The Cat and the Canary

The Cat and the Canary

DVD - 2005
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The potential heirs to a large fortune gather at their benefactor's mansion twenty years after his death but the reading of his will is interrupted by a series of disturbing events.
Publisher: Chatsworth, CA : Image Entertainment, 2005
Description: 1 videodisc (85 min.) : si., col. tinted ; 4 3/4 in
Branch Call Number: DVD Cata


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Jun 27, 2018

IMO - (Unless you're seriously stoned right out of your head) - The only viewers who I believe would find this 90-year-old "silent-era" relic scary would be very young and impressionable children.

Set in a typical creaky, old house (on a dark, stormy night) - I found this particular "whodunit" to be more of an unintentional comedy rather than a drama/suspense/horror story.

It was certainly a good thing that this film was only 85 minutes long - 'Cause at about the half-way point it was already losing steam, big-time.

*Note* - I'm not saying that this film was terrible - 'Cause it wasn't.

But, I sure wish that all of the self-appointed "critics" out there would quit watching oldies (like this one) through the haze of rose-coloured glasses.

May 07, 2018

If you are looking for genuine "scary" with this vintage fright flick, then, I say - "Forget it!"

Now 90 years old - You really gotta cut this piece of silent-era cinema some serious slack and, then, it still doesn't hold up very well. It was all pretty predictable and yes, even, downright silly a lot of the time.

I really resent users (like the one below) who spew out spoilers without any care that they are, in fact, ruining any potential surprises for all other viewers.

Dec 05, 2014

Unlike Radley Metzger’s horrid 1978 adaptation director Paul Leni creates a beautifully gothic setting of creepy hallways, cobwebbed rooms, and hidden passageways. Using tinted film stock that goes from midnight blue to radiant orange as well as some clever effects, he pays homage to the original stage play with his talented troupe of silent actors emoting amongst elaborate backdrops of billowing drapes and candlelit parlours; a crazy escape attempt on the back of a horse-drawn milk cart was especially well done. And true to the German expressionist school Leni also throws in a few surreal visuals, most notably the exterior shots of West’s mansion rising organically from the surrounding countryside like a haunted castle. Shot through with suspense and unexpected humour, this delightfully spooky classic from the silent film era still manages to hold its own.

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