Technically, today’s scene that I love isn’t so much a scene as it’s an entire movie!
Below, you’ll find The Haunted Castle, a 3-minute silent from the great French director, Georges Méliès. This film was made in 1896 and is considered, along with The Execution of Mary Stuart, to be one of the very first horror films!
Needless to say, The Haunted Castle is going to look primitive to modern eyes but so what? There’s a lot of charm to be found in these three minutes. Imagine seeing this in 1896, at a time before everyone was knowledgeable (and a bit cynical) about special effects and film trickery.
After you watch this piece of film history, please be sure to watch Martin Scorsese’s Hugo. Just be prepared to cry.