Favorite Horror Films 1930-1939

Updated: 9/27/17

I have watched 70 horror films with a release date between 1930-1939. I have listed them here ranked from best to worst (in my opinion).
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1.
Freaks (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A circus' beautiful trapeze artist agrees to marry the leader of side-show performers, but his deformed friends discover she is only marrying him for his inheritance. (64 mins.)
Director: Tod Browning
 
2.
The Old Dark House (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Seeking shelter from a storm, five travelers are in for a bizarre and terrifying night when they stumble upon the Femm family estate. (72 mins.)
Director: James Whale
 
3.
M (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
When the police in a German city are unable to catch a child-murderer, other criminals join in the manhunt. (117 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
4.
The Invisible Man (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
A scientist finds a way of becoming invisible, but in doing so, he becomes murderously insane. (71 mins.)
Director: James Whale
 
5.
Island of Lost Souls (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An obsessed scientist conducts profane experiments in evolution, eventually establishing himself as the self-styled demigod to a race of mutated, half-human abominations. (70 mins.)
Director: Erle C. Kenton
 
6.
Mark of the Vampire (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
When a nobleman is murdered, a professor of the occult blames vampires; but not all is what it seems. (60 mins.)
Director: Tod Browning
 
7.
White Zombie (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A young man turns to a witch doctor to lure the woman he loves away from her fiancé, but instead turns her into a zombie slave. (69 mins.)
Director: Victor Halperin
 
8.
The Raven (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A brilliant surgeon obsessed with Edgar Allan Poe saves the life of a beautiful dancer and goes mad when he can't have her. (61 mins.)
 
9.
Topper (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A fun-loving couple, finding that they died and are now ghosts, decide to shake up the stuffy lifestyle of a friend of theirs. (97 mins.)
 
10.
The Unholy Three (1930)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
"Talkie" remake of Tod Browning's 1925 silent film. A trio of former sideshow performers double as the "Unholy Three" in a scam to nab some shiny rocks. (72 mins.)
Director: Jack Conway
 
11.
The Mysterious Mr. Wong (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
Investigating a series of murders in Chinatown, wise-guy reporter Jason Barton is captured by the megalomaniacal Mr... (63 mins.)
Director: William Nigh
 
12.
Mr. Wong, Detective (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
When a chemical manufacturer is killed after asking detective James Wong to help him, Wong investigates this and two subsequent murders... (69 mins.)
Director: William Nigh
 
13.
The Mystery of Mr. Wong (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Detective tries to solve the murder of antiques collector who was in possession of a famous jewel known as "The Eye of the Daugther of The Moon." (68 mins.)
Director: William Nigh
 
14.
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Mary Shelley reveals the main characters of her novel survived: Dr. Frankenstein, goaded by an even madder scientist, builds his monster a mate. (75 mins.)
Director: James Whale
 
15.
Dracula (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
The ancient vampire Count Dracula arrives in England and begins to prey upon the virtuous young Mina. (85 mins.)
Director: Tod Browning
 
16.
Frankenstein (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
An obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses. (70 mins.)
Director: James Whale
 
17.
King Kong (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal ape who takes a shine to their female blonde star. He is then captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition. (100 mins.)
 
18.
The Bat Whispers (1930)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A master criminal terrorizes the occupants of an isolated country mansion. (83 mins.)
Director: Roland West
 
19.
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Dorothy Gale is swept away from a farm in Kansas to a magical land of Oz in a tornado and embarks on a quest with her new friends to see the Wizard who can help her return home in Kansas and help her friends as well. (102 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
 
20.
The Mummy (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A living mummy stalks the beautiful woman he believes is the reincarnation of his lover. (73 mins.)
Director: Karl Freund
 
21.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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. (117 mins.)
 
