Things that go bump in the night

With my ratings & comments.

Dozens of ways to make your pulse race! Turn out the lights, roll the film--and be afraid. Be very afraid.

I've listed these movies (plus a select few tv shows) chronologically, complete with my highly opinionated pocket reviews. Please note that I am stingy with stars, and try to rate based on criteria more objective than simply "I loved it/hated it"--a movie has to be really outstanding to earn an 8 or higher from me. The lower I've rated a film, the later at night you should watch it.
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1.
Universal Horror (1998 Documentary)
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A documentary examining the early days of horror films, particularly those crafted at Universal Studios during the 1930s. (95 mins.)
Director: Kevin Brownlow
“ 8/10
Just starting your journey through the golden age of horror films? This 95-minute documentary is a great place to learn about must-see movies made circa 1920-1948. Included are clips from many classics, plus a good discussion of how censorship changed the game for filmmakers.

The documentary is included with several Universal horror film DVDs (mine came with the 75th Anniversary edition of Dracula). ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
2.
A History of Horror with Mark Gatiss (2010 Mini-Series)
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Mark Gatiss examines the history of the horror film, from classic Hollywood monsters to Hammer's glory days and beyond. (177 mins.)
“ 8/10
Excellent overview of horror films focusing on three key eras: between the World Wars, the Hammer Films years, and modern. Many classic clips. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
3.
Shadows in the Dark: The Val Lewton Legacy (2005 Documentary)
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Documentary about the great 1940s horror movie producer Val Lewton, featured on the 2005 DVD release "The Val Lewton Horror Collection." (53 mins.)
“ 8/10
Smart, empathetic documentary on producer Val Lewton's career, focusing on his immensely influential work in the 1940s. Essential viewing for fans. (This runs occasionally on TCM, and is included as a bonus feature on the DVD for The Seventh Victim.) ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
4.
Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story (2007 Documentary)
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Chronicles the last great American showman, filmmaker William Castle, a master of ballyhoo who became a brand name in movie horror with his outrageous audience participation gimmicks. (82 mins.)
Director: Jeffrey Schwarz
“ 7.5/10
A respectful and amusing overview of William Castle, who was better at promoting cheap horror movies than directing them. I learned things I hadn't known--for instance, Castle produced the classic Rosemary's Baby. This documentary, which features plenty of film clips including stars like Vincent Price and Joan Crawford, runs occasionally on TCM. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
5.
The House of the Devil (1896 Short Film)
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With the help of a magic cauldron, Mephistopheles conjures up a variety of supernatural characters. (3 mins.)
“ Spend an enjoyable three minutes watching early special effects! Not intended to be scary, but it is a charming reminder of how closely connected fear and laughter can be. (not rated out of respect for its venerable age)

Here it is on the Internet Archive:
http://archive.org/details/The_Haunted_Castle_1896 ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
6.
A Trip to the Moon (1902 Short Film)
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A group of astronomers go on an expedition to the Moon. (13 mins.)
“ 9/10
Sci-fi cinema is born! This film is genuinely entertaining, and not to be missed.

There are many versions available--restored, hand-coloured, different music tracks; most, unfortunately, are incomplete. Search one out and enjoy!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Trip_to_the_Moon ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
7.
Frankenstein (1910 Short Film)
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Frankenstein, a young medical student, trying to create the perfect human being, instead creates a misshapen monster... (16 mins.)
“ 6/10
Another important piece of horror history, available on the Internet Archive. The director achieves actual suspense during the creation sequence.

http://archive.org/details/FrankensteinfullMovie ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
8.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1912 Short Film)
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Dr. Henry Jekyll experiments with scientific means of revealing the hidden, dark side of man and releases a murderer from within himself. (12 mins.)
“ 4/10
Before the 1930s monster craze, Robert Louis Stevenson's tale of the tragic doctor was probably the most popular horror story around--there were at least eight versions made before 1931. An adaptation from 1908 is lost; this 1912 one-reeler is the oldest known to have survived. Technically crude, but it does cram lots of action into its 8 minutes. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
9.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1913 Short Film)
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Dr. Henry Jekyll experiments with scientific means of revealing the hidden, dark side of man and releases a murderer from within himself. (26 mins.)
Director: Herbert Brenon
“ 6/10
Like most adaptations, this one is based on the 1887 play rather than the Stevenson novella. Compared to other circa-1913 films I've seen, this is not especially good technically. But at twice the length of the 1912 version, it puts considerably more effort into developing characters and some mood. I particularly like the intertitle that describes Jekyll as a "martyr to science."

