Silent Horror Movies

By | Oct 28, 2009

Scary movies have been around for nearly as long as there has been movies. In some ways the film that is credited with being the first film to tell a story Edwin S. Porter’s 1903 film The Great Train Robbery featured a shot of a gunslinger firing his gun into the camera. Scary today so one can imagine what a very scary sight it was for those first viewers. The following is a repeat post from 2007 of 6 silent movies of horror.

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.

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

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.

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.

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

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1921)
Werner Krauss stars as Dr. Caligari and 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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