Why The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari Is Still Scary Today

Das-Cabinet-des-Dr-Caligari-posterThe Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari is hailed as both a German Expressionist classic and one of the earliest icons of the horror film genre. It is completely silent and uses stark and surrealist imagery to tell its twisted story. It also has a run time of only 70 minutes; there’s no overstuffed narrative here. Dr. Caligari gets right to the point, and it’s completely harrowing. The plot revolves around a mad hypnotist that is taking advantage of a sleepwalker to commit murderous deeds on his behalf.

That in itself is the crux of why the film is still so disturbing today. While it’s presented in a surreal fashion, the premise plays on the basic fears we have of not being in control and also what happens when we go to sleep at night. There are a lot of uncomfortable subconscious worries being stimulated here, and the unique imagery full of skewed angles and shadows is just off putting enough to make each scene feel downright creepy. It doesn’t hurt that the inherent nature of the 1920s era footage and editing style almost looks “wrong’ compared to the smoother frame rate and quality we’re used to from contemporary film making.

Though steeped in dreamlike imagery, The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari is also somewhat believable on a base level. There aren’t any monsters or mythical creatures running rampant here. It’s all about what could potentially go wrong with the human mind. This is brought even further into the forefront thanks a fairly early example of a twist ending.

Ultimately, The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari is a riveting piece of cinema. Though many today would shy away from it purely on the basis of its age, it is a masterful piece of horror and film making in general. It remains just as impactful and frightening as ever, something few horror films can boast with any degree of honesty. You can watch the entire movie here:

What Justice Would The Top Horror Movie Villains Face In Real Life?

film-1296110_640Could you imagine if Jason from the Friday the 13th movies was actually real? What about Freddy Krueger, Michael Myers, or for goodness sakes, Chucky! The last one would be the biggest stretch of the imagination, but there are some real-life vicious criminals out there. Let’s imagine for a moment that Michael Myers is real, and that he’s been arrested and able to be contained.

That’s the problem with theseĀ famous horror movie villains. They never die, and they can never be contained. They just keep coming back. At the end of the movies, there is usually some kind of relief, but they end up wreaking havoc on cities once again, stalking and murdering people. Again, imagine Michael Myers has just been arrested, and this time he is contained. He’s going to stand trial for his charges, and can you imagine what they would be?

While the most recent Michael Myers movies were remakes, he’s been in several, meaning he’s killed dozens of 6db78272f365be1e732e14faac82ba61people. You can either imagine that what happened in the movies happened in real life, or you can just imagine a Michael Myers out there on the street acting similarly. He would certainly be charged with many counts of murder and stalking. For a criminal as vicious as he is, his sentences would be to be served consecutively, and according to Speedy Bail Bonds NJ, which means he would never be offered bail, be remanded before trail and probably never be able get out of prison.

Of course, in some states, he would be facing the death penalty. Considering he’s hard to contain, I think the jury would be more inclined to recommend such a sentence. And then there is Freddy, who gets inside people’s minds. How in the world do you come up with charges for that? Freddy would also escape the death penalty. And, while Jason’s problems may stem from psychiatric issues when he was younger, I’m pretty sure he would also face the death penalty or at least never get out of prison. Here’s a great video that explains all their motivations. Maybe we can understand why things happen:

Heebie Jeebies

I happen to really love Watch Mojo. Two years ago they put out a list of their top 10 scariest movies of all time and honestly, while some of these are scary… they are not the scariest!Although they do give me the heebie jeebies! Here’s the video if you want to take a gander: