The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari


A horror film that surpasses all others. Alan relates the story of traveling magician Dr Caligari and Cesare. Their arrival in a town coincides with savage killings. Secretly Caligari was an asylum director who hypnotizes Cesare to re enact murders. But the final reel contains something which will leave an audience shattered. It blows away all your moral certainties and beliefs. This is the true power of its horror. To leave you vulnerable and uncertain of what you feel was secure and certain.

  • GeorgeBats

    I just watched this the other night and loved it. It’s like ‘watching’ a picture book. The sets were so creative and the characters looked awesome. Cesare is on the best characters I’ve seen from any silent movie. The only thing that I didn’t really care for was the ‘twist’ at the end.

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  • TheGonzoJoint

    I’m not one to judge a film solely for its place in history, or its influence on the many motion pictures that may have followed. Quality, above all, certainly means a lot to me; and it should. One should critique, or appreciate, a film based on both personal taste and the overall observation of how good, how bad, or how “meh” a movie is. I thought it appropriate to say this now, as I review “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari”, because it’s films like this one which are often (unfairly) bombarded with harsh criticism from the beloved audience members of the modern age. It’s a horror film released in 1920, so there’s no blood, gore, sex, violence, or profanity; and the horror fanatics of today might not be able to fathom that. But I’m not here to offer a critique of our times and how unlucky I feel to be a part of them; I am here to tell you why I think the film is deserving of its landmark status.

    In my opinion, one of the most frightening things on earth would be the inability to control our bodily functions; our bones, our movements, what we say, and everything else beyond. The story of the film deals with this theme, this fear; in the form of a rather unfortunate fellow named Cesare, who lives in a cabinet, awakened only by his master by the name of Caligari, who has enslaved his mind and body. Cesare is what one would call a somnambulist; and Caligari advertises his tragic “gift” as a carnival attraction. Caligari comes into town a stranger; but leaves behind him a legend. You’ll find out what I mean in just a bit.

    Most of the story is told in a flashback; that of a man who appears in the beginning – and in the end – of the film, where he looks back on his experiences and encounters with the Doctor and his psychological slave. We see a woman, who he claims to be his fiancÃ