Hypnotist Dr. Caligari uses a somnambulist, Cesare, to commit murders.
(Robert Wiene, 1920, Germany, 1:07, NR)
Every Friday in October, Friday Night Weird will be charting the evolution of horror films from German Expressionism to slasher franchises -- with buckets of blood in between. These are the films that shaped the genre and defined the fears of generations --starting with arguably the first true horror film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari -- a surreal silent film from 1920 rarely seen in theaters. The series will also look at the invention and capitalization of the "splatter film" with 1963's Blood Feast, the combination of art house and slaughter house in 1974's Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and one of the most lucrative modern monsters that helped the horror genre reach mainstream audiences with 1984's Nightmare on Elm Street. [Organizer's description]