The Devil, as depicted in The Haunted Castle (1896 film)
Georges Méliès’ “Le Manoir du diable” (AKA “The House of the Devil” or “The Haunted Castle”), is one of the earliest short horror-themed films. It was released in 1896. Yes, you read that right. This sucker is old!
It’s also one of the earliest depictions of the Devil on film. In fact, because he transforms into a bat at one point, some say it’s also the first vampire movie (though that’s debatable). In any case, this Devil/vampire is both evil and playful, using some magic trinks to prank the movie’s main protagonist. He makes chairs disappear, conjures ghosts, summons an attractive woman and turns her into an old freak, etc.
While this is not the Devil at his most evil, he definitely makes a scene.
Watch it here!