Silent Screams – The Road to Elm Street | A Nightmare (1896)

Georges Melies — our defending champion — wins spot #2 in the series as well, this time for Le Cauchemar (aka A Nightmare).

It’s not exactly Wes Craven material as the presentation is more humorous than horrific (though Freddy can be a pretty funny dude at times). However, scary movies are so deeply rooted within nightmares that this work by the cinemagician cannot be ignored. It also happens to be highly entertaining and contains excellent stop-motion substitution tricks especially innovative for the time.


1st Animated Opening Title

Diving Lucy (1904) – Director, Unkown

Diving Lucy contains the 1st known instance of an Animated Opening Title Sequence (in this case, via Stop-Motion Animation). Though the Director is unknown, Diving Lucy was produced by James Kenyon and Sagar Mitchell.

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