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GROTESQUERIES: Ghosts, Goblins & Other Magical Moving Picture Illusions (2008)


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Product Details

  • Actors: Ferdinand Zecca, Fritz Feld, Billy Bletcher, Bretteau
  • Directors: Alexander Alexeieff & Claire Parker, James Watson, Melville, Chris Buchman, Rex Schneider
  • Format: Black & White, Color, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Blue Mouse Studio
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001A0C7VY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,923 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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"Grotesqueries" is a devilish concoction of ghosts, goblins and other magical moving picture illusions from the Dawn of Cinema through the 1930s. Among the 13 macabre short reel amusements and 10 wicked bonus features is "Le Spectre Rouge" a 1907 hand-coloured fantasy by Zecca; a beautifully restored pin-screen classic of the macabre, "Night On Bare Mountain"; Poe's "Fall of the House of Usher"; highlights from a live 1979 presentation of "The Phantom Of The Opera" performed by the Kinephonic Ensemble; "The Ghosts' High Noon" a newly animated visualization of the song from Gilbert & Sullivan's comique-opera, "Ruddigore"; Crypt Tickles, epitaphs of dearly departed; Hallowe'en Antiquities; Banshee Bijou and more. "Grotesqueries" contains an affectionate homage to the neighourhood movie-going experience co-producer, Chris Buchman, enjoyed during the 1940s, particularly in the Act Two Prologue of Banshee Bijou. "Grotesqueries" is a Reel Curiosities-Blue Mouse Studio Archival Film Anthology created and realized by award-winning film makers and animators, Rex Schneider, Steve Stanchfield and Chis Buchman.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Steve Stanchfield on May 21, 2008
The Programme:

Le Spectre Rouge (The Red Spectre) 1907 hand-coloured fantasy by Zecca.

Felix The Cat 'Spook' 1928 Double Feature: Woo's Whoopee; Sure-Locked
Homes.

Fall Of The House Of Usher 1928 Webber-Watson.

The Wizard's Apprentice 1930 Fritz Feld; William Cameron Menzies.

Tom & Jerry's Macabre Musical Madness: Wot A Night; Magic Mummy.

A Night On Bald Mountain 1933 Alexander Alexeieff and Claire Parker

The Ghosts' High Noon 2006 from Gilbert & Sullivan's comic-opera
"Ruddigore" sung by Darrell Fancourt with The D'Oyly-Carte Opera
Company. A sing-a-long version adds to the merriment.

Banshee Bijou: Midnight Spook Show Novelties: Delicious Prologue of
adverts; Prevue of "Maniac"; Billy Bletcher in "The Fresh Lobster";
"Pathé Audio Review"; and Highlights from a live 1979 performance of
"The Phantom Of The Opera" with Lon Chaney.

Wicked Extras: Trick Or Treat (Hallowe'en Antiquities); Crypt Tickles
(Epitaphs of the dearly-departed; Mysterious Mose (a Van Beuren
Divertissement); Art Ghoullery (Little Treasures Exhumed for your pleasure);
Haunted Melodies; a Grotesqueries' Who's Who . . .

#1:

As co-producer of GROTESQUERIES I am delighted to be able to share the following comments on the DVD from Walter von Bosau of the Film Department at Boston University:

I just wanted to drop you a note, telling you how delighted and thrilledI am with the DVD of
GROTESQUERIES. I had originally heard about it through the Creepy Classics website, and ordered it.
I'v e just finished it, and it is a treat from beginning to end. It' s the best DVD I have purchased this year.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By James Simpson on November 9, 2008
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Absolutely wonderful compilation DVD of vintage Halloween short subjects,ranging from classic cartoons to silent movies.
Several of the films are rare and hard to find,and will be of special interest to film buffs.
The following films are on this DVD:
Le Spectre Rouge(1907)-French trick film about a magician who makes little people appear in jars...kind of like Dr.Pratorious in Bride of Frankenstein.
Felix the Cat double feature-Classic black and white cartoons of film's most famous cartoon cat.
A Night on Bald Mountain(1933)-Twisted animation of the classic piece.
The Wizard's apprentice-Live action short,predating the similar segment in Fantasia,by ten years.
Fall of the House of Usher(1928)-Creepy film about the classic Poe story.
Phantom of the Opera(1925)-Abridged version with a live musical score and audience reaction.
The Ghost's High Noon-Newly animated feature that ties up the set quite nicely.
There are many other feature on this DVD,and i'd reccomend it to anyone that loves Halloween as much as I do.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James Middleton on October 19, 2010
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Plunk it into the DVD player and let 'er run. A great background for any creepy festival. Each menu page offers a new collection of fun, and the shows that accompany 20's-era jazz pieces are a "hooOOOoooOOOoot."
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