The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (2006)




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Bay Area digital-effects wizard David Lee Fisher offers an enticing visual remix of the 1920 German expressionist classic with this innovative updating that places contemporary performers against scanned backdrops of the original and offers a detailed new script to create an exciting new vision. As the annual fair descends upon the sleepy burg of Holstenwall, Germany, Francis and his best friend Alan are unwittingly enticed into attending an exhibition by malevolent hypnotist Dr. Caligari that will have a sinister, life-changing effect on the pair. When the dreadful doctor awakens psychic sleepwalker Cesare (Hellboy's Doug Jones) from his profound slumber to predict Alan's future, the resulting prophecy is endlessly more terrifying than the frightened friends could have ever imagined. In the days that follow, the citizens of Holstenwell fall prey to a grisly series of unsolved murders that prompts Francis to launch a thorough investigation. With the killer fast closing in on Francis' unsuspecting fiancée Jane, the brave husband-to-be must uncover the secret of Dr. Caligari's strange powers before his one and only love suffers a particularly grim fate.
Drama , Horror , Mystery & Suspense , Special Interest
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Scott Lincoln
as Criminal
Richard Herd
as Commissioner
Randy Mulkey
as Inspector
Daamen J. Krall
as Dr. Caligari
Tim Winters
as Dr. Stern
Doug Jones
as Cesare
John Bigham
as Asylum Doctor
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Critic Reviews for The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

An undeniably clever commingling of a new cast (and spoken dialogue) with a silent classic. But pic fails to engage consistently on its own terms, and begins to coast on novelty value around the midway point.

Full Review… | October 25, 2006
Top Critic

In his semi-remake of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, the director David Lee Fisher has accomplished something rather startling: he has out-disoriented the original.

Full Review… | October 24, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Although technically impressive, the remake is dramatically inert, as the set becomes a motionless backdrop to theatrical line readings instead of a pulsing manifestation of diseased minds.

October 24, 2006
Village Voice
Top Critic

It's the movie equivalent of bad fan fiction, really.

Full Review… | July 12, 2007

Interesting only for about as long as it takes to realize that Fisher has honored Weine's expressionist aesthetic but hasn't improved the original's creaky plotline.

Full Review… | June 17, 2007
Slant Magazine

A competent curio reimagining of the silent-era classic.

Full Review… | May 29, 2007

Audience Reviews for The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is an interesting, though unexceptional film. The faults other viewers have noted are there, though I am more forgiving and consider that the acting, for instance, can work as part of the odd vibe of the film. The sets are very interesting to look at. The only serious flaw was the sound, which was quite poor. Viewed as a sideshow (and not a main attraction), the Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is fine.

Robert Brogan
Robert Brogan

Super Reviewer


I appreciate the far reaching effort, innovation, homage, and a dazzling concept. It comes across as earnest, and yet its a silly and soulless caricature. It sadly does not capture the intrigue or the creepiness of the original silent film that ran in German theatres for seven straight years after its release.

Thomas Porter
Thomas Porter

I really admire what this film is attempting to do, but it misses the mark. Still, it's an interesting watch.

David Underwood
David Underwood

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