Favorite Horror Films 1895-1929

by bertramsharp | created - 31 May 2017 | updated - 5 months ago | Public

Updated: 5/14/2019

I have watched 45 horror films with a release date between 1895-1929. I have listed them here ranked from best to worst (in my opinion).

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1. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

Not Rated | 67 min | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery

Hypnotist Dr. Caligari uses a somnambulist, Cesare, to commit murders.

Director: Robert Wiene | Stars: Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt, Friedrich Feher, Lil Dagover

Votes: 51,228

2. 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: 9,204

3. Un Chien Andalou (1929)

Not Rated | 16 min | Short, Fantasy, Horror

Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí present 17 minutes of bizarre, surreal imagery.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Pierre Batcheff, Simone Mareuil, Luis Buñuel, Salvador Dalí

Votes: 42,796

4. Metropolis (1927)

Not Rated | 153 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

98 Metascore

In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city's mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Brigitte Helm, Alfred Abel, Gustav Fröhlich, Rudolf Klein-Rogge

Votes: 147,657 | Gross: $1.24M

5. The Phantom of the Opera (1925)

Passed | 93 min | Horror

A mad, disfigured composer seeks love with a lovely young opera singer.

Directors: Rupert Julian, Lon Chaney, Ernst Laemmle, Edward Sedgwick | Stars: Lon Chaney, Mary Philbin, Norman Kerry, Arthur Edmund Carewe

Votes: 15,371 | Gross: $3.75M

6. The Unholy Three (1925)

Passed | 86 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

A sideshow ventriloquist, midget, and strongman form a conspiracy known as "The Unholy Three" and commit a series of robberies.

Director: Tod Browning | Stars: Lon Chaney, Mae Busch, Matt Moore, Victor McLaglen

Votes: 1,541 | Gross: $0.70M

7. Haunted Spooks (1920)

Passed | 25 min | Short, Comedy

After numerous failed attempts to commit suicide, our hero (Lloyd) runs into a lawyer who is looking for a stooge to stand in as a groom in order to secure an inheritance for his client (... See full summary »

Directors: Alfred J. Goulding, Hal Roach | Stars: Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis, Wallace Howe, Marie Benson

Votes: 1,076

8. The Haunted House (1921)

Unrated | 21 min | Short, Comedy, Horror

A bank clerk ends up in a seemingly haunted house that is actually a thieves' hideout.

Directors: Edward F. Cline, Buster Keaton | Stars: Buster Keaton, Virginia Fox, Joe Roberts, Edward F. Cline

Votes: 2,351

9. The Skeleton Dance (1929)

Approved | 6 min | Animation, Family, Short

The clock strikes midnight, the bats fly from the belfry, a dog howls at the full moon, and two black cats fight in the cemetery: a perfect time for four skeletons to come out and dance a bit.

Director: Walt Disney

Votes: 3,811

10. The Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots (1895)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, History

This short film, one of the first to use camera tricks, depicts the execution of Mary, Queen of Scots.

Director: Alfred Clark | Star: Mrs. Robert L. Thomas

Votes: 1,755

11. Destiny (1921)

Not Rated | 114 min | Drama, Fantasy, Thriller

When a woman's fiancé disappears, Death gives her three chances to save him from his fate.

Director: Fritz Lang | Stars: Bernhard Goetzke, Lil Dagover, Walter Janssen, Hans Sternberg

Votes: 4,664 | Gross: $0.01M

12. Faust (1926)

Not Rated | 107 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

The demon Mephisto wagers with God that he can corrupt a mortal man's soul.

Director: F.W. Murnau | Stars: Gösta Ekman, Emil Jannings, Camilla Horn, Frida Richard

Votes: 12,923

13. The Unknown (1927)

Unrated | 63 min | Drama, Horror, Romance

A criminal on the run hides in a circus and seeks to possess the daughter of the ringmaster at any cost.

Director: Tod Browning | Stars: Lon Chaney, Norman Kerry, Joan Crawford, Nick De Ruiz

Votes: 6,628 | Gross: $0.41M

14. Häxan (1922)

Not Rated | 91 min | Documentary, Fantasy, Horror

Fictionalized documentary showing the evolution of witchcraft, from its pagan roots to its confusion with hysteria in modern Europe.

Director: Benjamin Christensen | Stars: Benjamin Christensen, Elisabeth Christensen, Maren Pedersen, Clara Pontoppidan

Votes: 10,584

15. Nosferatu (1922)

Not Rated | 81 min | Fantasy, Horror

Vampire Count Orlok expresses interest in a new residence and real estate agent Hutter's wife.

