So looking at another silent film for this evening’s pick–since last year we were watching Will Rogers in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow–I came across a Lon Chaney Sr. film we had discussed before: The Penalty. From 1920, it’s a silent film that’s mostly a crime drama…but when you see Chaney as a double amputee (who had to strap his legs back and put his knees into a pair of buckets–yes, ow would be the appropriate response to that) and what he plans to do for his revenge…well, there’s a bit of horror in there certainly. And Chaney…I just can’t get over what he can do with his face, makeup or no. Enjoy.
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And back in 2007, we were watching The Wasp Woman.
- Okay, granted, you can get The Penalty on DVD solo if you want it–that’s here–but I recommend just going ahead and snagging Kino’s American Silent Horror Collection, because you get five fantastic films.
- And if you dig on Chaney Sr., then you definitely need the TCM Lon Chaney Collection.