Darrell Moore's The Best, Worst, And Most Unusual Horror Films (1983)by skobic | created - 03 Sep 2014 | updated - 03 Sep 2014 | Public
1-14: Once Upon a Time: Origins of the Horror Film
15-33: The Walking Dead
34-56: Animals, Sort of
57-68: Watch the Skies! Monsters from Outer Space!
69-75: To the Devil
76-86: It Can Happen Here: Psychics and Ghosts
87-101: Science Slips Up
102-112: The Psycho With a Knife (Sometimes With a Chainsaw)
113-129: The Most Unusual Horror Films
I didn't add "The Worst Horror Films".
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1. The Student of Prague (1913)
Approved | 85 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Balduin, a student of Prague, leaves his roystering companions in the beer garden, when he finds he has reached the end of his resources. He is scarcely seated in a quiet corner when a ... See full summary »
2. The Golem (1920)
Unrated | 91 min | Fantasy, Horror
In 16th-century Prague, a rabbi creates the Golem - a giant creature made of clay. Using sorcery, he brings the creature to life in order to protect the Jews of Prague from persecution.
5. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (I) (1923)
Unrated | 133 min | Drama, Horror, Romance
In fifteenth century Paris, the brother of the archdeacon plots with the gypsy king to foment a peasant revolt. Meanwhile, a freakish hunchback falls in love with the gypsy queen.
Votes: 4,044 | Gross: $1.02M
6. The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
Not Rated | 93 min | Horror
A mad, disfigured composer seeks love with a lovely young opera singer.
Votes: 14,110 | Gross: $0.72M
7. The Old Dark House (1932)
TV-G | 72 min | Comedy, Horror, Thriller
Seeking shelter from a storm, five travelers are in for a bizarre and terrifying night when they stumble upon the Femm family estate.
Votes: 6,724 | Gross: $0.03M
8. The Black Cat (1934)
65 min | Adventure, Crime, Horror
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.
Votes: 7,592 | Gross: $0.24M
10. Murders in the Zoo (1933)
Passed | 62 min | Crime, Horror
A monomaniacal zoologist is pathologically jealous of his beautiful but unfaithful wife Evelyn and will not stop short of murder to keep her.
11. Island of Lost Souls (1932)
Not Rated | 70 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
An obsessed scientist conducts profane experiments in evolution, eventually establishing himself as the self-styled demigod to a race of mutated, half-human abominations.
14. Mad Love (1935)
Passed | 68 min | Horror, Romance, Sci-Fi
In France, an insane surgeon's obsession with an actress from England leads him to replace her pianist husband's hands that got mangled in an accident with the hands of a late knife murderer which still have the urge to throw knives.
16. Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Not Rated | 75 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Mary Shelley reveals the main characters of her novel survived: Dr. Frankenstein, goaded by an even madder scientist, builds his monster a mate.
17. Son of Frankenstein (1939)
Approved | 99 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
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.
18. The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942)
Approved | 67 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
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.
19. The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
Approved | 82 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Victor Frankenstein builds a creature and brings it to life, but it behaves not as he intended.
Votes: 7,578 | Gross: $7.00M
20. The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958)
Unrated | 90 min | Horror, Sci-Fi
Baron Frankenstein escapes from the guillotine and goes to Germany. There, he names himself Dr. Stein and plans to restart his experiments by using parts of dead bodies.
24. Son of Dracula (1943)
Approved | 80 min | Fantasy, Horror
Count Alucard finds his way from Budapest to the swamps of the Deep South; his four nemeses are a medical doctor, a university professor, a jilted fiancé and the woman he loves.
26. Count Yorga, Vampire (1970)
PG-13 | 93 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
A couple invites a Count from Hungary, who recently immigrated to America, to conduct a seance for the woman's recently deceased mother, oblivious to the fact that he is actually a vampire.
27. The Return of Count Yorga (1971)
R | 97 min | Horror
Count Yorga continues to prey on the local community while living by a nearby orphanage. He also intends to take a new wife, while feeding his bevy of female vampires.
28. Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)
PG | 107 min | Horror
Count Dracula moves from Transylvania to Wismar, spreading the Black Plague across the land. Only a woman pure of heart can bring an end to his reign of horror.
31. I Walked with a Zombie (1943)
Approved | 69 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
A Canadian nurse is hired to care for the wife of a sugar plantation owner, who has been acting strangely, on a Caribbean island.
32. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
Not Rated | 96 min | Horror
There is panic throughout the nation as the dead suddenly come back to life. The film follows a group of characters who barricade themselves in an old farmhouse in an attempt to remain safe from these bloodthirsty, flesh-eating monsters.
Votes: 99,711 | Gross: $0.09M
33. Dawn of the Dead (1978)
Unrated | 127 min | Horror, Thriller
Following an ever-growing epidemic of zombies that have risen from the dead, two Philadelphia S.W.A.T. team members, a traffic reporter, and his television executive girlfriend seek refuge in a secluded shopping mall.
Votes: 99,518 | Gross: $5.10M
34. An American Werewolf in London (1981)
R | 97 min | Comedy, Horror
Two American college students on a walking tour of Britain are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists.
Votes: 77,245 | Gross: $30.57M
35. Werewolf of London (1935)
Not Rated | 75 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
The juice of a rare Tibetan flower is the only thing that keeps Dr. Glendon from turning into a werewolf during a full moon.
36. The Wolf Man (1941)
Not Rated | 70 min | Horror
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.
37. I Was a Teenage Werewolf (1957)
Approved | 76 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror
A hypnotherapist uses a temperamental teenager as guinea pig for a serum which transforms him into a vicious werewolf.
Votes: 2,039 | Gross: $2.00M
40. The Howling (1981)
R | 91 min | Horror
After a bizarre and near fatal encounter with a serial killer, a television newswoman is sent to a remote mountain resort whose residents may not be what they seem.
Votes: 26,059 | Gross: $17.99M
41. Beauty and the Beast (1946)
Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
A beautiful young woman takes her father's place as the prisoner of a mysterious beast, who wishes to marry her.
Votes: 21,311 | Gross: $0.30M
42. King Kong (1933)
Not Rated | 100 min | Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi
A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal ape who takes a shine to their female blonde star. He is then captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition.
Votes: 71,132 | Gross: $10.00M
44. Cat People (1942)
Not Rated | 73 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
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.
Votes: 15,997 | Gross: $4.00M
45. Cat People (1982)
R | 118 min | Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
A young woman's sexual awakening brings horror when she discovers her urges transform her into a monstrous black leopard.
Votes: 16,427 | Gross: $7.00M
46. Alligator (1980)
R | 91 min | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller
A baby alligator is flushed down a Chicago toilet and survives by eating discarded laboratory rats injected with growth hormones. The small reptile grows gigantic, escapes the city sewers, and goes on a rampage.
49. The Birds (1963)
PG-13 | 119 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery
A wealthy San Francisco socialite pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people.
Votes: 147,452 | Gross: $11.40M
50. Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
G | 79 min | Horror