A (far from) comprehensive list of horror films - 1896-1949

  • A (far from) comprehensive list of horror films - 1896-1949

  • 1896

  • Le Manoir du diable | Georges Melies
  • 1897

  • L'Auberge ensorcelée | Georges Melies
  • Le Cabinet de Méphistophélès | Georges Melies
  • L'Hallucination de l'alchimiste | Georges Melies
  • The Haunted Castle | George Albert Smith
  • 1898

  • The Cavalier's Dream | Edwin S. Porter
  • La Caverne maudite | Georges Melies
  • Photographing a Ghost | George Albert Smith
  • 1899

  • Cléopâtre | Georges Melies
  • Le Diable au convent | Georges Melies
  • The Haunted House | Siegmund Lubin
  • The Miser's Doom | Walter R. Booth
  • Un bon lit | Georges Melies
  • Évocation spirite | Georges Melies
  • 1900

  • Prince of Darkness | Frederick S. Armitage
  • The Troublesome Fly | Arthur Marvin
  • 1902

  • A Fight with Sledgehammers | Dicky Winslow
  • Maria Marten: or, The Murder at the Red Barn | Dicky Winslow
  • Les Trésors de satan | Georges Méliès
  • Le Diable géant ou Le miracle de la madonne (The Devil and the Statue) | Georges Méliès
  • 1903

  • Le Monstre | Georges Méliès
  • Le Chaudron Infernal (The Infernal Boiling Pot) | Georges Méliès
  • Le Cake-Walk Infernal (The Infernal Cake Walk) | Georges Méliès
  • 1905

  • The Fairy of the Black Rocks | Robert W. Paul
  • Le Diable Noir (The Black Imp) | Georges Méliès
  • 1906

  • La Maison hantée | Segundo de Chomón
  • Les Quatre cents farces du diable | Georges Méliès
  • 1909

  • The Sealed Room | D.W. Griffith
  • 1910

  • Frankenstein | J. Searle Dawley
  • 1912

  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde | Lucius Henderson
  • Le Systeme du Doctuer Goudron et du Professeur Plume | Maurice Tourneur
  • The Spider's Web | Van Dyke Brooke, Maurice Costello
  • 1913

  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde | Herbert Brenon
  • The Student of Prague | Stellan Rye, Paul Wegener
  • The Skull | William V. Ranous
  • The Werewolf | Henry McRae
  • 1914

  • The Avenging Conscience | D.W. Griffith
  • 1915

  • Der Golem | Paul Wegener, Henrik Galeen
  • The Haunting Fear | Robert G. Vignola
  • Life Without Soul | Joseph W. Smiley
  • 1916

  • Hævnens nat | Benjamin Christensen
  • The Kiss of a Vampire |
  • 1917

  • Fear | Robert Wiene
  • 1918

  • Alraune | Michael Curtiz, Fritz Odon
  • 1919

  • The Beetle | Alexander Butler
  • Unheimliche Geschichten | Richard Oswald
  • 1920

  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari | Robert Wiene
  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde | John S. Robertson
  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde | J. Charles Haydon
  • Genuine | Robert Wiene
  • The Golem: How He Came Into the World | Paul Wegener, Karl Boese
  • The Head of Janus | F. W. Murnau
  • The Penalty | Wallace Worsley, Sr.
  • 1921

  • Der Muede Tod | Fritz Lang
  • The Haunted Castle | F. W. Murnau
  • Körkarlen | Victor Sjöström
  • 1922

  • Anita | Jacob Fleck, Luise Fleck
  • A Blind Bargain | Wallace Worsley, Sr.
  • The Ghost Breaker | Alfred Green
  • Häxan | Benjamin Christensen
  • The Headless Horseman | Edward D. Venturini
  • Nosferatu | F. W. Murnau
  • One Exciting Night | D. W. Griffith
  • 1923

  • The Last Moment | J. Parker Read
  • 1924

  • The Hands of Orlac | Robert Wiene
  • Waxworks | Paul Leni
  • 1925

  • Maciste all'inferno | Guido Brignone
  • The Monster | Roland West
  • The Phantom of the Opera | Rupert Julian
  • Wolfblood: A Tale of the Forest | George Chesebro, Bruce M. Mitchell
  • 1926

  • The Bat | Roland West
  • Faust – Eine deutsche Volkssage | F. W. Murnau
  • The Magician | Rex Ingram
  • The Student of Prague | Henrik Galeen
  • 1927

  • The Cat and the Canary | Paul Leni
  • The Gorilla | Alfred Santell
  • London After Midnight | Tod Browning (lost film)
  • Metropolis | Fritz Lang
  • The Spider's Web | Oscar Micheaux
  • The Unknown | Tod Browning
  • 1928

