The Penalty

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01324 506850
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Price:£13.50 / £11 conc

Event description

HippFest Commission

The great American actor Lon Chaney demonstrates his unparalleled flair for on-screen transformation with his macabre characterisation of ‘Blizzard’ – a tortured, criminal mastermind. A young boy has both his legs needlessly amputated by an inexperienced surgeon and grows up to become “master of the underworld”, driven to terrible deeds by his passion for sadistic revenge.

The film is considered Chaney’s break-out role, cementing his reputation as master of the gruesome and grotesque, ahead of his defining performance as the Hunchback of Notre Dame. The actor famously refused the use of trick camera angles to simulate his ‘deformity’, forcing his legs into leather stumps in a tightly bent position that was so painful he could only wear them for ten minutes at a time. The effect is astounding, as is Chaney’s nimble manoeuvring across the set of ropes, ladders and poles showing a technical ability that makes his character utterly believable.

Accompanied by the world premiere of a brand new score by award-winning composer/musician Graeme Stephen for guitar and cello

Dir. Wallace Worsley | | 1920 | N/C 12A | 1h 29m + short 

With: Lon Chaney, Ethel Grey Terry, Claire Adams, Charles Clary

Performing live: Graeme Stephen (guitar) & Pete Harvey (cello)

Screening material courtesy of Kino Lorber

Supported by Film Hub Scotland and Film Audience Network

Note: if the event is shown as ‘sold out’ please contact the HippFest Box Office directly on 01324 506850 to enquire about ‘heritage seating’ availability or to be added to a waiting list.


If you like this try: Seven Footprints to Satan for more Saturday night chills and thrills (horror)


10 Hope Street
EH51 0AA

01324 506850