A new retrospective opened at the Austrian Film Museum this week. Carnival of Souls: Horror Movies 1918-1966 is the first half of a series, featuring 51 films that shaped the history of cinema. The focus on silent cinema is a welcome rarity (with live piano accompaniment). Since we couldn’t jet to Austria for the holiday weekend, we decided to host our own screening at home. We’ve gathered 20 of the greatest silent fright films that draw on dark literary tales, international folklore, and early horrors from history. Turn down the lights, and enjoy the silence.
A “historical” view of witchcraft in seven parts depicting demonic rites and hysteria from the Middle Ages. Director Benjamin Christensen makes an appearance as the Devil and Jesus Christ.