Available on the Internet Archive:
http://archive.org/details/DrJekyllAndMrHyde1913 ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
10.
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
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Hypnotist Dr. Caligari uses a somnambulist, Cesare, to commit murders. (76 mins.)
Director: Robert Wiene
“ 8/10
Wild sets, wild plot, wild camera, wild acting! (And you thought Conrad Veidt was just that Nazi in Casablanca who was mean to Bogart & Bergman.) The ultimate example of cinematic German Expressionism. Though not one of my personal favorites, this is essential viewing if you want to call yourself a horror fan. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
11.
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920)
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Dr. Henry Jekyll experiments with scientific means of revealing the hidden, dark side of man and releases a murderer from within himself. (49 mins.)
“ 7/10
Barrymore's first transformation scene is unforgettable. Equally amazing is Nita Naldi's dress, which appears to have been painted onto her rather than sewn.

What I especially like about this version is the attempt to explore the doctor's psychology. And you just have to love a horror flick that quotes Oscar Wilde. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
12.
Nosferatu (1922)
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Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter's wife. (94 mins.)
Director: F.W. Murnau
“ 8/10
A wee bit over-worshipped by legions of rabid fans--but its visual phantasmagoria is still engrossing. If all the actors were as good as Schreck, I'd rate it even higher. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
13.
Häxan (1922 Documentary)
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Fictionalized documentary showing the evolution of witchcraft, from its pagan roots to its confusion with hysteria in modern Europe. (91 mins.)
“ 7/10
Wi nøt trei a høliday in Sweden this yër?

Awash with bizarre imagery, some of it created with an innovative optical printer, including the majestik møøse. A Møøse once bit my sister...

Sorry. The persons responsible for creating this review have been sacked. This really is a good movie, and distinctly different from anything else you might see in any other Jazz Age film.

Mynd you, møøse bites Kan be pretty nasti. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
14.
The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
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A mad, disfigured composer seeks love with a lovely young opera singer. (93 mins.)
Director: Rupert Julian
“ 7/10
Chaney at full-throttle amidst splendidly atmospheric sets. This would be vastly better, though, if Philbin & Kerry didn't appear to be animated stick figures; they both must have taken acting lessons from Gustav von Wangenheim.

Incidentally, I'm one of the few people who prefer the finale as it now exists, rather than the soppy romantic version it replaced. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
15.
Dr. Pyckle and Mr. Pryde (1925 Short Film)
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In Victorian London the esteemed Dr. Pyckle uses himself as a guinea pig when he experiments with a new drug that changes him into a compulsive prankster. (21 mins.)
“ 6/10
An early parody of Dr Jekyll. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
16.
The Cat and the Canary (1927)
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Relatives of an eccentric millionaire gather in his spooky mansion on the 20th anniversary of his death for the reading of his will. (108 mins.)
Director: Paul Leni
“ 8/10
I still get nightmares about that hairy hand. Directed by a master, this film is not only an excellent mix of chills & comedy, it almost single-handedly invented the classic haunted house atmosphere that we look for in movies today.

Leni's films--especially this one and The Last Warning--were strong influences on James Whale.

http://archive.org/details/The_Cat_and_the_Canary ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
17.
The Unknown (1927)
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A criminal on the run hides in a circus and seeks to possess the daughter of the ringmaster at any cost. (63 mins.)
Director: Tod Browning
“ 7/10
A terrifyingly well-constructed nightmare. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
18.
Metropolis (1927)
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In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences. (153 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
“ 7.5/10
Thanks to its immensely stylish cinematography and Art Deco sets, this is a highly influential film. But I confess that, as a movie, it left me cold--the politics are simplistic, and the message heavy-handed. I have nightmares about the present and the future, but they are not the same as Lang's. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
19.
The Lodger (1927)
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A landlady suspects her new lodger is the madman killing women in London. (68 mins.)
“ 7/10
Alfred Hitchcock's first suspense film. He didn't direct many films I would classify as horror, but this one surely qualifies.

http://archive.org/details/TheLodgerAStoryOfTheLondonFog_579 ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
20.
London After Midnight (1927)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
The abandoned home of a wealthy man who supposedly committed suicide five years earlier is taken over by ghoulish figures - could they be vampires? (69 mins.)
Director: Tod Browning
“ A lost film that can now be experienced only through a TCM-funded reconstruction created from picture stills, the original script, and a new musical score. Chaney's makeup allegedly inspired a terrorized London moviegoer to murder an Irish maid in Hyde Park. Remade as Mark of the Vampire in 1935.

