10 Best Horror Films of 1933

For the third year in a row, this is a great collection of horror films. Following Universal's footsteps, competitors work to keep up, resulting in several classic films. The genre has been getting increasingly sophisticated in the early sound era, with this period serving as the backbone of classic monster movies and gothic horror.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
White Woman, Betty Boop's Hallowe'en Party

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
The Vampire Bat, Night of Terror, Terror Aboard, King Klunk, The Crying Woman, The Whispering Shadow, Before Dawn, Before Midnight, The Sphinx, The Intruder, The Monkey's Paw

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1.
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. He is then captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition. (100 mins.)
 
2.
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
 
3.
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
 
4.
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
 
5.
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.)
 
6.
The Mad Doctor (1933 Short Film)
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Mickey must save Pluto from a mad doctor's lair. (7 mins.)
 
7.
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
 
8.
Supernatural (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
A serial black widow murderess returns to life in the body of a young woman to exact revenge on a former lover, a phony spiritualist who betrayed her. (65 mins.)
Director: Victor Halperin
 
9.
Secret of the Blue Room (1933)
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Twenty years after 3 murders occur in a castle's "blue room", three men who each want to marry a beautiful... (66 mins.)
Director: Kurt Neumann
 
10.
The Son of Kong (1933)
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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.)