British Horror - Pre Hammer

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1. Phantom Ship (1935)

Approved | 62 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

During a horrific storm at sea, the crew realizes that there is a murderer among them who is killing them off one by one.

Director: Denison Clift | Stars: Bela Lugosi, Shirley Grey, Arthur Margetson, Edmund Willard

Votes: 620

2. The Ghoul (1933)

Not Rated | 77 min | Action, Drama, Horror

An Egyptologist returns from the dead to take revenge on those who have violated his tomb.

Director: T. Hayes Hunter | Stars: Boris Karloff, Cedric Hardwicke, Ernest Thesiger, Dorothy Hyson

Votes: 2,051

3. The Clairvoyant (1935)

Approved | 81 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

A fake music-hall clairvoyant meets a woman, and suddenly his predictions seem to come true ...

Director: Maurice Elvey | Stars: Claude Rains, Fay Wray, Mary Clare, Ben Field

Votes: 878

4. The Man Who Lived Again (1936)

Not Rated | 66 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

Dr. Laurience, a brilliant but unstable scientist experimenting with transferring minds, becomes vengeful when his magnate patron withdraws his support.

Director: Robert Stevenson | Stars: Boris Karloff, Anna Lee, John Loder, Frank Cellier

Votes: 856

5. The Phantom Fiend (1932)

Passed | 67 min | Action, Crime, Romance

A landlady suspects her new lodger is the madman killing women in London.

Director: Maurice Elvey | Stars: Ivor Novello, Elizabeth Allan, A.W. Baskcomb, Barbara Everest

Votes: 253

6. The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927)

Not Rated | 68 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A landlady suspects her new lodger is the madman killing women in London.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: June Tripp, Ivor Novello, Marie Ault, Arthur Chesney

Votes: 9,200

7. The Fall of the House of Usher (1948)

70 min | Horror

A traveller arrives at the Usher mansion to visit his old friend, Roderick Usher. Upon arriving, however, he discovers that Roderick and his sister, Madeline, have been afflicted with a ... See full summary »

Director: Ivan Barnett | Stars: Gwen Watford, Kaye Tendeter, Irving Steen, Vernon Charles

Votes: 370

8. House of Darkness (1948)

63 min | Horror

A young man visiting a house that turns out to be haunted is terrorized by the ghost of a man who had been murdered there years before.

Director: Oswald Mitchell | Stars: Henry Oscar, Laurence Harvey, Lesley Osmond, Alexander Archdale

Votes: 113

9. A Place of One's Own (1945)

Not Rated | 92 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

An elderly couple move into an old, supposedly haunted abandoned house. A young girl comes to live with the pair as a companion for the wife. However, soon the girl is possessed by the ... See full summary »

Director: Bernard Knowles | Stars: Margaret Lockwood, James Mason, Barbara Mullen, Dennis Price

Votes: 685

10. Bucket of Blood (1934)

55 min | Horror

A young man is driven mad by his obsession with the repulsive diseased eye of the old man who cares for him.

Director: Brian Desmond Hurst | Stars: Norman Dryden, John Kelt, Yolande Terrell, Thomas Shenton

Votes: 41

11. The Tell-Tale Heart (II) (1953)

20 min | Horror, Short

A man has murdered an old man in his bed and hidden the remains. He is confronted by police. He seems convincing yet just as it looks as if he will get away with his crime he hears the ... See full summary »

Director: J.B. Williams | Star: Stanley Baker

Votes: 23

13. The Human Monster (1939)

Not Rated | 73 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

Insurance agent-physician collects on policies of men murdered by a disfigured resident of the home for the blind where he acts as doctor-on-call.

Director: Walter Summers | Stars: Bela Lugosi, Hugh Williams, Greta Gynt, Edmon Ryan

Votes: 988

14. Juggernaut (1936)

64 min | Mystery

An evil doctor and the greedy wife of a rich man plot to poison him so they can get their hands on his money.

Director: Henry Edwards | Stars: Boris Karloff, Joan Wyndham, Arthur Margetson, Mona Goya

Votes: 238

15. Mystery at the Villa Rose (1930)

99 min | Crime, Mystery

Jewel thieves kill a rich widow and frame a fake medium.

Director: Leslie S. Hiscott | Stars: Norah Baring, Austin Trevor, Richard Cooper, Barbara Gott

16. The Bells (1931)

75 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

Mathias, an Alsatian innkeeper, murders a rich Pole staying at his inn But Mathias' conscience will not let him rest, and the murdered man's spirit drives the innkeeper nearly mad. The ... See full summary »

Directors: Harcourt Templeman, Oscar Friedrich Werndorff | Stars: Donald Calthrop, Jane Welsh, Edward Sinclair, O.B. Clarence

Votes: 12

17. The Ghost Train (1931)

72 min | Comedy, Thriller

The story, about the social interaction of a group of railway passengers who have been stranded at a remote rural station overnight who are increasingly threatened by a latent external force, Part talkie mostly silent.

