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The House of Ghosts (1908)
"La maison ensorcelée" (original title)

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Awfully fun.
15 February 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I noticed the other reviewer talked about how Segundo de Chomón imitated Georges Méliès. When he used many of Georges Méliès' trick camera tricks (such as starting and stopping the film to make things 'appear' or 'disappear'), I often liked his films as he STILL managed to make them his own. Sadly, sometimes Chomón simply stole Méliès work (a great example is his "Excursion to the Moon" which was an outright copy)--and I have a hard time enjoying these ersatz films. As far as this film goes, I would definitely put it in the former category--as it uses some of the other artist's techniques but is essentially Chomón's film from start to finish.

The film consists of three folks coming to an old haunted house. For the rest of the film, the house torments them and many of the tricks it plays are funny, though the movie ends with a scary demonic face that probably sent a few shivers down the spines of audiences at the time. Today, it all just looks silly--but in an enjoyable way. Clever and funny--and worth your time.


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