22.
The Cat and the Canary (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
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. (72 mins.)
Director: Elliott Nugent
 
23.
Tower of London (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
In the 15th century Richard Duke of Gloucester, aided by his club-footed executioner Mord, eliminates those ahead of him in succession to the throne... (92 mins.)
Director: Rowland V. Lee
 
24.
Son of Frankenstein (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
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. (99 mins.)
Director: Rowland V. Lee
 
25.
Mr. Wong in Chinatown (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A pretty Chinese woman, seeking help from San Francisco detective James Lee Wong, is killed by a poisoned dart in his front hall... (71 mins.)
Director: William Nigh
 
26.
Riders of the Whistling Skull (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A supernatural western! The Three Mesquiteers accompany an archeological expedition to a lost Indian city of gold called Lukachuke. (58 mins.)
Director: Mack V. Wright
 
27.
Drácula (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Centuries-old vampire Dracula preys upon the innocent Eva and her friends. (104 mins.)
Director: George Melford
 
28.
A Shriek in the Night (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  
Pat Morgan and Ted Kord are rival newspaper reporters always trying to outscoop each other. They join together to solve a series of murders being committed in an apartment building. (66 mins.)
Director: Albert Ray
 
29.
Haunted Gold (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
John and Janet get a weird letter telling them to go to a ghost town which has an abandoned mine. There they contend with bad guys looking for hidden gold. They are aided by a mysterious Phantom. (58 mins.)
Director: Mack V. Wright
 
30.
Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A mad scientist seeks to mingle human blood with that of an ape, and resorts to kidnapping women for his experiments. (61 mins.)
Director: Robert Florey
 
31.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Dr. Jekyll faces horrible consequences when he lets his dark side run wild with a potion that transforms him into the animalistic Mr. Hyde. (98 mins.)
 
32.
Mad Love (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
In France, an insane surgeon's obsession with an actress from England leads him to replace her pianist husband's hands that got mangled in an accident with the hands of a late knife murderer which still have the urge to throw knives. (68 mins.)
Director: Karl Freund
 
33.
Maria Marten, or The Murder in the Red Barn (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
In 1820's rural England, a young girl is tricked by tales of marriage by a villainous Squire, and when she becomes pregnant, and disappears, a gipsy lad is blamed. (70 mins.)
Director: Milton Rosmer
 
34.
Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
The disappearance of people and corpses leads a reporter to a wax museum and a sinister sculptor. (77 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
35.
The Mystery of the Hooded Horsemen (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Tex is up against a group of hooded outlaws. When he shoots one, he uses the hood to infiltrate the gang... (60 mins.)
Director: Ray Taylor
 
36.
The Vampire Bat (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
When corpses drained of blood begin to show up in a European village, vampirism is suspected to be responsible. (65 mins.)
Director: Frank Strayer
 
37.
The Gorilla (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
When a wealthy man (Atwill) is threatened by a killer known as The Gorilla, he hires the Ritz Brothers to investigate... (66 mins.)
Director: Allan Dwan
 
38.
Topper Takes a Trip (1938)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
To gain entry to Heaven, a ghost attempts to reunite a divorcing couple as a good deed. (80 mins.)
 
39.
Thirteen Women (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Ursula plots to murder 12 women with her supernatural powers. (73 mins.)
 
40.
Rocky Mountain Mystery (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
The heirs of the dying owner of a valuable radium mine are being murdered as a mining engineer tries to unccover the killer and clear his cousin's name. (63 mins.)
Director: Charles Barton
 
41.
Things to Come (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
The story of a century: a decades-long second World War leaves plague and anarchy, then a rational state rebuilds civilization and attempts space travel. (100 mins.)
 
42.
The Rogues' Tavern (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
A mad killer is on the loose in a hotel on a dark, gloomy night. (70 mins.)
Director: Bob Hill
 
43.
House of Mystery (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  
An ancient curse and a killer ape are contained inside an old dark mansion. (62 mins.)
Director: William Nigh
 
44.
The House of Secrets (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
Two men stumble into an old mansion, and get involved with a crazed scientist, torture chambers and sinister medical experiments. (70 mins.)
Director: Roland D. Reed
 
45.
The Moonstone (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  
Typical Monogram whodunit from the 30's, with dialogue and sound effects based on the well known mystery book with same title... (62 mins.)
Director: Reginald Barker
 
46.
The Devil-Doll (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
An escaped convict uses miniaturized humans to wreak vengeance on those that framed him. (78 mins.)
 
