Movie Review: THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI (2005)
How, how is it that I was not previously familiar with this one? How is it that it is not celebrated en masse, touted by all Horror marks, its praises crooned from rooftops hither and yon? The movie is truly a wonder to behold. A perfect—yes, perfect—recreation of the silent German classic from 1919. They did something that had never been done before, digitally inserting the cast onto the backdrop of the original film. And the meld is seamless. This remake was filmed entirely on a green screen set, and you’d never know that they didn’t physically reconstruct the sets from the original. Phenomenal.
Complete with all the trappings of the silent film era—heavy makeup, extensive close-ups of the actors’ faces, exaggerated acting—and preserving the majestic artistry and German Expressionist style of the original, this one is as good as they get. Writer/director David Lee Fisher deserves all the credit, and the incredible Doug Jones, who has amassed perhaps more Geek Cred than any other human being alive due to the numerous roles he has played, stars as Cesare the Somnambulist, leads a fine cast of performers. By all means seek this one out, post haste!
WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced, and directed (and occasionally acted in) over two dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and True Crime genres. He obtained a doctorate in Occult Studies from Miskatonic University and is an active paranormal investigator. Is frequently told he resembles Anton Lavey. And Ming the Merciless.
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