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.