June 4, 2023

This Day in Halloween: Austrian silent horror film "The Hands of Orlac" starring Conrad Veidt opens across the U.S. in 1928. / Illustration by Eiloh Virgo

The Hands of Orlac opens across the U.S. in 1928. The Austrian silent horror film stars Conrad Veidt and is the first of five film versions of the book Les Mains d’Orlac. It does well and is followed by the first American version of the story, Mad Love, with Peter Lorre in 1935.