Cave of the Spooks (1908)
Original title: La grotte des esprits
|Director||Segundo de Chomón|
(Original) La grotte des esprits
(USA, 1908) Pathé Frères
(France, 1909) Pathé Frères
(US Import, 1908) Pathé Frères
In this weird picture we take a pleasure trip into the infernal regions and are entertained by his Satanic Majesty and all the spooks that are connected with his household. In the first place, we enter a dark cave where we see two pretty women come out of caskets and wave their hands and immediately a bevy of spooks appear and after dancing around they are transformed into skeletons, who pose in some wonderful tableaux. Then they dance around in the fire and brimstone, when all at once they are transformed into a bevy of beautiful maidens who dance a charming flower ballet and then vanish, leaving the grotto a burning furnace with the forms of men passing to and fro in the ghostly shadows of the place. Finally, all appear again and the scene is a blaze of light with his Satanic Majesty in the background surrounded by his favorite subjects forming a beautiful tableau, while the two women return to their caskets and all disappear, leaving the place alone and deserted.
Source: Moving Picture World
Whirling and disheveled, dances symbolizing life suddenly vanish to make way for macabre circles, evolving in the flames and terrifying scenes reminiscent of Hans Holbein's famous Dance of the Dead in the Basel cemetery.