The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

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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.


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.

    Oct 25, 2006

    Joe Leydon

    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.

    Oct 24, 2006 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Oct 24, 2006
  • It's the movie equivalent of bad fan fiction, really.

    Jul 12, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jun 17, 2007 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • A competent curio reimagining of the silent-era classic.

    May 29, 2007 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

  • Oct 08, 2015
    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 B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 04, 2010
    Awesome horror for classic...
    Cita W Super Reviewer
  • May 08, 2008
    very very interesting and creepy
    Morgan S Super Reviewer

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