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The Haunted Castle (1896)

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Facts
Director Georges Méliès
Country France
Language French
Titles
(Original) Le manoir du diable
(Alternative) The House of the Devil
(Country Spesific) The Devil's Castle
Production
Distribution
Categories
Black and White Crusifix Fantasy Ghost Gothic Haunted House Horror Short Silent Film Supernatural The Devil Trick Film Vampire Witch Witchcraft
Description

Mephistopheles is in a castle and conjures up a variety of supernatural characters in order to trick the guards.

"Le Manoir du diable" or "The House of the Devil" was released in the United States as "The Haunted Castle" and in Britain as "The Devil's Castle" and it is considered to be the first horror film produced, and directed by no other than Georges Méliès.

Méliès also made another similar film in 1897 called "The Haunted Castle" that is considered a remake.

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Cast
Georges Méliès - Mephistopheles
Jules-Eugène Legris - Mephistopheles
Jehanne d'Alcy - Young woman
Crew
Georges Méliès - Production Design
Georges Méliès - Producer
Georges Méliès - Writer
Georges Méliès - Director
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Trick film as trick film can be

This early film by Georges Méliès shows him playing with the medium by creating an amusing encounter with the Devil himself in a castle where he tries to scare the two guards. One flees, but the other manages to find a cross and drive out the Devil. It is quite fascinating, although most are done with simple trickery and it's sometimes pretty chaotic. The Devil was a character that very often appeared in the early films, usually as a trickster and usually also afraid of the cross. Because of the magical aspects, the appearance of a witch, and imps, a bat(hinting at early vampire movie), the topic falls out of the Christian fantasy realm a bit, but it shows how interconnected all things supernatural are.