Release date: Out now
Starring: Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt
Director: Robert Wiene
BBFC Certificate: U
Running time: 77 mins
One of the absolute cornerstones of horror – for a film made in 1920 this still packs a huge punch. An extraordinary technical achievement, it virtually invented the idea that films have a world of their own, that characters don’t have to live in a ‘real’ world but an emotionally heightened one with its own look and feel, with those extraordinary sets. Replicas of the sets can still be seen in Berlin’s film museum and they still produce a thrill up the spine.
The story itself is an eerie classic. Dr Caligari has an attraction at the local funfair – somnambulist Cesare (the extraordinary Conrad Veidt) who seems to be able to predict murders. Is Caligari ordering the murders, or is Cesare actually awake and a serial killer? Whichever, the outcome is truly terrifying. [Read more…]