Monday, May 28, 2018

The Haunted Castle (1921)

Despite the title this German silent movie is not really a horror or ghost story, instead it is more a detective story. A hunting party has assembled at the castle and waiting for the arrival of the Baroness (Olga Tschechowa), but there is an extra surprise guest. Count Oetsch (Lothar Mehnurt) who is suspected of killing the Baroness' first husband.

Needless to say the arrival of the Count is rather unwelcome. The Count protests his innocence. The film then establishes the truth through a series of flashbacks and dream sequences and a lot of talking (though via frequent intertitles). It is a rather static film though the story is interesting, it just takes an age to get going. One of F.W. Murnau's earlier works, and maybe he was still learning his trade. The likes of Nosferatu and Faust were to come.