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My favorite Horror movies - 30s

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None of these are essential, but they're all solidly entertaining...especially if you're into horror.
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Unseen horrors

Horror movies from this decade that I haven't watched yet which may end up on this list in the future.

The 1930s decade of horror remains one of the most influential. For the first time a lot of these creatures and characters were brought to the big screen, and for some this was the first time they had voices to help bring them to life. So while the 1980s may be my personal favorite decade for horror, the 1930s are a close second due to the fact so many of these films had heavy influence on the horror films that followed them. Plus most of these were created with great care & precision to the result that they're as effective now as they were back then. What they lack in blood & gore they make up for in characterization & storytelling.

This list was helped along by the following list:
History of Horror by diabolical dr voodoo


See also:
My favorite Horror movies by decade for links to my lists for other decades
My favorite performances - Horror
My Top 20 Horror Films

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Posted: 6 years, 11 months ago at May 18 9:52
Nice! You kick my ass at 30's horror!! I've only seen 6 out of your 10. And Freaks would be at the bottom of mine too. Just wasn't that into it.
Posted: 6 years, 11 months ago at May 18 15:16
Freaks is a fascinating thing to watch, and really original. I enjoyed it, but it's definitely not for everyone.
Posted: 6 years, 11 months ago at May 24 22:16
Son of Frankenstein was my favorite out of the Universal Frankie series, when I watched it a few years ago.

"Or would you like to play darts?"


I also really liked the original. Though I can certainly see why everyone likes Bride of Frankenstein so much, since it made the monster much more sympathetic than he'd be portrayed throughout the series.

Also, I can't really name a bad one out of the series. Cripes, I need to get the other Universal Legacy sets so I can talk about something other than Frankenstein...
Posted: 6 years, 10 months ago at Jun 12 21:59
I've seen all except White Zombie, The Raven & Island Of Lost Souls!

And i agree wih Pumpkinate here... Many people favour Bride Of Frankenstein because Franky speaks in this film and is given more screen time but frankly speaking, it was not superior to the original... In fact, it had more comic relief than the first and correct me if i'm wrong, it also has homosexual themes spread throughout!

But nevertheless, as a fan of the original, i was a little disappointed but not so much that i wouldn't include it in my 500 movies list...

Anyways, great selections and should you make another, do tell!

How about The Cat And The Canary? It's a comedy-horror but maybe you wanna add it?
Posted: 6 years, 10 months ago at Jun 13 3:25
I'm in agreement with both of you that Bride isn't superior to the original, hence it's lower placement on the list. It's a lot of fun though, and I've enjoyed it every time I've seen it (one of which was in a theatre for a midnight showing, which was Awesome). Far from perfect, but still a bona-fide classic.

I think a lot of the love for it is due to its attempt to incorporate more from Mary Shelley's novel into the film, which it does admirably enough for the time. In the novel the monster was intelligent, learned how to speak, and asked Victor to make him a bride, and to some extent that happens in Bride.

The Cat and the Canary has been added.
Posted: 6 years, 10 months ago at Jun 13 19:00
The novel was crazy in that it was an account of an account of an account of (for a long stretch of chapters) an account. I'd forgotten that the monster had asked for a bride.
Posted: 6 years, 10 months ago at Jun 14 3:17
Yep, that's one of my favorite things about the novel.
Posted: 6 years, 9 months ago at Jul 16 9:20
The Invisible Man is my favorite, but the rest are great too. I still need to see the Dr. Mabuse films, though.
Posted: 6 years, 3 months ago at Jan 7 12:17
Seen five of them, and Bride of Frankenstein is clearly my favorite! Pure old-school horror fun.
Posted: 6 years, 2 months ago at Feb 21 8:54
Great list. I was tempted to put the Invisible man on mine too, because I really love it, but ultimately, I decided that it was more sci fi than horror. You have to see Island of Lost souls though. It's such a delightfully morbid and risque horror film from the pre code era. The old dark house is worth it too. I was disappointed the first time that I watched it, but after rewatching it, I began noticing hilarious character touches and genuinely creepy things.
Posted: 5 years, 8 months ago at Aug 8 18:15
Your lists are just wildly entertaining!

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