Horror Checklist - 1931 - 1948

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  1. John Stell

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    Taking a cue from Herb Kane's Noir list, I've listed all the Horror films released from 1931 - 1948 of which I am aware. I started with Phil Hardy's Horror Encyclopedia and then added titles as appropriate. In terms of Public Domain titles, I listed the company that appears to have the best version or the only currently available version. The titles that are available on DVD are in bold. The studio that released the DVD is also listed since film ownership has changed for several titles. If anyone thinks certain films should be added to the list please comment. I'll update the list as needed (e.g. with new announcements). Thanks for any comments.

    Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948 - Universal) DVD – Universal
    Amazing Mr. X (1948 - Eagle Lion Films) DVD - Image

    Among the Living (1941 - Paramount)
    Ape Man, The (1943 - Monogram) DVD – Alpha
    Ape, The (1940 – Monogram) DVD – Roan Group/Troma (w/ British Intelligence)
    Arsenic and Old Lace (1944 - Warner Bros.) DVD - Warners

    Beast of Borneo (1934 - Far East Productions, Inc.)
    Beast With Five Fingers, The (1946 - Warner Bros./First National)
    Bedlam (1946 – RKO) DVD - Warners
    Before Dawn (1933 – Warners)
    Before I Hang (1940 – Columbia) DVD – Sony
    Behind the Mask (1932 – Columbia)
    Black Cat, The (1934 - Universal)DVD - Universal
    Black Cat, The (1941 - Universal) Coming Soon!
    Black Dragons (1942 – Monogram) DVD - Alpha
    Black Friday (1939 - Universal Studios) DVD - Universal

    Black Moon (1934 Columbia)
    Black Room, The (1935 - Columbia) DVD – Sony
    Bluebeard (1944 - PRC) DVD - Allday
    Body Snatcher (1945 - RKO) DVD - Warner
    Boogie Man Will Get You, The (1942 – Columbia) DVD – Sony
    Bowery at Midnight (1942 – Monogram) DVD – Roan Group/Troma
    Boys of the City (1940 - Monogram) DVD - Alpha
    Bride of Frankenstein (1935 – Universal) DVD – Universal
    Brute Man (1946 – PRC) DVD - Image
    Calling Dr. Death (1943 - Universal) DVD 9-2006
    Captive Wild Woman (1943 - Universal) Coming Soon!

    Castle Sinister (1932 – Filmophone)
    Cat and the Canary (1939 – Paramount)
    Cat Creeps (1946 - Universal)
    Cat People (1942 – RKO) DVD - Warners
    Catman of Paris (1946 – Republic)
    Chamber of Horrors (1940 - Monogram) DVD - Roan
    Climax, The (1944 – Universal) DVD - Universal
    Condemned to Live (1935 - Invincible) DVD - Alpha
    Corpse Vanishes (1942 – Monogram) DVD – Roan Group/Troma (w/ The Devil Bat)

    Creeper, The (1948 – Fox)
    Crime of Dr. Crespi (1935 - Republic)
    Crimes at the Dark House (1940 - George King Productions) DVD - Alpha
    Crimes of Stephen Hawke (1936 - George King Productions) DVD - Mill Creek 100 Horror Classics Movie Pack

    Cry of the Werewolf (1944 – Columbia)
    Crying Woman, The (1933 – Mexico)
    Curse of the Cat People (1944 – RKO) DVD - Warners
    Curse of the Wraydons (1946 - Ambassador Film Productions Ltd)
    Dante's Inferno (1935 Fox Film Corporation)
    Daughter of the Dragon (1931 Paramount)
    Day of Wrath (1943 - Palladium Productions) DVD – Criterion
    Dead Man’s Eyes (1944 - Universal) DVD - Universal
    Dead Men Walk (1942 - PRC) DVD – Roan Group/Troma (w/ Monster Maker)
    Dead of Night (1945 - Ealing Studios) DVD – Anchor Bay

    Dead Speak, The (1935 - Cinexport Distributing Co.)
    Death from a Distance (1936 - Invincible) DVD - Alpha
    Death Takes a Holiday (1934 - Paramount) DVD – Universal w/ Meet Joe Black OOP

    Destiny (1944 - Universal)
    Devil and Daniel Webster (1941 - William Dieterle Productions) DVD - Criterion
    Devil Bat, The (1940 – PRC) DVD – Roan Group/Troma (w/ The Corpse Vanishes)
    Devil Bat's Daughter (1946 - PRC) DVD - Image
    Devil Commands, The (1941 – Columbia) DVD - Columbia
    Devil Doll, The (1936 - MGM) DVD – Warner Bros.

