15. The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1928)
Stars: Marie Ault, Arthur Chesney, June, Malcolm Keen, Ivor Novello
The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog, an early Hitchcock silent film clearly inspired by German expression (see: The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari), was the director's first commercial success. In it, a Jack the Ripper-esque serial killer is butchering women in London, which, unluckily for Jonathan Drew (Ivor Novello) is timed with his arrival to the cityâ€”shortly after Drew arrives, his landlady thinks he's the murderer.
It's not full-on horror, but The Lodger definitely shows Hitchcock finding himself in that macabre arena. Much like his future classics Dial M for Murder, Psycho, and Rebecca, it's an exploration of the relationship between sex and death, though demonstrated without showing much of either.