|The Hunchback of Notre Dame|
|The Phantom of the Opera|
|London After Midnight|
Silent cinema in particular was very heavy on the atmosphere. That's why body language was infinitely more important, and even moreso when there was proper costuming. Make-up techniques have advanced a lot since then, yet...god they were creepier. Take this older version of Frankenstein, for instance. Inhuman to an extreme degree, and indescribably...disturbing.
The full feature is available, by the way, on youtube. Generally one picture can never do true justice to a monster. Sadly the same can not be said for the sinister grinning man just above this one. Lon Chaney's 'London After Midnight' is a lost film, and will very likely never be recovered.
Now let's jump onto a few pictures of one of my personal favorites, Conrad Veidt. Even as a monster, he was a beautiful man.
|The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari|
|The Man Who Laughs|
The extremes it took for the effect on his lips were incredibly painful. In fact, a lot of the monster make-up in these films was pretty excruciating, when it went beyond pancake and mascara.
Here are a few other monsters worth showing off, just for good measure.
|Metropolis (with mask)|
|Metropolis (without mask)|
|Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde|
Ultimately, there is something terrifying about the human form when tiny features are pulled out of proportion, namely fingers, eyes, and teeth. Honestly, half of these people I'm completely willing to believe really were monsters whenever the silver screen brings them back to life.