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Une nuit terrible (1896)

Not Rated | | 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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Georges Méliès
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Georges Méliès ... L'homme qui essaie de dormir (uncredited)
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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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A Terrible Night
28 March 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Terrible Night, A (1986)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

aka Une Nuit terrible

Very funny film from Melies has a man in bed trying to go to sleep when a large bug (perhaps a spider) walks over him so the man has to battle it. This is a very funny short, which lasts just a minute but most of that time you'll find yourself laughing. The ways the man tries to kill the bugs changes from one bug to the next and they keep getting funnier. That weird, fantasy like world of the director is certainly on display here and fans of the man will certainly want to check this one out.


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