Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The Sealed Room (1909)

This has been described as the only horror short that D.W. Griffith made, or at least the only one that survives (I you take a look at his IMDb page, you see that he is credited with 535 titles as director and owed to some early Biograph Co. archives being lost, that number may well be light).  The fact that it is called a horror film at all is owed to the fact that the story comes from Poe's "A Cask of Amontillado," there are those, like those over at IMDb for example, that keep removing and then replacing the "horror" genre (yeah, I know that it's "user driven").  Whether you consider it a horror film or not, it certainly has a building creepiness to it.  To my knowledge, it is the only time Griffith directed a Poe project.  It is certainly among the very earliest films every based on Poe's work.  Please excuse the outsized embed. it is from the good folks over at Internet Archive, please check them out this pumpkin season, they have a lot of creepy stuff.  Happy Halloween!

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