Two demons throw helpless captives into a boiling cauldron, and then try to summon forth their spirits.
The Infernal Cauldron (1903)
Original title: Le Chaudron infernal
(Original) Le Chaudron infernal
(Alternative) The Infernal Boiling Pot
(Country Spesific) The Infernal Cauldron and the Phantasmal Vapours
(Spain, DVD, 2005) Divisa Home Video
(USA, DVD, 2002) Facets Multimedia Distribution
(USA, DVD, 2008) Flicker Alley
(Theater, USA, 1903) Georges Méliès
(Theater, France, 1903) Star-Film
(USA, DVD, 2021) The Criterion Channel
In a Renaissance chamber decorated with devilish faces and a warped coat of arms, a gleeful demon throws three human victims into a cauldron, which spews out flames. The victims rise from the cauldron as nebulous ghosts, and then turn into fireballs. The fireballs multiply and pursue the demon around the chamber. Finally the demon himself leaps into the infernal cauldron, which gives off a final burst of flame.
Another one of Melies movies that are about Satan, and this time he boils people in a Cauldron. They change into ghosts and then fireballs. Satan himself jumps into the Cauldron in the end. I assume this is all about arriving in hell at it seems that the people are waiting in order to be thrown in and burned. So, not exactly a happy movie, but it collected enough steam in order to be hand colored. I like the effects in this short movie, especially the ghosts are well made.