Imagine that you were told that there is a film whose true origin is unknown, and that every time it is screened, it makes the audience to loose control and turn to violence, leaving people seriously injured, or even dead when the short film has ended. If that wasn’t strange enough, it is also said that every time the film has been shown, it disappears from the projection room without a trace, only to reappear decades later and cause chaos again among those who see it .
Thanks to Fantasia Fest, we had the chance to see “La Rage du Démon” (“Fury Of The Demon”)
an interesting french documentary about a silent short film from the early years of cinema, (the titular «La Rage du Démon») and its controversial history. The documentary tries to explain the possible origins of this short film believed lost forever and even considered a myth by some people, that was actually found and exhibited in Paris in 2012 by Aaron Edgar Wallace, a serious collector of films, and also tries to explain the violent events that happened in the screening, narrated by some of the people who had the opportunity to attend.
Like with every weird story found these day on the Internet or the urban legends of the past, the story around “La Rage du Démon” must be taken with a grain of salt, and we should think twice about all the material presented in the documentary. That been said, the discussion about the origins of the short silent film (It is debated as to whether is was created by cinema pioneer George Mélies or a extravagant gentleman called Victor Sicarius), and the supposedly reactions from the people that saw it, are very interesting, and makes this very short documentary a “must watch” recommendation not only for the people that love cinema and its history, but also for the fans of the horror genre and the urban legends that dwell into the occult alike.
“La Rage du Démon” (Fury Of The Demon” was directed by Fabien Delage and is doing its runs on festivals. Be sure to watch it if you get the chance.
Fantasia Film Festival is on its 20th edition, and has always been know for showing some of the best films in the Fantasy, Horror and Sci-Fi genres, currently running thru August 3rd. You can visit their official website to see more of the great material they are showing this year, and follow them in social media.