You fools, this man is plotting our doom! We die at dawn! He is Caligari!
Calling the "first true horror film" ahead of it's time would be redundant, but damn after one watch you can clearly see not only it's influence on horror, but also film-noir, fantasy and just cinema as a whole.
At first it comes off as a simple murder mystery, but it packs in an incredible amount of twists and turns in it's modest 67 minute running time. Visually the film is even "twistier" (lame joke) as it looks like the inside of a madman's mind with it's distorted set designs, costumes and makeup.
Lastly I have to admit that a film approaching it's 95th Anniversary completely caught me off guard with it's ending. I did not see that coming.
Horroctober IV: The Curse of Mr. DuLac