Director: Walter Forde | Stars: Jack Hulbert, Cicely Courtneidge, Ann Todd, Cyril Raymond

Votes: 40

18. The Hound of the Baskervilles (1931)

72 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

When a nobleman is threatened by a family curse on his newly inherited estate, Sherlock Holmes is hired to investigate.

Director: Gareth Gundrey | Stars: John Stuart, Robert Rendel, Frederick Lloyd, Heather Angel

Votes: 20

19. Castle Sinister (1932)

50 min | Horror

A crazed scientist attempts to transplant a young girl's brain into the body of an ape.

Director: Widgey R. Newman | Stars: Haddon Mason, Eric Adeney, Wally Patch, Isa Kilpatrick

23. Thark (1932)

79 min | Comedy, Horror

Aldwych farce. Acting as legal guardian of Kitty Stratton, Sir Hector Benbow sells the titular country house to Mrs Frush - who then complains that it is haunted. Various investigators and occupants spend a night searching for the ghost.

Director: Tom Walls | Stars: Tom Walls, Ralph Lynn, Mary Brough, Robertson Hare

Votes: 8

24. The Shadow (1933)

63 min | Mystery

A group of people in an old dark house are terrorized by a mysterious hooded figure dressed in black who proceeds to kill them off one by one.

Director: George A. Cooper | Stars: Henry Kendall, Elizabeth Allan, Felix Aylmer, Jeanne Stuart

Votes: 97

25. The Secret of the Loch (1934)

78 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Comedy

A batty Scottish professor attempts to prove the existence of the Loch Ness Monster, but everyone thinks he's crazy. Meanwhile, a foolish young reporter attempts to get a scoop on the story.

Director: Milton Rosmer | Stars: Seymour Hicks, Nancy O'Neil, Gibson Gowland, Frederick Peisley

Votes: 105

26. The Phantom Light (1935)

76 min | Mystery, Thriller

A lighthouse keeper has been murdered in mysterious circumstances and, during the ensuing investigation a Phantom Light keeps appearing at the scene of his death.

Director: Michael Powell | Stars: Binnie Hale, Gordon Harker, Donald Calthrop, Milton Rosmer

Votes: 413

27. Maria Marten, or The Murder in the Red Barn (1935)

Approved | 70 min | Crime, Drama

In 1820's rural England, a young girl is tricked by tales of marriage by a villainous Squire, and when she becomes pregnant, and disappears, a gipsy lad is blamed.

Director: Milton Rosmer | Stars: Tod Slaughter, Sophie Stewart, D.J. Williams, Eric Portman

Votes: 264

29. The Crimes of Stephen Hawke (1936)

69 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A crazed killer known as "The Spinebreaker" is terrorizing London with a series of grisly murders. The police seem powerless to stop him.

Director: George King | Stars: Tod Slaughter, Marjorie Taylor, D.J. Williams, Eric Portman

Votes: 201

30. The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1936)

76 min | Drama, Horror

A Fleet Street barber recounts the story of Sweeney Todd, a notorious barber who in the last century murdered many customers for their money.

Director: George King | Stars: Tod Slaughter, Stella Rho, John Singer, Eve Lister

Votes: 778

31. Doctor Syn (1937)

Approved | 78 min | Drama, Adventure

When customs and excise men arrive at the village of Dymchurch in Kent, they uncover an intricate smuggling network being coordinated by the local parson, Dr Syn. Unknown to all but a few ... See full summary »

Director: Roy William Neill | Stars: George Arliss, Margaret Lockwood, John Loder, Roy Emerton

Votes: 164

32. Sexton Blake and the Hooded Terror (1938)

Not Rated | 70 min | Crime, Thriller

Sexton Blake and Tinker foil criminal plot connected with the Tongs, and master-minded by "famous stamp collector" and millionaire.

Director: George King | Stars: George Curzon, Tod Slaughter, Greta Gynt, Tony Sympson

Votes: 140

33. The Human Monster (1939)

Not Rated | 73 min | Crime, Horror, Mystery

Insurance agent-physician collects on policies of men murdered by a disfigured resident of the home for the blind where he acts as doctor-on-call.

Director: Walter Summers | Stars: Bela Lugosi, Hugh Williams, Greta Gynt, Edmon Ryan

Votes: 988

34. The Face at the Window (1939)

Approved | 65 min | Drama, Horror

Set in France in 1880. A series of murders is attributed to a Wolf Man.

Director: George King | Stars: Tod Slaughter, John Warwick, Aubrey Mallalieu, Marjorie Taylor

Votes: 339

35. Crimes at the Dark House (1940)

Not Rated | 69 min | Drama

A madman kills a man who has just inherited a large estate, then impersonates his victim to gain entrance to the estate so he can murder his enemies.

