60 Most Important Horror Movies of Silent Era

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1.
A Terrible Night (1896 Short Film)
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A man tries to get a good night's sleep, but is disturbed by a giant spider that leaps onto his bed, and a battle ensues in hilarious comic fashion. (1 mins.)
 
2.
The House of the Devil (1896 Short Film)
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With the help of a magic cauldron, Mephistopheles conjures up a variety of supernatural characters. (3 mins.)
 
3.
The Haunted Castle (1897 Short Film)
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A King (played by Georges Méliès) shows up at his new castle where he is haunted. (1 mins.)
 
4.
The Devil's Laboratory (1897 Short Film)
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"The picture shows the Devil working at a fire. Two cavaliers appear, and the Devil takes the form of a seer...
 
5.
The Bewitched Inn (1897 Short Film)
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A weary traveler stops at an inn along the way to get a good night's sleep, but his rest is interrupted... (2 mins.)
 
6.
The Monster (1903 Short Film)
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An Egyptian prince has lost his beloved wife and he has sought a dervish who dwells at the base of the sphinx... (2 mins.)
 
7.
The Doctor's Experiment (1908 Short Film)
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Patients behave like apes after being given monkey-gland injections. (8 mins.)
 
8.
The Sealed Room (1909 Short Film)
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A king exacts vengeance upon his faithless mistress and her lover. (11 mins.)
Director: D.W. Griffith
 
9.
Frankenstein (1910 Short Film)
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Frankenstein, a young medical student, trying to create the perfect human being, instead creates a misshapen monster... (16 mins.)
 
10.
Dante's Inferno (1911)
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Loosely adapted from Dante's Divine Comedy and inspired by the illustrations of Gustav Doré the original silent film has been restored and has a new score by Tangerine Dream. (68 mins.)
 
11.
Three Tales of Terror (1912)
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(50 mins.)
 
12.
The Student of Prague (1913)
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A poor student rescues a beautiful countess and soon becomes obsessed with her. A sorcerer makes a deal... (85 mins.)
 
13.
The Avenging Conscience: or 'Thou Shalt Not Kill' (1914)
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Objected to date his sweetheart by his uncle, a young man turns his thoughts to murder. (78 mins.)
Director: D.W. Griffith
 
14.
The Golem (1915)
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In this version of the golem legend, the golem, a clay statue brought to life by Rabbi Loew in 16th... (60 mins.)
 
15.
La folie du Docteur Tube (1915 Short Film)
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A scientist develops a powder that he believes will have the effect of distorting reality for those who take it. To test its effect tries it out on his assistant, a dog, himself and two young couples. (6 mins.)
Director: Abel Gance
 
16.
Mortmain (1915)
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Mortmain is an accomplished musician and rare art collector. He is greatly impressed when his friend...
 
17.
Homunculus, 1. Teil (1916)
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Part of the artificial-creature series encompassing Der Golem (1914 and 1920), Alraune (1918, 1928, 1930) and Metropolis (1926)... (69 mins.)
Director: Otto Rippert
“ Includes:
Homunculus, 2. Teil - Das geheimnisvolle Buch (1916)
Homunculus, 3. Teil - Die Liebestragödie des Homunculus (1916)
Homunculus, 4. Teil - Die Rache des Homunculus (1916)
Homunculus, 5. Teil - Die Vernichtung der Menschheit (1916)
Homunculus, 6. Teil - Das Ende des Homunculus (1916) ” - du_cenobite
 
18.
The Black Night (1916)
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A lord changes places with a dead jewel thief in order to steal his wife's letters back from a blackmailer.
Director: Percy Nash
 
19.
The Crimson Stain Mystery (1916)
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In attempting to develop a chemical which would make a person super-intelligent, Dr. Montrose fails...
Director: T. Hayes Hunter
 
20.
The Golem and the Dancing Girl (1917)
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As a practical joke, an actor impersonates the screen monster he made famous. Complications ensue.
 
21.
Hilde Warren und der Tod (1917)
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Hilde Warren, a famous actress, is impregnated by a convicted murderer and becomes plagued by visions of an extremely gaunt and sepulchral Death... (80 mins.)
Director: Joe May
 
22.
The Brand of Satan (1917)
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A man discovers that he has two personalities--and one of them is a notorious strangler. (55 mins.)
 
23.
Sacrifice (1918)
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Insane doctor Ten Brinken, using the semen of a dead man, artificially inseminate a prostitute. The... (88 mins.)
 
24.
The Bells (1918)
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A murderer is driven slowly insane by a sequence of coincidences and suggestive events which will not... (50 mins.)
Director: Ernest C. Warde
 
25.
Eerie Tales (1919)
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After the old-books shop closes, portraits of the Strumpet, Death, and the Devil come to life and amuse... (112 mins.)
Director: Richard Oswald
 
26.
The Haunted Bedroom (1919)
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Journalist Betsy Thorne travels from New York to Virginia to cover a story about the disappearance of Daniel Arnold at a supposedly haunted estate...
Director: Fred Niblo
 
27.
The Beetle (1919)
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A beetle is possessed by the soul of an ancient Egyptian princess, who is determined to get her revenge on a member of the British Parliament.
 
