1930s Horror

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13. De spooktrein (1939)

70 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror

A group of travelers find themselves stranded for the night at a deserted train station, which according to the old stationmaster, has been haunted for the last 20 years.

Director: Karel Lamac | Stars: Sara Heyblom, Lies de Wind, Chris Baay, Adolphe Engers

Votes: 48

14. The Sign of Death (1939)

90 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

The story of a murder inspired by an ancient Aztec ritual in honor of Quetzalcoatl by a lost codes.

Director: Chano Urueta | Stars: Cantinflas, Manuel Medel, Carlos Orellana, Elena D'Orgaz

Votes: 91

15. Torture Ship (1939)

Approved | 57 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

A mad scientist performs experiments on "the criminal mind" on captured criminals on board his private ship.

Director: Victor Halperin | Stars: Lyle Talbot, Irving Pichel, Julie Bishop, Sheila Bromley

Votes: 285

16. The Devil's Daughter (1939)

Approved | 52 min | Drama, Horror

Sylvia Walton returns from Harlem to take over a Jamaican plantation from her vindictive half-sister, amid the growing sound of drums.

Director: Arthur H. Leonard | Stars: Nina Mae McKinney, Jack Carter, Ida James, Hamtree Harrington

Votes: 246

17. The Face at the Window (1939)

Approved | 65 min | Drama, Horror

Set in France in 1880. A series of murders is attributed to a Wolf Man.

Director: George King | Stars: Tod Slaughter, John Warwick, Aubrey Mallalieu, Marjorie Taylor

Votes: 358

18. The Human Monster (1939)

Approved | 73 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

Insurance agent-physician collects on policies of men murdered by a disfigured resident of the home for the blind where he acts as doctor-on-call.

Director: Walter Summers | Stars: Bela Lugosi, Hugh Williams, Greta Gynt, Edmon Ryan

Votes: 1,104

19. 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: 1,358

20. The Gorilla (1939)

Passed | 66 min | Comedy, Horror

When a wealthy man is threatened by a killer known as The Gorilla, he hires the Ritz Brothers to investigate. A real escaped gorilla shows up at the mansion just as the investigators arrive.

Director: Allan Dwan | Stars: The Ritz Brothers, Jimmy Ritz, Harry Ritz, Al Ritz

Votes: 1,237

21. Charlie Chan at Treasure Island (1939)

Approved | 74 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror

Charlie's investigation of a phony psychic during the 1939 World Exposition on San Francisco's Treasure Island leads him to expose a suicide as murder.

Director: Norman Foster | Stars: Sidney Toler, Cesar Romero, Pauline Moore, Victor Sen Yung

Votes: 1,566

22. 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: 1,886

23. The Cat and the Canary (1939)

Approved | 72 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

When an eccentric family meets in their uncle's remote, decaying mansion on the tenth anniversary of his death for the reading of his will, murder and madness follow.

Director: Elliott Nugent | Stars: Bob Hope, Paulette Goddard, John Beal, Douglass Montgomery

Votes: 2,522

24. Son of Frankenstein (1939)

Approved | 99 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

One of the sons of Frankenstein finds his father's monster in a coma and revives him, only to find out he is controlled by Ygor who is bent on revenge.

Director: Rowland V. Lee | Stars: Boris Karloff, Basil Rathbone, Bela Lugosi, Lionel Atwill

Votes: 8,701

25. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)

Passed | 117 min | Drama, Romance

In 15th-century France, a gypsy girl is framed for murder by the infatuated Chief Justice, and only the deformed bellringer of Notre Dame Cathedral can save her.

Director: William Dieterle | Stars: Charles Laughton, Maureen O'Hara, Cedric Hardwicke, Thomas Mitchell

Votes: 10,085 | Gross: $3.27M

27. I Accuse (1938)

95 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

After serving in the trenches of World War I, Jean Diaz recoils with such horror that he renounces love and personal pleasure to immerse himself in scientific research, seeking a machine to... See full summary »

Director: Abel Gance | Stars: Victor Francen, Line Noro, Sylvie Gance, Marcel Delaître

Votes: 440

28. Charlie Chan in Honolulu (1938)

Approved | 67 min | Comedy, Crime, Horror

While Charlie is distracted with the birth of his first grandchild, son Jimmy impersonates his father in order to investigate a murder aboard a freighter in the harbor.

Director: H. Bruce Humberstone | Stars: Sidney Toler, Phyllis Brooks, Victor Sen Yung, Eddie Collins

Votes: 1,499

30. Song at Midnight (1937)

Not Rated | 113 min | Horror, Romance

China's first horror film, this is loosely based on The Phantom of the Opera. A disfigured musical genius roams a traditional Chinese opera house, punishing those who offend him.

Director: Weibang Ma-Xu | Stars: Menghe Gu, Ping Hu, Shan Jin, Chau-Shui Yee

Votes: 656

31. The Hound of the Baskervilles (1937)

82 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson look into reports that a huge, vicious hound has killed Lord Charles Baskerville and that Lord Henry Baskerville is the next to be killed.

Director: Karel Lamac | Stars: Peter Voß, Friedrich Kayßler, Alice Brandt, Bruno Güttner

Votes: 95

36. 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: 2,309

37. 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

38. 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

39. 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: 2,164

40. 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

41. 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

42. 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

43. 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

44. 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

45. 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

46. 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

47. Ouanga (1936)

Approved | 56 min | Horror

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