Top 10 Horror Movies: 1920s – 1950s

Top 10 Horror Movies: 1920s – 1950s

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50 Responses to Top 10 Horror Movies: 1920s – 1950s

  1. colderbeer says:

    The Bride of Frankenstein is better than THE FLY, and The Invisible Man is better than House on Haunted Hill. And how come no Christopher Lee films made this weak list??? Dracula at least is indeed the Champ.

  2. Jagged Guillermo says:

    #4 Nosferatu
    I saw it on spongebob

  3. Nicholas Barsanti says:

    wait if that you on the phone and you are in the bus. then who is flicking the lights?

  4. Henry Jones says:

    Where is Vampyr?

  5. jkb styx says:

    Phantom of the opera should of been top 10! And took out invasion of the body snatchers. Other then that good list!

  6. LinkMEP says:

    10. Cat People (same)
    9. House on Haunted Hill (same)
    8. The Black Cat
    7. The Curse of The Cat People
    6. Rebeca
    5. White Zombie
    4. The Hand of The Mummy
    3. Bedlam
    2. The Ghost Ship
    1. Isle of The Dead

    Honorable Mentions

    Day The World Ended
    The Fly (same)
    The Tingler
    The Mummy (same)
    The Seventh Victim
    The Vampire Bat

  7. Constantine The Damned says:

    Wasn’t the Cabinet of Dr. Caligari released in 1920?

  8. Nihilist Ivy says:

    nosferatu is my favorite film❀ horror isn’t the same as the early days.

  9. Ravan says:

    #4 : The Hash Slinging Slicer.. is that you?

  10. -GDXdominator- Geo says:

    Invasion of the body snatchers reminds me of spongebob.

  11. CO 68 says:

    Here’s a better list

    10. The Invisible Man
    9. Dracula (1931)
    8. The Phantom of the Opera
    7. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
    6. The Night of the Hunter
    5. Frankenstein
    4. Diabolique
    3. Bride of Frankenstein
    2. King Kong
    1. Nosferatu

    But, they didn’t count 3 of them as horror

    Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
    House of Wax
    Dracula’s Daughter
    Invasion of the Body Snatchers

  12. amy clarke says:

    more sad than scary

  13. Sonny V says:

    the cabinet of dr calagari 1953 except this german silent horror movie was made in 1920 πŸ˜€

  14. Lucreeper1234 says:

    Why does it say the cabinet of dr caligari was 1953?

  15. Mikey Herbach says:

    (Lights flickering) NOSEFERATU!

  16. Kathy C says:

    Freaks? A classic.

  17. Talyn has time says:

    1:30 Wait, they had 3D in the 50s?

  18. Chas z says:

    Bela is the best , where Christopher Lee tried and many more Bela Lugosi what is the true true Dracula. No one could ever get near Bella, he is my most favorite. Now they are from the 1920s to the 1950s they were the True Horror movies.
    There are a good amount of 1970 and 1980s movies that I do like but after that they’re just crap. Now that’s just my personal opinion everyone else could have her own opinion. It’s just a tragedy what happened to Bela Lugosi later in life and at the same time Boris Karloff kept going. I’ve watched documentary about the relationship between Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff, but in interviews when Bella fell into his own demons at the very last part of his life with the morphine Boris Karloff just turned his back on him.
    I totally do not like Boris Karloff at all just for that one reason, the man himself but I do enjoy almost all of his movies. Now this may sound crazy if I can go back in time I would say something to borrow so that I could not print on this site. For the issue between him and Bela. I do believe that it is at least 75% true. I would say to Boris you are really a rotten no-good bastard but at the same time I really enjoy your movies. Does anyone understand why I said that and how I did ?
    Enclosing I’m going to check out , and I hope I didn’t talk your ear off too bad. Everyone have a great day — 4/2/16 — 7:08 Pm Chaz,

  19. villaparis2 says:

    Where’s Vampyr(1932), The Invisible man(1933), Bride Of Frankenstein(1935) andΒ Dead Of Night(1946)

  20. Yankee Countess says:

    you could easily make 10 films for the 1930’s, 40’s, and 50’s–so many Universal monster films, atomic films, and sci-fi horror. And I’m sure you can do the same for the 1920’s if someone does their research–lumping these four decades together just feels lazy

  21. DVDClips1 says:

    The cabinet of dr caligari was released in 1920 not 1953

  22. Outleteon says:

    I think the Bride of Frankenstein deserved it more

  23. Aavhiuudh Das says:

    actually none of them is scary😱😱

  24. The2002WS says:

    lol I had to look up the definition of somnambulist. I’ve never heard the technical term for a sleepwalker.

