Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Tuesday's Overlooked Film: The Haunted Castle
Today features the last Tuesday's Overlooked Film in this year's Countdown, and it may also be the shortest I've ever posted--a mere three minutes! But what happens in those three minutes is pretty cool, especially since it was made in 1896!
The Haunted Castle (also known by several other names) was made by Frenchman Georges Melies, creator of the famous A Trip to the Moon, and features a nobleman being tricked and toyed with by the Devil in a, well, a haunted castle. There are many instances of people and props appearing and disappearing instantly, much to the nobleman's chagrin. It's intended to be funny rather than scary, but it definitely fits the Halloween spirit. It's interesting to see these kinds of special effects this early in the history of film.