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Georges Méliès’ silent film, The Treasures of Satan (AKA The Devil’s Money Bags) reminds us that the Devil, demons, and Hell were among the most captivating images early in film history. In this case, Satan has a chest full of treasure, seemingly used to lure a man (played by Méliès) to be demonically pranked by its powers. Like so many of Méliès’ films, The Treasures of Satan carries a dreamlike quality, and, even though modern audiences might find these silent shorts tame or boring, they don’t actually put me to sleep. If nothing else, I am interested in seeing some of the earliest recorded films in history, and love that they often had what could be construed as horror themes.

There is an added bit of cuteness here, too. Because information is scarce about the cast, it’s fun to imagine that the real Satan plays himself, perhaps as a vicious God is viewing the entire spectacle from a hideout above the clouds, laughing and taunting the man below. It’s subtly implied that the man may actually be in Hell, suggesting that Death awaits its turn to take us, but not all of us end up in the best place. By the short film’s end, the character is gone, suggesting either that Life is taken from him, or maybe Satan is just bored with him for now. Granted, Georges Méliès likely played the Devil himself in classic DIY fashion, but still…

What “The Treasures of Satan” doesn’t have

Regarding the ordinary man in The Treasures of Satan, we at no point see him truly physically tortured, in the sense of physical gore or blood (at no point are his legs chopped off, and neither do we see his body lying on the floor, bloodied and convulsing, Texas-chainsaw style). However, there is that age-old message: Satan descends from the quest for wealth, and there may come a time when penance is in the air itself. Granted, this short film doesn’t initially carry a lot of weight, message-wise, but the themes are there waiting to get picked apart and explored. So definitely check this one out!

Other themes we could explore regarding money and evil

Personally, I can imagine a modern horror anthology series full of themes about money and evil, similar to what we find here. Granted, it might be that I am even misinterpreting the meaning of The Treasures of Satan, but it gave me ideas nonetheless. Maybe have some Christmas Carol “Tiny Tim” characters gang up on a Scroogian jerk and smash his face to pieces, believing him to be a literal piñata of wealth. Why not throw his cold, withered, skinflint heart into a hot furnace? There’s lots of room in Hell for a Scroogian figure, who screams and screams until Satan silences him with his tail.


Imagine that Satan heads towards Hell, grabbing a greedy billionaire by the hair and dragging him along? Or how about a war profiteer who has his day in the flames? The human falls off a precipice into Hell, moaning, while Satan sits on his back riding all the way down, bucking bronco style? So many scene options!

The horror twins vs. evil dog angle?

One last idea inspired by apparent themes from The Treasures of Satan, this time highlighting devilish greed itself: Imagine an abandoned house near a graveyard, with two homeless twin children taking refuge there momentarily. It is night, and they light a fire. Without warning, a giant hellhound appears, tearing at the children’s clothing, attacking them to take what little dignity they have left on this earth. The dog pursues them as a reincarnation of some Scroogian jerk, cursed to prey upon the innocent to perpetuate the evils of worldly greed and usurpation, like a corrupt, wealth-hoarding Cujo! Whiny audiences might complain about kids being placed in peril, but isn’t that what unmitigated greed does in real-life anyway? I think it’s a perfect analogous image.

What are your thoughts on The Treasures of Satan and these story ideas? Get greedy in the comments!

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  1. MarkD

    February 1, 2022 at 4:21 pm

    George Melies has always been a fun guy to watch. I admit to not seeing this particular film, but I’ve seen the Imp, the Haunted Castle and To the Moon.

    Maybe it’s just because the effects and mannerism of the silent era, but I always found his stuff comical. Some of it is obviously so, but with the few that just proceed seriously, I’ve always wondered.

    There’s no denying Melies impact on cinema as a whole, which gets me wondering if anything he ever did got a Hollywood remake. Obviously they’d have to pad some stuff out and probably be more dialogue heavy. I wonder if they did and if one could recognize it?

    • Wade Wainio

      February 2, 2022 at 9:49 pm

      I only saw it because I’ve been digging into some of these old movies. Obviously, there is not that much to this little tale, but sometimes the simpler ideas are the best. He really liked some dreamlike sequences.

  2. Jennifer Weigel

    February 2, 2022 at 9:36 am

    I always enjoy these old silent films and Georges Méliès was an artistic genius of his day, creating some of the most incredible surrealistic and dreamlike scenes. I have seen The Trip to the Moon inspire a wonderful circus entourage and more. Thank you for bringing this into the horror genre here on Haunted MTL. Another favorite of mine comes a little later in 1943 with Maya Deren’s Meshes of the Afternoon.

    • Wade Wainio

      February 2, 2022 at 9:46 pm

      I enjoy looking back at the history of movies. That’s not to say these are always my favorites, but even then, you have to consider that these are a part of where some of our favorites come from. I think Georges Méliès had plenty of humor in his stuff, too. I can imagine some people finding this stuff funny even today.

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Crashin’ in Roswell NM: Road Trippin’ with Jennifer Weigel



So on my recent road trip to Miami AZ USA for my menstruation art installation, we decided to detour to Roswell NM en route home. To be honest, this was one of the best decisions of my life, up there with road trippin’ from Arizona to San Francisco along CA-Highway 1, and I will go into the details of why here soon.