    Devil's Hand, The (1943 - Continental Films)
    Devil’s Mask (1945 - Columbia)
    Doctor X (1932 - Warner Bros./First National) DVD – Warner Bros.
    Double Door (1934 Paramount)
    Dr. Cyclops (1940 - Paramount) Coming Soon!
    Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (1931 – Paramount) DVD – Warner Bros double feature with 1941 version
    Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941 – MGM) DVD – Warner Bros double feature with 1931 version

    Dr. Renault's Secret (1942 - Fox)
    Dracula (1931 – Universal) DVD – Universal
    Dracula (Spanish Version) (1931 – Universal) DVD - Universal
    Dracula’s Daughter (1936 – Universal) DVD - Universal
    Drums of Jeopardy (1931 - Tiffany Productions) DVD - Alpha

    Drums O' Voodoo (1934 - Sack Amusement Enterprises)
    Face At the Window (1939 - Pennant) DVD - Alpha
    Face Behind the Mask (1941 – Columbia)
    Face in the Fog, A (1936 - Victory) DVD - Alpha
    Face of Marble (1946 – Monogram)
    Faehrmann Maria (1936 – Germany)
    Fantomas (1932 Les Établissements Braunberger-Richebé)
    Fatal Night (1948 - Anglo Film)
    Fingers at the Window (1942 MGM)
    Flesh and Fantasy (1943 - Universal)
    Flying Serpent, The (1946 – PRC) DVD - Image
    Fog Island (1945 - PRC) DVD - Alpha
    Frankenstein (1931 – Universal) DVD – Universal
    Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943 – Universal) DVD – Universal
    Freaks (1932 – MGM) DVD – Warner Bros
    Frozen Ghost (1945 - Universal) DVD - Universal

    Game of Death, A (1945 – RKO)
    Genius at Work (1946 - RKO)
    Ghost and the Guest (1943 – PRC) DVD - Alpha
    Ghost Breakers, The (1940 – Paramount) DVD - Universal

    Ghost Catchers (1944 – Universal)
    Ghost Crazy (1944 – Monogram)
    Ghost of Frankenstein (1942 – Universal) DVD – Universal
    Ghost of Rashmon Hall, The (1947 - British Animated Films)
    Ghost Ship (1943 – RKO) DVD – Warners
    Ghost Train (1931 - Gainsborough Pictures)
    Ghost Train (1941 - Gaumont British Picture Corporation Ltd.)
    Ghost Walks, The (1934 - Invincible) DVD - Alpha
    Ghosts on the Loose (1943 – Monogram) DVD – Roan Group/Troma
    Ghoul, The (1933 - Gaumont) DVD - MGM

    Gildersleeve's Ghost (1944 – RKO)
    Girl Who Dared, The (1944 - Republic)
    Gold (1934 Universum Film A.G.)
    Golem, Le (1936 - Barrandov Film A-B)
    Gorilla (1931 - Warner Bros)
    Gorilla, The (1939 – Fox) DVD – Roan Group/Troma (w/ Nabonga)
    Great Impersonation, The (1935 – Universal)
    Greed of William Hart aka Horror Maniacs (1948 - Ambassador Film Distributors) DVD – Alpha
    Green for Danger (1946 General Film Distributors Ltd.) DVD - Criterion

    Halfway House (1943 Ealing Studios)
    Hangover Square (1945 - Fox) Coming Soon!
    Headless Woman (1943 – Mexico)
    Hell-A-Vision (1936 - Roadshow Attractions, Inc.)
    Hold That Ghost (1941 – Universal) DVD
    Horror Island (1941 - Universal) Coming Soon!
    Hound of the Baskervilles (1939 – Fox) DVD - MPI

    Hound of the Baskervilles, The (1931 – Gaumont)
    Hound of the Baskervilles, The (1936 – Germany)
    House of Darkness (1948 - British Lion Film Corporation)
    House of Dracula (1945 – Universal) DVD – Universal
    House of Fear (1939 – Universal)
    House of Frankenstein (1944 – Universal) DVD – Universal
    House of Horrors (1946 - Universal)
    House of Mystery (1934 - Monogram) DVD – Alpha
    Human Monster, The (1939 - Argyle Productions/Pathe) DVD – Roan Group/Troma (w/ Mystery Liner)
    Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939 – RKO) DVD – Warner Bros

