Hollywood Horrors of the 1930s

The Unholy 3

Jack Conway | USA | 1930 | 74 minutes

A “Talkie” remake of Tod Browning’s 1925 silent film. A trio of former sideshow performers double as the “Unholy Three” in a scam to nab some shiny rocks. This was Lon Chaney’s only speaking performance, his untimely death the same year preventing him from becoming the premiere horror icon of the 1930s and giving this opportunity to Karloff and Lugosi.

Friday 11th January 2013 8:00 PM

The Mask of Fu Manchu

Charles Brabin | USA | 1932 | 68 minutes

Englishmen race to find the tomb of Ghengis Khan. They have to get there fast, as the evil genius Dr. Fu Manchu is also searching, and if he gets the mysteriously powerful relics, he and his diabolical daughter will enslave the world!

Adapted from Sax Rohmer’s stories, with Boris Karloff in ‘yellowface’ as the titular villain.

Friday 18th January 2013 8:00 PM

Island of Lost Souls

Erle C. Kenton | USA | 1932 | 77 minutes

Adapted from H. G. Wells’s The Island of Dr Moreau, this Paramount production stars Charles Laughton and Bela Lugosi and was controversial in its time on account of its basic theme of a mad doctor experimenting to create half-man, half-animal creations. Forget the 1977 and 1997 versions, this is still the best.

Friday 25th January 2013 8:00 PM

Mad Love AKA The Hands of Orlac

Karl Freund | USA | 1935 | 68 minutes

An insane surgeon’s obsession with an actress leads him to replace her wounded pianist’s hands with the hands of a knife murderer which still have the urge to throw knives.

Friday 1st February 2013 8:00 PM

The Devil Doll

Tod Browning | USA | 1936 | 78 minutes

Paul Lavond was a respected banker in Paris when he was framed for robbery and murder by crooked associates and sent to Devil’s Island. Years later, he escapes with a friend, a scientist who was working on a method to reduce humans to a height of mere inches (all for the good of humanity, of course). Lavond however is consumed with hatred for the men who betrayed him, and takes the scientist’s methods back to Paris to exact painful revenge…

Friday 8th February 2013 8:00 PM

Dracula’s Daughter

Lambert Hillyer | USA | 1936 | 71 minutes

Hungarian countess Marya Zaleska seeks the aid of a noted psychiatrist, in hopes of freeing herself of a mysterious evil influence.

Classic early ‘lesbian vampire’ themed horror.

Friday 15th February 2013 8:00 PM