Monday, May 11, 2009

The Penalty (1920)

4.5 / 5
Tagline: N/A
Directed by: Wallace Worsley
Written by: Gouverneur Morris, Charles Kenyon
Actors include: Lon Chaney, Charles Clary
Genre: Horror, Drama
Length: 90 minutes
Banned: Nope
Country: USA

This is quite the demented tale of madness, and shockingly I haven't heard of it until recently. It's about a young boy who was in a traffic accident who wound up in the hospital with a first time doctor. The doctor needlessly amputated his legs and the boy overheard them talking about it (the new doctor's father was in on it too). Then when he tried to tell his parents, the doctors lied and said it was the drugs from the surgery making him delirious. Then we flash forward to him as an adult, and he's a mean one named Blizzard. He controls the underground, and he has descended into madness, or at least as the film progresses it gets worse and worse. He decides to get revenge, but then the film takes quite a few twists and turns that I dare not ruin. This film was a treat to watch and it is definitely captivating, the ending is a little unexpected but overall the movie was still magnificent.

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