Max accepts a wager that he cannot remain in a haunted castle for one hour (11 PM to midnight) without crying for help. As soon as he arrives he encounters strange and nightmarish visions, ...
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Max accepts a wager that he cannot remain in a haunted castle for one hour (11 PM to midnight) without crying for help. As soon as he arrives he encounters strange and nightmarish visions, but he is nevertheless on the verge of winning the bet when a phone-call brings startling news . . .Written by
When Max Linder returned to France after working in the US, he bet his friend Abel Gance - known for making big, splashy spectacles - that he couldn't make a movie in less than three days. Gance accepted the bet, and this film is the result. See more »
Forgotten comic Max Linder takes a bet that he can't stay an hour inside a haunted house without crying out for help. This is a pretty interesting short as it really takes a star and director who have nothing in common and they end up turning out a pretty good film. Gance is best known for his three to five hour epics so seeing him do a short was pretty interesting. The director is able to bring some of his trademark skills to the film including a brilliant looking shot of Max going to the house. The camera-work is very impressive as is the editing and some trick shots done with the framing. Linder does a good job with the comedy, which has him running into several ghouls, snakes and even a dancing skeleton. There's really nothing too original storywise here but Gance really makes the film seem fresh with his style.
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