Le Cauchemar

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Le Cauchemar
Genre: Fantasy
Photography: Black-and-White
Running Time: 1 minute
Country: France
Release Date: 1896
Directed by: Georges Méliès
Written by: George Méliès
Distributed by: Star Film
Starring: Georges Méliès

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Le Cauchemar (eng.: A Nightmare) is a French silent short movie directed and written by and starring French movie pioneer Georges Méliès. It was released in 1896 by Méliès' company, Star Film.


A man's (Georges Méliès) sleep is disturbed by an attractive woman, a ministrel show impersonator and two other even more surreal entities.

Why It Rocks

  1. It is one of the first movies made by Méliès in which he experiments with his apparition-disappearing tricks.
  2. As with most movies made by Méliès, it can be both creepy and funny at the same time.
  3. The special effects still hold up to this day.
  4. One moment of the movie in particular is still regarded as very creepy by critics and common people alike, even on the internet i. e. YouTube.


The movie has a 6.6/10 rating on Internet Movie Database out of 668 votes. Unnamedgoon, bureaucrat and admin on Crappy Games Wikia and several other wikias of our network, has stated that modern movie directors should take example from this movie for what concerns scary scenes.


Being in the public domain, everyone can see this movie for free. Here is a version uploaded on YouTube.