furnished with just a noose and a chair. There's a restaurant called Dante's, a shower scene which will surprise you, and plenty of dark foreboding in this atmospheric and quite grim story. Tom Conway, Kim Hunter and Hugh (Mr Cleaver) Beaumont star in one of the finest classic horror films ever made.
     

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