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Horror movies of the 1930s

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1. Modern Times (1936)

G | 87 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

96 Metascore

The Tramp struggles to live in modern industrial society with the help of a young homeless woman.

Director: Charles Chaplin | Stars: Charles Chaplin, Paulette Goddard, Henry Bergman, Tiny Sandford

Votes: 210,196 | Gross: $0.16M

2. Maniac (1934)

Not Rated | 51 min | Horror

A former vaudevillian gifted at impersonation assists a mad scientist in reanimating corpses and soon goes mad himself.

Director: Dwain Esper | Stars: Bill Woods, Horace B. Carpenter, Ted Edwards, Phyllis Diller

Votes: 2,094

4. The Invisible Man (1933)

Not Rated | 71 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

87 Metascore

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: 29,158

5. The Mummy (1932)

Approved | 73 min | Fantasy, Horror

A resurrected Egyptian mummy stalks a beautiful woman he believes to be the reincarnation of his lover and bride.

Director: Karl Freund | Stars: Boris Karloff, Zita Johann, David Manners, Arthur Byron

Votes: 22,633

6. The Old Dark House (1932)

Not Rated | 72 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller

Seeking shelter from a storm, five travelers are in for a bizarre and terrifying night when they stumble upon the Femm family estate.

Director: James Whale | Stars: Boris Karloff, Melvyn Douglas, Charles Laughton, Gloria Stuart

Votes: 8,818 | Gross: $0.03M

7. The Phantom (1931)

Approved | 62 min | Horror, Thriller

A group of people are stalked by a masked killer in an old mansion.

Director: Alan James | Stars: Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams, Allene Ray, Niles Welch, Tom O'Brien

Votes: 272

8. M (1931)

Passed | 99 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

When the police in a German city are unable to catch a child-murderer, other criminals join in the manhunt.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Peter Lorre, Ellen Widmann, Inge Landgut, Otto Wernicke

Votes: 138,672 | Gross: $0.03M

9. Charlie Chan's Secret (1936)

Approved | 72 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The heir to a huge fortune is presumed drowned, then shows up, is then murdered.

Director: Gordon Wiles | Stars: Warner Oland, Rosina Lawrence, Charles Quigley, Henrietta Crosman

Votes: 1,362

10. Dracula's Daughter (1936)

Approved | 71 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Hungarian countess Marya Zaleska seeks the aid of a noted psychiatrist, hoping to free herself of a mysterious evil influence.

Director: Lambert Hillyer | Stars: Otto Kruger, Gloria Holden, Marguerite Churchill, Edward Van Sloan

Votes: 5,631

11. Fährmann Maria (1936)

85 min | Thriller, Horror, Mystery

A beautiful young drifter comes to a small village and battles Death itself to save the man she loves.

Director: Frank Wisbar | Stars: Sybille Schmitz, Aribert Mog, Carl de Vogt, Peter Voß

Votes: 224

14. Ouanga (1936)

Approved | 56 min | Horror

In Haiti, a black female plantation owner enacts a voodoo curse, and revives zombies for revenge on a white male neighbor, who has chosen a white woman over her for marriage.

Director: George Terwilliger | Stars: Fredi Washington, Philip Brandon, Marie Paxton, Sheldon Leonard

Votes: 55

15. Pan Twardowski (1936)

85 min | Fantasy, Horror

A young nobleman, pursued by Satan since childhood, yields and signs a pact for his soul in exchange for marriage to a woman he loves who is in love with another.

Director: Henryk Szaro | Stars: Franciszek Brodniewicz, Kazimierz Junosza-Stepowski, Maria Bogda, Elzbieta Barszczewska

Votes: 42

16. Revolt of the Zombies (1936)

Approved | 65 min | Adventure, Horror

An international expedition is sent into Cambodia to destroy an ancient formula that turns men into zombies.

Director: Victor Halperin | Stars: Dorothy Stone, Dean Jagger, Roy D'Arcy, Robert Noland

Votes: 1,427

17. Shadow of Chinatown (I) (1936)

Passed | 281 min | Adventure, Crime, Horror

A madman sets out to destroy a group of Chinatown merchants.

Director: Robert F. Hill | Stars: Bela Lugosi, Bruce Bennett, Joan Barclay, Luana Walters

Votes: 205

18. Shadow of Chinatown (II) (1936)

Approved | 71 min | Thriller

Feature version of the 1936 serial "Shadow of Chinatown."

Director: Robert F. Hill | Stars: Bela Lugosi, Bruce Bennett, Joan Barclay, Luana Walters

Votes: 128

19. The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1936)

76 min | Drama, Horror

A Fleet Street barber recounts the story of Sweeney Todd, a notorious barber who in the last century murdered many customers for their money.

Director: George King | Stars: Tod Slaughter, Stella Rho, John Singer, Eve Lister

Votes: 811

20. The Devil-Doll (1936)

Passed | 78 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

An escaped convict uses miniaturized humans to wreak vengeance on those that framed him.

Director: Tod Browning | Stars: Lionel Barrymore, Maureen O'Sullivan, Frank Lawton, Rafaela Ottiano

Votes: 3,643

21. The Man of Stone (1936)

83 min | Fantasy, Horror

The Golem, a giant creature created out of clay by a rabbi, comes to life in a time of trouble to protect the Jews of Prague from persecution.

Director: Julien Duvivier | Stars: Harry Baur, Roger Karl, Charles Dorat, Roger Duchesne

Votes: 180

22. 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: 2,162

23. The Macabre Trunk (1936)

79 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Mystery

A crazed scientist tries to keep his terminally ill wife alive by transfusing into her the blood of young women he murders.