Obviously, I can't rate the film itself--but I did enjoy seeing the reconstruction, which is 7.5/10. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
21.
The Man Who Laughs (1928)
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When a proud noble refuses to kiss the hand of the despotic King James in 1690, he is cruelly executed and his son surgically disfigured. (110 mins.)
Director: Paul Leni
“ 8/10
Veidt (and his devoted dog) will touch your heart. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
22.
The Last Warning (1929)
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A producer decides to reopen a theater, that had been closed five years previously when one of the actors was murdered during a performance... (89 mins.)
Director: Paul Leni
“ 6/10
Ever been puzzled as to what inspired Una O'Connor's over-the-top shenanigans in James Whales's horror films? Watch this, and wonder no more. This is far from director Paul Leni's best work, but it's well worth a look, if only to see the "Phantom of the Opera" theater set put to good use. And pay attention to that sinister face cleverly created by the outer facade of the theater (about 15 minutes from the start). ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
23.
Outward Bound (1930)
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Later remade as "Between Two Worlds." (83 mins.)
Director: Robert Milton
“ 6/10
This movie (based on a 1923 hit play) is the origin of every single film you've ever seen premised on the "she/he doesn't know she/he's dead" trick. The script is lumpy, but there are many moments of mystical foggy moodiness in this spiritual fantasy. Remade with better acting but less atmosphere in 1944 as Between Two Worlds, and also as a dreadful made-for-TV-movie, Haunts of the Very Rich 1972. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
24.
M (1931)
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When the police in a German city are unable to catch a child-murderer, other criminals join in the manhunt. (117 mins.)
Director: Fritz Lang
“ 9/10
Fine performances and a highly original plot, plus Lang's distinctive direction. Everything works here: the complex use of sound, shadows, silhouettes, angles, focus, flashbacks, framing, and reflections; the script and casting; the insights into individual and mob psychology. Cynical, poignant, and forever memorable. One of the great films. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
25.
Frankenstein (1931)
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An obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses. (70 mins.)
Director: James Whale
“ 10/10
Wonderful from start to finish. Please stop reading this silly list and go watch this movie right now! ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
26.
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.)
“ 8/10
March is over-the-top once or twice, the make-up is weird--and it doesn't matter. Distinguished direction, a literate script, and strong performances establish this one as the definitive film version. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
27.
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
“ 7.5/10
It's not all it should have been, due to a mediocre script and some missed chances in the direction; there are plot holes and more than one forgettable performance (from David Manners especially).

But Lugosi as the Count is indelible: He has been standing on that crumbling staircase waiting for you since time began. If you have time for only one Dracula, this is it. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
28.
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
“ 7/10
Barrymore, looking very like the infamous Rasputin, gives his character evocative body language and vocal mannerisms, building to a pathos-inducing finale (though Marsh, as his victim, is not quite up to his standard). The sets by Anton Grot are eye-popping, and the cinematography is also very good, though needing better lighting. I could have done without the comic Scotsmen. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
29.
Drácula (1931)
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Centuries-old vampire Dracula preys upon the innocent Eva and her friends. (104 mins.)
Director: George Melford
“ 6/10
This Spanish-language version, made in parallel with the Lugosi classic, sometimes generates more atmosphere than its better-known companion; its women are also far sexier. The bad news is that most of its actors cannot act, and, in particular, Villarias has all the charisma of a tube of toothpaste. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
30.
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
“ 8/10
Elegantly directed by cinematographer Karl Freund. Karloff is surprisingly touching in a relatively complicated role, and the atmosphere is deliciously eerie. Zita Johann is an intriguing heroine, while both Van Sloan and Manners are far more effective here than in Dracula (unfortunately, both also remain notably uncharismatic). Superb make-up by Jack Pierce.

