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The Cabinet of Dr Caligari

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A horror movie in the traditional sense, The Cabinet of Dr Caligari doesn't rely on spooks and zombies to scare you but rather a single creepy killer and his equally creepy master. Being a silent movie, this film requires a little imagination and is probably only for hardcore movie buffs. It unfolds much like a play and is apparent in its characters' over-the-top gesturings and dramatics. However, Caligari's egotistical and super creepy demeanor is brilliant. The visual style of the film is unique and of an impressionistic art style. Each window, doorway, wall, and room is angled oddly, giving a slight impression of the imaginings of a madman. This movie is also probably the first movie to use the "twist ending", and it's one that will leave you scratching your head. Which is not necessarily a bad thing. Silent film with English narrative  Grade: B

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