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Top 13 Lists:

I am a listaholic!!! I love writing lists and reading lists. These "Top 13 Lists" are fun for a themed dinner party, or for an awesome movie marathon...but, these lists can be especially fun around Halloween, because I wish is was all year long - enjoy!!!! If you have a list of your own that you would like to send please send it Through The Ether on the CASTLE FRISSON Contact page.

-Carmen Zavislake

The incredible Lon Chaney in two of his most popular roles, Erik, the Phantom and Quasimodo. Alonzo Leonidas Frank Chaney, known as "Lon" was truly an artist whose artistry, movement and uniquely powerful expression have never been matched. 

Photos: Phantom of the Opera and Hunchback of Notre Dame, Courtesy of Universal Pictures.

Lon beautifully metamorphasized his body and face, in most of films by mere gesture and expression, with or without the use of FX make-up.

Silent Horror Films:

13. Hands of Orlac (1924): Directed by Robert Wiene  - silent horror starring Conrad Veidt, Alexandra Sorina, and Fritx Kortner. Austrian Expressionism.

12.  The Magician (1926): Directed by Rex Ingram - starring Alice Terry, Paul Wegener, and Ivan Petrovich.

11. The Phantom Carriage (1921): Directed by Victor Sjöström- starring Victor Sjöström, Hilda Borgström, and Tore Svennberg. Swedish Expressionism.

10. The Golem (1920): Directed by Paul Wegener/Carl Boese - starring Paul Wegener, Albert Steinrück, and Lyda Salmonova. German Expressionism.

9. The Monster (1925): Directed by Roland West - starring Lon Chaney and Johnny Arthur.

8. The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1923): Directed by Wallace Worsley - starring Lon Chaney, Patsy Ruth Miller, and Norman Kerry.

7. A Blind Bargain (1922 ): Directed by Wallace Worsley - starring Lon Chaney, Raymond McKee, and Jacqueline Logan.

6. Nosferatu, A Symphony of Horror (1922): Directed by F.W. Murnau - starring Max Schreck, Gustav von Wagenheim, and Greta Schröder. German Expressionism.

5. Alraune, A Daughter of Destiny (1928): Directed by Henrik Galeen - starring Brigitte Helm and Paul Wegener. German Expressionism.

4. The Haunted Castle (1921): Directed by F.W. Murnau - starring Arnold Korff, Lothar Mehnert, and Olga Tschechowa. German Expressionism.

3. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (192O): Directed by John S. Robertson  - starring John Barrymore, Martha Mansfield and Charles W. Lane.

2. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920): Directed by Robert Wiene - starring Werner Krauss, Conrad Veidt, and Lil Dagover.

1. The Phantom of the Opera (1925): Directed by Rupert Julian - starring Lon Chaney, Mary Philbin, and Norman Kerry.


London After Midnight with Lon Chaney.

Still from the lost silent film, Evangeline.

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Lost Silent Horror, Tragedy, or Melodrama Films:

13. A Page of Madness (1926): Directed by Teinosuke Kinugasa - starring Masao Inoue and Yoshie Nakagawa. This film was thought utterly lost until a print was discovered by the director in his storehouse in 1971. Released in 1975.

12.  Hamlet (1921): Directed by Svende Gade/Heinz Schall - starring Asta Nielsen as Hamlet, made in Holland/Sweden. Based on the book "The Mystery of Hamlet" by Vining that interprets Hamlet as born as a woman disguised as male for her own protection against treachery.

11. Saved From The Titanic (1912): Directed by starring Dorothy Gibson, the print of this short disaster film was destroyed by a fire on the Éclair Studios vaults in 1914. Dorothy Gibson "retired" shortly after making this film, in May of the same year and she dies of a heart attack at the Paris Ritz hotel in 1946, aged 56.

10. The Werewolf (1913): Directed by Henry MacRae - starring Clarence Burton, Marie Walcamp, and Phyllis Gordon. This short is the first werewolf film, and was destroyed by fire in Universal's vaults.

9. Evangeline (1913): Directed by Edward P. Sullivan/William Cavanaugh - starring Laura Lyman as Evangeline Bellefontaine, John F. Cartleton as Gabriel Lajeunesse, and William Cavanaugh as Rene LeBlanc. This is the first Canadian feature ever, filmed in Nova Scotia by the Canadian Bioscope Company.

8. The Vampire (1913): Directed by Robert G. Vignola - starring Clarence Burton, and Marie Walcamp. This British adaptation is the first feature vampire film

7. The Fear (1917): Directed by Robert Weine - starring Bruno Decarli, Conrad Veidt, and Mechthildis Thein. One print exists, but is in the Swedish Film Institute.