The plot is uncomfortably similar to Dracula; beginning in the 1970s, vampires would return the favour, lifting the reincarnation element from this film for Dracula remakes. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
31.
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
“ 8/10
Don't miss one of Laughton's best performances! And you'll never forget the panther girl. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
32.
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
“ 8/10
Emotionally searing, and not for everyone. But the sideshow performers are treated with dignity, and the tale is compelling. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
33.
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.)
“ 8/10
Fast, tense, and fantastically stylish. Highly recommended. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
34.
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
“ 7/10
The plot is a bit weak, the acting often even more so--but the film makes up for a lot by generating an incredibly eerie mood. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
35.
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
“ 7/10
"Have a potato." Never mind the weak plot, this is loads of fun: There's a drunken lecherous butler, a crazed pyromaniac, potholes the size of small counties, one religious zealot, an imminent flood, a mysterious dying man, a couple of fornicators, a knock-out white satin evening gown, and plenty of curtains billowing in gale-force winds. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
36.
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
“ 5.5/10
Dark, with an exceedingly creepy premise. I found the love story more than usually annoying, though. If I focus on the wonderful cinematography, the sub-par acting (from pretty much the entire cast) doesn't bother me as much. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
37.
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
“ 5.5/10
I love Fay Wray & Lionel Atwill, but I honestly found this tedious to sit through. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
38.
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.)
“ 9/10
It could be better only if Joel McCrea had played Cabot's role. Everything else is perfect--and you'll cry at the end. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
39.
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
“ 8/10
A delightful Whalesian romp, with terrific special effects. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
40.
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
“ 7/10
Nobody screams like Fay Wray. Or has more reason to. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
41.
The Vampire Bat (1933)
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When corpses drained of blood begin to show up in a European village, vampirism is suspected to be responsible. (65 mins.)
Director: Frank Strayer
“ 5/10
Poverty Row studio Majestic assembled a fine cast & shot much of this at Universal. While the movie needed a stronger script & direction, it's always worthwhile spending an hour with Dwight Frye's maniacal laugh. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
42.
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
“ 7/10
Heavy cuts damaged the plot. But Lugosi and Karloff both shine here in intriguing roles. Plus we get exciting Art Deco sets, a collection of bottled beauties, and a whole crowd of devil worshippers. What more could a horror fan want? ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
43.
Death Takes a Holiday (1934)
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Death decides to take a holiday from his usual business to see what it is like to be a mortal. Posing as Prince Sirki... (79 mins.)
Director: Mitchell Leisen
“ 7/10
Fantasy rather than horror, with a startling conclusion. I found the ethereal heroine to be stunningly annoying, though; without Fredric March, I wouldn't have made it to the end. Strong cast, high production values. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
44.
Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
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
“ 10/10
My all-time favorite. More importantly, one of the greatest films ever made.

http://stripgenerator.com/strip/692166/bride-of-frankenbunny/#main ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
45.
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.)
“ 7/10
Vivid performances by Karloff & Lugosi are the highlight of this tale about torture (which has little to do with Poe). The supporting cast is merely adequate, yet the direction shows some imaginative touches. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
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
“ 7/10
A talkie remake of the lost London After Midnight from 1927. Achieves a really spooky atmosphere, and boasts an unusually strong cast. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
47.
Werewolf of London (1935)
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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
“ 6/10
Starring the Elvis wolf man! Starts out well, has a few good moments plus bits of comedy--yet it never quite gels. And why is there a camel in Tibet?

