Sunday, June 8, 2014

The Infernal Boiling Pot (1903) - The first horror film in color.

Not only is The Infernal Boiling Pot (Le Chaudron Infernal) (1903) one of the first horror films produced but it is very likely to be the first horror film in color.  The coloring process involved hand-painting each frame of the negative, an incredibly tedious task.  This French silent film was directed by the early film pioneer and stage magician, Georges Méliès. As in most of Méliès' films The Infernal Boiling Pot(1903) is full of stop motion special effects. Méliès also produced such silent classics as, The Vanishing Lady (1896), The Haunted Castle (1896) ,  Robbing Cleopatra's Tomb (1899)  and A Trip to the Moon (1902). 

For more on earlier horror films see Trick Films and Fairy Tales.

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