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A Nightmare

January 1, 1896

A man has a fantastical nightmare involving, among other things, a grinning malevolent moon.

A Terrible Night

January 1, 1896

A man tries to get a good night's sleep, but is disturbed by a giant spider that leaps onto his bed, and a battle ensues in hilarious comic fashion.

The Haunted Castle

December 24, 1896

Le Manoir du diable or The House of the Devil, released in the United States as The Haunted Castle and in Britain as The Devil's Castle, is an 1896 French short silent film directed by Georges Méliès. The film tells the story of an encounter with the Devil and various attendant phantoms. It is intended to evoke amusement and wonder from its audiences, rather than fear. However, because of its themes and characters, it has been considered to technically be the first horror film, as well as potentially the first vampire film. The film opens with a large bat flying into a medieval castle, circling a room, and then suddenly changing into the Devil. Producing a cauldron, Mephistopheles conjures up a young girl and various supernatural creatures in an effort to scare two cavaliers, eventually succeeding in causing one to flee. Ultimately the remaining cavalier is confronted face-to-face by the Devil before reaching for and brandishing a large crucifix, which causes the Devil to vanish.

The Devil's Laboratory

January 1, 1897

"The picture shows the Devil working at a fire. Two cavaliers appear, and the Devil takes the form of a seer, old, bent and wrinkled. Then he disappears in a cloud of smoke, to reappear shortly as a ghost, whose head comes off and floats around the room. Suddenly the table gets up of itself, and flies up the chimney. All sorts of wonderful things happen. A cannon takes the place occupied by the table, and belches forth flame and smoke. A large cage appears mysteriously in the center of the room, through the bars of which the Devil passes as if it were an open door. By his magic, he makes the cavalier pass through the bars in the same wonderful fashion. Everything is so weird and fantastic, that such a small trifle as a man turning into a donkey excites but passing notice." -Edison catalog

A short reenactment of a scene from Goethe's Faust.

The Haunted Castle

January 1, 1897

A man has an encounter with several spooky apparitions in a castle that is evidently owned by the Devil.

The film features a star with five female heads and a giant face that has people coming out of its mouth. The Flicker Alley DVD "Georges Méliès: Encore New Discoveries (1896-1911)" misidentified a partial hand-colored print of the 1906 film "Alchimiste Parafaragaramus ou La cornue infernale" (The Mysterious Retort) as this film, "L'hallucination de l'alchimiste" (An Hallucinated Alchemist) from 1897, which continues to be considered a lost film.

The Dancing Skeleton

November 1, 1897

Skeleton lumiere's dance.

The Haunted Castle

December 30, 1897

George Albert Smith's remake of Georges Méliès - Le Manoir du diable (The Haunted Castle) from 1896.

Bake Jizo

January 2, 1898

Jizo, the protector of dead children and all creatures trapped in Hell, is usually found in graveyards. Bake-Jizo is a stature placed at crossroads. There is no official record of Bake Jizo's existence - only later recollection of cameraman Shiro Asano, Konishi Honten was photography in Nihonbashi, Tokyo, which imported the first film to Japan.

Resurrection of a Corpse

January 2, 1898

One of the two earliest horror films ever made. This film is presumed lost.

Jizo the Spook

January 2, 1898

One of the two earliest horror films ever made. This film is presumed lost.

The Merry Skeleton

March 20, 1898

A skeleton dances joyously, often collapsing into a heap of bones and quickly putting itself back together.

The Damnation of Faust

August 5, 1898

The story of Faust. This short film is presumably lost.

The Cavalier's Dream

December 22, 1898

He sits asleep at a bare table; old witch enters, raps three times, then disappears; cavalier sees table spread for a sumptuous repast. Mephistopheles appears; then the old witch, who suddenly changes to a beautiful young girl. The changes and magical appearances are startling and instantaneous.

Cleopatra's Tomb

January 1, 1899

A man digging inside an Egyptian tomb chops up a mummy, then resurrects the woman inside it.

The Devil in a Convent

January 1, 1899

A priest is officiating at a convent, when suddenly he is transformed into the devil, who frightens away the nuns and turns the place into a outlet of Pandemonium.

Maple Leaf Viewing

November 28, 1899

[…] A reel was shot of the Noh drama Momiji-gari (Maple Leaf Hunters, or Viewing Scarlet Maple Leaves), in which Danjuro played opposite Onoe Kikugoro V (1844-1903) as an ogress who has disguised herself as the Princess Sarashina. Filmed by Shibata Tsunekichi in the open air on a windy day in November 1899, Danjuro would allow only the one take, so that when his fan blew away in mid-performance the scene had to stay. The film re-emerged at the Kikikan theatre in 1907 where it was a great success and inspired a wave of fiction filmmaking based on traditional Japanese narratives. (cont. http://victorian-cinema.net/danjuro)

A Visit to the Spiritualist

December 1, 1899

A countryman goes to see a spiritualist and is frightened by what he sees.

Uncle Josh returns in this sequel to UNCLE JOSH'S NIGHTMARE. This time he checks into a hotel, presumably to get a better nights rest than he got at home. Of course the way bad luck follows Josh around we know this is a forlorn hope. Sure enough, quicker than you can say "Georges Méliès" a ghost pops up to make sure Uncle Josh is denied yet another good nights rest.

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