47.
Devil's Island (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Unjustly condemned to Devil's Island and condemned to death, Dr. Gaudet's life is spared when his surgical skills save the life of the commandant's daughter. (62 mins.)
Director: William Clemens
 
48.
Doctor X (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A wisecracking New York reporter intrudes on a research scientist's quest to unmask The Moon Killer. (76 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
49.
The Ghost Goes West (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
An American businessman's family convinces him to buy a Scottish castle and disassemble it to ship it to America brick by brick... (95 mins.)
Director: René Clair
 
50.
The Walking Dead (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
After hapless pianist and ex-con John Elman is framed for murder, he is resurrected by a scientist after his execution. (66 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
51.
The Thirteenth Guest (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Murder of a woman sparks a search for a killer. (69 mins.)
Director: Albert Ray
 
52.
Seven Keys to Baldpate (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A writer, looking for some peace and quiet in order to finish a novel, takes a room at the Baldpate Inn. However, peace and quiet are the last things he gets, as there are some very strange goings-on at the establishment. (80 mins.)
 
53.
The Face at the Window (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Set in France in 1880. A series of murders is attributed to a Wolf Man. (70 mins.)
Director: George King
 
54.
The Son of Kong (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
The men who captured the giant ape King Kong return to Skull Island and find his likewise gigantic but far more friendly son. (70 mins.)
 
55.
The Whispering Shadow (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
A mysterious criminal known as The Whispering Shadow commits crimes by means of a gang he controls by television and radio rays... (225 mins.)
 
56.
The Monster Walks (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.1/10 X  
People in an old dark house on a stormy night are menaced by a killer ape. (63 mins.)
Director: Frank Strayer
 
57.
Maniac (1934)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.4/10 X  
A former vaudevillian gifted at impersonation assists a mad scientist in reanimating corpses and soon goes mad himself. (51 mins.)
Director: Dwain Esper
 
58.
Bulldog Drummond's Secret Police (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Captain Drummond and his girlfriend want to marry but a hidden treasure in the house in which they want... (56 mins.)
Director: James Hogan
 
59.
The Phantom Creeps (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  
A military intelligence officer and a pretty reporter try to find a scientist whose inventions can destroy the world. (265 mins.)
 
60.
The Phantom of Crestwood (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Jenny Wren coerces banker Priam Andes to have a dinner party at his shorefront estate Crestwood, and instructs him to invite three other men... (76 mins.)
Director: J. Walter Ruben
 
61.
Chandu the Magician (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
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. (71 mins.)
 
62.
The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Englishmen race to find the tomb of Genghis Khan before the sinister Fu Manchu does. (68 mins.)
Director: Charles Brabin
 
63.
Werewolf of London (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
The juice of a rare Tibetan flower is the only thing that keeps Dr. Glendon from turning into a werewolf during a full moon. (75 mins.)
Director: Stuart Walker
 
64.
The Human Monster (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
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. (76 mins.)
Director: Walter Summers
 
65.
The Return of Doctor X (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
A hotshot reporter and a young doctor team up to investigate a series of grisly murders and a mysterious sample of synthetic blood. (62 mins.)
Director: Vincent Sherman
 
66.
Dracula's Daughter (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Hungarian countess Marya Zaleska seeks the aid of a noted psychiatrist, hoping to free herself of a mysterious evil influence. (71 mins.)
Director: Lambert Hillyer
 
67.
Revolt of the Zombies (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.2/10 X  
An international expedition is sent into Cambodia to destroy an ancient formula that turns men into zombies. (65 mins.)
Director: Victor Halperin
 
68.
Sh! The Octopus (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
Comedy-mystery finds Detectives Kelly and Dempsey trapped in a deserted lighthouse with a group of strangers... (54 mins.)
Director: William McGann
 
69.
The Death Kiss (1932)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
Murder during film shoot sparks search for a killer. (75 mins.)
Director: Edwin L. Marin
 
70.
Mummy's Boys (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
(68 mins.)
Director: Fred Guiol