Scott OT #135: The Night Threads Spends a Night in the Haunted Castle/the House of the Devil (10/6)

My tribute to silent horror shorts this month continues with Georges Melies’ 1896 film, The Haunted Castle/The House of the Devil/The Devil’s Castle (it has many names).

It’s a neat little film, considered by many to be the first horror movie. It’s the story of two cavaliers that enter a castle owned by Mephistopheles himself, who bedevils them. The film has some neat editing tricks utilized by Melies to properly show Mephistopheles’ powers.

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The film was feared lost for many years before a copy was miraculously found in the New Zealand Film Archive in 1988. Thanks New Zealand!!

Hope you all have fun posting here tonight and have a great night.