Le Manoir du Diable
Manor of the Devil, The Devil's Castle, The Devil's Manor, The Haunted
Castle, The House of the Devil, The Manor of the Devil )
Written & Directed by
What was the first horror film ever made? It
depends on who you ask. Some experts will say that it is The Cabinet of Dr Caligari,
made in 1920, and others will say that it is The Devil’s Castle,
made in France in 1896 by Georges Méliès.
The Devil’s Castle
was released on Christmas Eve, 1896, at the Theatre Robert Houdin, 8
boulevard des Italiens, Paris. It is only about 3 minutes long and
although Méliès intended it to be amusing most people consider it to be
a horror film. I do as well, and even to the present day horror and
humour continues to be an effective combination.
The first thing the viewer sees is a large bat flapping about inside a
medieval castle. The bat then turns into the demon Mephistopheles who
only has to point his finger to make a cauldron appear. He then
commences to summon up skeletons, ghosts, witches and all manner of
You can watch the complete film below.
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