the 400 tricks of the devil


Georges Méliès’ The Merry Frolics of Satan (1906) (aka The 400 Tricks of the Devil)

With Martin Scorsese’s new film Hugo set to make Georges Méliès the favorite filmmaker of 8-year-olds everywhere, let’s revisit the jolliest film ever made about evil incarnate, by the 1900s equivalent of James Cameron. The IMDB plot synopsis is, “Two travellers are tormented by Satan from inn to inn and eventually experience a buggy ride through the heavens courtesy of the Devil before he takes one of them down to hell and roasts him on a spit.” Just goes to show you that you that, as it turns out, Satan can sometimes be a fairly untrustworthy fellow.

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Excerpt from 400 Tricks of the Devil (1906) - Georges Méliès. A pretty awesome excerpt, obviously.  Here’s the plot summary of the whole thing, which sounds pretty extravagant as well as rather confusing:  One thing is clear, though.  Satan is a total dick, and you should probably not let him drive your coach if at all possible.