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  • Faust: apparition de Méphistophélès

    Faust: apparition de Méphistophélès 1897

    ★★★ Rewatched 22 Aug, 2016

    No dialogue.
    - N/A (N/A)

    Found on YouTube here.

    A world away from the stilted, dull affair that was Edison and Porter's take on the classic Faust and Mephistopheles story, the Lumière brothers' interpretation was made three years prior and is very much the superior version in practically every way.

    Whilst Georges Méliès remained the superior French filmmaker for much of their respective careers, the Lumière's did prove to have a highly proficient understanding of the technicalities involved within film,…

  • Zombie A-Hole

    Zombie A-Hole 2012

    Rewatched 22 Aug, 2016

    "There's a world all around us, Castor. The line between life and death is a LOT blurrier than anybody realises. Sometimes, corpses don't stay down."
    - Frank Fulci (Josh Eal)

    I'm not sure why this is listed as having a mere one minute run time on the database, but I can tell you that I would have prefered it if it did.
    Just one in a string of underground horror films (that shows no sign of stopping, regrettably) from director…

  • Staring Contest

    Staring Contest 2011

    ½ Rewatched 20 Aug, 2016

    No dialogue.
    - N/A (N/A)

    Found on YouTube here.

    Instead of writing a full-on scathing review of this utter tripe, I'm going to sum it up in the most positive sentence I can possibly manage; Staring Contest is abhorrently awful in every single department and is something I, or indeed anyone above the age of perhaps six years old, could throw together within around twenty minutes with no prior preparation.

    I tried.

    VERDICT; Probably one of the worst short films…

  • Uncle Josh in a Spooky Hotel

    Uncle Josh in a Spooky Hotel 1900

    ★★½ Rewatched 20 Aug, 2016

    No dialogue.
    - N/A (N/A)

    Found on YouTube here.

    In what was probably the first horror sequel (and considering that one more would follow this, probably the first trilogy) in the history of the motion picture, Uncle Josh in a Spooky Hotel also marks director Edwin S. Porter's second outing with his comically oblivious character, Uncle Josh.

    It's the exaggerated obliviousness of Uncle Josh that really carries this film, too, as paranormal happenings go on around him and he is…

  • 42

    42 2009

    Rewatched 20 Aug, 2016

    *scream*
    - Oscar (Nathaniel Brown)
    - Me (Myself)

    Found on YouTube here (as part of the full One Dream Rush short film).

    This is literally just a deleted scene from Argentine auteur Gaspar Noé's Enter the Void, and an absolutely terrible one. There is a man, covered in what can surely only be faeces, standing under a light, and then he screams.
    ~fin~

    There is no story so i'll just have to make one up. A balding man who looked…

  • Untitled

    Untitled 1997

    ★½ Rewatched 20 Aug, 2016

    *screams*
    - Marion Crane (Janet Leigh)
    - Me (Myself)

    Found on YouTube here.

    "Martin Arnold has adopted a fragment from the shower scene of Alfred Hitchcock’s legendary thriller PSYCHO, rendering and composing it anew with the possibilities of digital retouching. The result is a short yet intense piece of contemporary aesthetics. Devoted mainly to density and omission, it visualizes the cinematic narrative on all its levels as a cinematographic and aesthetic mise en scène. Simultaneously, it reveals that a resolving…

  • Dook Stole Christmas

    Dook Stole Christmas 2014

    ★★ Rewatched 20 Aug, 2016

    "Ba-ba-dook... dook..."
    - The Babadook (Tim Purcell)

    Found on YouTube here.

    First things first, this one isn't really a short film at all so much as it is an advertisement/viral video for Jennifer Kent's horror hit from 2014, The Babadook.

    That said...
    Well, actually that's pretty much all there is to say. In total, it only runs at around 35 seconds - which, even for a short film is an absurdly short run time in this day and age.

    I…

  • How It Feels to Be Run Over

    How It Feels to Be Run Over 1900

    ★★★½ Rewatched 20 Aug, 2016

    "!!!? ? ! Oh! Mother will be pleased."
    - The run over victim (title cards)

    Found on YouTube here.

    How It Feels to (Chew Five Gum: The OG Movie) Be Run Over is the second of the two early major motion picture shorts to be produced by Hepworth, the studio headed by director Cecil Milton Hepworth (golly, how British is that name, by jove), the other being the entertaining though slightly formulaic Explosion of a Motor Car.

    Of the two,…

  • Faust and Marguerite

    Faust and Marguerite 1900

    ★★ Rewatched 20 Aug, 2016

    No dialogue.
    - N/A (N/A)

    Found on YouTube here.

    Throughout his career, be it as an inventor or a film producer, Thomas Edison proved incredibly talented at blatant plagiarism or just passing off someone else's hard work as his own. Faust and Marguerite is a prime example of this, where, instead of producing his own take on the age-old fable, Edison is evidently more comfortable in practically duplicating the Lumière brothers and Georges Méliès versions instead.

    Not to criticise Edwin…

  • Explosion of a Motor Car

    Explosion of a Motor Car 1900

    ★★★ Rewatched 20 Aug, 2016

    No dialogue.
    - N/A (N/A)

    Found on YouTube here.

    An early British comedy short, Explosion of a Motor Car (or The Delights of Automobiling as it is sometimes known; a funnier title) employs the stop trick technique discovered by Georges Méliès to show exactly what the title would suggest - a motor car exploding in an exaggerated fashion.

    Though it lacks the inventiveness and technical marvel of the French counterparts it is inspired by, Explosion of a Motor Car does…

  • A Terrible Night

    A Terrible Night 1896

    ★★★ Rewatched 20 Aug, 2016

    No dialogue.
    - N/A (N/A)

    Found on YouTube here.

    A Terrible Night marks one of Georges Méliès' very earliest works, and unfortunately it does show a little here. That's not to say it is a bad film in any way; rather, like practically anything the magician cum movie-maker made, it is a good film for its time.

    This outing was made before Méliès had started experimenting with the visual trickery that would define much of his later productions, which does…

  • The Haunted Castle

    The Haunted Castle 1897

    ★★★½ Rewatched 20 Aug, 2016

    No dialogue.
    - N/A (N/A)

    Found on YouTube here.

    The Haunted Castle has unfortunately got a bit of a muddled history. This version is titled in its native French, ‘Le château hanté’, and prior to this Georges Méliès made ‘Le manoir du diable’, which in a turn of ridiculous naming was also given the title The Haunted Castle in English.

    To make matters worse, George Albert Smith actually REMADE Méliès' '86 The Haunted Castle less than a year after, and…