The Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera ★★★½

Save for maybe Max Schreck's Count Orlok, Lon Chaney's Phantom is the creepiest silent film character, and one of the two or three creepiest characters in any movie before Leatherface arrived on the scene in 1974, thanks almost entirely to the genius make-up created by Chaney himself, a grotesque emaciated skull-like visage that's still horrifying to look upon almost a century later. I can only imagine what the reaction in 1925 must have been like to the famous reveal.