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The Black Imp (1905)

Le diable noir (original title)
Not Rated | | Short, Comedy, Fantasy
A traveler at an inn is harassed by a mischievous devil in his room.


Georges Méliès




Credited cast:
Georges Méliès


A mischievous black imp hiding in a hotel room, enjoys his privacy jumping around from the bed to the table, and then, from the chair to the priceless davenport. However, when a respectable resident arrives escorted by the landlady and her husband, before long, the furniture will begin vanishing or stacking into impossible configurations, and much to the visitor's surprise, teleport back into the room. Eventually, as the culprit manifests before the man's eyes, inevitably, pandemonium ensues. Is there a way to get rid of this nuisance? Written by Nick Riganas

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The Black Imp (Melies)
20 March 2010 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Black Imp, The (1905)

*** (out of 4)

aka Le Diable noir

Also known as THE BLACK DEVIL, this here is another high point for director Melies. In the film a man checks into a hotel for some rest not knowing that he's about to be haunted by a demon living in the room. It starts off simple as the man can't seem to be able to hang his coat up but quickly turns to a chair disappearing below him and eventually the demon pops out for a quick scare. This is yet another film that Melies is best remembered for and it's funny to see how many times he actually did this story. There's no question he was a fan of checking in somewhere only to be haunted as it's a subject he'd use many times throughout his long career. The special effects with all the chairs and furniture are easy to spot but that really doesn't take away anything from the film because it's just so charming. You can't help but have a smile on your face as one item disappears after another and the man grows crazier and crazier.

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