The 1930s remain the “Golden Age” of horror movies. One of the principal reasons for this is technology, given that during the 1930s movies for the first time benefited from sound. Moreover, slightly relaxing social mores enabled filmmakers to push the envelope in terms of more overt supernatural horror, with actual monsters rather than “fake” ones.
Perhaps the most important studio of the time was Universal Studios, which brought many monsters to life on the silver screen. The studio also helped create a new age of monster actors, such as Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff. Reflecting the lurid proceedings projected on screens of America were posters that showcased their monsters and their menace. This list compiles some of the best artwork produced for horror film posters of the 1930s.