As you'd expect, the transformations are crude, and Hull's rather unsympathetic werewolf actually stops to put on his coat before dashing out to rampage. My favorite scenes were the interactions with a tabby cat and a wolf at the zoo. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
48.
The Devil-Doll (1936)
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An escaped convict uses miniaturized humans to wreak vengeance on those that framed him. (78 mins.)
“ 7.5/10
Lionel Barrymore in drag! Ingenious revenge plot!! Assassin Barbie doll victorious!!! And it all seems so very very reasonable. A personal favorite of mine. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
49.
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
“ 7/10
Unusual touches of humor, plus strong atmosphere in key scenes--the influence of James Whale is obvious, though this film lacks his panache. Churchill as the heroine is a bit annoying, while Kruger is not quite dashing enough. Nonetheless, this is Holden's film, and she remains one of the most memorable vampires of all time. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
50.
Revolt of the Zombies (1936)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.2/10 X  
An international expedition is sent into Cambodia to destroy an ancient formula that turns men into zombies. (65 mins.)
Director: Victor Halperin
“ 3/10
The actors are so stiff, I thought the zombies had appeared long before they actually did. Weak story, stilted dialogue, and almost no action until the final moments. Skip it. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
51.
A Night of Terror (1937)
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A lottery winner breaks up with her fiancé and marries a fortune hunter who proves to be dangerous. (86 mins.)
Director: Rowland V. Lee
“ 6/10
Sinister Basil Rathbone, a rich blonde, and a charming cottage isolated in the country--what better ingredients for murder? I confess it's only a so-so film--until the finale, which is both creative and well-done. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
52.
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
“ 7/10
You'll hate the adorable tyke--but everything else works well. Crazy Expressionistic sets provide the perfect backdrop for a mad doctor, a hunchback, and a one-armed police inspector to tussle over the immortal monster. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
53.
The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939)
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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
“ 7/10
One of several good adaptations of this classic novella. Rathbone is 10/10 as Holmes; the rest of the film--eh, not so much. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
54.
The Cat and the Canary (1939)
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When an eccentric family meets in their uncle's remote, decaying mansion on the tenth anniversary of his death for the reading of his will, murder and madness follow. (72 mins.)
Director: Elliott Nugent
“ 6/10
Good cast in mediocre remake--with not one iota of atmosphere--of Paul Leni's 1927 classic. Hope & Goddard are far more fun in 1940's The Ghost Breakers. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
55.
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
“ Elaborate historical farago, with interesting pairing of Rathbone and Karloff. Spoiled a bit by weak plotting and an extremely silly love story. Favorite quote: Ian Hunter calls Barbara O'Neil "my little porcupine." ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
56.
The Murder in Thornton Square (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Twenty years after the murder of Alice Barlow, her house is finally occupied again. However, the husband of the couple who have moved in has a secret which he will do anything to keep hidden. (84 mins.)
“ 8/10
Better acting and atmosphere than the 1944 remake (but this one, alas, does not have Angela Lansbury). ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
57.
The Ghost Breakers (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A radio broadcaster, his quaking manservant, and an heiress investigate the mystery of a haunted castle in Cuba. (85 mins.)
Director: George Marshall
“ 7.5/10
The plot & pratfalls come at you fast & furious here. Immensely charming, well-produced comedy. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
58.
The Invisible Man Returns (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
The owner of a coal mining operation, falsely imprisoned for fratricide, takes a drug to make him invisible, despite its side effect: gradual madness. (81 mins.)
Director: Joe May
“ 7/10
The (mostly) unseen menace is back, this time voiced by the inimitable Price. For mysterious reasons, his drug of choice is now "duocane" (rather than the original's monocane). It lacks the comedic flair of the Claude Rains outing, but perhaps has more heart. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
59.
The Invisible Woman (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
An attractive model with an ulterior motive volunteers as guinea pig for an invisibility machine. (72 mins.)
“ 6.5/10
Fast-paced comedy with immense charm, energetic performances. Barrymore is enjoying himself here, and you should, too. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
60.
Dr. Cyclops (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A mad scientist working in the South American jungle miniaturizes his colleagues when he feels his megalomania is threatened. (77 mins.)
“ 6.5/10
Many fun moments through special effects, though the narrative lacks consistent momentum and the dialogue is often lame. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
61.
The Mummy's Hand (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
An ancient mummy is revived to destroy the invaders of the 3,000 year-old tomb of an Egyptian princess. (67 mins.)
Director: Christy Cabanne
“ 5/10
Universal relaunched The Mummy with this clumsy mix of laughs & chills. The Kharis story line doesn't work for me, & neither does this series. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
62.
The Devil Bat (1940)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
A mad scientist develops an aftershave lotion that causes his gigantic bats to kill anyone who wears it. (68 mins.)
Director: Jean Yarborough
“ 4/10
Lugosi is fine here, despite being given little to work with, and a very weak supporting cast. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
63.
The Wolf Man (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A practical man returns to his homeland, is attacked by a creature of folklore, and infected with a horrific disease his disciplined mind tells him can not possibly exist. (70 mins.)
Director: George Waggner
“ 9/10
One of the most poignant of the classic Universal horror films. Ouspenskaya is the standout in a remarkably good cast. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
