Sorry, I am still in vacation mode. I am also sorry but I thought this film was BORING. I really wanted to be watching "True Blood" and I thought I had time to fit this in before it started. Despite a running time of 1hr 27 minutes, this film actually runs for about 5 hours. That's what it feels like. I appreciate how this film was influential, especially on the "old dark house" genre popular in the 30s and 40s. And, it was it was the first "Expressionist horror/comedy," being directed by Paul Leni and all. And, it jump-started Universal's dive into horror films. Plus, "Scooby Doo" would not exist without it. (See the film and you will know what I mean. If you dare.)
While the Expressionist elements are visually interesting, German Expressionism and Comedy just don't mix in my book, and "The Cat and the Canary" is more of a comedy than a horror film. The whole thing just felt very weird and not in a good way. This will not stop me from seeing the Bob Hope remake from the late 30s. I have a feeling that version will be much better.
In a non-horror note, we saw "Up" yesterday and it was wonderful. I bawled like a baby throughout most of it. Loved the shout outs to "The Lost World" and "Fentons." Ed Asner has officially become my favorite actor of the moment.