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All reviews - Movies (7)

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde review

Posted : 3 years, 7 months ago on 26 November 2013 02:05 (A review of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde)

This version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was incredibly boring. I am almost not sure as to even approach the 1920 silent version. It just doesn't seem right to view this material in silence. It needs to be heard.


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An Impossible Voyage review

Posted : 3 years, 7 months ago on 26 November 2013 02:00 (A review of An Impossible Voyage)

The year after he made A Trip to the Moon, Georges Melies tries his hand at creating a movie about a voyage to the sun. This one isn't as good as A Trip to the Moon unfortunately. The effects are incredible for it's day, but much of what he did in A Trip to the Moon is applied here except it's a voyage to the sun. The only difference would be the voyagers mode of transportation. There's a clever and inventive way in how they get to the sun.

They board a train and the train goes up the side of the tallest mountain before flying off at rapid speed into the sky until it's swallowed up by the sun. The way the moon looked in A Trip to the Moon is done the same way with the sun. Not much different like I said, but still a nice flip flop of roles between the Moon and the Sun.


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A Trip to the Moon review

Posted : 3 years, 7 months ago on 25 November 2013 06:24 (A review of A Trip to the Moon)

Directed by the godfather of special effects, Georges Melies would introduce us to the possibilities of the future by creatively concocting a fun fantasy about astronomers heading to the moon. When they get there they're confronted with extraterrestrials known as the Selenites. They're able to make their escape and to return back to Earth where they're given a heroes welcome!

This would be the first science fiction movie ever made to take us to another planet. The effects here are truly inspiring. For the year 1902, Melies sure knew how to be inventive with what he had to work with back then. The infamous scene where the astronomers land directly into the eye of the moon is an image that will forever be branded upon the brain and has been for decades in cinema history. This is a landmark film for the science fiction genre.


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L'Inferno review

Posted : 3 years, 7 months ago on 25 November 2013 06:25 (A review of L'Inferno)

I'm not too familiar with the writings of the Divine Comedy that is Dante's Inferno. Nevertheless this was still quite an experience and one I consider as a favorite. The use of the sets and effects to depict Dante's journey through hell is both haunting and creepy. Despite it being a silent movie, I chose to listen to some of my own musical choices to enhance the mood and boy with the right kind of music this movie can ever so transport you into hell along side of Dante himself.

It's nothing short of amazing to see something this creative and disturbing as being the first ever feature debut coming out of Italy at the time. Hell is depicted with such surreal amusement that it makes you wonder if it would ever really look like it does in this film. Even Lucifer himself, chomping down on Brutus and Cassius, sent a chill up my spine. It may seem silly to some, but this version of Lucifer gave me the creeps!

An amazing movie for it's time with equally impressive effects of what hell might look like.


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Frankenstein review

Posted : 3 years, 7 months ago on 25 November 2013 04:54 (A review of Frankenstein)

The first ever adaptation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein novel. Only 13 minutes long, this silent horror displays a more compressed version of Shelley's novel while still giving us the novel's main points. The scene in which the monster is created is by far more superior to the novel than with it's future incarnations. Victor whips up a simple batch of ingredients, tosses it into a cauldron and simply stands idly by watching it go to work. What he creates is a truly hideous specimen. For 1910, the effects are astounding in that scene! Not to mention the creature itself which looks so grotesque and creepy looking that you'll think twice about Boris Karloff's version of Frankenstein as being anything but disturbing looking.


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The House of the Devil review

Posted : 3 years, 7 months ago on 25 November 2013 04:26 (A review of The House of the Devil)

This would be the first horror movie ever made. It was directed by the French Illusionist Georges Méliès and incorporates many little Gothic horror attributes we would later use in further horror movies. Especially the ones that would be made in the 20s and 30s and so forth. Here we have vampires, ghosts, skeletons, the devil, bats and a haunted house.

There's even a mechanism in defeating the devil which would become THE tool in vanquishing evil in future horror movies. Mainly it was the use of the cross to symbolize Christ which is consider to be a source for all good. So what better way to use a cross to keep away evil spirits. So simple and very important piece of horror movie history.


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Le squelette joyeux review

Posted : 3 years, 7 months ago on 25 November 2013 03:59 (A review of Le squelette joyeux)

Oh Spooky! One of the very earliest examples of horror. Also known as 'Spook Tale'. Mainly it's just a skeleton trying dance, but it's limbs keep falling off.


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