64.
Hold That Ghost (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Two bumbling service station attendants are left as the sole beneficiaries in a gangster's will. Their... (86 mins.)
Director: Arthur Lubin
“ 7.5/10
Enjoyable parody of the haunted house genre--Joan Davis as the professional radio screamer become an instant favorite of mine with this flick. Keep an eye on that candle! ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
65.
The Tell-Tale Heart (1941 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
In this classic Edgar Allan Poe story, a man commits a murder, but afterward the victim's beating heart torments the murderer's mind. (20 mins.)
Director: Jules Dassin
“ 6/10
A weird little live-action short adapted from Poe's story. For no reason I can imagine, it's included as a special feature on The Shadow of the Thin Man DVD. It's not bad at all--but the 1953 animated version is far superior. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
66.
Cat People (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
An American man marries a Serbian immigrant who fears that she will turn into the cat person of her homeland's fables if they are intimate together. (73 mins.)
“ 8.5/10
The first of producer Val Lewton's legendary psychological horror movies, and arguably the best. The famous set-pieces (the walk through Central Park, the swimming pool sequence) have never been outdone. And you'll be startled by the scenes in which Simone Simon and Tom Conway square off--both erotic and perverse, with violence simmering just beneath the surface. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
67.
The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
When Ygor brings the Monster to Dr. Ludwig Frankenstein for care, Ludwig gets the idea of replacing the Monster's current criminal brain with a normal one. (67 mins.)
Director: Erle C. Kenton
“ 5/10
Anker's charm and Lugosi's undoubted menace can't overcome a limp, dull story (and a disappointing set). The adorable-child-victim business is played out, too. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
68.
I Walked with a Zombie (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A Canadian nurse is hired to care for the wife of a sugar plantation owner, who has been acting strangely, on a Caribbean island. (69 mins.)
“ 8.5/10
Or maybe this one is Lewton's best. I can never decide. I've seen it many times, and that walk through the dark jungle still gives me the shivers. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
69.
The Seventh Victim (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A woman in search of her missing sister uncovers a Satanic cult in New York's Greenwich Village, and finds that they may have something to do with her sibling's random disappearance. (71 mins.)
Director: Mark Robson
“ 7/10
Great noir atmosphere. I find this the saddest of Lewton's films. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
70.
The Leopard Man (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A seemingly tame leopard used for a publicity stunt escapes and kills a young girl, spreading panic throughout a sleepy new Mexico town. (66 mins.)
“ 7/10
The setting is a little drab, with bland leads. But this film contains three astounding murder scenes that frighten me every time I see them. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
71.
Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
After being awakened, Larry Talbot chips Frankenstein's Monster out of a block of ice. When Talbot changes to the Wolf Man, the two creatures battle each other. (74 mins.)
“ 6/10
Lon terrorizes Wales, then joins Bela in Never-Never-Deutschland for more havoc. Has its moments thanks to Chaney's portrayal of anguish, but lacks the irony and oomph of its predecessors. And the musical moments are silly. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
72.
The Ape Man (1943)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.5/10 X  
A crazed scientist accidentally turns himself into a half ape, half human creature, and scrambles to find a cure. (64 mins.)
“ 3/10
My attention wandered--a lot. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
73.
The Uninvited (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A composer and his sister discover that the reason they are able to purchase a beautiful gothic seacoast mansion very cheaply is the house's unsavory past. (99 mins.)
Director: Lewis Allen
“ 8/10
One of the first films to take ghosts seriously, with convincing atmosphere and an unexpectedly adult story. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
74.
Gaslight (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Years after her aunt was murdered in her home, a young woman moves back into the house with her new husband. However, he has a secret that he will do anything to protect, even if it means driving his wife insane. (114 mins.)
Director: George Cukor
“ 7/10
Bergman was never lovelier, while Boyer is creepy as can be--and, as a bonus, we get Lansbury in a distinctive naughty role. Better plotting than the 1940 original--but it has less atmosphere, and Cotton is hopelessly miscast. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
75.
Between Two Worlds (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Passengers on an ocean liner can't recall how they got on board or where they are going yet, oddly enough, it soon becomes apparent that they all have something in common. (112 mins.)
Director: Edward A. Blatt
“ 6/10
Remake of Outward Bound 1930. I prefer the earlier version, which has a more intriguing mood. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
76.
House of Frankenstein (1944)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
An evil scientist and his hunchbacked assistant escape from prison and encounter Dracula, the Wolf Man and Frankenstein's Monster. (71 mins.)
Director: Erle C. Kenton
“ 5/10
Deadly slow and dramatically uneven, with weak special effects. Karloff and Chaney make it worth a look, if only-just; Carradine is no substitute for Lugosi. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
77.
And Then There Were None (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Ten people are invited to an isolated island, only to find that an unseen person is killing them one by one. Could one of them be the killer? (97 mins.)
Director: Rene Clair
“ 8/10
Brilliant black comedy, with a splendid cast of fine character actors. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
78.
The Body Snatcher (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A ruthless doctor and his young prize student find themselves continually harassed by their murderous supplier of illegal cadavers. (77 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
“ 8/10
"They killed his wee doggie too!" A really interesting role for Karloff. Daniells and Atwater are also excellent. If only it didn't include that child with the whiney voice. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
