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The Haunted Castle (1896)



The Haunted Castle

(1896)

3:18 minutes

Fantasy / Horror / Silent

Directed by Georges Méliès

Cast: Georges Méliès and Jeanne d'Alcy


A bat flies into an ancient castle and transforms itself into Mephistopheles himself. Producing a cauldron, Mephistopheles conjures up a young girl and various supernatural creatures, one of which brandishes a crucifix in an effort to force the devil-vampire to vanish.


The film contained many traditional pantomime elements and was intentionally meant to amuse people, rather than frighten them. Nonetheless, it is considered to be the first horror film.


Le Manoir du diable - French, In English, this film has been known as The Haunted Castle, The Devil's Castle, The Devil's Manor, and The Manor of the Devil.


It was released on Christmas Eve, 1896, at the Theatre Robert Houdin, 8 boulevard des Italiens, Paris.




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