Steven graduated Cum Laude from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Mass Communications, focusing on film studies, journalism and theatre arts. Dubbed a "prolific" writer by Hollywood icon Kenneth Johnson (The Incredible Hulk, V, The Bionic Woman, Alien Nation), Steven has been honored by the Arkansas College Media Association for his story writing prowess. He has also received recognition for his dramatic writing from the Eerie, Shriekfest and Screamfest horror film festivals. Publications include: Carroll County News, Saline Courier, Forum, Echo and Moroch.
Macabre Movie Magic: 'The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari' (1920)
Posted Wednesday, October 2, 2019, at 11:01 AM
LITTLE ROCK — Here continues the countdown of the most influential, horrifying, wonderfully disgusting and entertaining horror films over the last 123 years in chronological order. These are the must-sees. Look for more horror motion pictures throughout October in this month's Halloween cinema tribute: Macabre Movie Magic.
"The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" (1920)
99 years ago, "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" opened in Berlin. The film is a sterling example of German Expressionism, which found fruition just prior to the first World War.
The movie revolves around the evil Dr. Caligari (Werner Krauss) who uses young Cesare (Conrad Veidt) to carry out his diabolical deeds.
And even though this is a silent picture, "Caligari" remains one of the best early representations of the horror genre. It is a must-see for any enthusiast of the macabre.
Co-starring: Lil Dagover and Hans Heinrich von Twardowski.
Runtime: 67 minutes
Did you know?
Actor Conrad Veidt went on and played Major Strasser 22 years later in the classic
Screenwriter Hans Janowitz got the idea for the story after attending a carnival and discovering that a young girl was killed there.
The majority of the sets you see on film are made of painted paper.
"Dr. Caligari" is known as the first true, full-length horror film.
The actors made approximately $30 a day for the shoot.