The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari: Re-scored

By Ed Glaser | Monday, June 1, 2015

Rescued from the Neon Harbor vaults! Never before available, our version of the silent horror classic The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari—created some years back for the Marathon of Fright film festival—is now online.

At the Holstenwall fair, friends Alan and Francis attend Dr. Caligari’s sensational sideshow exhibition – a sleepwalker named Cesare who can tell the future. But when Alan asks to have his fortune told, the prophecy is too terrifying to imagine! Soon, death comes to Holstenwall.

The legacy of Caligari is almost too vast to catalog. Its Expressionistic visual style, however, was famously a major influence on the work of filmmaker Tim Burton.

For our presentation of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, we’ve added an all-new soundtrack by industrial band Acrylic Flames. It’s not as strange a choice as you might think. Industrial metal is synonymous with nihilistic messages, meticulously-crafted cacophony, distorted sounds and vocals, and macabre style that all evoke the same paranoid and nightmarish feelings brilliantly conjured up by Caligari. Acrylic Flames’s music is perfectly suited to the film, and it’s exciting to update the first horror film ever with this modern score!

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