The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Das Kabinett des Dr. Caligari)

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

I must become...Caligari.

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is one of the most influential horror films in history, and indeed could be considered the first true horror film. Not merely historically significant, this is a fine film as well, and one that is never uninteresting to watch.

This is a curious look into how differently classic films were made back then. Even with the limited techniques they had toward crafting films, there is still a great deal of skill to be found here. The production and art design is an absolute wonder, and is immensely influential on so many films that travel the warped canvas of human creativity. I love all the angles and crazy constructions that draw the eye all over the screen; even the text cards evoke a supreme sense of macabre.

To me, this was more of a thriller than a horror film. The story is rather hard to follow at times, but it is a very good one; this film is also credited with introducing the twist ending, which really throws into question the veracity of the rest of the film. A very well done and very visually impressive piece of work.

Arbitrary Rating: 8/10

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