79.
The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A corrupt young man somehow keeps his youthful beauty, but a special painting gradually reveals his inner ugliness to all. (110 mins.)
Director: Albert Lewin
“ 8/10
Lansbury sings a sweet song, Sanders blithely corrupts nice people, and the villain pays for his crimes in a most unusual way. Far more serious in tone than most horror films. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
80.
Isle of the Dead (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
On a Greek island during the 1912 war, several people are trapped by quarantine for the plague. If that isn't enough worry... (71 mins.)
Director: Mark Robson
“ 6/10
Loads of atmosphere offset a weak plot--and Karloff shines in an unsympathetic role. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
81.
Dead of Night (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
An architect senses impending doom as his half-remembered recurring dream turns into reality. The guests at the country house encourage him to stay as they take turns telling supernatural tales. (103 mins.)
“ 9/10
Several creepy tales (my favorite is the haunted mirror) tied together with a twist that will drive you wild. One of the essentials. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
82.
My Name Is Julia Ross (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Julia Ross secures employment, through a rather nosy employment agency, with a wealthy widow, Mrs. Hughes... (65 mins.)
Director: Joseph H. Lewis
“ 7/10
Crazy plot but fun, in a low-budget, noirish kind of way. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
83.
House of Dracula (1945)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Count Dracula and the Wolf Man seek cures for their afflictions; a hunchbacked woman, a mad scientist and Frankenstein's Monster have their own troubles. (67 mins.)
Director: Erle C. Kenton
“ 6/10
Another ridiculous plot, but this one gives us some sympathetic characters, plus a strong finale. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
84.
She-Wolf of London (1946)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  
A young heiress finds evidence suggesting that at night she acts under the influence of a family curse and has begun committing ghastly murders in a nearby park. (61 mins.)
Director: Jean Yarbrough
“ 4/10
Bedraggled premise in pseudo-Victorian setting. At least it's short. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
85.
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Two hapless freight handlers find themselves encountering Dracula, the Frankenstein Monster and the Wolf Man. (83 mins.)
“ 8/10
Surprising amount of spooky atmosphere for a comedy, with excellent performances all around. Even the opening credits are great. Highly recommended. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
86.
Portrait of Jennie (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A mysterious girl inspires a struggling artist. (86 mins.)
“ 6/10
An oddball sci-fi story (concerning rips in the fabric of time, or something like that), which is more notable for its moody, sometimes poetic cinematography than its plot or performances. Jones couldn't be less convincing, but Ethel Barrymore is around to lend this some class and gravitas. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
87.
The Queen of Spades (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
An elderly countess strikes a bargain with the devil and exchanges her soul for the ability to always win at cards... (95 mins.)
“ 7.5/10
Atmospheric, although not very Russian, with lovely use of lighting and costumes to create a unique mood for an unusual tale. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
88.
Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Two bumbling private eyes help a man wrongly accused of murder who has become invisible to help clear his name. (82 mins.)
Director: Charles Lamont
“ 6/10
A boxing yarn not as compulsively watchable as A&C Meet Frankenstein. Good special effects, though. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
89.
The Tell-Tale Heart (1953 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A madman tells his tale of murder, and how a strange beating sound haunted him afterward. (8 mins.)
Director: Ted Parmelee
“ 9/10
Stylish, terrifically atmospheric animated version of the classic tale, chillingly narrated by James Mason. Worth any amount of trouble to seek out. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
90.
Return to Glennascaul (1953 Short Film)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Orson Welles, taking a break from the filming of Othello, is driving in the Irish countryside... (23 mins.)
Director: Hilton Edwards
“ 7.5/10
Most enjoyable adaptation of an urban legend that dates back at least as far as the 19th century in the U.S. Despite the Dublin setting, the film unfortunately doesn't have a particularly Irish feel, but the spooky tale is told with a light touch, not too many artsy flourishes, & at just the right (short) length. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
91.
It Came from Outer Space (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A spaceship from another world crashes in the Arizona desert, and only an amateur stargazer and a schoolteacher suspect alien influence when the local townsfolk begin to act strange. (81 mins.)
Director: Jack Arnold
“ 6.5/10
Maintains good suspense--and I love the jello aliens. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
92.
House of Wax (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
An associate burns down a wax museum with the owner inside, but he survives only to become vengeful and murderous. (88 mins.)
Director: Andre de Toth
“ 6/10
A fun color-and-3D extravaganza, with Price a gleeful master of ceremonies. The pacing is off, and the heroine didn't much interest me--but I loved the wax museum sets. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
93.
The Magnetic Monster (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Working for O.S.I., the Office of Scientific Investigation, A-Man agent Jeffrey Stewart and his partner... (76 mins.)
Director: Curt Siodmak
“ 5/10
Weird concept requires over-much voice-over exposition before reaching undeniably exciting finale. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
94.
Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
Two bumbling American cops hunt for the mysterious Mr. Hyde in London, England. (76 mins.)
Director: Charles Lamont
“ 4.5/10
Tune in for Karloff, not for the tale. It was distinctly weird seeing A&C in a Victorian setting. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
95.
Scared Stiff (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Fleeing a murder charge, a singer and a busboy (Martin & Lewis) wind up on a spooky Carribean island inherited by heiress (Scott). (108 mins.)
Director: George Marshall
 
