Top 50 horror movies of the 30sby veidt05 | created - 17 Oct 2011 | updated - 19 Oct 2011 | Public
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2. Freaks (1932)
Not Rated | 64 min | Drama, Horror
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.
3. The Black Cat (1934)
65 min | Adventure, Crime, Horror
American honeymooners in Hungary become trapped in the home of a Satan-worshiping priest when the bride is taken there for medical help following a road accident.
Votes: 7,344 | Gross: $0.24M
5. Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Not Rated | 75 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Mary Shelley reveals the main characters of her novel survived: Dr. Frankenstein, goaded by an even madder scientist, builds his monster a mate.
6. Mad Love (1935)
Passed | 68 min | Horror, Romance, Sci-Fi
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.
7. Das Testament des Dr. Mabuse (1933)
Not Rated | 122 min | Crime
A new crime wave grips the city and all clues seem to lead to the nefarious Dr. Mabuse, even though he has been imprisoned in a mental asylum for nearly a decade.
9. 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.
12. 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.
16. 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.
17. Island of Lost Souls (1932)
Not Rated | 70 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
An obsessed scientist conducts profane experiments in evolution, eventually establishing himself as the self-styled demigod to a race of mutated, half-human abominations.
18. The Most Dangerous Game (1932)
Not Rated | 63 min | Adventure, Horror, Mystery
An insane hunter arranges for a ship to be wrecked on an island where he can indulge in some sort of hunting and killing of the passengers.
19. 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.
21. King Kong (1933)
Not Rated | 100 min | Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi
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.
Votes: 69,707 | Gross: $10.00M
22. The Walking Dead (1936)
Approved | 66 min | Crime, Horror, Sci-Fi
After hapless pianist and ex-con John Elman is framed for murder, he is resurrected by a scientist after his execution.
23. The Unholy Three (1930)
Passed | 72 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
"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.
24. The Old Dark House (1932)
TV-G | 72 min | Comedy, Horror
Seeking shelter from a storm, five travelers are in for a bizarre and terrifying night when they stumble upon the Femm family estate.
Votes: 6,342 | Gross: $0.03M
25. She (1935)
Approved | 101 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Romance
Leo Vincey, told by his dying uncle of a lost land visited 500 years ago by his ancestor, heads out with family friend Horace Holly to try to discover the land and its secret of immortality... See full summary »
27. Murders in the Zoo (1933)
Passed | 62 min | Crime, Horror
A monomaniacal zoologist is pathologically jealous of his beautiful but unfaithful wife Evelyn and will not stop short of murder to keep her.
29. 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.
30. Kongo (1932)
Passed | 86 min | Drama, Horror
This remake of West of Zanzibar (1928) made four years later tries to outdo the Lon Chaney original in morbidity. From a wheelchair a handicapped white man rules an area of Africa as a ... See full summary »
32. Tower of London (1939)
Approved | 92 min | Drama, History
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, then occupied by his brother King ... See full summary »
34. The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939)
Approved | 80 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson investigate the legend of a supernatural hound, a beast that may be stalking a young heir on the fog-shrouded moorland that makes up his estate.
35. Song at Midnight (1937)
113 min | Drama, 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.
37. The Black Room (1935)
Unrated | 70 min | Crime, Horror
Ignoring an ancient prophecy, evil brother Gregor seeks to maintain his feudal power on his his Tyrolean estate by murdering and impersonating his benevolent younger twin.
38. The Man Who Lived Again (1936)
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.
39. Werewolf of London (1935)
Not Rated | 75 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
The juice of a rare Tibetan flower is the only thing that keeps Dr. Glendon from turning into a werewolf during a full moon.
43. 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.
44. Condemned to Live (1935)
Approved | 67 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
After a series of unsolved murders, a man finds out that his mother was bitten by a vampire bat during her pregnancy, and he believes that he may be the vampire committing the murders.
48. The Son of Kong (1933)
Passed | 70 min | Adventure, Comedy
The men who captured the giant ape King Kong return to Skull Island and find his likewise gigantic but far more friendly son.
Votes: 3,151 | Gross: $1.34M
49. 6 Hours to Live (1932)
72 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
A murder victim is brought back to life by a scientific experiment. However, the effects only last for six hours, and he must find his killer in that time.
50. 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.