The Haunted Curiosity Shop (1901)

UK,
140 feet, 43 metres
35mm film, black and white
silent

A British fantasy film directed by Walter R. Booth. Possibly the first on-screen appearance of a mummy.

Plot Summary

A curio dealer is startled by a skull which appears from nowhere then turns into a young woman – but only from the the waist up. Her other half walks into the room, the two halves joining together before transforming into an old woman when the man tries to kiss her. He's then menaced by a mummy and a giant head appears to advance upon the audience.

Credits

Crew
Director: Walter R. Booth
Paul's Animatograph Works
Producer: R.W. Paul

References

Books

  • Horror in Silent Films: A Filmography, 1896-1929 by Roy Kinnard pp.13-14
  • Horror in the Cinema by Ivan Butler p.22 – note
  • by Walt Lee p.186 – credits