Thursday, November 3, 2016

Eerie Tales (1919)

Directed by Richard Oswald
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4

One of the earliest horror anthology films takes place in a rare bookstore, where paintings of the devil, death and a prostitute come to life to read five short stories. However, the end result is more melodramatic, as most of the stories revolve around love complications. They utilize cheap special effects that were prominent in the silent era and seem antiquated today. However, there are enough moments to make it worthwhile: such as the creepy hand that dominates "The Hand" segment, and even a suspenseful moment or two featuring a countdown clock in "The Suicide Club".

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