The Cabinet of Caligari (1962) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Cabinet of Caligari (1962)

The Cabinet of Caligari





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In this horror film, a deeply-troubled woman goes to a spooky, ramshackle old manse after her car breaks down. The owner subjects her to numerous humiliating torments. Just before she is to die, the woman awakens from the nightmare and then remembers that she is in a mental hospital.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Classics, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Bloch
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 6, 2005
20th Century Fox Film Corporation


Glynis Johns
as Jane Lindstrom
Dan O'Herlihy
as Caligari / Paul
Richard Davalos
as Mark Lindstrom
Lawrence Dobkin
as Dr. Frank David
Constance Ford
as Christine
Phyllis Teagardin
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
Top Critic

It's very creepy...

Full Review… | October 15, 2005

Full Review… | October 29, 2005

Audience Reviews for The Cabinet of Caligari

Nothing works, from the dialogue that never comes close to duplicating the way real people talk, to a surreal mental breakdown climax complete with distorted sets.


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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