Best Horror Movies of 1936


Dracula's Daughter

6.3/10 IMDB

A countess from Transylvania seeks a psychiatrist’s help to cure her vampiric cravings.

Starring: Gloria Holden, Otto Kruger, Marguerite Churchill, Irving Pichel, Gilbert Emery, Hedda Hopper, Edward Van Sloan, Halliwell Hobbes, Billy Bevan, Edgar Norton ..
Directed by: Lambert Hillyer
Release date: 1936-05-11

The Devil-Doll

7.0/10 IMDB

Wrongfully convicted of a robbery and murder, Paul Lavond breaks out of prison with a genius scientist who has devised a way to shrink humans. When the scientist dies during the escape, Lavond heads for his lab, using the shrinking technology to get even with those who framed him and vindicate himself in both the public eye and the eyes of his daughter, Lorraine. When an accident leaves a crazed assistant dead, however, Lavond must again make an escape.

Starring: Lionel Barrymore, Maureen O'Sullivan, Frank Lawton, Rafaela Ottiano, Robert Greig, Lucy Beaumont, Henry B. Walthall, Grace Ford, Pedro de Cordoba, Arthur Hohl ..
Directed by: Tod Browning
Release date: 1936-07-10

The Walking Dead

6.6/10 IMDB

Down-on-his-luck John Ellman is framed for a judge's murder. After he's convicted and sentenced to death, witnesses come forth and prove his innocence. But it was too late for a stay to be granted and Ellman is executed. A doctor uses an experimental procedure to restore him to life, though the full outcome is other than expected.

Starring: Boris Karloff, Ricardo Cortez, Edmund Gwenn, Marguerite Churchill, Warren Hull, Barton MacLane, Henry O'Neill, Joe King, Addison Richards, Paul Harvey ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1936-03-01
Best Horror Movies of 1936 : The Man Who Changed His Mind

The Man Who Changed His Mind

6.6/10 IMDB

Dr. Laurence, a once-respectable scientist, begins to research the origin of the mind and the soul. The science community rejects him, and he risks losing everything for which he has worked. He begins to use his discoveries to save his research and further his own causes, thereby becoming... a Mad Scientist, almost unstoppable...

Starring: Boris Karloff, Anna Lee, John Loder, Frank Cellier, Donald Calthrop, Cecil Parker, Lyn Harding, Clive Morton, D.J. Williams ..
Directed by: Robert Stevenson
Release date: 1936-09-11

The Invisible Ray

6.5/10 IMDB

Dr. Janos Rukh discovers a certain type of radium that has almost magical healing properties. But the element has a dangerous side, too, and it has already started affecting Rukh. Consumed by paranoia, he begins to suspect that his wife is having an affair. Wild for revenge, Rukh hatches a deadly plot...using his own poisoned body as a weapon to kill.

Starring: Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Frank Lawton, Frances Drake, Violet Kemble Cooper, Beulah Bondi, Walter Kingsford, Paul Weigel, Frank Reicher, Georges Renavent ..
Directed by: Lambert Hillyer
Release date: 1936-01-20


7.0/10 IMDB

A dark and stormy night in a drugstore. The druggist mixes a potion and falls asleep. The skull-and-crossbones on the bottle comes to life and drips the potion on the druggist.

Starring: Rudolf Ising, Bernice Hansen, Delos Jewkes, Dudley Kuzelle, Frank Nelson, Allan Watson, Martha Wentworth ..
Directed by: Hugh Harman
Release date: 1936-01-11
Best Horror Movies of 1936 : Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

5.8/10 IMDB

It is England in the 1830s. London's dockside is teeming with ships and sailors who have made their fortune in foreign lands. Sweeney Todd, a Fleet Street barber, awaits the arrival of men whose first port of call is for a good, close shave. For most it will be the last time they are seen alive. Using a specially designed barber's chair, Sweeney Todd despatches his victims to the cellar below, where he robs them of their new found fortunes and chops their remains into small pieces. Meanwhile, Mrs Lovett is enjoying a roaring trade for her popular penny meat pies.

Starring: Tod Slaughter, Stella Rho, John Singer, Eve Lister, Bruce Seton, D.J. Williams, Davina Craig, Jerry Verno, Graham Soutten, Billy Holland ..
Directed by: George King
Release date: 1936-03-01
Best Horror Movies of 1936 : The Cobweb Hotel

The Cobweb Hotel

7.0/10 IMDB

A spider runs a hotel for flies where he keeps his guests captive. A pair of fly newlyweds arrive and check in. Fortunately, the husband is "flyweight champion". After a pitched battle featuring arrows (fountain pen nibs) and a machine-gun (aspirins shot from a perfume atomizer), the spider winds up in a bottle of library paste.

