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What are the best black and white horror movies?

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A horror film is a film that seeks to elicit fear for the purposes of entertainment. The majority of early horror films were inspired by literature. Edgar Allan Poe, Bram Stoker, and Mary Shelley were some of the early inspirations for this genre that has existed for more than a century now. As far as sub-genres go, horror films started with the supernatural and themes involving death. It would dip its toes in the fantasy and thriller genres from time to time as well though. One of the first works involving the supernatural came out during the late 1890s. They were the series of short silent films by French pioneer filmmaker Georges Melies. Other countries soon followed and tried their hand with horror films. Some of them were the Japanese film company Konishi Honten as well as the renowned silent film director, Segundo de Chomon.

It was not long before filmmakers started to make film adaptations of popular literature. Some of the early ones have been the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Frankenstein. Nowadays, a lot of horror films have been adapted from the various novel by author Stephen King to the enjoyment of a lot of horror film fans. The classic horror films of old have remained popular to this day. In fact, they have seen a surge of popularity again thanks to the support of film enthusiasts and various film festivals. If you haven't seen these films yet, now is a good time to experience these amazing films. The best way to do so is in black and white film format, the way they were made in the first place. Check out some of the best black and white horror movies and witness a piece of film history now.

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  1. 1The Haunting (1963)

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    The Haunting is a classic horror film that came out in the 1960s but remains to be one of the best black and white horror films to this day and is well worth watching for anyone who hasn't yet.

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  1. 2Psycho

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    The 1960 horror film Psycho is black and white filmmaking at its finest that has stood the test of time and remain one of the most riveting and frightening film ever made. It is a must-see for any horror film fan.

  2. 3Cat People (1942)

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    Cat People is one of the earliest horror films to have come out for the genre and has been one of the most influential since it came out. It's a film that any Hitchcock and horror film fan will enjoy.

  1. 4Eyes Without a Face

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    Eyes Without a Face is a horror film that came out in 1960 and is a film that will keep viewers in awe and horror all the way to its surprising finale. 

  2. 5The Innocents

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    The Innocents is one of the more unique horror films ever made as it did not rely on gory or graphic images but instead relied on it masterful use of spooks and fright.

  3. 6The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

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    The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is a German Expressionist silent film by Robert Wiene. The film was released in 1920 and was written by Carl Mayer and Hans Janowitz. It features Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt, and Friedrich Feher in the lead roles.

  4. 7Freaks (1932)

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    Freaks is a 1932 horror drama film by Tod Browning that stars Wallace Ford, Leila Hyams, and Olga Baclanova. A beautiful trapeze artist marries a sideshow freak but little do they know, she is only doing it for his inheritance.

  5. 8Carnival of Souls

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    Carnival of Souls is a horror mystery movie directed by Herk Harvey and was released in 1962 and stars Candace Hilligoss, Frances Feist, and Sidney Berger. It tells the story of a woman who finds herself drawn to a mysterious abandoned carnival after a traumatic accident.

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    October 30, 2019
    "It's one of the first silent films that I have seen. I was surprised to see know that it was made in the 1920s. The Blu-ray 4k restoration really did some magic to be able to provide that level of quality."
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    The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
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    Anonymous
    October 30, 2019
    "It was not a perfect adaption of the novel but it remains as one of the greats that did much justice to it. There isn't much in the way of effects here and the story took center stage and it was great."
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    The Innocents
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    Anonymous
    October 30, 2019
    "It's unique among the early horror films that have come out at the time that pushed the boundaries of what people would consider grotesque. It would have the same effect if it were made today."
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    Freaks (1932)
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    Anonymous
    October 30, 2019
    "The plot might not seem like much at first but it becomes a psychological thriller ride of sorts as you watch along. One of the best black and white horror movies of those times."
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    Cat People (1942)
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    Anonymous
    October 30, 2019
    "A classic horror movie that needs to be seen to be appreciated. It's truly a shocking and horrific film even by today's standards. A masterpiece that has stood the test of time."
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    Eyes Without a Face
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    Anonymous
    October 30, 2019
    "This is one of the greatest classic horror movies of all time. For its time, the cinematography was excellent and the cast performances were equally as good."
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    The Haunting (1963)
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    October 30, 2019
    "One of the best early horror films and one of the movies that defined the slasher movie genre for all other movies that came after it. A must-see movie."
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    Psycho
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    October 30, 2019
    "It's not a perfect film but it did what it could with what it had and was a good example of a horror thriller films at the time."
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    Carnival of Souls
This list is about What are the best black and white horror movies
RankAnswersTypeVotesPrice
1The Haunting (1963)Movies 18 Paid
2PsychoMovies 13 Paid
3Cat People (1942)Movies 7 Paid
4Eyes Without a FaceMovies 4 Paid
5The InnocentsMovies 3 Paid
6The Cabinet of Dr. CaligariMovies 2 Paid
7Freaks (1932)Movies 1 Paid
8Carnival of Souls Movies 1 Paid
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