28.
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
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Hypnotist Dr. Caligari uses a somnambulist, Cesare, to commit murders. (78 mins.)
Director: Robert Wiene
 
29.
The Golem (1920)
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In 16th-century Prague, a rabbi creates the Golem - a giant creature made of clay. Using sorcery, he brings the creature to life in order to protect the Jews of Prague from persecution. (91 mins.)
 
30.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920)
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Dr. Henry Jekyll experiments with scientific means of revealing the hidden, dark side of man and releases a murderer from within himself. (49 mins.)
 
31.
Der Januskopf (1920)
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In this uncredited and apparently lost version of Robert Louis Stevenson's "The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr... (107 mins.)
Director: F.W. Murnau
 
32.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920 Short Film)
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Dr. Henry Jekyll experiments with scientific means of revealing the hidden, dark side of man and releases a murderer from within himself. (40 mins.)
 
34.
The Phantom Carriage (1921)
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It's New Year's Eve. Three drunkards evoke a legend. The legend tells that the last person to die in a year... (93 mins.)
 
35.
Destiny (1921)
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When a woman's fiancé disappears, Death gives her three chances to save him from his fate. (114 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
36.
Die Pest in Florenz (1919)
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Suddenly appearing in Florence, an evil seductress causes Cesare, the city's ruler, and his son to both fall madly in love with her... (92 mins.)
Director: Otto Rippert
 
37.
Nosferatu (1922)
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Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter's wife. (94 mins.)
Director: F.W. Murnau
 
38.
Häxan (1922 Documentary)
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Fictionalized documentary showing the evolution of witchcraft, from its pagan roots to its confusion with hysteria in modern Europe. (91 mins.)
 
39.
A Blind Bargain (1922)
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Lon Chaney performs two roles: Doctor Lamb, a mad surgeon who's doing experiments on human bodies, and his crippled and apish assistant, the result of his first experiment. (57 mins.)
Director: Wallace Worsley
 
40.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)
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In fifteenth century Paris, the brother of the archdeacon plots with the gypsy king to foment a peasant revolt. Meanwhile, a freakish hunchback falls in love with the gypsy queen. (133 mins.)
Director: Wallace Worsley
 
41.
Warning Shadows (1923)
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During a dinner, given by a wealthy baron and his wive, attended by four of her suitors in a 19th century German manor... (90 mins.)
Director: Arthur Robison
 
42.
Dracula's Death (1921)
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A girl has frightening visions after visiting an insane asylum where one of the inmates claims to be Drakula and she can not be sure whether they were a nightmare or real. (65 mins.)
Director: Károly Lajthay
 
43.
While Paris Sleeps (1923)
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A sculptor loves his lovely model,but she cares for him nothing.And when she is attracted by an American... (60 mins.)
 
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The Hands of Orlac (1924)
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A world-famous pianist loses both hands in an accident. When new hands are grafted on, he doesn't know they once belonged to a murderer. (92 mins.)
Director: Robert Wiene
 
46.
Waxworks (1924)
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The owner of a Waxmuseum needs for three of his models stories to be told to the audience. For that reason he has hired a writer... (65 mins.)
 
47.
The Lost World (1925)
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The first film adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic novel about a land where prehistoric creatures still roam. (106 mins.)
Director: Harry O. Hoyt
 
48.
The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
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A mad, disfigured composer seeks love with a lovely young opera singer. (93 mins.)
Director: Rupert Julian
 
49.
The Monster (1925)
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A meek clerk who doubles as an amateur detective investigates some very strange goings-on at a remote mental sanitarium. (86 mins.)
Director: Roland West
 
50.
Faust (1926)
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The demon Mephisto wagers with God that he can corrupt a mortal man's soul. (85 mins.)
Director: F.W. Murnau
 
51.
A Page of Madness (1926)
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A man takes a job at an asylum with hopes of freeing his imprisoned wife. (70 mins.)
 
52.
The Bat (1926)
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A masked criminal who dresses like a giant bat terrorizes the guests at an old house rented by a mystery writer. (86 mins.)
 
53.
Midnight Faces (1926)
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A young man inherits a mansion in a Florida swamp from an uncle he never knew he had. When he, his assistant... (55 mins.)
Director: Bennett Cohen
 
54.
The Unknown (1927)
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A criminal on the run hides in a circus and seeks to possess the daughter of the ringmaster at any cost. (63 mins.)
Director: Tod Browning
 
55.
The Lodger (1927)
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A landlady suspects her new lodger is the madman killing women in London. (68 mins.)
 
56.
London After Midnight (1927)
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The abandoned home of a wealthy man who supposedly committed suicide five years earlier is taken over by ghoulish figures - could they be vampires? (69 mins.)
Director: Tod Browning
 
57.
The Cat and the Canary (1927)
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Relatives of an eccentric millionaire gather in his spooky mansion on the 20th anniversary of his death for the reading of his will. (108 mins.)
Director: Paul Leni
 
58.
The Fall of the House of Usher (1928)
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Allan has a hard time finding the Usher's house, which is known to be cursed... But he is a personal friend of Roderick Usher... (63 mins.)
Director: Jean Epstein
 
59.
The Fall of the House of Usher (1928 Short Film)
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A traveller arrives at the Usher mansion to find that the sibling inhabitants, Roderick and Madeline Usher... (13 mins.)
 
60.
Un Chien Andalou (1929 Short Film)
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Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí present seventeen minutes of bizarre, surreal imagery. (16 mins.)
Director: Louis Bunuel