Sunday, October 25, 2015

The Hands of Orlac (1924)

The Hands of Orlac is a 1924 silent Austrian horror film. Or it's known as a horror film, but actually it's a murder mystery with some horror trappings. I think this is well done, and I like it much better than the 1935 re-make Mad Love, even though Mad Love stars Peter Lorre and Colin Clive. I haven't seen the 1960 remake, which stars Christopher Lee. The Hands of Orlac is directed by Robert Wiene (better known for The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari) and stars Conrad Veidt.

Moria gives it 4 out of 5 stars and says, "Veidt makes the part sing with his utmost". 1000 Misspent Hours has a positive review. Slant Magazine gives it 3 out of 4 stars and says, "it lingers as a unique waking nightmare both in the viewer's mind and in film history".

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