and then we headed off for the show! we were going to a midnight showing of the silent film The Penalty with musical score whipped up and performed by reverend glasseye and his wooden orchestra. we drove around for a half hour before we decided the directions we had were inept and went back to nip's to ask someone how ot get there (predictably, it was practically right down the street), then another 15 minutes or so finding a damn parking spot. but yes, we got there, and it was damn good. the movie was hokey and had some parts that were hilarious (though i was the only one laughing for some of them, so i think i'm just evil), but lon chaney is one creepyass dude. and the reverend played splendidly for an hour and a half.
 Lon Chaney turns in an amazing performance in this silent horror film, for which he had to wear an extremely painful harness that kept his legs strapped behind his back. Chaney stars as Blizzard, a double amputee who is out to get revenge on the incompetent doctor who performed the needless amputation on him when he was a child. Now the head of San Francisco's crime syndicate, Blizzard begins his revenge scheme by insinuating himself into the life of the doctor's daughter by serving as her model for a portrait of Satan. Soon, Blizzard's plan encompasses not only humiliating the doctor and his daughter, but also, as he descends into madness, conspiring with the communists on an invasion of the Bay Area. Absurd, frightening, melodramatic, and highly entertaining, THE PENALTY is a high point of 1920s horror.