96.
Them! (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The earliest atomic tests in New Mexico cause common ants to mutate into giant man-eating monsters that threaten civilization. (94 mins.)
Director: Gordon Douglas
“ 7/10
The best of the radioactive mutants films: intelligent script, strong performances (especially Gwenn and Weldon) and direction, excellent pacing. Even the "grey men in grey offices" scenes are good. Don't miss Them! ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
97.
Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
A strange prehistoric beast lurks in the depths of the Amazonian jungle. A group of scientists try to capture the animal and bring it back to civilization for study. (79 mins.)
Director: Jack Arnold
“ 7/10
Solid script and cast, good cinematography and locations. Very enjoyable, with an interestingly different (if all-too-rubbery) monster.

Incidentally, director Arnold's other credits include The Incredible Shrinking Man, The Mouse that Roared, & The Chicken of Tomorrow. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
98.
Devil Girl from Mars (1954)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.0/10 X  
An uptight, leather-clad female alien, armed with a ray gun and accompanied by a menacing robot, comes to Earth to collect Earth's men as breeding stock. (77 mins.)
Director: David MacDonald
“ 5/10
The plot summary makes it sound funnier than it really is, which is too bad.

http://stripgenerator.com/strip/676295/devil-bunny-from-mars/ ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
99.
Diabolique (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
The wife of a cruel headmaster and his mistress conspire to kill him, but after the murder is committed, his body disappears, and strange events begin to plague the two women. (116 mins.)
Director: H.G. Clouzot
“ 9/10
Sordid, sinister, and satisfying. A must-see. ” - blue_sock_monkey
 
100.
Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.6/10 X  
Series of unrelated short stories covering elements of crime, horror, drama and comedy about people of different species committing murders, suicides, thefts and other sorts of crime caused by certain motivations; perceived or not. (25 mins.)
“ 8/10
Many episodes of this anthology series were of course suspense or thrillers rather than horror--one of the enjoyable aspects of viewing this show is that you can never be quite sure at the outset which way it will go. I prefer the 30-minute vignettes to the later hour-long episodes.

Hulu often has episodes available. Check out The Gentleman From America, Into Thin Air, The Older Sister (based on the Lizzie Borden case), and Lamb To the Slaughter. ” - blue_sock_monkey