Starring: Jack Mercer, Bill Thompson, Dorothy Compton ..
Directed by: Dave Fleischer
Release date: 1936-05-15
Best Horror Movies of 1936 : Maria Marten, or The Murder in the Red Barn

Maria Marten, or The Murder in the Red Barn

5.8/10 IMDB

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

Starring: Tod Slaughter, Sophie Stewart, D.J. Williams, Eric Portman, Clare Greet, Gerard Tyrell, Ann Trevor, Stella Rho, Dennis Hoey, Quinton McPherson ..
Directed by: Milton Rosmer
Release date: 1936-08-18
Best Horror Movies of 1936 : A Face in the Fog

A Face in the Fog

4.4/10 IMDB

A mysterious killer known as The Fiend uses an unusual bullet as his trademark for his murders.

Starring: June Collyer, Lloyd Hughes, Lawrence Gray, Jack Mulhall, Al St. John, John Cowell, John Elliott, Sam Flint, Forrest Taylor, Donna Lee ..
Directed by: Robert F. Hill
Release date: 1936-02-01
Best Horror Movies of 1936 : Shadow of Chinatown

Shadow of Chinatown

4.5/10 IMDB

A madman sets out to destroy a group of Chinatown merchants.

Starring: Bela Lugosi, Bruce Bennett, Joan Barclay, Luana Walters, Maurice Liu, Charles King, William Buchanan ..
Directed by: Robert F. Hill
Release date: 1936-10-10
Best Horror Movies of 1936 : Revolt of the Zombies

Revolt of the Zombies

3.4/10 IMDB

The story is set in Cambodia in the years following WWI. Evil Count Mazovia (Roy D'Arcy) has come into possession of the secret methods by which men can be transformed into walking zombies and uses these unholy powers to create a race of slave laborers. An expedition is sent to the ruins of Angkor Wat, in hopes of ending Mazovia's activities once and for all. Unfortunately, Armand (Dean Jagger), one of the members of the expedition, has his own agenda.

Starring: Dean Jagger, Dorothy Stone, Roy D'Arcy, Robert Noland, George Cleveland, E. Alyn Warren, Carl Stockdale, William Crowell, Teru Shimada, Adolph Milar ..
Directed by: Victor Halperin
Release date: 1936-06-04


5.7/10 IMDB

A series of scenes that comprised both new material (featuring frontal nudity), and old footage from an Italian version of Dante's Inferno (also featuring frontal nudity) and vignettes from the March of Crime series.

Directed by: Louis Sonney
Release date: 1936-01-01
Best Horror Movies of 1936 : Shadow of Chinatown

Shadow of Chinatown

3.9/10 IMDB

Feature version of the 1936 serial starring Bela Lugosi. A European importing firm resorts to devious extremes to run its Chinese competition out of business.

Starring: Bela Lugosi, Bruce Bennett, Joan Barclay, Luana Walters, Maurice Liu, Charles King, William Buchanan ..
Directed by: Robert F. Hill
Release date: 1936-10-17
Best Horror Movies of 1936 : The Sea Fiend

The Sea Fiend

2.8/10 IMDB

The Sea Fiend, aka Devil Monster, is an American adventure film directed by S. Edwin Graham and it was shown in Great Britain as The Sea Fiend in 1938. An edited version of the film was released in 1946 as Devil Monster, a low-budget South Seas drama spiced up with stock footage inserts including half-dressed native girls that were also featured in the film's trailer.

Starring: Barry Norton, Blanche Mehaffey, Jack Barty, Terry Grey, Jack Del Rio, Mary Carr, William Lemuels, Maya Owalee, Donato Cabrera ..
Directed by: S. Edwin Graham
Release date: 1936-04-14

Midnight Blunders

6.0/10 IMDB

The evil Dr. Wong abducts prominent scientist Dr. Edwin Millstone. Bumbling bank guards Tom and Monte search through Chinatown to find Dr. Wong and rescue the professor.

Starring: Tom Kennedy, Monte Collins, Phyllis Crane, Val Duran, Eddie Lee, James B. Leong, Jack 'Tiny' Lipson, Wilfred Lucas, Sam Lufkin, Harry Semels ..
Directed by: Del Lord
Release date: 1936-12-13
Best Horror Movies of 1936 : The Crimes of Stephen Hawke

The Crimes of Stephen Hawke

5.6/10 IMDB

The film begins in a BBC studio with the 100th edition of "In Town Tonight". Flotsam and Jetsom open with a "topical number". Then there is an interview with a distinguished actor, which dissolves into a performance of one of his famous melodramas about a wicked moneylender etc.

Starring: Tod Slaughter, Marjorie Taylor, D.J. Williams, Eric Portman, Graham Soutten, Gerald Barry, George M. Slater, Charles Penrose, Norman Pierce, Flotsam and Jetsam ..
Directed by: George King
Release date: 1936-04-30

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