The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

Released 2005


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Robert Wiene
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When the annual fair comes to town, murder, madness and mayhem creep in its shadows. Dr. Caligari, a mysterious hypnotist, appears to control every move of his bizarre, clairvoyant sleepwalker, but does he? Soon after their arrival, townspeople start disappearing and turning up dead, which launches a desperate murder investigation to uncover the secret of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari. Follow a new twist in the warped road of delirium in this "remix" of this silent film era classic. Writer and director David Lee Fisher scanned the original backgrounds of the 1919 German Expressionist film and put speaking actors into the mix, including Doug Jones (Pan's Labyrinth, Hellboy, Doom) as somnambulist Cesare, breathing new life into the work known as the world's first horror movie. Find out why this Caligari is not only an intriguing new take on an unforgettable psychological thriller but a not-to-be-missed innovation in filmic storytelling!

Metacritic Score

  • 75

    TV Guide Maitland McDonagh

    Fisher's dialogue draws heavily on the original film's intertitles and script directions and the addition of sound is a plus for moviegoers uncomfortable with the artificial embarr...

  • 60

    The New York Times Neil Genzlinger

    Of course, while your brain is fritzing out, you're trying to figure out how the cinematic trick was done and what the implications might be for other old films. Scary, disturbing,...

  • 50

    Variety Joe Leydon

    Result: An undeniably clever commingling of a new cast (and spoken dialogue) with a silent classic. But pic fails to engage consistently on its own terms, and begins to coast on no...

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Silent, Psychological, Foreign Language, Thrillers