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32 Days of Halloween VI, Day 24: Haunted by Georges Méliès

By Widge - posted 10.23.12 @ 6:29 am
Georges Melies

So this time last year when we shared a twofer of Georges Méliès I was discussing how I was unaware of his forays into crazed horror flicks--an excellent genre for showing off his camera wizardry. But then I was also unaware that Hugo revolved around him and would showcase his talents for pretty much everybody.

We're going to start off with "The Haunted Castle," which as Wikipedia tells us (and it's always right) is considered to be the first horror film and first vampire film. Nice. It is from 1896. To help you out, in case you suck at math as much as I do--that's 116 years, people. So it's bloody amazing.

Then we go to the silently longer "The Haunted House" from 1908. Not much to say about this, but it makes the remake of The Haunting look like...well, the remake of The Haunting. Enjoy.

For the Méliès stuff that Amazon has, you can find that here.

Other silent horror we've explored: the 1910 version of Frankenstein and D.W. Griffith's "The Sealed Room." And before that, we had explored the "I Was a" and "I Married a" sort of films along with I Walked With a Zombie.

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