The oldest vampire film listed is “Le Manoir du Diable” by Georges Melies dated at 1896 – 1 year before the publication of “Dracula”.
Probably the best description I ever found of it is on the missing Link Website:
"In a medieval hall a bat circles and transforms into Mephistopheles, (Melies), who waves his hand and a large cauldron appears. At another wave of his hand a beautiful woman emerges from a puff of smoke and an old man appears from the floor carrying a book. Everything disappears at a sign from the evil one then a cavalier arrives holding a cross causes the Devil to throw up his arms and disappear in a cloud of smoke.
"A rapid action film that lasts less than three minutes. This was Melies last film of the year, his first big production and the first film with a vampiric theme."
As you will tell, by the description this could easily drop into the “Vamp or Not?” section of the blog. However, I’ve never been able to find a copy of the film digitized, in order to be able to view it. There is a 9 second clip in realplayer format here for those interested.
A little plee is that if anyone knows if the full version of the film is still in existence, or more importantly where it can be viewed, then please leave a comment with details.
Monday, April 03, 2006
Posted by Taliesin_ttlg at 2:38 PM