By John T. Soister
In the course of the Silent period, while such a lot movies handled dramatic or comedic takes at the "boy meets lady, boy loses woman" topic, different movies dared to take on such subject matters as rejuvenation, revivication, mesmerism, the supernatural and the ugly. A Daughter of the Gods (1916), The Phantom of the Opera (1925), The Magician (1926) and 7 Footprints to devil (1929) have been one of the strange and startling motion pictures containing tale parts that went a long way past the world of "highly unlikely." utilizing surviving documentation and their mixed services, the authors catalog and speak about those departures from the norm during this encyclopedic consultant to American horror, technological know-how fiction and delusion within the years from 1913 via 1929.
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25 • A stern-looking older man talking to a woman. Her back is turned to him and her expression is scornful. In the background is a woman’s body on the ﬂoor. A little girl gets hysterical at the sight and is taken out of the room by another woman. • People running again, but, this time, it’s to watch a horse race. Some shots of the horse race. • A pleasant carriage ride in the country. Lifelong ﬁlm buff Greta de Groat — on a personal trip to Stockholm — stopped in at the Svenska Filminstitutet fully expecting to view the same 288 feet of ﬁlm found at the GEH.
Product was far in advance of the European ﬁlms That’s supposed to be Henry Walthall in the front, with the Grim Reaper (standing in for the Avenging Conscience, who had the ﬂu) hovering over his shoulder. The Avenging Conscience that still persisted in following the proscenium arch convention; however, with respect to subject matter, the Europeans were in the forefront with more ambitious and more sophisticated themes. In 1914, The Great American Director was ready once again to tackle The Great American Writer.
Your spine quivers and your hair stiffens every moment … this Roland West production is simply superb…. Lights ﬂash, guns are ﬁred, secret panels swing, and the laughter and the creeps alternate till you chew your ﬁngers in excitement and delight. ” C. S. Sewell’s review expanded: The story outline is slight, but around it has been built up continuous action that has the snap of a succession of electric sparks. From the time The Bat is introduced and his uncanny cleverness shown by his stealing a collection of emeralds with ease … to the very end where The Bat is captured and unmasked, there is not a second which is fairly bristling with soul-stirring thrills and chills, weirdness, mystery, uncanny happenings, all uniting to maintain extraordinary suspense of the nerve-tingling variety that will keep you on the edge of your seat and cause many of the spectators to fairly shriek with excitement.
American Silent Horror, Science Fiction and Fantasy Feature Films, 1913-1929 by John T. Soister