I'm ashamed to admit that going into this film I was expecting it to be one of those movies people like simply because of its historical relevance and not because of its merits as a film. I was wrong. I was so so so so so wrong.
The art direction, makeup, constume design, and cinematography all work together to create this thick gothic atmosphere that constantly makes the viewer slightly perturbed, yet wanting more. This is hands down some of the most efficient storytelling I've ever seen. Not one scene, line, or even frame in this film is superfluous. All of it is serves a purpose to the story. Nothing is wasted. Werner Krauss gives one of the most chilling performances ever put to screen. And that ending....that ending grabbed my jaw and placed it on the floor.
If this is truly the first horror film ever made, I'm glad my favorite genre started off with such a bang