Movie 4min

Cave of the Spooks (1908)

Original title: La grotte des esprits
Not rated.

Facts
Director Segundo de Chomón
Country France
Language French
Titles
(Original) La grotte des esprits
Production
Distribution
(USA, 1908) Pathé Frères
(France, 1909) Pathé Frères
Other
(US Import, 1908) Pathé Frères
Categories
Black and White Cave Dance Fantasy Hell Horror Short Silent Film Spirit The Devil Trick Film
Descriptions

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.

Source: Foundation Jerome Seydoux (Translated)

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Cast
Unavailbale.
Crew
Segundo de Chomón - Cinematography
Segundo de Chomón - Writer
Segundo de Chomón - Director