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Horror, Silent, Thriller
Perhaps the first requirement of a horror film is that seemingly sensible people do foolish things. And since this German silent classic is one of the first real horror films ever made, it's not surprising that the action begins with two young men going to a sinister booth at a fair and not belting off at full speed after meeting the creepy Dr Caligari and his even scarier sidekick, Cesare. From there on, their (mis)adventure takes in shocking plot twists, weird sets and ever-shifting boundaries between the real and unreal. Unsettling, haunting and impossible to forget, The Cabinet of Dr Caligari is a film that was years ahead of its time when it was made, and still has a real power over audiences even now.
This classic and much-imitated take on Bram Stoker's Dracula is one of the most famous of all silent films.
11+ years 89 mins
Tim Burton's update on the Frankenstein story is also a brilliant and strikingly-designed satire on suburban values.
7+ years 105 mins
This visually spectacular German sci-fi classic (made, incredibly, in 1927) sees the rich live in skyscrapers and the poor toil underground.
11+ years 138 mins
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Often regarded as one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, we take a look at the far-reaching influence and legacy of the 'Master of Suspense'.
Reading time 9 mins
A selection of films which explore the worlds of ghosts and ghouls in all their forms, from the scary to the sensitive.
Suitable forAll ages
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