The Early Days of Horror : 1896 to 1940


1896: The House of the Devil – Screenplay by Georges Méliès. Directed by Georges Méliès.
1910: Frankenstein – Screenplay by J. Searle Dawley Directed by J. Searle Dawley
1913: The Student of Prague – Screenplay by Hanns H. Ewers Directed by Hanns Heinz Ewers
1920: Cabinet of Dr. Caligari – Screenplay by Carl Meyer Directed by Robert Wiene
1920: The Golem –
1920: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
1922: Haxan
1922: Nosfertu
1923: The Hunchback of Notre Dame
1924: The Hands of Orlac
1924: Waxworks
1925: The Monster
1925: The Phantom of the Opera
1926: Faust
1926: The Student of Prague – Screenplay by Hanns H. Ewers Directed by Henrik Galeen
1927: The Cat and the Canary
1931: Dracula
1931: Frankenstein
1931: M
1931: Vampyr
1932: Freaks
1932: The Mask of Fu Manchu
1932: The Mummy
1932: The Old Dark House
1932: White Zombie
1933: The Invisible Man
1933: Island of Lost Souls
1933: King Kong
1934: The Black Cat
1935: The Bride of Frankenstein
1935: The Werewolf of London


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