Director: F.W. Murnau | Stars: Max Schreck, Alexander Granach, Gustav von Wangenheim, Greta Schröder

Votes: 82,297

16. The Cat and the Canary (1927)

Passed | 108 min | Comedy, Horror, Mystery

Relatives of an eccentric millionaire gather in his spooky mansion on the 20th anniversary of his death for the reading of his will.

Director: Paul Leni | Stars: Laura La Plante, Creighton Hale, Forrest Stanley, Tully Marshall

Votes: 2,502

17. The Penalty (1920)

Passed | 90 min | Crime, Drama, Horror

A deformed criminal mastermind plans to loot the city of San Francisco as well as revenge himself on the doctor who mistakenly amputated his legs.

Director: Wallace Worsley | Stars: Charles Clary, Doris Pawn, Jim Mason, Lon Chaney

Votes: 1,882

18. The Man Who Cheated Life (1926)

110 min | Drama, Horror

For Balduin, going out to beer parties with his fellow students and fighting out disputes at the tip of the sword have lost their charms. He wants to find love; but how would he, a ... See full summary »

Director: Henrik Galeen | Stars: Conrad Veidt, Elizza La Porta, Fritz Alberti, Ágnes Eszterházy

Votes: 528

19. The Phantom Carriage (1921)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

On New Year's Eve, the driver of a ghostly carriage forces a drunken man to reflect on his selfish, wasted life.

Director: Victor Sjöström | Stars: Victor Sjöström, Hilda Borgström, Tore Svennberg, Astrid Holm

Votes: 9,181

20. Frankenstein (1910)

Unrated | 16 min | Short, Fantasy, Horror

Frankenstein, a young medical student, trying to create the perfect human being, instead creates a misshapen monster. Made ill by what he has done, Frankenstein is comforted by his fiancée ... See full summary »

Director: J. Searle Dawley | Stars: Mary Fuller, Charles Ogle, Augustus Phillips

Votes: 3,312

21. A Trip to the Moon (1902)

TV-G | 13 min | Short, Action, Adventure

A group of astronomers go on an expedition to the Moon.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Georges Méliès, Victor André, Bleuette Bernon, Brunnet

Votes: 39,817

22. The Red Spectre (1907)

Not Rated | 9 min | Short, Fantasy, Horror

A demonic magician attempts to perform his act in a strange grotto, but is confronted by a Good Spirit who opposes him.

Directors: Segundo de Chomón, Ferdinand Zecca | Star: Julienne Mathieu

Votes: 792

23. The House of Ghosts (1906)

6 min | Short, Comedy, Fantasy

Three friends go on a trip and decided to rest at an abandoned house. Everything seems pretty normal until really weird things start to happen.

Director: Segundo de Chomón

Votes: 742

24. The Mistletoe Bough (1904)

9 min | Short, Drama, History

During a game of hide and seek a bride hides in a chest and is found 30 years later.

Director: Percy Stow

Votes: 59

25. Hell's Bells (1929)

6 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

The demons of hell play music for Satan, whose delight turns to wrath when an insubordinate refuses to become food for Cerberus.

Director: Ub Iwerks

Votes: 489

26. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (I) (1923)

Passed | 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.

Director: Wallace Worsley | Stars: Lon Chaney, Patsy Ruth Miller, Norman Kerry, Kate Lester

Votes: 4,418 | Gross: $2.22M

27. The Bat (1926)

86 min | Mystery, Thriller

A masked criminal who dresses like a giant bat terrorizes the guests at an old house rented by a mystery writer.

Director: Roland West | Stars: George Beranger, Charles Herzinger, Emily Fitzroy, Louise Fazenda

Votes: 642

28. 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 »

Directors: Paul Wegener, Stellan Rye | Stars: Paul Wegener, Grete Berger, Lyda Salmonova, John Gottowt

Votes: 1,634

29. The Sealed Room (1909)

Not Rated | 11 min | Short, Drama, History

A king exacts vengeance upon his faithless mistress and her lover.

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Arthur V. Johnson, Marion Leonard, Henry B. Walthall, Linda Arvidson

Votes: 664

30. The Sign of the Cross (1899)

Not Rated | 3 min | Short, Fantasy, Horror

Satan appears in a convent and takes the guise of a priest. Before long he is causing all manner of perturbation and despair.

