Apparently, the scariest things in the world are the things you can't see, rather than those you can. Tapping noises outside of the window, banging doors on breezeless nights, blood-curdling screams in the distance - that sort of thing.
Well, if that theory is true, then the horror flicks documented below must be the scariest horror movies ever made. The reasoning being that we cannot see them, for they are lost, presumably forever.
It is a sad fact that thousands of movies have been lost, destroyed, and ruined over the years. But it's particularly saddening when, for example, we no longer have the very first Phantom of the Opera, nor the original Werewolf movie.
But not all is lost - pictures, posters, plots, casts, and reviews are still available if you look hard enough.
Scroll down for 8 lost horror movies I'd most like to see.
The Terror (1928)
An English country house, a detective, a ouija board, and haunting organ sounds - what could possibly go wrong?
This murder-filled romp starring May McAvoy and Louise Fazenda is lost forever, some might say thankfully so. Critics in London said the film was "so bad that it is almost suicidal."
Phantom of the Opera (1916)
Considered to be very first Phantom of the Opera movie, no copies, photographs or even a poster of the film remain. All that is known is that it was made in Germany (Das Phantom der Oper) in 1916, directed by Ernst Matray, starring Nils Olaf Chrisander as the Phantom and Aud Egede-Nissen as Christine.
The Cat Creeps (1930)
Disappearances and strange goings-on in a spooky old mansion. That awful looking character above presumably scares everybody to death with his teeth alone.
The Werewolf (1913)
Believe it or not, the very first Werewolf not only starred two females, it was also deeply political.
In the movie, a native-american woman becomes a witch after mistakenly believing that her husband has left her. She teaches the same skills to her daughter Watuma, who instead transforms into a wolf. Watuma seeks and obtains vengeance against the invading white settlers. Then, 100 years after Watuma's death, she returns from the dead to kill again.
The Golem (1915 & 1917)
Based on a monster from Jewish folklore, this epic set in the old German empire depicts the life of an antiques dealer (Henrik Galeen) who finds a golem (Paul Wegener). The clay statue is brought to life by a rabbi four centuries earlier. The dealer resurrects the golem as a servant, but the golem falls in love with the dealer's wife. As she does not return his love, the golem commits a series of murders.
Life Without a Soul (1915)
This film was loosely based on the original Mary Shelley novel Frankenstein, and is believed to be the second ever Frankenstein movie. The above picture is all that remains. The top right picture reveals a creepy, but slightly more normal-looking Frankenstein than the later adaptations.
Dracula's Death (1921)
Dracula's Death was the film that introduced the world to the very first on-screen Dracula! The above picture is one of the few remaining remnants of the Hungarian classic. the movie was directed by Károly Lajthay.
London After Midnight (1927)
It's said that Lon Chaney in London After Midnight was almost 100 years ahead of his time. He did all of his own make-up to achieve the look shown above and not many would argue against it looking equally as good today as it did back then.
It was Chaney, playing the role of the hypnotist, who influenced horror movie villains for years to come. But, alas, all we have left is photographs and odd parts of it uploaded to youtube (see them here!).