Director: George King | Stars: Tod Slaughter, Sylvia Marriott, Hilary Eaves, Geoffrey Wardwell

Votes: 368

36. The Spell of Amy Nugent (1941)

Approved | 82 min | Drama, Horror

A young man's fiancé dies after contracting a terminal illness, and in his efforts to contact her he gets involved with a group of spiritualists.

Director: John Harlow | Stars: Derek Farr, Vera Lindsay, Hay Petrie, Felix Aylmer

Votes: 61

37. Chamber of Horrors (1940)

79 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

A murder is found to be connected to a false heir and a secret underground torture chamber.

Director: Norman Lee | Stars: Leslie Banks, Lilli Palmer, Romilly Lunge, Gina Malo

Votes: 360

38. The Night Has Eyes (1942)

62 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Two teachers, man-hungry Doris and restrained Marian, visit the Yorkshire moors a year after friend Evelyn disappeared there. On a stormy night, they take refuge in the isolated cottage of ... See full summary »

Director: Leslie Arliss | Stars: James Mason, Wilfrid Lawson, Mary Clare, Joyce Howard

Votes: 489

39. Strangler's Morgue (1946)

100 min | Drama, Horror

A young captain, after participating in a duel, becomes the suspect in a series of killings in Epping Forest.

Director: Victor M. Gover | Stars: Bruce Seton, Henry Caine, Pearl Cameron, Andrew Laurence

Votes: 73

40. Dead of Night (1945)

Approved | 77 min | Drama, Horror

Architect Walter Craig (Mervyn Johns) 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.

Directors: Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Basil Dearden, Robert Hamer | Stars: Mervyn Johns, Michael Redgrave, Roland Culver, Mary Merrall

Votes: 9,811

41. The Ghost of Rashmon Hall (1948)

52 min | Horror

A doctor is summoned to an old dark house to rid it of evil spirits.

Director: Denis Kavanagh | Stars: Valentine Dyall, Anne Howard, Alec Faversham, Howard Douglas

Votes: 84

42. The Inheritance (1947)

Not Rated | 98 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

Following her father's death, a British teen-aged heiress goes to live with her guardian uncle who is broke and scheming to murder his niece for her vast inheritance.

Director: Charles Frank | Stars: Jean Simmons, Derrick De Marney, Katina Paxinou, Derek Bond

Votes: 551

43. The Queen of Spades (1949)

95 min | Drama, Horror

An elderly countess strikes a bargain with the devil and exchanges her soul for the ability to always win at cards. An army officer, who is also a fanatic about cards, murders her for the ... See full summary »

Director: Thorold Dickinson | Stars: Anton Walbrook, Edith Evans, Yvonne Mitchell, Ronald Howard

Votes: 1,139

44. The Monkey's Paw (1948)

64 min | Horror, Thriller

A mother wishes for the return of her dead son, and that wish is granted by a charm made from a severed monkey's paw.

Director: Norman Lee | Stars: Milton Rosmer, Megs Jenkins, Michael Martin Harvey, Eric Micklewood

Votes: 233

45. The Three Weird Sisters (1948)

Not Rated | 82 min | Crime, Drama

A secretary suspects that her employer's three elderly sisters are plotting to kill him after he announces he'll no longer finance their philanthropic endeavors.

Director: Daniel Birt | Stars: Nancy Price, Mary Clare, Mary Merrall, Nova Pilbeam

Votes: 114

46. Horror Maniacs (1948)

80 min | Drama, Horror

A story of body snatchers in Edinburgh, based on Burke and Hare.

Director: Oswald Mitchell | Stars: Tod Slaughter, Henry Oscar, Jenny Lynn, Winifred Melville

Votes: 144

47. Haunted Palace (1949)

34 min | Fantasy, Short

This short film purports to be a documentary (a semi-documentary?) featuring Shaw Desmond, founder of the International Institute for Psychical Research. Desmond relates several famous British hauntings.

Director: Richard Fisher | Stars: Shaw Desmond, Helene Cooney, Ann Wrigg, Wendy Remington

Votes: 19

48. House of Darkness (1948)

63 min | Horror

A young man visiting a house that turns out to be haunted is terrorized by the ghost of a man who had been murdered there years before.

Director: Oswald Mitchell | Stars: Henry Oscar, Laurence Harvey, Lesley Osmond, Alexander Archdale

Votes: 113

49. Things Happen at Night (1948)

Not Rated | 79 min | Comedy, Horror

A young girl finds herself possessed by the spirit of a mischievous demon.

Director: Francis Searle | Stars: Gordon Harker, Alfred Drayton, Robertson Hare, Gwyneth Vaughan

Votes: 139

50. Room to Let (1950)

68 min | Crime, Drama