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Sunday, September 29, 2013

Silent Film Sunday-The Haunted House 1908

As a warm up for October and Halloween, one of my favorite times of the year, here is a very early horror film, one of my favorite genres.  The film was shot in 1908 by Segundo de Chomon an innovative Spanish film maker who championed the use of trick photography and special effects.   Chomon's work is often compared to the more famous today at least, George Melies. However many people argue that Chomon was the better film maker and told more coherent narrative stories.    In the Haunted House three rather weird individuals enter a haunted house, that changes at one point to reveal a face, where they are knocked about by a ghost and served a meal by invisible hands.  For the time the use of trick photography is impressive and I think its still entertaining today, this is definitely one of my favorite short silent films.


4 comments:

  1. Very interesting and perfect for the month of October.

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  2. You find some cool stuff! We enjoyed viewing the film. Much better than the gorey Halloween movies made today.

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  3. This all kinds of fabulously cool! I'm a huge Halloween fan (it's my favourite holiday bar non) and blog about it frequently throughout every October. I love that you kicked off the upcoming month with this delightful, seasonally perfect silent film clip. I was listing to all my favourite Halloween appropriate songs yesterday afternoon to psyche myself up even more October 31's return. :)

    Have a spooktacularily fantastic October!!!
    ♥ Jessica

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  4. Just right for Shocktober. We too love this time of year. Have a terrific Tuesday.
    Best wishes Molly

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