The three-minute 1896 film “Le Manoir du diable” (known as “The Manor of the Devil” or “The Haunted Castle” in English) by French filmmaker Georges Méliès is considered the first “horror film” ever made, even though the label wasn’t used until the 1930s. His short, like many movies that followed, as well as Halloween haunted houses, borrowed tropes from the Gothic horror genre of writing that started in the late 1700s. Books by Mary Shelley,...Continue Reading