It’s silent horror feature night on 32 Days of Halloween, and we’re specifically looking at the 1927 film from Universal, The Cat and the Canary. Based on a play from 1922, it concerns a dying millionaire who decides that the circling vultures that are his relatives can wait twenty years and then find out what his will says. So twenty years pass and the will reveals that Annabelle, the niece, will get the fortune if she can be declared sane. If not, a mysterious second will will pass the fortune to someone else. So it seems that Annabelle’s sanity is in question–not helping matters is the fact that an escaped lunatic called “The Cat” is running around as well. Hijinks most assuredly ensue.
And what you wind up with is a very influential film in the horror genre. Enjoy!
The film is available on DVD in a restored version by Kino.