Utilizing the Expressionistic style which includes moody atmospherics, asymmetrical camera angles and creative uses of shadow and light, many of the 5 Best German Horror movies are classics of the genre, and still studied by modern directors.
- "Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" This 1919 horror film is a waking nightmare about a nefarious hypnotist who psychologically controls a murderer, as part of a carnival show. Acclaimed for its innovative use of shadows, dream-like sequences and eerie settings, the film lingers in the mind like remnants of a vivid nightmare.
- "Noseferatu" The first vampire film ever made, based loosely on Bram Stoker's novel "Dracula", this all-time great features a pale, demonic-looking version of the famous blood-sucker, who appears even more frightening because the film is silent. Unforgettable images include a horde of rats trailing Noseferatu wherever he goes as well as eerie use of shadows and silhouettes. Not only one of the best German horror films ever made, but a classic of world cinema.
- "The Golem" Another Expressionistic silent classic about a clay figure brought to life by magic, the film is a forerunner of the "Frankenstein" theme, whereby the creator loses control over his creation. A visionary film that ranks among the best in German horror.
- "M" At first glance, this film about a serial killer of children doesn't seem to belong in the genre of horror, but director Fritz Lang's use of a signature whistle to announce the killer's presence, eerie contrast of shadows and light, and unbearable tension of watching a conflicted killer stalk his next victim, make this a chilling horror film that attacks all our worst fears. An enduring masterpiece of German horror that is still taught in film schools all over the world.
- "Antibodies" This 2005 entry in the serial killer genre, digs at the psychological horrors lying inside both the killer and the cop obsessed with getting him to confess to the murder of a young girl. The killer, depraved, horrifying and unrepentant, is by turns repulsive and fascinating, and his crimes make Hannibal Lecter's in "Silence of the Lambs" appear tame. As killer and cop engage in a cat-and-mouse game of interrogation, the film's true horror emerges when the cop's mind begins to unravel, exposing the murderous instincts inside each of us. A modern classic with superior camera techniques and gut-wrenching performances, easily one of the five best German horror films ever made.
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