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 794

31. The Mysterious Island (1929)

Passed | 95 min | Adventure, Romance, Sci-Fi

On a volcanic island near the kingdom of Hetvia rules Count Dakkar, a benevolent leader and scientist who has eliminated class distinction among the island's inhabitants. Dakkar, his ... See full summary »

Directors: Lucien Hubbard, Benjamin Christensen, Maurice Tourneur | Stars: Lionel Barrymore, Jacqueline Gadsdon, Lloyd Hughes, Montagu Love

Votes: 539 | Gross: $0.06M

32. The Haunted House (1929)

7 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

Mickey seeks shelter from a storm in a house that turns out to be haunted. The skeletons command him to play the organ; they dance and play along.

Director: Walt Disney | Star: Walt Disney

Votes: 832

33. The Haunted Curiosity Shop (1901)

2 min | Short, Comedy, Fantasy

An old proprietor is startled by the sudden appearance of a skull. Just as he draws back from the uncanny object, the doors of a mediaeval wardrobe fly back and a hand prods him with a ... See full summary »

Director: Walter R. Booth

Votes: 302

34. A Christmas Carol (1910)

Not Rated | 11 min | Short, Drama, Fantasy

Based on the story by Charles Dickens: Ebenezer Scrooge is well known for his harsh, miserly ways, until he is visited by the ghost of his former business partner, and then by three other spirits.

Directors: J. Searle Dawley, Charles Kent, Ashley Miller | Stars: Marc McDermott, Charles Ogle, William Bechtel, Viola Dana

Votes: 471

35. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (I) (1920)

Unrated | 82 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

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

Director: John S. Robertson | Stars: John Barrymore, Martha Mansfield, Brandon Hurst, Charles Lane

Votes: 4,413

36. A Trip to the Moon (1898)

Not Rated | 3 min | Short, Comedy, Fantasy

An astronomer falls asleep and has a strange dream involving a fairy queen and the Moon.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Jehanne d'Alcy, Georges Méliès

Votes: 3,024

37. The Ouija Board (1920)

6 min | Animation, Comedy, Short

An animator and a janitor are playing with a Ouija Board and Koko is haunted by a bunch of ghosts.

Director: Max Fleischer

Votes: 120

38. The Devil's Money Bags (1902)

Not Rated | 3 min | Short, Comedy, Fantasy

The setting of this fantastic scene represents the hall of an old chateau in which a miser has locked up seven large bags containing his wealth. Satan, who has made his way into the chateau... See full summary »

Director: Georges Méliès | Star: Georges Méliès

Votes: 305

39. Dante's Inferno (1911)

68 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

Loosely adapted from Dante's Divine Comedy and inspired by the illustrations of Gustav Doré the original silent film has been restored and has a new score by Tangerine Dream.

Directors: Francesco Bertolini, Adolfo Padovan, Giuseppe de Liguoro | Stars: Salvatore Papa, Arturo Pirovano, Giuseppe de Liguoro, Pier Delle Vigne

Votes: 1,989

40. 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.

Directors: Carl Boese, Paul Wegener | Stars: Paul Wegener, Albert Steinrück, Ernst Deutsch, Lyda Salmonova

Votes: 5,902

41. Sherlock Holmes Baffled (1900)

Not Rated | 1 min | Short, Comedy, Crime

Sherlock Holmes enters his drawing room to find it being burgled, but on confronting the villain is surprised when the latter disappears. Holmes initially attempts to ignore the event by ... See full summary »

Director: Arthur Marvin | Star: Anonymous

Votes: 463

42. Aelita: Queen of Mars (1924)

Not Rated | 111 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

A mysterious radio message is beamed around the world, and among the engineers who receive it are Los, the hero, and his colleague Spiridonov. Los is an individualist dreamer. Aelita is the... See full summary »

Director: Yakov Protazanov | Stars: Yuliya Solntseva, Igor Ilyinsky, Nikolai Tsereteli, Nikolay Batalov

Votes: 2,175

43. The Phantom in the House (1929)

Passed | 64 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A man is blamed for a murder that was actually committed by his wife.

Director: Phil Rosen | Stars: Ricardo Cortez, Nancy Welford, Henry B. Walthall, Grace Valentine

Votes: 84

44. Tit-for-Tat (1906)

5 min | Short

An entomologists is found guilty for trying to collect rare insects.

Director: Gaston Velle | Star: Fernand Rivers

Votes: 146

45. The Dancing Skeleton (1897)

1 min | Short, Comedy, Horror

Skeleton lumiere's dance.

Votes: 92



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