The Cabinet of Caligari (1962)

The Cabinet of Caligari


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When Jane (Glynis Johns) has car trouble, she approaches a remote mansion looking for help. Instead, she is subjected to torture and terror at the hands of sadistic home owner Caligari (Dan O'Herlihy). She awaken in an insane asylum as she tries to separate reality from fantasy. Roger Kay produced and directed the film.

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Classics, Horror
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Written By: Robert Bloch
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On DVD: Sep 6, 2005



as Jane Lindstrom

as Caligari / Paul

as Mark Lindstrom

as Dr. Frank David

as Christine

as Vivian

as Little Girl
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Critic Reviews for The Cabinet of Caligari

All Critics (3) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | October 29, 2005
New York Times
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It's very creepy...

Full Review… | October 15, 2005

Full Review… | October 29, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Cabinet of Caligari


A strange tale that is a long wind up to a final twist ending of the Twilight Zone sort. Impressive acting by an ensemble cast but with a script filled with quite pretentious and stilted dialog. Horror is something of an overstatement in describing this movie. If you are expecting a remake of the 1920 silent classic, this is definitely not it. What it really is the viewer only learns at the end, at which point a lot of pretentious dialog makes more sense than it seemed to when you initially heard it.


A little slow (and by that I mean talky) but what 60's psycho movie isn't? The finales are unfailingly worth sitting through sometimes draggy first and second acts for. Head's up: if you've seen the original Caligari the ending may be slightly telegraphed... but the rest of the movie is so successful at messing with your head, you'll definitely be doubting those assumptions.

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