The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
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The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
Bay Area digital-effects wizard David Lee Fisher offers an enticing visual remix of the 1920 German expressionist classic with this innovative updating that places contemporary performers against scanned backdrops of the original and offers a detailed new script to create an exciting new vision. As the annual fair descends upon the sleepy burg of Holstenwall, Germany, Francis and his best friend Alan are unwittingly enticed into attending an exhibition by malevolent hypnotist Dr. Caligari that will have a sinister, life-changing effect on the pair. When the dreadful doctor awakens psychic… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 43%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An undeniably clever commingling of a new cast (and spoken dialogue) with a silent classic. But pic fails to engage consistently on its own terms, and begins to coast on novelty value around the midway point."
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
"It's the movie equivalent of bad fan fiction, really."
‑ David Cornelius, eFilmCritic.com
"Fisher's dialogue draws heavily on the original film's intertitles and script directions and the addition of sound is a plus for moviegoers uncomfortable with the artificial embarrassment of silence."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"In his semi-remake of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, the director David Lee Fisher has accomplished something rather startling: he has out-disoriented the original."
‑ Neil Genzlinger, New York Times
"Interesting only for about as long as it takes to realize that Fisher has honored Weine's expressionist aesthetic but hasn't improved the original's creaky plotline."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"Although technically impressive, the remake is dramatically inert, as the set becomes a motionless backdrop to theatrical line readings instead of a pulsing manifestation of diseased minds."
‑ R. Emmet Sweeney, Village Voice
"A competent curio reimagining of the silent-era classic."
‑ Staci Layne Wilson, Horror.com
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