The 1930s were a difficult decade for America. It was the time of the Great Depression, with many people losing their jobs. It was perhaps because of these hardened times that society was more open to movies that were less realistic and more fantastical. Swashbuckling adventures took hold during this decade, as well as horror movies, particularly those created by Universal Studios.
Kicking off with movies such as The Bat Whispers and The Cat Creeps in 1930, the genre took a giant leap in 1931 with the release of Universal’s Dracula and Frankenstein, we well as Paramount’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. A new wave of horror icons would come to the forefront, with Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi destined to become household names in the genre.
The following list chronicles the best quotes taken from horror films of the 1930s. Some of these words still chill the blood to this day, although they come from an age when audiences were relatively new to the genre. I can only imagine the chills such words evoked during the 1930s.