10 Best Horror Films of 1937

With a change in ownership at Universal, a ban in Great Britain, and the genre waning a little in popularity, horror movies essentially went into hibernation for a couple years. Chillers suddenly became scarce, and the result is a challenge to form any kind of top 10 horror list. With lenient criteria, there's enough here, and this year fares better than its successor. This year is notable for some very early Asian entries into the genre.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Night Key

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
Ticket of Leave Man, Symphony of Lianhua, The Queen of Spades, The Super Madman, Witches' Night

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1.
Night Must Fall (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
When a rich but cantankerous dowager on an isolated estates hires an engaging handyman, her niece/companion becomes suspicious of his motives. (116 mins.)
Director: Richard Thorpe
 
2.
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
 
3.
Lonesome Ghosts (1937 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Four bored ghosts in a haunted house who've scared everyone away call up Ghost Hunters Mickey, Donald, and Goofy in hopes to have a little fun scaring them off. (9 mins.)
 
4.
A Night of Terror (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A lottery winner breaks up with her fiancé and marries a fortune hunter who proves to be dangerous. (86 mins.)
Director: Rowland V. Lee
 
5.
Skeleton Frolics (1937 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Ub Iwerks dusts off the skeletons from his early-Disney days and puts them to work at Columbia...in a graveyard replete with eerie owls and surrealistic bats, skeletons begin to rise from their graves and form a loosely-jointed band. (7 mins.)
Director: Ub Iwerks
 
6.
The Case of the Stuttering Pig (1937 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
One dark and stormy night, Porky, Petunia and their brothers learn from Lawyer Goodwill that they inherit a fortune from their late Uncle Solomon... (8 mins.)
Director: Frank Tashlin
 
7.
It's Never Too Late to Mend (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
An evil prison administrator cruelly abuses the inmates at his prison, until one day the tables are turned. (70 mins.)
Director: David Macdonald
 
8.
The Thirteenth Chair (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Inspector Marney of Scotland Yard travels to Calcutta to investigate the murder of Leonard Lee, a generally despised man in these parts... (66 mins.)
Director: George B. Seitz
 
9.
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
 
10.
The Hound of the Baskervilles (1937)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  
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. (82 mins.)
Director: Carl Lamac