Insanity, a perverse will, unhappy relatives, escaped lunatics and wonderful little touches of humor... What's not to like? I liked the style of this film, as I did Waxworks.
To The Cat and the Canary, Paul Leni brings a full arsenal of visual tricks honed by German silent cinema. Leni’s style is something that lifts The Cat and the Canary up and away from being merely a filmed stage play and gives it an amazing visual dynamism.1000 Misspent Hours calls it "quite simply the finest spooky house movie ever made, and at this late date, it seems likely to retain its crown indefinitely." Classic-Horror.com says it's "a film that catapulted silent films from sheer entertainment to art form" and says, "it became a blueprint for what makes classics “classics.”" It get 87% at Rotten Tomatoes.
8/18/2008: Goat Dog has a review.