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Lots of German Angst on Display in this New Anthology

22 November 2013 10:00 AM, PST | | See recent Dread Central news »

No, German Angst is not a Uwe Boll biopic, although that would seem pretty damned appropriate. What we have here, kids, is a new anthology film featuring the works of Jorg Buttgereit (Nekromantik, Der Todesking), Andreas Marchall (Tears of Kali, Masks), and Michael Kosakowoski (Zero Killed).

In 1920 Germany became the most influential production location for fantastic films. Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau’s Nosferatu, Robert Wiene’s The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and The Hands of Orlac, Paul Wegener’s The Golem earned the German cinema the label The Demonic Screen (Lotte H. Eisner). German filmmakers told stories of the underworld beneath urban life, about the invasion of the subconscious. The frontiers between reality and dreams blurred and the fear of dark eros emerged. These masterpieces of German Expressionist cinema are the ancestors of the contemporary fantastic genre. Their influence is still felt in almost every modern film. With the Nazi dictatorship »

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On This Day in Horror Movie History September 25th

25 September 2013 8:22 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

On this day in 1924 The Hands of Orlac premiered in Germany. Five years after creating the architecture from which all cinematic horror would be derived with The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari Robert Wiene returned to the emerging genre to help lay one of the cornerstones. Although not as widely known as his first silent masterpiece The Hands of Orlac would radiate fear and horror purely through the conveyed experience of Orlac without resorting to monsters or scary imagery independent of the actor. »

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