Manoir du Diable, Le

France 1896

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The Devil's Castle / The Devil's Manor / The Manor of the Devil / Le Chateau Haunte / The Haunted Chateau / The House of the Devil
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Directed by Georges Méliès

A bat flies into an ancient castle and transforms itself into Mephistopheles himself. Producing a cauldron, Mephistopheles conjures up a young girl and various supernatural creatures, one of which brandishes a crucifix in an effort to force the devil-vampire to vanish. The film was released on Christmas Eve, 1896, at the Theatre Robert Houdin, 8 boulevard des Italiens, Paris. It was from this two-minute short that many assume the horror film was born.

a.k.a. The Devil's Castle / The Devil's Manor / The Manor of the Devil / Le Chateau Haunte / The Haunted Chateau / The House of the Devil


Cast:
Jeanne d'Alcy
Georges Méliès as Mephistopheles

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