3/4

The Cat And The Canary [1927] ★★★

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The mother of all haunted house movies. A movie that inspired so many remakes and quite possibly a few Scooby Doo episodes. Plot involves relatives of a millionaire who gather in his spooky mansion on the 20th anniversary of his death for the reading of his will. Then someone…wait for it…dies! German Expressionist director Paul Leni cleverly blends black humor with elements of pure horror to create an eerie atmosphere. The result is a film that you’d want to get lost in. Like “Nosferatu” a few years earlier, “The Cat and the Canary” is full of imaginative touches that has the power to haunt your dreams. I double dare you to watch it alone in an empty house *evil laugh*.

Rating: 3/4

Categories: 3/4, horror, The 20's

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