Lon Chaney is at his Chaney-iest in an early hit as solo lead. He plays a criminal mastermind who had his legs amputated below the knee when he was a kid. This did not amuse him and he wants revenge. And hats. Lots and lots of straw hats. How else will he take over San Francisco?
The movie is nuts and, thanks to Chaney, rather addictive. His painful makeup stands up to the test of time but it is his performance that really wins the day. This is silent film at its twisted best.
How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.Chaney has his head operated on, becomes good but then gets shot by members of his former gang, thus paying the penalty.
If it were a dessert it would be: Eyeball Cupcakes. It revels in its own macabre subject matter but no one is going to deny how tasty it is.
Availability: Released on DVD and Bluray by Kino.
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