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A Terrible Night (1896)

Une nuit terrible (original title)
Not Rated | | Short, Comedy, Horror | 1896 (France)
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.

Director:

Georges Méliès
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Uncredited cast:
Georges Méliès ... L'homme qui essaie de dormir (uncredited)
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Storyline

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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Short | Comedy | Horror

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Country:

France

Release Date:

1896 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A Terrible Night See more »

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Star-Film See more »
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Silent
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In 2011 Pauline Méliès, great-great-granddaughter of the original Georges Méliès, hypothesized that the known copy to exist of "A Terrible Night" was actually a later film of the same director called "A Midnight Episode", and that a flipbook published by Leon Beaulieu around the turn of the century is a copy of the true film. If this hypothesis is correct then both films exist. See more »

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Classic short and the beginning of horror!
12 October 2014 | by HorrorMovieProjectNETSee all my reviews

Georges Méliès does it again in the same fashion as Le Manoir du Diable. Albeit shorter than his prior voyage into horror film. This is at least a different story. Instead of this being a period piece, it appears to be a modern one.

The film shows George Melies, himself, having One Terrible Night with a creepy, crawly, spider. The film is one of dozens of shorts released during the era that focused more on drawing crowds biased on technology rather than the plot of a film. It is still going to be a few years before Horror is fully shaped and functioning.

If you are curious to see what film looked like in the 1800's then check out below where I have included the short.

Georges Méliès stars as himself in this one man performance. The Film is called One Terrible Night


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