The Devil's Castle (1897)
Original title: Le château hanté
(Country Spesific) The Haunted Castle
(Original) Le château hanté
In 1897 Georges Méliès made a second version of "The Haunted Castle" that was shorter and a bit different in style. We have a surviving colored version, and the plot is similar in the sense that the devil is behind some trickery in a castle, although here it is more like the castle is haunted rather than the Devil being the perpetrator. In the end, the Devil does show himself.
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I found this movie a step back from "The Haunted Castle" from 1896, but maybe it was made like this for a few reasons. One, that Georges Méliès hand-colored the film, it being a very slow and costly process and thus a shorter film will do. And two, to try out some new techniques or perfecting old ones. It is nice to see a colored version, but in almost every other aspect it's lackluster. There is not a story or a clear introduction to the characters. There is not an ending to where the devil is defeated, so the religious aspect of it is toned down.