The Devil-Doll (1936) starring Lionel Barrymore, Maureen O'Sullivan, directed by Tod Browning

The Devil-Doll [Lionel Barrymore]

The Devil-Doll (1936) starring Lionel Barrymore, Maureen O’Sullivan, directed by Tod Browning

The Devil-Doll – Lionel Barrymore stars in this classic horror thriller about a Devil’s Island escapee who shrinks murderous slaves and sells them to his victims as dolls.

Dracula (1931) starring Bela Lugosi in the title role

Dracula (1931)

Dracula (1931) starring Bela Lugosi, Dwight Frye, Edward Van Sloan, directed by Tod Browning

Synopsis of Dracula

A truly great adaptation of the classic vampire novel.  Dracula is the story of the European vampire who comes to England to find fresh victims …  And stumbles across a young woman who reminds him of his long-lost love. This is actually based on the Broadway play, and not directly on the original novel by Bram Stoker.

To die, to be truly dead … that must be marvelous. — Count Dracula
Mina Seward: Why, Count Dracula!
Count Dracula: There are far worse things awaiting man than death.

The Thirteenth Chair (1929) starring Bela Lugosi, directed by Tod Browning

The Thirteenth Chair

The Thirteenth Chair (1929) starring Bela Lugosi, directed by Tod Browning

To enjoy  The Thirteenth Chair, the audience has to bear in mind that this is a  very early sound picture, and make appropriate allowances. If you do that, you can enjoy the murder mystery.  And especially the sight of Bela Lugosi as the police Inspector Delzante.  He berates and threatens the witnesses to a murder. Thirteen witnesses, at a seance, sitting in thirteen chairs — hence the title. It should be mentioned that  The Thirteenth Chair is directed by Tod Browning (Dracula, Freaks) — who brought Lugosi to worldwide fame only 2 years after this movie.