The Devil-Doll – USA, 1936

The Devil-Doll aka The Devil Doll is a 1936 horror film directed by Tod Browning (Dracula, Freaks) and starring a cross-dressing Lionel Barrymore (Mark of the Vampire) and Maureen O’Sullivan (Jane to Johnny Weissmuller’s …

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Dennis Wheatley – author

Dennis Yates Wheatley (8 January 1897 – 10 November 1977) was an English author whose prolific output of thrillers and occult novels made him one of the world’s best-selling writers from the 1930s through the …

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Dwight Frye – actor

Dwight Iliff Frye (February 22, 1899 – November 7, 1943) was an American stage and screen actor, noted for his appearances in the classic horror films Dracula (1931), Frankenstein (1931), The Invisible Man (1933), and Bride of Frankenstein (1935). He is frequently …

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House of Mystery – USA, 1934 – reviews

House of Mystery (promoted as The House of Mystery) is a 1934 American murder thriller film directed by William Nigh from a screenplay by Albert DeMond, based on a play by Adam Shirk (The Ape). It …

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Noble Johnson – actor

Noble Johnson (April 18, 1881 – January 9, 1978) was an African-American actor and film producer. He was one of the first black actors in Hollywood to achieve any meaningful level of fame and successfully …

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Murders in the Zoo – USA, 1933 – reviews

Murders in the Zoo is 1933 American horror film directed by A. Edward Sutherland (The Invisible Woman), from a screenplay by Philip Wylie and Seton I. Miller for Paramount Pictures. The movie stars Charles Ruggles (Bewitched, The Munsters), Lionel Atwill (The …

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The Phantom Light – UK, 1935 – reviews

The Phantom Light is a 1935 British comedy thriller feature film produced by Jerome Jackson and directed by Michael Powell (Peeping Tom), based on Evadne Price and Joan Roy Byford’s play The Haunted Light. It stars Binnie Hale, Gordon Harker, Milton Rosmer and Herbert Lomas. The …

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The Mad Doctor – animated short

The Mad Doctor is a Mickey Mouse cartoon released in 1933. The short’s horror overtones made it unusual for a Mickey Mouse cartoon. Some theaters refused to show it, believing it to be too scary for …

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The Mad Genius – USA, 1931 – reviews

The Mad Genius (1931) is an all-talking pre-code horror drama film produced and distributed by Warner Bros. and directed by Michael Curtiz. The film stars John Barrymore, Marian Marsh, Donald Cook, Charles Butterworth, and in small roles, Boris Karloff and Frankie Darro. The film …

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The Drums of Jeopardy – USA, 1931

The Drums of Jeopardy is a 1931 American horror thriller that is very much in the then-popular vein of the Master Criminal movie, with a sinister figure committing murders while …

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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde – USA, 1931 – reviews

Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a 1931 American Pre-Code horror film directed by Rouben Mamoulian and starring Fredric March. The film is an adaptation of The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886), the Robert Louis Stevenson tale …

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José Ramón Larraz – filmmaker

José Ramón Larraz (born 1929 in Barcelona) was a Spanish director of exploitation and horror films such as the cult classic Vampyres (1974). He died in Malaga on 3rd September 2013 whilst working on a remake of …

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Terror Tales – pulp magazine

Terror Tales was the name of two American publications: a pulp magazine of the weird menace genre, and a horror comic in the 1960s and 1970s. Terror Tales was originally published by Popular Publications. The first issue was published in September …

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The Cat Creeps – USA, 1930 – reviews

The Cat Creeps is a 1930 horror/thriller directed by Rupert Julian and John Willard and produced by Carl Laemmle, Jr for Universal Pictures. As with many films of the late silent/early talkie …

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Richard Matheson – author and screenwriter

Richard Matheson (February 20, 1926 – June 23, 2013) was an American author and screenwriter, primarily in the fantasy, horror, and science fiction genres. He may be known best as the author of I Am Legend, …

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The Terror – UK, 1938 – reviews

“Mad, who said I was mad? Mad? They’re all mad” The Terror – also known as Edgar Wallace’s The Terror – is a 1938 British black comedy crime film with a macabre old dark house sub-plot about satanic …

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Dracula – USA, 1931 – reviews

Dracula is a 1931 horror film directed by Tod Browning and starring Bela Lugosi as the title character. The film was produced by Universal and is based on the 1924 stage play Dracula by Hamilton Deane and John L. Balderston, which in turn is based …

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