Le Château hanté (1896) Georges Méliès
This is considered the very first horror film. Ever. Let that sink in before you give it a look. By today’s standards, this film is creaky, awkwardly paced, and the effects are quaint at best. However, in a time when film making was just going beyond the realm of hobbyists, magician, toy maker, and film pioneer Georges Méliès managed to create something charming with simple sets, costumes, and camera tricks. We could use that same kind of imagination today. That said, Le Château hanté isn’t particularly scary but does fit into the concept of dark fantasy, featuring a magician who calls on imps and specters to frighten two unsuspecting visitors in his castle.