#6 The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)


The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is personally one of my favorite silent films. I can see it a million times to just to entertain my eyes with its spooky, demented, twisted, sharp-pointed sets. It really does make you feel like you stepped into a classic gothic painting… or a Tim Burton movie. Write in the comments if you believe Tim Burton was inspired by German Expressionism. What other directors were?


The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is about a man telling the story of a psychotic hypnotist who uses a man in a sleeping state to commit murders. This was a film where I had no idea where the direction was going and the result turned out to be very clever. I also like the use of the different colored tints. Especially the blue tint since it made the designs pop out more. 


This film is considered the first true horror film. This film takes a whodunit plot and turns it into much more. If only there were more films today that were, or at least use, expressionism instead of terrible green screen effects for their sets. German writer Siegfried Kracauer believed that this film predicted the holocaust occurring. It definitely does a good job showing the controversy of authorityWrite in the comments if you believe this to be true or far-fetched. There are just no words to describe the brilliance of this film.

Entertain yourself with the first true horror film and please comment your thoughts. If you have a Netflix, I recommend looking there first considering the quality is higher:



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