An author takes a job writing tales for the figures in a wax museum. What could possibly go wrong? Other than being dragged into his own nightmare world, of course.
The film’s three distinct sequences all examine different aspects of despots and monsters, from cute to homicidal. Director Paul Leni creates a funhouse atmosphere and the cast, including Wilhelm Dieterle, Emil Jannings, Werner Krauss and Conrad Veidt, do the rest. It’s truly a stunning artistic accomplishment.
How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.The nightmares were framed as nightmares from the start, though the grip on reality begins to slip near the end. However, all ends well and the writer needs to learn to not fall asleep while penning scary stories.
If it were a dessert it would be: Cranberry Layer Cake. A little sweet, a little sharp, layers of goodness.
Availability: Released on DVD.
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