  • Alraune | Henrik Galeen
  • The Ape | Beverly C. Rule
  • The Fall of the House of Usher | Jean Epstein
  • The Fall of the House of Usher | James Sibley Watson, Melville Webber
  • 1930

  • The Alligator People | Roy Del Ruth
  • The Bat Whispers | Roland West
  • The Cat Creeps | Rupert Julian
  • 1931

  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde | Rouben Mamoulian
  • Dracula | Tod Browning
  • Dracula | George Melford
  • Frankenstein | James Whale
  • The Phantom | Alan James
  • 1932

  • Castle Sinister | Widgey R. Newman
  • Dr. X | Michael Curtiz
  • Freaks | Tod Browning
  • Kongo | William J. Cowen
  • The Mask of Fu Manchu | Charles J. Brabin, Charles Vidor, King Vidor
  • The Monster Walks | Frank Strayer
  • The Most Dangerous Game | Ernest B. Schoedsack
  • The Mummy | Karl Freund
  • Murders in the Rue Morgue | Robert Florey
  • The Old Dark House | James Whale
  • Tales of the Uncanny | Richard Oswald
  • Vampyr | Carl Theodor Dreyer
  • White Zombie | Victor Halperin
  • 1933

  • The Crying Woman | Ramón Peon
  • The Ghoul | T. Hayes Hunter
  • The Invisible Man | James Whale
  • Island of Lost Souls | Erle C. Kenton
  • King Kong | Merian C. Cooper
  • The Monkey's Paw | Wesley Ruggles, Ernest B. Schoedsack
  • Murders in the Zoo | Edward Sutherland
  • Mystery of the Wax Museum | Michael Curtiz
  • Night of Terror | Benjamin Stoloff
  • Supernatural | Victor Halperin
  • The Vampire Bat | Frank Strayer
  • 1934

  • The Black Cat | Edgar G. Ulmer
  • Black Moon | Roy William Neill
  • Chloe, Love is Calling You | Marshall Neilan
  • House of Mystery | William Nigh
  • Maniac | Dwain Esper
  • The Phantom of the Convent | Fernando de Fuentes
  • The Tell-Tale Heart | Brian Desmond Hurst
  • 1935

  • The Black Room | Roy William Neill
  • Bride of Frankenstein | James Whale
  • Condemned to Live | Frank Strayer
  • The Crime of Dr. Crespi | John H. Auer
  • Mad Love | Karl Freund
  • Mark of the Vampire | Tod Browning
  • Ouanga | George Terwilliger
  • The Raven | Lew Landers, Louis Friedlander
  • The Student of Prague | Arthur Robison
  • Werewolf of London | Stuart Walker
  • 1936

  • The Devil-Doll | Tod Browning
  • Dracula's Daughter | Lambert Hillyer
  • The Ferryboat Woman Maria | Frank Wisbar
  • The Golem | Julien Duvivier
  • The Invisible Ray | Lambert Hillyer
  • The Macabre Trunk | Miguel Zacarias
  • The Man Who Changed His Mind | Robert Stevenson
  • Revolt of the Zombies | Victor Halperin
  • Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street | George King
  • The Walking Dead | Michael Curtiz
  • 1939

  • Buried Alive | Victor Halperin
  • The Cat and the Canary | Elliott Nugent
  • The Dark Eyes of London | Walter Summers
  • The Devil's Daughter | Arthur H. Leonard
  • The Face at the Window | George King
  • The Gorilla | Allan Dwan
  • The Macabre Legacy | José Bohr
  • The Man They Could Not Hang | Nick Grinde
  • The Return of Dr. X | Vincent Sherman
  • Son of Frankenstein | Rowland V. Lee
  • Torture Ship | Victor Halperin
  • 1940

  • The Ape | William Nigh
  • Before I Hang | Nick Grinde
  • Black Friday | Arthur Lubin
  • The Devil Bat | Jean Yarbrough
  • The Door with Seven Locks | Norman Lee
  • Dr. Cyclops | Ernest B. Schoedsack
  • The Ghost Breakers | George Marshall
  • The Invisible Man Returns | Joe May
  • The Mummy's Hand | William Christy Cabanne
  • Son of Ingagi | Richard Kahn
  • You'll Find Out | David Butler
  • 1941

  • The Black Cat | Albert Rogell
  • The Devil Commands | Edward Dmytryk
  • Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde | Victor Fleming
  • Horror Island | George Waggner
  • Invisible Ghost | Joseph H. Lewis
  • King of the Zombies | Jean Yarbrough
  • The Mad Doctor of Market Street | Joseph H. Lewis
  • Man Made Monster | George Waggner
  • The Monster and the Girl | Stuart Heisler
  • Spooks Run Wild | Phil Rosen
  • The Wolf Man | George Waggner
  • 1942