    I Love A Mystery (1945 – Columbia)
    I Walked With A Zombie (1943 – RKO) DVD - Warners
    Invisible Agent (1942 - Universal) DVD Universal
    Invisible Ghost, The (1941 - Monogram) DVD – Roan Group/Troma
    Invisible Man, The (1933 – Universal) DVD – Universal
    Invisible Man Returns (1940 - Universal) DVD - Universal
    Invisible Man's Revenge (1944 - Universal) DVD - Universal
    Invisible Ray, The (1936 – Universal) DVD - Universal
    Invisible Woman (1940 - Universal) DVD - Universal

    Island of Doomed Men (1940 – Columbia)
    Island of Lost Souls (1933 – Paramount)
    Isle of the Dead (1945 – RKO) DVD - Warners
    J'accuse! (1938 - Forrester-Parant Productions)
    Jungle Captive (1945 - Universal)
    Jungle Woman (1944 - Universal)
    King Kong (1933 – RKO) DVD - Warners
    King of the Zombies (1941 – Monogram) DVD – Roan Group/Troma (w/ Revolt of the Zombies)

    Kongo (1932 – MGM)
    Lady and the Monster, The (1944 - Republic)
    Leopard Man, The (1943 – RKO) DVD - Warners
    Life Returns (1935 - Universal) DVD – Alpha

    Light in the House, A (1941 - Argentine)
    Living Ghost aka Walking Nightmare (1942 - Monogram Pictures Corporation) DVD – Alpha
    Lodger, The (1944 – Fox) Coming Soon!

    Love, Death, and the Devil (1934 - German)
    Love from a Stranger (1937 - United Artists) DVD - Alpha
    M (1931 - Nero Film AG) DVD - Criterion

    Macabre Legacy, The (1939 – Mexico)
    Macabre Trunk, The (1936 – Mexico)
    Mad Doctor (1940 Paramount)
    Mad Doctor of Market Street (1942 – Universal)
    Mad Genius, The (1931 - Warner Bros./First National)
    Mad Ghoul (1943 – Universal)
    Mad Love (1935 – MGM) DVD 10/3/06
    Mad Monster (1942 – PRC) DVD – Retromedia OOP

    Man in Half Moon Street (1944 – Paramount)
    Man Made Monster (1941 - Universal) - Coming Soon!
    Man They Could Not Hang, The (1939 – Columbia) DVD - Sony
    Man Who Changed His Mind, The (1936 – Gaumont) DVD - Shanachie

    Man Who Reclaimed His Head (1934 - Universal)
    Man With Nine Lives, The (1940 – Columbia) DVD Sony
    Maniac (1934 - Roadshow Attractions) DVD – Kino (w/ Narcotic)
    Mark of the Vampire (1935 – MGM) DVD – Warner Bros.
    Mask of Diijon (1946 – PRC) DVD - Image
    Mask of Fu Manchu (1932 - MGM) DVD – Warner Bros.

    Menace, The (1932 - Columbia)
    Menace (1934 - Paramount)
    Miracles for Sale (1939 - MGM)
    Monkey's Paw (1933 - RKO)
    Monster and the Girl, The (1941 – Paramount)
    Monster Maker (1944 – PRC) DVD – Roan Group/Troma (w/ Dead Men Walk)
    Monster Walks, The (1932 - Mayfair) DVD – Alpha
    Most Dangerous Game, The (1932 – RKO) DVD - Criterion
    Mummy, The (1932 – Universal) DVD – Universal

    Mummy’s Boys (1936 – RKO)
    Mummy’s Curse (1944 – Universal) DVD – Universal
    Mummy’s Ghost (1944 – Universal) DVD – Universal
    Mummy’s Hand (1940 – Universal) DVD – Universal
    Mummy’s Tomb (1942 – Universal) DVD – Universal
    Murder By Television (1935 - Cameo Pictures Corporation) DVD - Alpha

    Murder by the Clock (1931 – Paramount)
    Murder in the Red Barn (1935 - George King Productions) DVD - Alpha
    Murders in the Rue Morgue (1932 – Universal) DVD - Universal

