Best Horror Movies of 1931



7.8/10 IMDB

Dr. Henry Frankenstein attempts to create life by assembling a creature from body parts of the deceased. Aided by his loyal misshapen assistant, Fritz, Frankenstein succeeds in animating his monster, but, confused and traumatized, it escapes into the countryside and begins to wreak havoc. Frankenstein searches for the elusive being and eventually must confront his tormented creation.

Starring: Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, John Boles, Boris Karloff, Edward Van Sloan, Frederick Kerr, Dwight Frye, Lionel Belmore, Marilyn Harris, Michael Mark ..
Directed by: James Whale
Release date: 1931-11-19
Best Horror Movies of 1931 : Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

7.6/10 IMDB

Dr. Henry Jekyll believes that there are two distinct sides to men - a good and an evil side. He believes that by separating the two, man can become liberated. He succeeds in his experiments with chemicals to accomplish this and transforms into Hyde to commit horrendous crimes. When he discontinues use of the drug, it is already too late.

Starring: Fredric March, Miriam Hopkins, Rose Hobart, Holmes Herbert, Halliwell Hobbes, Edgar Norton, Tempe Pigott, Arnold Lucy, Eric Mayne, Douglas Walton ..
Directed by: Rouben Mamoulian
Release date: 1931-12-24


7.4/10 IMDB

British estate agent Renfield travels to Transylvania to meet with the mysterious Count Dracula, who is interested in leasing a castle in London and is, unbeknownst to Renfield, a vampire. After Dracula enslaves Renfield and drives him to insanity, the pair sail to London together, and as Dracula begins preying on London socialites, the two become the subject of study for a supernaturalist professor, Abraham Van Helsing.

Starring: Bela Lugosi, Helen Chandler, David Manners, Dwight Frye, Edward Van Sloan, Herbert Bunston, Frances Dade, Joan Standing, Charles K. Gerrard, Nicholas Bela ..
Directed by: Tod Browning, Karl Freund
Release date: 1931-02-12
Best Horror Movies of 1931 : Bimbo's Initiation

Bimbo's Initiation

7.3/10 IMDB

Bimbo finds himself surrounded by a mysterious group of robed figures who invite him to become a member of their secret organisation. When he refuses, they fling him through a nightmarish sequence of terror and torture devices. Will our hapless hero make it out alive?

Starring: Billy Murray, Mae Questel ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer, Grim Natwick
Release date: 1931-07-24
Best Horror Movies of 1931 : Svengali


6.8/10 IMDB

A music maestro uses hypnotism on a young model he meets in Paris to make her both his muse and wife.

Starring: John Barrymore, Marian Marsh, Donald Crisp, Bramwell Fletcher, Carmel Myers, Luis Alberni, Lumsden Hare, Paul Porcasi, Yola d'Avril, Ferike Boros ..
Directed by: Archie Mayo
Release date: 1931-05-22
Best Horror Movies of 1931 : The Hound of the Baskervilles

The Hound of the Baskervilles

6.2/10 IMDB

On his uncle's death Sir Henry Baskerville returns from abroad and opens up the ancestral hall on the desolate moors of Devonshire. Holmes uncovers a plot to have Sir Henry murdered by a terrible trained hound.

Starring: John Stuart, Robert Rendel, Frederick Lloyd, Heather Angel, Reginald Bach, Wilfred Shine, Sam Livesey, Henry Hallett, Sybil Jane, Elizabeth Vaughan ..
Directed by: Gareth Gundrey
Release date: 1931-07-28
Best Horror Movies of 1931 : Spooks


6.7/10 IMDB

Flip the Frog finds himself in a house haunted by crazy skeletons.

Directed by: Ub Iwerks
Release date: 1931-12-20

The Mad Genius

6.3/10 IMDB

A crippled puppeteer rescues an abused young boy and turns the boy into a great ballet dancer. Complications ensue when, as a young man, the dancer falls in love with a young woman the puppeteer is also in love with.

Starring: John Barrymore, Marian Marsh, Charles Butterworth, Donald Cook, Luis Alberni, Carmel Myers, André Luguet, Frankie Darro, Boris Karloff, Chester A. Bachman ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1931-11-07


6.0/10 IMDB

Toby the Pup organises a Halloween celebration. Some witches and elves join the party.

Directed by: Dick Huemer, Sid Marcus
Release date: 1931-05-01
Best Horror Movies of 1931 : Murder by the Clock

Murder by the Clock

6.2/10 IMDB

A policeman (William Boyd) investigates a woman's (Lilyan Tashman) link to murders that are preceded by a shrilling horn inside a family mausoleum.

Starring: William 'Stage' Boyd, Lilyan Tashman, Irving Pichel, Regis Toomey, Sally O'Neil, Blanche Friderici, Walter McGrail, Lester Vail, Martha Mattox, Frank Sheridan ..
Directed by: Edward Sloman
Release date: 1931-07-21
Best Horror Movies of 1931 : The Drums of Jeopardy

The Drums of Jeopardy

5.6/10 IMDB

A mad doctor is determined to take revenge on the family he believes is responsible for his daughter's death.

Starring: Warner Oland, Lloyd Hughes, June Collyer, Clara Blandick, Mischa Auer, Hale Hamilton, Wallace MacDonald, Florence Lake, George Fawcett, Ernest Hilliard ..
Directed by: George B. Seitz
Release date: 1931-03-01
Best Horror Movies of 1931 : The Phantom

The Phantom

4.3/10 IMDB

An eclectic group of people are stalked by a masked killer in an old mansion.

Starring: Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams, Allene Ray, Niles Welch, Tom O'Brien, Sheldon Lewis, Wilfred Lucas, Violet Knights, William Gould, Bobby Dunn, William Jackie ..
Directed by: Alan James
Release date: 1931-11-01
Best Horror Movies of 1931 : King of the Wild

King of the Wild

6.1/10 IMDB

Richard Grant, imprisoned in India for a crime he did not commit, escapes and makes his way to Africa.

Starring: Walter Miller, Tom Santschi, Boris Karloff, Dorothy Christy, Victor Potel, Arthur McLaglen, Mischa Auer, Nora Lane ..
Directed by: B. Reeves Eason, Richard Thorpe
Release date: 1931-03-01
Best Horror Movies of 1931 : The Bells

The Bells

6.1/10 IMDB

Mathias, an Alsatian innkeeper, murders a rich Pole staying at his inn. However, Mathias' conscience will not let him rest, and the murdered man's spirit drives the innkeeper nearly mad. The victim's brother calls for an inquest and brings with him a sideshow hypnotist, who is supposedly able to read minds. Mathias, as burgomaster, is called upon to conduct the inquest, but under the intuitive eye of the hypnotist cannot resist torment of his own conscience.

Starring: Donald Calthrop, Jane Welsh, Edward Sinclair, O.B. Clarence, Wilfred Shine, Ralph Truman ..
Directed by: Oscar Friedrich Werndorff, Harcourt Templeman
Release date: 1931-10-09

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