  • The Boogie Man Will Get You | Lew Landers
  • Cat People | Jacques Tourneur
  • The Corpse Vanishes | Wallace W. Fox
  • Dr. Renault's Secret | Harry Lachman
  • The Ghost of Frankenstein | Erle C. Kenton
  • The Mad Monster | Sam Newfield
  • The Mummy's Tomb | Harold Young
  • Night Monster | Ford I. Beebe
  • The Undying Monster | John Brahm
  • 1943

  • The Ape Man | William Beaudine
  • Captive Wild Woman | Edward Dmytryk
  • Carnival of Sinners | Maurice Tourneur
  • Dead Men Walk | Sam Newfield
  • Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man | Roy William Neill
  • I Walked with a Zombie | Jacques Tourneur
  • The Leopard Man | Jacques Tourneur
  • The Mad Ghoul | James Hogan
  • The Mysterious Doctor | Ben Stoloff
  • Revenge of the Zombies | Steve Sekely
  • The Seventh Victim | Mark Robson
  • Son of Dracula | Robert Siodmak
  • 1944

  • The Climax | George Waggner
  • Crazy Knights | William Beaudine
  • Cry of the Werewolf | Henry Levin
  • The Ghost Catchers | Edward F. Cline
  • House of Frankenstein | Erle C. Kenton
  • Jungle Woman | Reginald Le Borg
  • The Lady and the Monster | George Sherman
  • The Man in Half Moon Street | Ralph Murphy
  • The Monster Maker | Sam Newfield
  • The Mummy's Curse | Leslie Goodwins
  • The Mummy's Ghost | Reginald Le Borg
  • Return of the Ape Man | Phil Rosen
  • The Return of the Vampire | Lew Landers
  • The Tower of the Seven Hunchbacks | Edgar Neville
  • The Uninvited | Lewis Allen
  • Voodoo Man | William Beaudine
  • Weird Woman | Reginald Le Borg
  • 1945

  • The Body Snatcher | Robert Wise
  • Dead of Night | Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Basil Dearden, Robert Hamer
  • Fog Island | Terry O. Morse
  • House of Dracula | Erle C. Kenton
  • Isle of the Dead | Mark Robson
  • Jungle Captive | Harold Young
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray | Albert Lewin
  • The Vampire's Ghost | Lesley Selander
  • Zombies on Broadway | Gordon M. Douglas
  • 1946

  • Bedlam | Mark Robson
  • The Beast with Five Fingers | Robert Florey
  • The Brute Man | Jean Yarbrough
  • The Cat Creeps | Erle C. Kenton
  • The Catman of Paris | Lesley Selander
  • The Devil Bat's Daughter | Frank Wisbar
  • The Face of Marble | William Beaudine
  • The Flying Serpent | Sherman Scott
  • House of Horrors | Jean Yarbrough
  • The Mask of Diijon | Lew Landers
  • She-Wolf of London | Jean Yarbrough
  • The Spider Woman Strikes Back | Arthur Lubin
  • Strangler of the Swamp | Frank Wisbar
  • Valley of the Zombies | Philip Ford
  • 1947

  • The Ghost of Rashmon Hall (orig. The Night Comes Too Soon) | Denis Kavanagh
  • The Headless Woman(orig. Una mujer sin cabeza) | Luis César Amadori
  • The Inheritance(orig. Uncle Silas) | Charles Frank
  • La herencia de la Llorona | Mauricio Magdaleno
  • ...och efter skymning kommer mörker | Rune Hagberg
  • Sanbon yubi no otoko | Sadatsugu Matsuda
  • Scared to Death | Christy Cabanne
  • Spuk im Schloß | Hans H. Zerlett
  • Things Happen at Night | Francis Searle
  • 1948

  • Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein | Charles Barton
  • The Amazing Mr. X | Bernard Vorhaus
  • Castle Sinister | Oscar Burn
  • The Creeper | Jean Yarbrough
  • Daughter of Darkness | Lance Comfort
  • Horror Maniacs (orig. The Greed of William Hart) | Oswald Mitchell
  • House of Darkness | Oswald Mitchell
  • The Monkey's Paw | Norman Lee
  • Unknown Island | Jack Bernhard
  • 1949

  • The Fall of the House of Usher | Ivan Barnett
  • Mahal | Kamal Amrohi
  • New Version of the Ghost of Yotsuya | Keisuke Kinoshita
  • The Queen of Spades | Thorold Dickinson
  • Unusual Tales | Jean Faurez
  • The Yotsuda Phantom (orig. Yotsuya kaidan)| Keisuke Kinoshita
  • Yotsuya kaidan, Part II | Keisuke Kinoshita
Author Comments: 

A (far from) comprehensive list of every horror film ever made. Highlighted selections are films I've seen. (In Progress.)

Check out this site (http://archive.org/details/silent_films) to watch a lot of the early silent public domain horror films