Horror Films of the Silent Era

By | Oct 30, 2007

6) Frankenstein (1910). Perhaps the first Horror film. The 16 minute film was made at Edison Studios directed by J. Searle Dawley with Charles Ogle as the Monster.

5) Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923). The Victor Hugo classic starred Lon Chaney as Quasimodo with Wallace Worsley as Director.

4) Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1920). Based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s story called The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr Hyde. The movie starred John Barrymore in what some consider his greatest performance.

3) Nosferatu (1922) – Okay folks, this 1922 F.W. Murnau film is really creepy. Based on Bram Stoker’s epic novel Dracula, directed by F.W. Murnau and starring Max Schrek as the amazingly frightening as the Vampire Nosferatu.

2) The Phantom of the Opera (1925). Lon Chaney is again brilliant in his role as the disfigured Phantom of the Opera.

1) The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1921) stars Werner Krauss as Dr. Caligari tells the story of his connection to a string of murders in a German mountain village, Holstenwall. This could be the best horror film ever made.


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