31 Days of Horror Day 15 - "The Golem" (1920)
After the success of Caligari, along came Paul Wegener's The Golem. Based on an old Jewish legend, The Golem tells the story of a rabbi who turns to sorcery to conjure a creature out of clay to protect the Jews of Prague from persecution.
A clear precursor to Frankenstein (the old myth actually served as an inspiration for Mary Shelley's original story), The Golem features impressive special effects for its time, but its most impressive aspect is its stunning design. While lesser known, The Golem is up there with Caligari and Metropolis in terms of its set design. And even though the Golem itself looks a bit goofy by modern standards, it actually manages to conjure up a pretty palpable feeling of unease. It's one of the very best examples of early horror.