Top 50 horror movies of the 30s

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1.
Vampyr (1932)
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A drifter obsessed with the supernatural stumbles upon an inn where a severely ill adolescent girl is slowly becoming a vampire. (83 mins.)
Director: Carl Th. Dreyer
 
2.
Freaks (1932)
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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
 
3.
The Black Cat (1934)
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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. (65 mins.)
Director: Edgar G. Ulmer
 
4.
The Mummy (1932)
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A living mummy stalks the beautiful woman he believes is the reincarnation of his lover. (73 mins.)
Director: Karl Freund
 
5.
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
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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
 
6.
Mad Love (1935)
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An insane surgeon's obsession with an actress leads him to replace her husband's hands with the hands of a knife murderer which still have the urge to throw knives. (68 mins.)
Director: Karl Freund
 
7.
The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933)
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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. (122 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
 
8.
Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932)
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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
 
9.
Dracula's Daughter (1936)
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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
 
10.
Frankenstein (1931)
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An obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses. (70 mins.)
Director: James Whale
 
11.
The Invisible Man (1933)
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A scientist finds a way of becoming invisible, but in doing so, he becomes murderously insane. (71 mins.)
Director: James Whale
 
12.
Svengali (1931)
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Through hypnotism and telepathic mind control, a sinister music maestro controls the singing voice, but not the heart, of the woman he loves. (81 mins.)
Director: Archie Mayo
 
13.
Dracula (1931)
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The ancient vampire Count Dracula arrives in England and begins to prey upon the virtuous young Mina. (85 mins.)
Director: Tod Browning
 
14.
The Devil-Doll (1936)
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An escaped Devil's Island convict uses miniaturized humans to wreak vengeance on those that framed him. (78 mins.)
 
15.
White Zombie (1932)
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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
 
16.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)
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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.)
 
17.
Island of Lost Souls (1932)
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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
 
18.
The Most Dangerous Game (1932)
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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. (63 mins.)
 
19.
Son of Frankenstein (1939)
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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
 
20.
The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932)
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Englishmen race to find the tomb of Genghis Khan. They have to get there fast, as the evil genius Dr... (68 mins.)
Director: Charles Brabin
 
21.
King Kong (1933)
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A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal giant gorilla who takes a shine to their female blonde star. Then he's captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition. (100 mins.)
 
22.
The Walking Dead (1936)
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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
 
23.
The Unholy Three (1930)
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"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
 
24.
The Old Dark House (1932)
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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
 
25.
She (1935)
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Leo Vincey, told by his dying uncle of a lost land visited 500 years ago by his ancestor, heads out... (101 mins.)
 
26.
Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933)
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The disappearance of people and corpses leads a reporter to a wax museum and a sinister sculptor. (77 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
27.
Murders in the Zoo (1933)
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A monomaniacal zoologist is pathologically jealous of his beautiful but unfaithful wife Evelyn and will not stop short of murder to keep her. (62 mins.)
 
28.
Drácula (1931)
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Centuries-old vampire Dracula preys upon the innocent Eva and her friends. (104 mins.)
Director: George Melford
 
29.
The Invisible Ray (1936)
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A scientist becomes murderous after discovering, and being exposed to the radiation of, a powerful new element called Radium X. (80 mins.)
Director: Lambert Hillyer
 
30.
Kongo (1932)
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This remake of West of Zanzibar made four years later tries to outdo the Lon Chaney original in morbidity... (86 mins.)
Director: William Cowen
 
31.
Doctor X (1932)
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A wisecracking New York reporter intrudes on a research scientist's quest to unmask The Moon Killer. (76 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
32.
Tower of London (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 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
 
33.
The Raven (1935)
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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.)
 
34.
The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
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. (80 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lanfield
 
35.
Song at Midnight (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
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. (113 mins.)
Director: Weibang Ma-Xu
 
36.
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
 
37.
The Black Room (1935)
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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. (70 mins.)
 
38.
The Man Who Lived Again (1936)
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Dr. Laurience, a brilliant but unstable scientist experimenting with transferring minds, becomes vengeful when his magnate patron withdraws his support. (66 mins.)
 
39.
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
 
40.
The Mad Genius (1931)
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A crippled puppeteer rescues an abused young boy and turns the boy into a great ballet dancer. Complications ensue when... (81 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
 
41.
It's Never Too Late to Mend (1937)
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An evil prison administrator cruelly abuses the inmates at his prison, until one day the tables are turned. (70 mins.)
Director: David Macdonald
 
42.
The Vampire Bat (1933)
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When the villagers of Klineschloss start dying of blood loss, the town fathers suspect a resurgence of vampirism... (65 mins.)
Director: Frank Strayer
 
43.
The Return of Doctor X (1939)
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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
 
44.
Condemned to Live (1935)
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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. (67 mins.)
 
45.
The Ghoul (1933)
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An Egyptologist returns from the dead to take revenge on those who have violated his tomb. (77 mins.)
Director: T. Hayes Hunter
 
46.
Mark of the Vampire (1935)
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When a nobleman is murdered, a professor of the occult blames vampires; but not all is what it seems. (60 mins.)
Director: Tod Browning
 
47.
Murder by the Clock (1931)
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An elderly woman installs a horn in her crypt in case she's buried alive. (76 mins.)
Director: Edward Sloman
 
48.
The Son of Kong (1933)
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The men who captured the giant ape King Kong, return to his island and find his equally gigantic, but far more friendly, son. (70 mins.)
 
49.
6 Hours to Live (1932)
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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. (72 mins.)
 
50.
The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
A Fleet Street barber recounts the story of Sweeney Todd, a notorious barber who in the last century murdered many customers for their money. (76 mins.)
Director: George King