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Une nuit terrible (1896)

| Short, Comedy, Horror
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.

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After a hard day's work, an exhausted man can't wait to retire, and without delay, he lies in his soft and warm bed. However, much to his surprise, an enormous eight-legged adversary in the form of a frightful hairy spider crawls up on the foot of his bed, thwarting the man's plans for a good sleep. Suddenly, the broom next to him becomes the weapon of choice, but it seems that the persistent foe has already won. Who could sleep after such a fierce battle? Written by Nick Riganas

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He's Getting There
3 July 2013 | by See all my reviews

A man prepares to go to sleep in his room only to find a large bug crawling up the bed sheets

This is another very early film from French director Georges Melies which lasts over one minute so there's not a lot here for people who watch a film for narrative structure . That said because it's an early surviving film from Melies - who I'm reliably informed at least by the Wikipedia plays the man - it's worth seeking out if only because it shows the first stirrings of the imagination of the auteur

You can laugh at the film instead of with it featuring as it does a very obvious trick of getting a giant model beetle ( I'm sure it's a beetle and not a spider ) tying a thin thread to it and get someone to pull the model along while being out of shot . This helps to illustrate the imagination and humour of Melies who would go on to hypnotise audiences a few short years later with his special effect extravaganzas


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