Robert Wiene’s 1920 Das Cabinet des Dr. Caligari (The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari) turned a worldwide success and had a long-lasting impact on the film world, notably for horror. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari can also be a number one instance of what a German Expressionist film looks like.
Other gimmicks Castle utilized in his movies embody EMERGO which was used through the screening of his 1959 classic House on Haunted Hill starring Vincent Price. Throughout the promotion of this movie, Castle explained that by way of EMERGO, “ghosts and skeletons leave the display screen and wander all through the viewers, roam round and return to the display”. Of course, in actuality, a skeleton with glowing red eyes was connected to wires above the theater in order to swoop in and float above viewers members’ heads to parallel the motion on the display.
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