THE RED SPECTRE (1907) – 9-10 minute Pathe production which features beautifully rendered red tinting. The central figure is a demon in the depths of Hell clad in a red cape plus skull makeup and skeletal central costume.
The Red Spectre toys with the captive souls of various women until an angel shows up to end his evil deeds and do battle with him. The angel is played by a woman with very short hair so it may have been meant to be a little boy angel.
The angel frees the women’s souls, subdues the Red Spectre and places her foot on his back in triumph before donning his red cape herself.
This film is notorious both for its surreal, almost Dali-esque images and for its association with one of the possible suspects in the Zodiac murders in the 1960s and 1970s. Ignore comparisons with Melies. This short is much more inventive than the work of that repetitious quasi- hack ever was.
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