Short Film Review: The Garden (1910)

May 16, 2020

Written by DanXIII

Daniel XIII; the result of an arcane ritual involving a King Diamond album, a box of Count Chocula, and a copy of Swank magazine, is a screenwriter, director, producer, actor, artist, and reviewer of fright flicks…Who hates ya baby?

As many of you fine fiends know; your’s cruelly digs on the silent films… the wonders the movie maestros of the past could conjure up were true works of art, and one of the best was French illusionist/filmmaker Georges Méliès… speaking of ol’ Big G; the filmmaker behind The Garden (1910), is obviously a passionate fan, as every decadent frame of the film looks to create the aesthetic and artistry of Méliès oeuvre… and that surely tickles my putrid pickle cats n’ creeps!

As usual we segue seamlessly from a penis joke to the Bible. While that particular tome is really not my bag in any way, shape, or form, I can easily dig on this short which is a telling of Genesis via the medium of silent film… film using the same practical traditions (or representations thereof) that graced the silver screen circa the early 1900’s.

As you may guess, things are kept on the black and white-ish tip for sure, but there are “hand-painted” frames such as those you’d encounter in some films a bazillion years ago, which offers some vivid contrasts.

Speaking of contrasts, the film also slaps in some surreal modern shots too that intrigue as well as plenty of that pre-code nudity that film goers doubtlessly wet their seats too in the golden oldie days (a Dan XIII review always guarantees the classiest of classy standards… we here at Horror Fuel have named it Crimson Prolapse).

Anyway, The Garden (1910) is artful, spectacular, and a real gem of a short tribute to the astoundingly inventive fantasy flicks from yesteryear, and while the subject matter ain’t my thing it did nothing to detract from the enjoyment this lil’ piece provides… and you can find out for yourselves when you click that handy link below!



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