    Murders in the Zoo (1933 – Paramount)
    Mysterious Doctor, The (1943 - Warner Bros./First National)
    Mysterious Mr. Wong (1934 - Monogram Pictures Corporation) DVD – Roan Group
    Mystery Broadcast (1943 - Republic)
    Mystery of Marie Roget (1942 - Universal)
    Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933 - Warner Bros./First National) DVD – Warner Bros (w/ House of Wax)
    Mystery of the White Face (1935 - Mexican)
    Mystery Ranch (1932 Fox Film Corporation) DVD – Alpha
    Night Has Eyes (1942 - PRC)
    Night Key (1937 - Universal) DVD - Universal
    Night Monster (1942 - Universal) Coming Soon!

    Night Must Fall (1937 MGM)
    Night of Terror (1933 – Columbia)
    Ninth Guest (1934 Columbia)
    Obeah (1935 - Arcturus Motion Pictures)
    Old Dark House, The (1932 – Universal) DVD
    Old Mother Riley's Ghosts (1941 - British National Films Ltd.)
    One Body Too Many (1944 Paramount) DVD – Alpha
    Ouanga (1935 - Terwilliger)
    Passing Clouds (aka Spellbound) (1940 Pyramid Amalgamated)
    Pearl of Death, The (1944 - Universal) DVD - MPI
    Phantom of the Convent (1934 – Mexico)
    Phantom of the Opera (1943 – Universal) DVD – Universal
    Phantom Ship, The (1935 - Hammer) DVD - Image

    Phantom Speaks, The (1945 – Republic)
    Picture of Dorian Gray, The (1945 – MGM)
    Pillow of Death (1945 – Universal) DVD 9/2006
    Place of One's Own, A (1945 - Eagle-Lion Films Inc.)
    Raven, The (1935 – Universal) DVD – Universal
    Remember Last Night? (1935 Universal)
    Return of Dr. X (1939 - Warner Bros./First National) DVD – Warner Bros.
    Return of the Ape Man (1944 – Monogram)
    Return of the Terror (1934 Warner Bros.)
    Return of the Vampire (1943 – Columbia) DVD - Columbia
    Revenge of the Zombies (1943 – Monogram)
    Revolt of the Ghosts (1946 – Mexico)
    Revolt of the Zombies (1936 - Halperin/Academy) DVD – Roan Group/Troma (w/ King of the Zombies)
    Rogues Tavern, The (1936 - Mercury Pictures Corporation) DVD - Alpha
    Scared to Death (1947 - Golden Gate Pictures) DVD – Alpha
    Scarlet Claw, The (1944 - Universal) DVD – MPI

    Secret of the Blue Room, The (1933 - Universal)
    Secret of the Loch (1934 - Wyndham Films)
    Seventh Victim (1943 – RKO) DVD - Warners
    She Wolf of London (1946 – Universal) DVD – Universal
    Shock (1946 – Fox) DVD – Fox

    Sh! The Octopus (1937 - Warner Bros.)
    Sign of Death (1939 - Mexican)
    Smiling Ghost, The (1941 - Warner Bros./First National)
    Song at Midnight (1937 - China)
    Son of Dracula (1943 – Universal) DVD – Universal
    Son of Frankenstein (1939 – Universal) DVD – Universal
    Son of Ingagi (1940 - Hollywood Pictures Corporation) DVD - Alpha
    Son of Kong (1933 – RKO) DVD – Warners

    Soul of a Monster (1944 - Columbia)
    The Sphinx (1933 - Monogram Pictures Corporation) DVD - Alpha
    Spider Woman, The (1944 - Universal) DVD – MPI

    Spider Woman Strikes Back (1946 – Universal)
    Spiral Staircase (1946 – RKO) DVD – MGM(Anchor Bay OOP)
    Spooks Run Wild (1941 – Monogram) DVD – Alpha

    Strange Case of Dr. Rx (1942 – Universal)
    Strange Confession (1945 – Universal)
    Stranger on the Third Floor (1940 - RKO)
    Strangler of the Swamp (1946 - PRC) DVD - Image
    Student of Prague, The (1935 – Germany)
    Superloco, El (1937 – Mexican)
    Supernatural (1933 – Paramount)
    Svengali (1931 - Warner Bros./First National) DVD – Alpha (Roan disc is OOP)
    Sweeney Todd: Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1936 - George King Productions) DVD - Alpha

