A.K.A. Le Manoir du Diable, The Haunted Castle, The Manor of the Devil, The Devil’s Castle, The Devil’s Manor
No one was making films like Georges Méliès in the 19th century. His genius became clearer with every film he made. His 3 minute long, The House of the Devil is considered the first in the horror movie genre. It opens with a bat flying into a castle, then in a puff of smoke he appears to be a man in a black suit. Maybe the devil, or the first vampire on film. I think it’s amazing to see the roots of horror cinema and how much these early films inspired others. This is how I set the standard for what I consider a “good” film and Méliès sets the standard high….and higher with every project. If you love bats, vampires, demons, ghosts, and goblins you need to check out this short and the rest of his work. The next few shorts I review up through the very early 1900’s will be by Georges Méliès films.
His films have been released remastered and hand colored, looks pretty sweet actually.