The Golem (1920) Carl Boese, Paul Wegener

The Golem poster

In 16th-century Prague, a rabbi creates the Golem – a giant creature made of clay. Using sorcery, he brings the creature to life in order to protect the Jews of Prague from persecution.

Warning Shadows (1923) Arthur Robison

Warning Shadows poster

A wealthy man invites the local wealthy bachelors over for a puppet show about men who covet another man’s wife. The puppeteer is a witch and she gives the men nightmares regarding her puppet show.

Vampyr (1932) Carl Theodor Dreyer

Vampyr poster

Allan Gray arrives in the village of Courtempierre and settles in a small inn. In the night, an old man enters Gray’s room to tell him “she must not die”. One of the old man’s daughters, Leone, has been bitten by a vampire. To break the curse, Gray and Gisele must find the vampire.

Waxworks (1924) Leo Birinsky, Paul Leni

Waxworks poster

William Dieterle accepts a job from a waxworks proprietor to write stories about the exhibits of Caliph of Baghdad, Ivan the Terrible and Jack the Ripper to boost waxwork business.

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) Robert Wiene

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari poster

At a carnival in Germany, Francis and his friend Alan encounter the crazed Dr. Caligari. The men see Caligari showing off his somnambulist, Cesare a hypnotized man who the doctor claims can see into the future. Cesare sees the future. What will happen in the future is death.

The Man Who Laughs (1928) Paul Leni

The Man Who Laughs poster

Lord Clancharlie was sentenced to death after refusing to kiss King James II’s hand. A permanent smile is left on Lord Clancharlie’s son’s face with surgery to embarrass his father. The boy named Gwynplaine attends carnivals and becomes famous as The Smiling Man.

Faust (1926) F.W. Murnau

Faust poster

Mephisto bets God on Earth. The winner of the bet will be determined by whether Faust, who has devoted himself to wisdom, will surrender his soul to Mephisto. Mephisto descends to reach his goal.

The Hands of Orlac (1924) Robert Wiene

The Hands of Orlac poster

World-famous pianist Paul Orlac loses his hands after a tragic accident. To play the piano again, Orlac needs someone else’s hands. These new hands will cause Orlac to fight himself.

Nosferatu (1922) F.W. Murnau

Nosferatu poster

Wisbourg based estate agent Knock commissions his associate, Hutter, to Count Orlok’s castle in Transylvania. Count Orlok wants to purchase an isolated house across the way from Hutter’s own home in Wisbourg Germany.

The Fall of the House of Usher (1928) Jean Epstein

The Fall of the House of Usher poster

Allan visits the sinister Usher family mansion, where his friend Roderick is painting a portrait of his sickly wife Madeline. The portrait seems to be draining the life out of Madeline, slowly leading to her death.