Thursday, October 20, 2016

Couple Of Melies Shorts: The Four Troublesome Heads (1898) & The Haunted Castle (1896)

The Four Troublesome Heads is one of hundreds (many of them, sadly, lost) of Melies' trick photography films--it employs straight out tricks, as so many of his films do.  The Haunted Castle or House Of The Devil, in the other hand employs trick photography to get a narrative going.  It is widely regarded as the very first horror film, featuring both a haunting and a vampire. It was remade a year later by British film maker George Albert Smith, thus making it the first film to inspire a remake as well claiming the title of first horror film produced.

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