31 Days of Halloween – 016: The Unknown (1927)

October marches on, and so does our countdown to All Hallows Eve. This year, rather than trying to do a full 31 film reviews or something truly time-consuming like that, most of what I’m going to be posting are favorite trailers, short films, some full-length movies, and other items just to kind of help get everyone in the spirit of what really is one of my favorite holidays.

PosterunknownusxLet’s use the wayback machine for today’s Halloween countdown post and trek all the way back to the silent film era for Tod Browning‘s team-up with Lon Chaney Sr. for The Unknown. This little seen film may very well rank both as Browning’s creepiest movie and his strangest (and it’s certainly in a way his saddest), and that’s saying quite a bit when you’re talking about the man who directed not only Universal’s Dracula in 1931, but also the uniquely disturbing Freaks.

By the way, I should also note that alongside Chaney, the film also features a very young (and at times rather scantily-clad)  Joan Crawford as Chaney’s assistant and love interest, a role of which she was quoted as saying “It was then I became aware for the first time of the difference between standing in front of a camera, and acting.”.

I’ll be honest, I’m not a huge fan of this particular score, but it was the best option I could find.


So, what are your favorite silent horrors? Let me know either in the comments below, or over on the Durnmoose Movies Facebook page which can be found here.


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