|The Cat and the Canary 1927 N/R, 74 min.|
Genre: Mystery / Horror
Director: Paul Leni
Cast: Laura LaPlante, Tully Marshall, Flora Finch, Creighton Hale, Gertrude Astor, Lucien Littlefield, Forrest Stanley, Arthur Edmund Carewe, Martha Mattox, George Siegmann, Billy Engle, Hal Craig, Joe Murphy
This silent film classic is about expectant heirs who spend the night in a haunted house. It has been 20 years since wealthy Cyrus West died, and relatives are there for the reading of his will, which demands that they spend one night in the house. And the night of frights begins with murder not out of the question.
|Mystery of the Wax Museum 1933 N/R, 78 min.|
Genre: Horror / Thriller
Director: Michael Curtiz
Cast: Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, Glenda Farrell, Frank McHugh, Allen Vincent, Arthur Edmund Carewe, Gavin Gordon, Edwin Maxwell, Holmes Herbert, DeWitt Jennings
Following his hideous disfigurement in a fire at his London wax museum, the owner relocates to America where he opens a new museum. This time his figures are his own murder victims encased in wax. This is the first horror film not set in the usual old, gloomy manse and was remade with Vincent Price in the lead as "House of Wax."
|The Phantom of the Opera 1925 N/R, 86 min.|
Genre: Horror / Thriller / Drama
Director: Rupert Julian
Cast: Lon Chaney, Mary Philbin, Norman Kerry, Snitz Edwards, Gibson Gowland, John Miljan, Chester Conklin, Arthur Edmund Carewe, John St. Polis, Alexander Bevani, Edward Cecil, Edith Yorke, William Tracy, Roy Coulson, Ward Crane
This is a very good, silent horror film with Lon Chaney at his best in the role of Erik, the Phantom, who lives in the sewers beneath the Paris Opera House and comes up to coach beautiful singer Christine (Mary Philbin). Through a series of terrors, including causing an enormous chandelier to crash on the audience, the Phantom forces the lead soprano to resign from the opera. Then, he lures Christine into his lair beneath the opera house and tells her that he loves her but that he will only let her go if she will break off her relationship with Raoul de Chagny (Norman Kerry). Christine agrees but then rushes to Raoul, and they plan to run away after the performance. The Phantom overhears her and kidnaps Christine asking only that she never remove his mask, but she sneaks up behind him, rips off the mask, and reveals the terror of what lies beneath. Now, it is the job of Raoul and secret service agent Simon Buquet (Gibson Gowland) to rescue Christine.
|1. The Cat and the Canary (1927)|
2. Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933)
3. The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
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