Totentanz (1919)

84m, 1733 metres
35mm film, black and white, 1.33:1

A German horror film directed by Otto Rippert.

Plot Summary

A dancer is used by an evil cripple to lure men to their deaths. When she falls in love with an intended victim, the cripple tells her that she will be set free if the man services his coming ordeal which he does by fleeing into a terrifying labyrinth beneath his tormentor's house.


Director: Otto Rippert
Helios Film
Producers: Erich Pommer, Erwin Rosner
Script: Fritz Lang
Director of Photography: Willy Hameister
Art Director: Hermann Warm

Karl Bernhard (Frederic Hennekemper)
Arnold Czempin (Dr Sellin)
Walter Goebel (Harry Free, the pilot)
Sascha Gura (the beautiful dancer)
Richard Kirsch
Werner Krauss (the cripple)
Joseph Römer

Alternative Titles

Dance of Death


The Aurum Encyclopedia of Film: Horror (2nd edition) by Phil Hardy (ed) p.23- credits, review