We're up to 16 participants and hopefully we'll have more join in as well. flavo blew the field away last year and hasn't made an appearance here yet. It won't compare to the Horror Challenge in terms of how busy it is, but should be fun. 2022 is off to the lead with 7 watches already, which is not really much of a surprise. 1993 and 2016 each have 4 watches so far.
7 - Piccadilly (1929) - 8/10
- Valentine Wilmot (Jameson Thomas) runs the Piccadilly Club and his girlfriend is one of the headline dancers. When business declines, he hires a young Chinese woman (Anna May Wong) to dance in the club. I thought the camerawork was excellent and the performances from Wong and Thomas were also very good. This is a silent film, but there is also a prologue that was filmed later which uses sound.
8 - The Blue Angel (1930) - 7/10
- An older high school teacher (Emil Jannings) doesn't have the respect of many of his students. They play pranks on him and some of them spend time at a local cabaret. When the teacher visits the cabaret to try and keep his students away from there, he falls for a popular performer (Marlene Dietrich) and this leads to a downward spiral for him. It's a decent film, but I didn't like it as much as expected.
9 - Drácula (1931 Spanish version) - 6.5/10
- This was a decent adaptation and I actually liked it a little bit more than the English version.
10 - The Most Dangerous Game (1932) - 7.5/10
- A well known hunter is shipwrecked on an island surrounded by deadly reefs. He finds himself the guest of the mysterious Count Zaroff along with survivors of earlier wrecks. It turns out that Count Zaroff is a big hunter himself, though he prefers to hunt a different sort of game. This is a nice film that accomplishes what it sets out to do in a very quick manner.
11 - Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933) - 7.5/10
- A reporter (Glenda Farrell) looking into missing corpses connects them to a new wax museum that is opening. The picture looks great with its two strip Technicolor. Farrell does a very nice job in her reporter role and the film is pretty entertaining.
12 - The Black Cat (1934) - 6/10
- A couple on their honeymoon end up sharing a train compartment together with a doctor (Bela Lugosi) on his way to meet an old acquaintance. A road accident later causes them to find shelter in an architect's home. The architect (Boris Karloff) is the old acquaintance and there are a lot more sinister things going on in the house than it may first appear. Karloff and Lugosi give decent performances, but I thought the story wasn't really that great.
13 - The Raven (1935) - 7/10
- Bela Lugosi stars as an insane surgeon with an interest in Edgar Allan Poe and torture devices. He is approached by a judge to operate on the judge's daughter since she was injured in an accident and the judge believes that only Lugosi can help. Lugosi operates and later develops an interest in the girl. Boris Karloff comes into the picture as an escaped convict that Lugosi forces to help him as an assistant. The plot is a bit silly, but fun, and I enjoyed this a lot more than The Black Cat.
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1 - The Ten Commandments (1923) - 7/10
2 - Waxworks (1924) - 7.5/10
3 - The Lost World (1925) - 8/10
4 - The Student of Prague (1926) - 6/10
5 - The Cat and the Canary (1927) - 7.5/10
6 - The Mysterious Lady (1928) - 8/10