Director: Miguel Zacarías | Stars: Ramón Pereda, René Cardona, Manuel Noriega, Esther Fernández

Votes: 31

24. 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: 918

25. The Walking Dead (1936)

Passed | 66 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

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: 2,308

27. The Bat Whispers (1930)

Passed | 83 min | Crime, Thriller, Horror

A master criminal terrorizes the occupants of an isolated country mansion.

Director: Roland West | Stars: Chance Ward, Richard Tucker, Wilson Benge, DeWitt Jennings

Votes: 825

28. The Cat Creeps (1930)

75 min | Horror, Mystery

Disappearances and strange goings-on in a spooky old mansion.

Directors: Rupert Julian, John Willard | Stars: Helen Twelvetrees, Raymond Hackett, Neil Hamilton, Lilyan Tashman

Votes: 52

29. Ingagi (1930)

Passed | 75 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

An expedition enters an area of the Congo jungle to investigate reports of a gorilla-worshipping tribe. After many dangerous adventures, they come upon the tribe they sought, only to watch ... See full summary »

Director: William Campbell | Stars: Sir Hubert Winstead, Charles Gemora, Daniel Swayne, Arthur Clayton

Votes: 44 | Gross: $4.00M

30. La voluntad del muerto (1930)

Passed | 87 min | Horror, Mystery, Romance

Strange happenings and disappearances take place in an old dark house

Directors: Enrique Tovar Ávalos, George Melford | Stars: Antonio Moreno, Lupita Tovar, Andrés de Segurola, Roberto E. Guzmán

Votes: 9

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

Passed | 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: 12,182

32. Dracula (1931)

Passed | 75 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

The ancient vampire Count Dracula arrives in England and begins to prey upon the virtuous young Mina.

Directors: Tod Browning, Karl Freund | Stars: Bela Lugosi, Helen Chandler, David Manners, Dwight Frye

Votes: 44,865

33. Drácula (1931)

Unrated | 104 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

Centuries-old vampire Dracula preys upon the innocent Eva and her friends.

Directors: George Melford, Enrique Tovar Ávalos | Stars: Carlos Villarías, Lupita Tovar, Barry Norton, Pablo Álvarez Rubio

Votes: 3,891

34. Frankenstein (1931)

Passed | 70 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

91 Metascore

An obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses.

Director: James Whale | Stars: Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, Boris Karloff, John Boles

Votes: 63,087

35. King of the Wild (1931)

Passed | 248 min | Action, Adventure, Horror

American adventurer Richard Grant is falsely accused of murdering an Indian noble and escapes to Africa in search of diamond field and the real culprit.

Director: Richard Thorpe | Stars: Walter Miller, Nora Lane, Tom Santschi, Boris Karloff

Votes: 76

36. Murder by the Clock (1931)

76 min | Horror, Mystery

An elderly woman installs a horn in her crypt in case she's buried alive.

Director: Edward Sloman | Stars: William 'Stage' Boyd, Lilyan Tashman, Irving Pichel, Regis Toomey

Votes: 247

37. Operené stíny (1931)

Drama, Horror

Disillusioned with his marriage which has ended in divorce, Petr Leroy goes off to the Riviera to the place where he first met his wife and where he hopes to be spiritually revived. Here he... See full summary »

Director: Leo Marten | Stars: Jan W. Speerger, Milada Matysova, Jirí Hron, Erna Zenísková

38. The Bells (1931)

75 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Mathias, an Alsatian innkeeper, murders a rich Pole staying at his inn But Mathias' conscience will not let him rest, and the murdered man's spirit drives the innkeeper nearly mad. The ... See full summary »

Directors: Harcourt Templeman, Oscar Friedrich Werndorff | Stars: Donald Calthrop, Jane Welsh, Edward Sinclair, O.B. Clarence

Votes: 13

39. Svengali (1931)

Approved | 81 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

Through hypnotism and telepathic mind control, a sinister music maestro controls the singing voice, but not the heart, of the woman he loves.

Director: Archie Mayo | Stars: John Barrymore, Marian Marsh, Donald Crisp, Bramwell Fletcher

Votes: 1,699

40. The Drums of Jeopardy (1931)

Not Rated | 75 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

A mad doctor is determined to take revenge on the family he believes is responsible for his daughter's death.

Director: George B. Seitz | Stars: Warner Oland, June Collyer, Lloyd Hughes, Clara Blandick

Votes: 213

41. The Mad Genius (1931)

Passed | 81 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

A crippled man finds a boy and vows to make him a great dancer.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: John Barrymore, Marian Marsh, Charles Butterworth, Donald Cook

Votes: 550

42. The Phantom (1931)

Approved | 62 min | Horror, Thriller

A group of people are stalked by a masked killer in an old mansion.

Director: Alan James | Stars: Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams, Allene Ray, Niles Welch, Tom O'Brien

Votes: 272

43. Behind the Mask (1932)

Passed | 68 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

An undercover Federal officer serving time in prison fakes his escape in order to infiltrate a heroin smuggling ring.

Director: John Francis Dillon | Stars: Jack Holt, Constance Cummings, Boris Karloff, Claude King

Votes: 220

44. Castle Sinister (1932)

50 min | Horror

A crazed scientist attempts to transplant a young girl's brain into the body of an ape.

Director: Widgey R. Newman | Stars: Haddon Mason, Eric Adeney, Wally Patch, Isa Kilpatrick

45. Chandu the Magician (1932)

Passed | 71 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

When delusional madman Roxor kidnaps a scientist in hopes of using his death ray to achieve world dominance, he is opposed by Chandu, a powerful hypnotist and yogi.

Directors: William Cameron Menzies, Marcel Varnel | Stars: Edmund Lowe, Irene Ware, Bela Lugosi, Herbert Mundin

Votes: 868