6. A Woman of the Sea (1926): Directed by Josef von Sternberg - starring Edna Purviance, Raymond Bloomer and Charles French, produced by Charlie Chaplin, this film never saw the light of day remained unreleased, perhaps destroyed by Chaplin himself as he did not approve of the final result for the Chaplin Film Company, would have been distributed by United Artists. Absolutely Lost, no prints exist, prints were burned in 1933 at the heels of the IRS and tax losses as a write-off.

5. Head of Janus (1920): Directed by F.W. Murnau - starring Conrad Veidt, Magnus Stifter, and Margarete Schlegel. 

4. Dracula's Death (1921): Directed by Karoly Lajthay - starring Erik Vanko and Lene Myl. Hungarian silent horror is lost with no surviving prints.

3.  The Miracle Man (1919): Directed by George Loane Tucker - starring Thomas Meighan, Betty Compson, and Lon Chaney.

2. Alraune (1918): Directed by Michel Curtiz and Edmund Fritz - starring Géza Erdélyi and Gyula Gál as Alraune. This Hungarian film 80-minutes in length there are no surviving copies.

1. London After Midnight (1927): Directed by Tod Browning - starring Lon Chaney, Polly Moran, Marceline Day, and Henry B. Walthall. Thought lost in a vault fire, rumours abound that it has survived in the possession of private collectors and perhaps bootlegged copies, or the road show cut sold by Mirage Entertainment that runs 117 minutes.


Geomantic, Nature-Centric
Feature Film Drama/Documentary:

13. Koyaanisquatsi (1982): Directed by Godfrey Reggio - documentary.

12. The Fall (2006): Directed by Tarsem Singh, starring Lee Pace and Catinca Untaru. 

11. Powaqquatsi (1988): Directed by Godfrey Reggio - documentary.

10. The Happening (2008): Directed by M. Night Shyamalan, starring Mark Wahlberg and Zooey Deschanel.

9. Samsara (2011): Directed by Ron Fricke - documentary.

8. The Field (1990): Directed by John Sheridan, starring Richard Harris and Tom Berringer.

7. Ong-Bak (2003): Directed by Prachya Pinkaew, starring Tony Jaa and Petchtai Wongkamlao.

6. Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984): Directed by Hugh Hudson, starring Christopher Lambert and Andie MacDowell.

5. The Long Weekend (1978): Directed by Colin Eggleson, starring John Hargreaves and Briony Behets. 

4. Where the Green Ants Dream (1984): Directed by Werner Herzog, starring Bruce Spence and Wadjuk Marika.

3. Walkabout (1971): Directed by Nicolas Roeg, starring Jenny Agguter and David Gulpilil.

2. The Emerald Forest (1985): Directed by John Boorman, starring Powers Boothe and Meg Foster.

1. Baraka (1992): Directed by Ron Fricke - documentary.


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"Tribal Tribulations"
Action-Adventure/Drama Feature Film:

13. The Last Wave (1977): Directed by Peter Weir, starring Richard Chamberlain and Olivia Hamnett.

12. The Misson (1986): Directed by John Boorman, starring Robert De Niro and Jeremy Irons. 

11. Apocalypto (2006): Directed by Mel Gibson, starring Rudy Youngblood and Dalia Brewer.

10. The Emerald Forest (1985): Directed by John Boorman, starring Powers Boothe and Meg Foster.

9. Walkabout (1971): Directed by Peter Weir, starring Jenny Agguter and David Gulpilil .

8. Rapa-Nui (1994): Directed by Kevin Reynolds, starring Jason Scott Lee and Esai Morales.

7. Medicine Man (2003): Directed by John McTiernan, starring Sean Connery and Lorraine Bracco.

6. Whale Rider (2002): Directed by Niki Caro, starring Keisha Castle-Hughes and Rawiri Paratene.

5. At Play in the Fields of the Lord (1991): Directed by Hector Babenco, starring Tom Berenger and John Lithgowe.

4. Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (2001): Directed by Zacharias Kunuk, starring Natar Ungalaaq and Sylvia Ivalu.

3. Black Robe (1991 ): Directed by Bruce Berenger, starring Lothaire Bluteau and Aden Young.

2. Dance Me Outside (1994): Directed by Bruce MacDonald

1. Once Were Warriors (1994): Directed by Lee Tamahori, starring Rena Owen and Temuera Morrison.

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