LE REMORDS (1906)
aka Remorse, Conscience, Comedy about a Rich Man and His Servant
Article 5338 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by Ferdinand Zecca
What it is: Early horror short
A servant kills his master for his money, but finds that vengeance can come from beyond the grave.
Here’s another movie rescued from my “ones that got away” list by its appearance on YouTube; those interesting in viewing it should search by “comedy about a rich man and his servant”, which is how it is labeled, thought that’s hardly an official title for this short. In fact, I would hardly call it a comedy; at least, to these eyes, it’s played more for scares than for yuks. It’s also incredibly efficient; it tells its whole story in less than two minutes, and there’s quite a bit going on, especially towards the end. I enjoyed this one a lot, and I’m glad it finally came to light.