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1896 - 2012: The Official HDC Selection from 100+ Years of Horror Cinema

Greetings to all cinema fans horror or non-horror,

Throughout the history of cinema, one genre has managed to break through and has carved a separate niche for itself. It has gone from strength to strength in the past 100+ years, and contemporary genre fans know that our genre is dotted with examples which have become milestones not only in horror cinema, but all cinema in general.

What we have sat down to chisel out, is the finest examples by decade in the history of horror cinema. We hope that this exhaustive project - 3 years in the making, including debates/discussions for almost one FULL year - serves as a guide to the present and future generations about the most notable examples captured on celluloid by our genre filmmaker veterans over the years. And, in the end, what we have produced, are more than 300 of the finest films the horror genre has produced over the years - right from the silent era, through the black & white vintage classics, the advent of British & foreign horror, fully colored films, hugely popular 60s/70s/80s stuff, cult classics and the latest contemporary masterpieces.

200 officially selected films. 10 must-see documentaries. 55 of the finest Honorable Mentions. And 50 of the best individual recommendations you can get.

Yes. It's H-U-G-E!

Big thanks go to everyone involved in this project. The list of all involved members will be posted at the end of the compilation.

This is our signature, our legacy.

We hope this stands the test of time and serves as a definitive guide, even long after we all are gone.

For the first period, the very early horror, I have posted links to the full films on youtube. From the second period onwards, many films are not in public domain and so have to be bought (as VHS/DVD copies) from the copyright holding companies. I have added trailers because of that reason. You can still find some full films from the 1930s onwards on several online video streaming websites such as youtube, vimeo, dailymotion, hulu, etc.

I sincerely request anyone and everyone who opens this thread - please give the page(s) a minute so that the corresponding youtube videos can load up into the links. Once that happens, scrolling through will be a breeze.

Grab your coffees, notepads and pens, as I quote from one of my favorite holiday horror films - "Onward, into the compilation!"
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The FIRST PERIOD: 1896 - 1929



Le Manoir Du Diable (1896)
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It deserves inclusion by virtue of that fact that it's generally considered to be the first horror film. While it was made to be goofy and playful rather than frightening, it still contains many aspects of what would become part of the language of horror cinema--Gothic castle, bats, ghouls, ghosts, as well as some early special effects--all in one 3+ minute short. - fortunato


(Edison's) Frankenstein (1910)
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L'Inferno (aka) Dante's Inferno (1911)
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Deserves inclusion because not only the first full length horror from Italy but because it successfully adapted the first on-screen vision of hell adapted from Dante's writings. It's also the world's oldest surviving feature length film. Though it's more like a series of set pieces than a cohesive movie, it impressively portrays in graphic detail the many torments to be inflicted on it's residents. Inspired by the illustrations of Gustav Doré the original silent film has been restored and has a new score by Tangerine Dream. This gives the whole nightmare an atmosphere that is relentlessly unique and otherworldly that will still send a shiver down the spine of the viewer. - Fearonsarms


The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)
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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920)
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The Golem (1920)
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The Bat (1926)
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A Page of Madness (aka) Kurutta ippêji (1926)
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It's one of the first films, as far as I know, to use a "pure cinema" approach to exploring the subjectivity of madness, creating expressive visual poetry of a distorted and frightening world. With surreal imagery and experimental editing techniques, A Page of Madness is a haunting, insane masterpiece, surely unique in not only its time, but even to this day. I strongly encourage anyone not familiar with the film to watch it. - fortunato


Faust (1926)
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The Lodger (1927)
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The Cat and the Canary (1927)
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Vampyr (1932)
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White Zombie (1932)
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The Old Dark House (1932)
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All star cast and a tremendously wicked script combine to make a movie well worth watching. - neverending


Island of Lost Souls (1932)
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The Mummy (1932)
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The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
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The Raven (1935)
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Mad Love (1935)
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The Invisible Ray (1936)
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Son of Frankenstein (1939)
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It completes the Frankenstein trilogy, and contains a lot of the imagery that we remember. - neverending
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