    Tell-Tale Heart (1934 - DuWorld Pictures Inc.)
    Terror, The (1938 - Associated British Picture Corporation) DVD – Alpha
    Terror Aboard (1933 - Paramount)
    Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933 - Nero-Film AG) DVD – Criterion
    Thark, Turkey Time (1932 - Herbert Wilcox Productions Ltd.)
    They Drive by Night (1938 Teddington Studios)
    Things Happen at Night (1947 - Alliance Film Studios)
    Thirteen Women (1932 – RKO)
    Torture Ship (1939 - Producers Pictures Corporation) DVD – Alpha
    Tower of London (1939 – Universal) DVD Universal

    Tower of the Seven Hunchbacks (1944 - Spain)
    Two Monks (1934 – Mexico)
    Uncle Silas (1947 - Two Cities Films Ltd.)
    Undying Monster, The (1942 – Fox) Coming Soon!
    Unholy Tales (1932 - Roto-G.P. Film)
    Uninvited, The (1944 – Paramount)
    Unknown, The (1946 – Columbia)
    Valley of the Zombies (1946 – Republic)
    The Vampire Bat (1933) DVD - Alpha
    Vampire’s Ghost, The (1945 – Republic)
    Vampyr (1931 - Germany) DVD - Image
    Voodoo Man (1944 – Monogram)
    Walking Dead, The (1936 - Warner Bros./First National)
    Weird Woman (1944 – Universal) DVD – Universal
    Werewolf of London (1935 – Universal) DVD – Universal

    Whispering Ghosts (1942 - Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation)
    White Zombie (1932 – United Artists) DVD - Roan
    Witching Hour (1934 – Paramount)
    Who Killed Doc Robbin? (1948 - Hal Roach Studios Inc.)
    Wolf Man (1941 – Universal) DVD – Universal
    Woman in Green, The (1945 - Universal) DVD – MPI
    Woman Who Came Back (1945 – Republic) DVD - Image

    You’ll Find Out (1940 – RKO)
    Zombies on Broadway (1945 – RKO)
     
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    Updated 7/8/05 for Val Lewton Collection, Bela Lugosi Collection, and a couple of Alpha releases.
     
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    Hi John,
    I love 30s and 40s horror movies and collect them. I really like the list.
    Are you about to update it? Meanwhile there have been many new releases, whilst others have gone out of print.

    I also have the Phil Hardy book - which was my first horror movie "catalogue" followed by the Weaver books on Poverty Row and Universal.

    These old movies have quite a following in the US but in europe you can only mailorder them from the states. I have built quite a collection - the diificulty is finding people to watch them with - most of my friends fall in to a coma after a couple of minutes...
    Noone is used to the slow pace of the pictiures.

    Hope you find the time to update.


    yours, Dom
     
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    Or so they say. Yet it mystifies me, because many modern pictures have scenes which are glacially slow -- much slower than anything you'll see in the 1930s and 1940s -- and no one seems to mind that.

    I think the people you know just have the common prejudice against anything that's old and in black and white.
     
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    Sure, that is part of it. But compared to modern day horror they are very tame and built more on atmosphere or sometimes tacky monsters (which I enjoy)
    I guess - you either love old monster movies or you do not - not much inbetween.
    I grew up having seen Frankenstein etc. on TV, today they hardly show these movies (because b/w) so no more people grow up with Dracula and the Wolfman.

    So I guess we are a dying breed...
     
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    Seems to me the following box sets available at the moment need updating:

    Inner Sanctum (Universal)
    Boris Karloff Collection (Universal)
    Legends of Horror Collection (Warner)
    Boris Karloff - Icons of Horror (Sony)
    Revenge of the Zombies / Voodoo Woman (Orbit - Region 2 DVD)
    Picture of Dorian Gray (Warner - Region 2 DVD Germany)
    Horror Collection ( Bestbuy Oct. 2007)
    The Cat and the Canary (1939) (Nostalgia Home Video)
    The House of Fear (1945) (MPI Home Video)
    Fox Horror Classics Collection (Fox - October 2007)
    Bluebeard (1944) (Alpha Video)
     
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    Dominique -

    Thanks for the interest. As you can see from the lack of responses to the initial post there really didn't seem to be much interest in this so I just kinda forgot about it. However I posted it over at the Classic Horror Film Board and have been updating it there. I've just copied over the revised list which has a lot of new information.
     

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