What's your favorite silent horror film?

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  1. Horrorfan

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    I was wondering if there are many silent horror film fans here? List your favorite silent horror flicks. Mine is Chaney's Phantom of the Opera.
     
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    Jimbo The Bloodstained Shadow

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    Nosferatu
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  3. Horrorfan

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    I have yet to see Cabinet how is it?
     
  4. life_o_petey

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    horror would probably be Nosferatu. I wasn't really a big fan of Caligari, but it seems to be pretty popular.
     
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    Körlkaren

    Victor Sjöström's "Körlkaren" (AKA The Phantom Carigge, AKA The Phantom Chariot) not real horror, more of a drama - but it's got a very dark edge to it. Probably the best silent movie I have ever seen, I know it is regarded as very important from a historic point of view but I'm not sure about how known it is amongs the average fim buff. Have any one of you guy's seen it? If not try to find it - it's extrordinary! The new music by Matti Bye is spectacular!It's not out on DVD and that's a shame - Would make for a exellent Criterion release!

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0012364/
     
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    Lyle Horowitz Miscreant

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    My favorite silent film is Muranu's SUNRISE, but that's not a horror film so...

    THE MAN WHO LAUGHS (1928)
    THE UNKNOWN (1927)

    These 2 are my favorites.
     
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    mcchrist A new breed of pervert!

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    Nosferatu

    and since it has grown on me a bit, The Bells.
     
  8. Horrorfan

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    Although it isn't a horror film I do really enjoy The Lost World(1925)
     
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    Nosferatu. Some day I'm going get around to watching Haxan.
     
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    Cabin Fever. I watch it with the sound off and just admire the pretty girls.
     
  11. life_o_petey

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    Fox is killing me not releasing Sunrise outside of the best picture collection.
     
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    I would have to go with..

    The Unknown
    Nosferatu
    Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (John Barrymore)
    The Hunchback of Notre Dame
     
  13. wgdavis

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    Nobody mentioned Der Golem?
     
  14. Lionheart

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    Silent Horror

    Favorites:

    Nosferatu
    Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
    The Man Who Laughs
    Phantom of the Opera
     
  15. wgdavis

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    Has anyone seen the remastered Kino Metropolis? Not Horror, necessarily, but certainly classic. The Blockbuster near me carries it, but they never have it in for rental when I stop by....
     
  16. RyanPC

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    I'm new to the genre, but so far Chaney's Phantom of the Opera has been my favorite... it's highly entertaining.
     
  17. Tuzotonic

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    Haxen
    Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
    I haven't seen Der Golem yet but I have heard nothing but good things about it. While I understand the influence Nosferatu had on other films for some reason I could not get into it the time I watched it. The vampire looks great and is as scary as hell but I thought it was boring for the most part.
     
  18. wgdavis

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    I watched all three again last weekend. I was again struck by how different Caligari and Der Golem are, direction wise. Caligari feels like I am watching a stage play - all action seems to take place in the center of the camera, the camera seems fixed to the stage, and actors move accross it. Der Golem was made at almost the same time, and the camera may be static, but the cuts and perimiter action don't feel like a staged play. Nosferatu didn't feel static either, but that may be because it looks like great pains were taken to have movement and action on multiple levels (up steps, down cliffs, camera looking down from windows, etc.)

    Nosferatu does seem plodding and deliberate to me, but my sister watched it when she came down for a visit, and she was genuinely frightened at points. I think the music (Kino German Masters edition, Audio track 1, performed by Donald Sousin) was perfect for it (though I could have done without the screams).

    I still haven't gotten around to Waxworks yet though...
     
  19. Nosferatu

    Have not seen Haxen as of yet but still wanting to , is it still availabe.
     

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