10 Best Horror Films of 1912

by nauru-1 | created - 04 Mar 2016 | updated - 27 Mar 2016 | Public

Plenty of works produced here, though as typical of the time many are lost or difficult to find. By this point, adaptations and remakes were quite prominent inspirations for works. After this year, the occasional foundational horror film would begin to sprinkle onto the scene, though it would still be a gradual process before the genre was known as such.

Notable Films sometimes labelled as horror: The Conquest of the Pole, Superstition andalouse, Un ragno nel cervello, A Bride of Death, Bertie's Book of Magic, Feathertop

Notable Films that didn't make the cut: The Raven, The Spider's Web

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1. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1912)

Not Rated | 12 min | Short, Drama, Horror

Dr. Henry Jekyll experiments with scientific means of revealing the hidden, dark side of man and releases a murderer from within himself.

Director: Lucius Henderson | Stars: James Cruze, Florence La Badie, Marie Eline, Jane Gail

Votes: 406

2. Conscience (1912)

10 min | Short, Horror

Against her brother's better judgment, Eleanor is convinced by her lover, Eric to elope with him to New York. Some time later Eric abandons her and, falling on hard times, Eleanor is forced... See full summary »

Directors: Van Dyke Brooke, Maurice Costello | Stars: Maurice Costello, Rose Tapley, Mary Maurice, Van Dyke Brooke

3. Specter of the Sea (1912)

40 min | Horror, Short

In the form of a shadow, Death emerges from the sea and convinces an unhappy woman to commit suicide by returning to the sea with him.

Director: Curt A. Stark | Stars: Lizzy Krueger, Henny Porten, Frau Retzlag, Curt A. Stark

Votes: 6

4. Vampyrdanserinden (1912)

The man-hungry "vampire," later to be popularized by America's Theda Bara, made her screen debut in this Danish melodrama directed by August Blom. Clara Wieth starred in the title role of ... See full synopsis »

Director: August Blom | Stars: Ingeborg Bruhn Bertelsen, Svend Bille, Axel Boesen, Frederik Christensen

Votes: 13

5. Satana (1912)

Drama, Horror

A four chapter film including Satan vs the Creator, Satan vs the Saviour, The Green Demon/Satan during the Dark Ages and The Red Demon/Satan in modern times.

Director: Luigi Maggi | Stars: Mario Bonnard, Mary Cleo Tarlarini, Fernanda Negri Pouget, Mario Voller-Buzzi

Votes: 15

6. The Mask of Horror (1912)

Short, Horror

A mad sculptor, searching for the perfect realization of "the mask of horror", places himself in front of a mirror after smearing blood over himself with the glass of an oil lamp. He then ... See full summary »

Director: Abel Gance | Stars: Édouard de Max, Charles de Rochefort, Florelle, Mathilde Thizeau

Votes: 6

7. The Vengeance of Egypt (1912)

Short, Drama, Horror

A stolen mummy's ring brings death to all who acquire it until it is returned to its owner.

9. The Brute (1912)

Drama, Short

The Grim Reaper goes after the soul of a drunkard.

Director: Ulysses Davis

10. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1912)

Short, Comedy, Drama

Here is the heart-rending narrative of Ichabod Crane, the schoolmaster of Sleepy Hollow, and his strenuous courtship, the quilting bee, the village dance, the bragging of Ichabod and the ... See full summary »

Director: Étienne Arnaud | Stars: Alec B. Francis, John G. Adolfi, Dorothy Gibson, Louis R. Grisel

Votes: 8

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