Title: Monstre, Le

Also known as:
The Monster (USA)

Year: 1903

Genre: Short / Fantasy

Language: None

Runtime: 2 min

Director: Georges Méliès

Writer: N/A

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0223755/

An Egyptian prince has found a man who can help him bring back his dead wife, but this man isn't doing exactly what he wanted him to.

Our thoughts:
Georges Méliès continues to surprise me with his strange visuals and odd ways to make even a short film with just one scene interesting. He's proving one more time that he was the greatest magician of the screen in the early days of film. There is something with the films he's done (the ones I've seen, that is), that makes them stand out enough so that you could point it out in a crowd if needed.

"The Monster" (or "Le Monstre", which I like to call it. It just sounds awesomer), is only a 2 minute long scene where a man brings a skeleton back to life, but it's two very entertaining minutes. After the skeleton is brought back to life, it eagerly tries to stand up, but the man makes him stay down. He then takes out some Egyptian clothes for the skeleton to wear, and as fast as they're on, it starts to dance and run around all jolly. This is where the thing gets a little creepy, but not in a scary way, just a very.. Georges Méliès-kind of way. The skeleton grows really tall, then goes back down only to get a really long neck instead. He eventually turn the skeleton to the wife of the prince, like he was supposed to, but only so he could piss the prince off further by turning it back to a skeleton before the prince can get his final kiss.

It's just fun to see how Méliès messed around with the audience, and I wish I could've been there to watch it (twice. One time with the knowledge I have now, 2008, to see the reactions, and one where I'd be just be like the other people there). I can't find a reason to why you shouldn't watch this film.

Positive things:
- Georges Méliès' movie magic is a real treat.
- Amusing.
Negative things:
- Filmed from a distance.

Gore: 0/5
Nudity: 0/5
Story: 0.5/5
Effects: 2/5
Comedy: 3.5/5

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