  25. Shalise Shaw says:

    00:09 That scare chord in Dracula was epic(scare chord)!🎬πŸŽ₯πŸ“ΉπŸŽ¦πŸ“ΊπŸ“€πŸ“ΌπŸ˜¨πŸ˜¨πŸ˜¨πŸ˜¨πŸ˜¨πŸ˜¨πŸ‘»πŸ‘ΉπŸ‘½πŸ‘ΎπŸ¬

  26. Rossi the Bossi says:

    dracula(1931) is definitely not as good as nosferatu.

  27. AustinMJohnson says:

    just realized that Rob Zombie’s Living Dead Girl video is based off of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

  28. Talyn has time says:

    1:30 Wait, they had 3D in the 50s?

  29. Luka Banjac says:

    Typo for Callagari: it’s actually 1920

  30. LivingMindfully1975 says:

    Vincent Price!!! AWESOME!!! Of course he was in several of these movies.

  31. Jordan Fire Star says:

    Didn’t even know they had television back then in the 20s, i mean i knew it was they had tv but i didn’t know they had movies back in the 20s.

  32. mhjskisincb says:

    So you’re telling me you could only make one top ten of all the horror movies from 1920-1959, but could make one out of half of the 2010’s which has had maybe two good scary movies so far?

  33. Cyril Archtal says:

    I always wondered myself : what is the music used, in this video (and some others when this same music appeared), on the background ?

  34. Misanthropic Lycanthrope says:

    HAXAN god damn it!!!

  35. j says:

    omgg you are awesome

  36. Ol Smokey says:

    Night of the living dead!

  37. Zum Lemon says:

    Frankenstein is the Best

  38. Jesse Jones says:

    im sorry but no…..nosferatu is number 1!

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  40. Ruby Stevens says:

    they needed to do each decade separately. there r so many they left out

  41. Orlagh Swords says:

    Um…Cabinet of Doctor Caligari was made in 1920. They were only 33 years of…

  42. Josh The Great says:

    1930s Dracula vs 1950s Dracula. What kind of Dracula movie is better?

  43. Luke Baxter says:

    Does anyone think that Dracula is number 1 because of its popularity instead of its quality? I’m saying because I think that Frankenstein should be number 1. And The Mummy should’ve been on the list.

  44. Chris House says:

    I’m disappointed that each of these decades didn’t get its own video. Here’s how it would have played out if it were up to me:

    10. A Page of Madness (1926)
    9. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920)
    8. The Cat and the Canary (1927)
    7. The Haunted House (1921)
    6. The Golem (1920)
    5. The Man Who Laughs (1928)
    4. Faust (1926)
    3. The Phantom Carriage (1921)
    2. Nosferatu (1922)
    1. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

    10. Dracula (1931)
    9. White Zombie (1932)
    8. King Kong (1933)
    7. Son of Frankenstein (1939)
    6. The Invisible Man (1933)
    5. Freaks (1932)
    4. Island of Lost Souls (1933)
    3. Frankenstein (1931)
    2. Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
    1. Vampyr (1932)

    10. The Face Behind the Mask (1941)
    9. The Spiral Staircase (1945)
    8. The Curse of the Cat People (1944)
    7. The 7th Victim (1943)
    6. The Wolf Man (1941)
    5. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1949)
    4. Isle of the Dead (1945)
    3. Cat People (1942)
    2. I Walked with a Zombie (1943)
    1. The Body Snatcher (1945)

    10. Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)
    9. House of Wax (1959)
    8. The Tingler (1959)
    7. The Bad Seed (1956)
    6. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
    5. The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957)
    4. Horror of Dracula (1958)
    3. The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
    2. Diabolique (1955)
    1. House on Haunted Hill (1959)

  45. Treefrog Johnson says:

    "Children and Women in danger".. correcting this mistake – "Children, and Women, and Men in danger:". There you go. Just because it was made in the 30s doesn’t mean your sensibilities have to remain there.

  46. Lucas Hoffses says:

    2:57 was the cabinet of Dr caligari really made in 1953? I think it was 1920

  47. Ravan says:

    #4 : The Hash Slinging Slicer.. is that you?

  48. alicia g says:

    Ah the famous black and white, Dracula, I love the old fashioned movies, even the Silent films too.

  49. Skits & Vlogs says:

    When I watched Nosferatu on Youtube for the first time I had a dream were the school bully saw Nosferatu and the school bully spoke silently but then Nosferatu said (not silently) "I ain’t silent, you bitch" and he kicked his dick.

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