Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Film Dirt's 31 Days of Silent Horror Films


Think Nosferatu and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari are all the world of silent horror has to offer? Have I got a surprise for you!

I've seen a lot of people talking about watching 31 horror films during the month of October—one film for every day of Halloween month. It occurred to me that it would be an interesting challenge to do the same, but specifically with silent horror films. With that in mind, I plan to watch and blog about 31 silent horror films, beginning this Thursday.


I'll be covering some old favorites in unexpected ways, but some of the titles I'll be choosing may be unfamiliar to many readers. In fact, I'm betting a lot of people can only name a handful of silent horror films. It's time to fix that! My book has me spending so much time researching lost horror films that it's going to be a real treat to write about films that still actually exist.

I'll be editing this page frequently to act as a hub for all 31 posts. This also is a good time to subscribe to Film Dirt, which you can do by email or RSS feed on the sidebar.  You can also keep up with current posts by liking Film Dirt on Facebook (also to the right), where you'll also find a lot of obscure photos and film ephemera.

If you can't wait till Thursday, check out some of these articles on lost horror films. Sadly, no one will get to watch these films in October—or possibly ever:

Phyllis Gordon: The First Movie Werewolf (1913)

The Lost First Film Version of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde (1908)

The Lost Film Version of the Monkey's Paw (1933) 

Absinthe: A Lost Film on the Terrors of Addiction (1914)


If you have a favorite silent horror film, I'd love to hear about it in the comments. See you Thursday!

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Film Dirt's 31 Days of Silent Horror Films: The Complete List

  1.  Wolf Blood (1924) *
  2.  A Page of Madness (1926) *
  3.  Haxan (1922) *
  4.  The Unknown (1927) *
  5.  Waxworks (1924) *
  6.  Un Chien Andalou (1929) 
  7.  Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920)  
  8.  Hangman's House (1928) 
  9.  The Lodger (1927) 
  10.  Maciste in Hell (1926) 
  11.  The Monster ( 1925)  
  12.  Three short films by Segundo de Chomón (1908) *
  13.  Danse Macabre (1922)
  14.  The Penalty (1920)   
  15.  Genuine (1920) 
  16.  The Bat (1926) 
  17.  Edison's Frankenstein (1910) 
  18.  The Cat and the Canary (1927)
  19.  The Fall of the House of Usher (1928 short)
  20.  The Haunted House (1921) 
  21.  Destiny/Der Müde Tod (1921)  
  22.  The Phantom of the Opera (1925)
  23.  Menilmontant (1926)
  24.  Die Pest in Florenz (The Plague in Florence) 1919 
  25.  Warning Shadows (1923)
  26.  Der Golem, wie er in die Welt kam (1920) 
  27.  Au Secours! (1924) 
  28.  The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923)  
  29.  The Hands of Orlac (1924) 
  30.  Fall of the House of Usher / La Chute de la Maison Usher (1928)   
  31.  The Phantom of the Moulin Rouge (1925)
* Denotes full reviews.
 




4 comments:

  1. What a tease this will be: Films that we can never watch. Bummer.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

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    1. You misread. I'm watching 31 films for this, which means they are all decidedly watchable. Since they are primarily in the public domain, almost all of them are easily found, too—most can be streamed on YouTube or elsewhere.

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    2. Oh, yeah, I see. I'd like to see the Absinthe film though and I guess I can't see that one. Have fun watching all those films that are available.

      Arlee Bird
      A to Z Challenge Co-host
      Tossing It Out

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  2. Sounds marvellous Kelly - hope there is some Paul Leni and Tod Browning in there!

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