Yesterday, for our Horror on The Lens, we featured It!, a British film what happens when Roddy McDowall discovers the legendary Golem.
Today, we are very proud to present another film about the Golem, one that is definitely held in higher critical regard than It! (Sorry, Roddy!) The 1920 German film The Golem: How He Came Into The World is, for lack of a better term, an origin story for the Golem, one that shows how the Golem was originally brought to life to protect the Jewish people from persecution and how it was later corrupted by a combination of the dreaded demon Astaroth and pretty human jealousy.
The Golem is also a landmark of both German Expressionism and horror cinema, a dream-like tribute to both the power of the human imagination and the strength and resilience of the Jewish people. This is one of those films that everyone should watch at least once.
And yes, it is a silent movie. So, put your favorite music on in the background and watch The Golem!