The first trend in horror cinema emerged in the late 19th century. The Faustian tale was a long celebrated staple of literature and theater, so it is of little surprise that it translated so quickly to the medium of film. Doc Manson researches the historical origins of the German legend of Faustus, reviews scholarly interpretations of records from the 16th century, and investigates some of the earliest lost Faustian films, including The Laboratory of Mephistopheles by the French illusionist and filmmaker Georges Méliès. Also mentioned are directors Alice Guy, George Albert Smith, and George Hatot.

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Intro Music: Dark Intro by Sascha Ende