HALLOWEEN BLOGATHON 2010, HOUR 13
Der müde Tod (Destiny) premiered in Germany on October 6, 1921. Directed by Fritz Lang, this film concerns a traveling couple who meet up with the personification of Death. This is actually an Expressionistic framing device for an anthology of shorts that owe more to fantasy and melodrama than horror--although the wraparound story and the embodiment of Death makes it worth a mention. The first tale is a Persian story about a forbidden romance; the second involves a love triangle that takes place in Venice; and the third takes place in China, a comical tale involving an army of miniature soldiers.
On November 5, 1922 director Edward D. Venturini released his film The Headless Horseman. Scripted by Carl Stearns Clancy and starring Western star Will Rogers in the lead, this was an adaptation of Washinton Irving's story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" (supposedly last adapted as The Legend of Sleepy Hollow in 1908, although little to no information about that film seems to be available). This version, which follows Ichabod Crane as he faces off against the mythical Headless Horsemen, is generally panned by audiences as "dull" and "lifeless".