The Treasures of Satan (1902)

aka Les Tresors de Satan
Article 2537 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing Date: 3-16-2008
Posting Date: 7-23-2008
Directed by Georges Melies
Featuring Georges Melies
Country: France

Satan locks up his treasures in a big chest. A thief comes in and tries to steal them, only to discover that the chest has some elaborate safeguards.

If the lesson of IN THE BOGIE MAN’S CAVE was “Be careful what you eat.”, the lesson of this one is “Be careful who you rob.” At least, that’s what I got out of it; the plot description on IMDB from the Star Film Catalog gives a distinctly different take on the proceedings than I got from watching it. Obviously, one of us is wrong, but whoever has it right, you’ve got to beware those chests that spit out spear-carrying beautiful women, and you don’t want to steal any money-bags that hop up and down of their own accord. Best of all, don’t rob anyone who has a solid grounding in the black arts.


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