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The Infernal Boiling Pot (1903)

Le chaudron infernal (original title)
Two demons throw helpless captives into a boiling cauldron, and then try to summon forth their spirits.

Director:

Georges Méliès
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Georges Méliès ... Devil
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Storyline

In the bowels of a horrible Gothic dungeon, before a ritual black cauldron, a green-stained horned archfiend awaits those who are condemned. Soon, a busy lesser demon brings a woman, and then two more, who are all consumed by the hellish cauldron's eternal scarlet flames. The fires are everlasting, and the dark ceremony of the damned is infinite. Is it too late for salvation? Written by Nick Riganas

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Short | Horror

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Country:

France

Release Date:

17 October 1903 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Infernal Boiling Pot See more »

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Georges Méliès,Star-Film See more »
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Silent

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Black and White | Color (hand-colored)

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1.33 : 1
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Lovely little macabre short
9 November 2010 | by Red-BarracudaSee all my reviews

Georges Méliès directed this short macabre film about two demons throwing people into a boiling pot of water. Not only does the film contain all the visual trickery that is associated with the director but it also has the added bonus of being hand coloured. This adds a nice extra dimension to the look. The green demons and the red flames are particularly memorable. The best effect in the film is the image of the spirits rising into the air from the bubbling cauldron. They are nice spooky and ghostly apparitions. The film is too short to really work as a horror picture. The horror film needed more time to work on the viewers emotions than these ancient short films allowed. Still it's most definitely one of the earliest macabre films in existence, and is well worth seeing, as it will possibly take you more time to read this review than it would be to actually watch this fascinating old movie.


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