The Cabinet of Dr Caligari (1920) - I learned the basic plot of this from this random new wave song https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y_DVOooSojo
so I was prepared for this German silent horror classic moreso than many.
The first thing you notice is it uses sets. I'm not a big fan of sets used outside just film a town I don't want to feel boxed in. All the houses are these primitive vaguely art deco looking things. I guess it gives the film a unique look but I'd rather see a regular house because I'm just crazy like that. The plot is: a strange traveling sideshow where a goth looking guy tells you're gonna die comes to town and murders start happening. Yes it's a very shocking coincidence.
It was succinct and while a little confusing towards the end had a good story and a lot of that freaky early silent horror movie vibe. I think it was like 80 minutes check it out
The Wolf Man - Lon Chaney is not believable as this rakish guy he's supposed to be. the scenes with him trying to seduce this lovely townsfolk girl are cringe inducing, but this is otherwise a solid telling of the gypsy related Wolf man tale. I watched it in part because I feel like I don't know enough about the wolf man. Dracula and Frankenstein have definitely taken the lion's share of the movie monster attention.
What is the Wolf man? Does it represent some kind of genetic disposition towards depression or insanity? I'm not an anthropologist so I don't know. Bela Lugosi has a cameo as a gypsy fortune teller guy who knows about the wolf man.
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (the old one) - I'm sure I'd seen this at one point and have certainly seen things like it but man this is great. all the story needed to be good was Shatner on the plane style paranoia and vague allusions to commies but they do it so well it just races from beginning to end. the casting is perfect, the female lead is hot without being a blonde gangster women with pointy boobs (not that there's ANYTHING wrong with that) and the use of a small Andy Griffith type town as the place where it all happens makes it that much more scary and subversive. The ending was abrupt and lacked complexity, kind of like that Jude Law movie where he just shoots the guy in the head and wins, but still