10 Best Horror Films of 1926

It seems the success of previous years made an impression on filmmakers, with the quantity of horror films taking another step forward here. This is a healthy collection of chillers, most of them well-regarded.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror:
Secrets of a Soul

Notable Films that didn't make the cut:
The Love-Mad Tutoress, Haunted Range

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1.
Faust (1926)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The demon Mephisto wagers with God that he can corrupt a mortal man's soul. (85 mins.)
Director: F.W. Murnau
 
2.
A Page of Madness (1926)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A man takes a job at an asylum with hopes of freeing his imprisoned wife. (70 mins.)
 
3.
Sparrows (1926)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Molly, the eldest child at a baby farm hidden deep in a swamp, must rescue the others when their cruel master decides that one of them will be disposed of. (84 mins.)
 
4.
The Man Who Cheated Life (1926)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
For Balduin, going out to beer parties with his fellow students and fighting out disputes at the tip of the sword have lost their charms... (110 mins.)
Director: Henrik Galeen
 
5.
The Magician (1926)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A magician/alchemist, seeking to create life, finds that he needs the "blood of a virgin" to continue his experiments. He sends out his dwarf assistant to pick out the right girl. (83 mins.)
Director: Rex Ingram
 
6.
The Bells (1926)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
An innkeeper murders a wealthy guest to pay off his debt, but his conscience will not allow him to get away with the crime so easily. (68 mins.)
Director: James Young
 
7.
The Bat (1926)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A masked criminal who dresses like a giant bat terrorizes the guests at an old house rented by a mystery writer. (86 mins.)
 
8.
The Living Dead Man (1926)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Mathias Pascal, only son of a once rich family, marries beautiful Romalinda, who has a terrible mother-in-law... (170 mins.)
 
9.
The Sorrows of Satan (1926)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Geoffrey, a young and impoverished writer, is desperately in love with Mavis, who lives at his boardinghouse and is also pursuing a writing career... (90 mins.)
Director: D.W. Griffith
 
10.
Midnight Faces (1926)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
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