Some of the signs: Roswell NM including city limits, UFO Museum and stickered parking sign, and Restricted Area from inside the museum
Some of the signs: Roswell NM

Roswell NM USA has totally embraced its alien history of the UFO crash in the late 1940s and subsequent government cover up. The whole town is alien-happy with beautiful hand carved wood totems, murals and statues everywhere celebrating otherworldly denizens of all types, though predominantly the gray aliens of the crash (and their green counterparts). Even the city logo features a flying saucer as the center of the letter “R”. It really is kind of incredible.

Alien crash site photo opportunity at UFO Museum
Alien crash site photo opportunity

One of the biggest draws is the International UFO Museum and Research Center, housed in the wonderful old theater building. This museum details the crash history as well as celebrating aliens in movies and media and examining newer alien sightings and abductions. It is very thorough and includes maquettes, statues, written accounts and an extensive research library, as well as an interesting art collection of various items.

Alien landing at UFO Museum
Alien landing

And there are TONS of fun alien themed curiosity shops. I will give a shout out to the newer Invasion Station north on Main Street where there had once been an old car dealership. I love the quirky nature of this particular store as well as their strong desire to promote local artists. Most of their wares are hand-painted in NM and feature designs by prominent local artists including one of the lead muralists in town (I bought a magnet of his). They also feature really alternative kitsch like KISS and Ace Frehley alien bobbleheads, marijuana and anal references, and such. All in all, our own Haunted MTL’s kinda folks…

Portrait of the writer at the Roswell Visitor Center (Yes even they have aliens!)
Portrait at Roswell Visitor Center

And the city is a huge tourist draw internationally, so you can meet some amazing and interesting folks from all walks of life who have caught the alien bug or at least want to check out all the hype. As a result of the tourism, the residents seem really laid back and accommodating (kind of like Hawaii but not quite as much) and there is a thriving art scene. And it’s totally my kind of art – weird and a little creepy. Anyway, I feel like I’ve finally found my peeps and am eager to return someday.

Portrait of myself with dark makeup and crow skull headdress, backlit by the sun.
Portrait of myself with dark makeup and crow skull headdress, backlit by the sun.

If you’re feeling a bit extraterrestrial, I invite you to also check out some of my alien-themed stories here on Haunted MTL: LTD UFOs among us; my Drive-By short story; and LTD Abducted.

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American Horror Story Season 12, Delicate



Killer Queens, I wasn’t expecting to be back so soon with American Horror Story info. But yesterday we were blessed with a teaser for the intro of Season 12, which we believe will be titled Delicate. 

A still from American Horror Story Delicate first promo.

We are looking at a Summer release for season twelve, but won’t know for sure until June, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Here’s what we know right now. 

First, yes Kim Kardashian is starring alongside Emma Roberts in a role that was written specifically for her. 

That’s the bad news. The good news is that AHS favorites will also be involved. According to IMBD, Charlie Carver, Rebecca Dayan, Cody Fern, Leslie Grossman, Billie Lourd, and Denis O’Hare will be included this season.

AHS Delicate is different from other seasons in many other ways. It’s the first season to ever be written by just one writer, Halley Feiffer. This isn’t a writer most of us as horror fans will be familiar with. She’s written episodes of shows like Kidding, SMILF, and American Crime Story. The last one can at least be seen as a sister show to AHS. 


As far as I have found, Feiffer has never written horror content. She is now the sole writer for an entire season of the most popular horror show in America. I’m not saying this is a bad thing. It’s just not what I would have expected. Most AHS writers are staff writers, actors from the show, or at least people I’ve heard of. So as we don’t have any former work to look at, we can only wait to see how she does. 

We also know what the source material is for this season. It’s a book called Delicate Condition, by Danielle Valentine. This book will be released in August of this year. Which also seemed strange to me. Normally a book would be, you know, published before it inspires additional work.

Even so, Delicate Condition seems like a fascinating story. According to Goodreads, it’s the story of a woman named Anna. Anna is trying to get pregnant but starts to believe that something dark is working against her. Her doctors don’t believe her. Her husband doesn’t believe her. Is she losing her mind?

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t deeply interested in this book. And I have to assume that Feiffer and Murphy already have hands on it, to jump to this sort of decision.

By the way, Valentine at least is not an untested writer. Her first novel, How To Survive Your Murder, also made it right on my TBR pile. With a rating of 3.7 out of 4 on Goodreads, I think we can assume Valentine knows what she’s doing with the written word.


This is all that we know about American Horror Story Delicate so far. What follows are my thoughts and opinions only.

My first thought is that this season is going to be dealing heavily with women’s reproductive rights. This is a topic a lot of us are concerned about right now, as it feels like every day women lose more and more rights to our bodies.

(By the way, if you want to help fight the good fight for body autonomy and get some spooky stories, we have an anthology for that. I have a story in it, as does the horrifyingly talented Jennifer Weigel. All proceeds go to support organizations that help women make their own health decisions.) 

American Horror Story has handled important political issues before. Last season, AHS NYC discussed the AIDs epidemic that went largely ignored in the 80s and killed hundreds of young gay men. They did this in the best way possible, in what this critic believes to be the only way fiction should handle heavy topics. They rooted the issue in a good story. A story that was pure fiction, but also true.

However, this season has a lot of red flags. Never before have I seen the guest star be the main focus so early. Never have I seen any franchise bank so much faith in an all but untested writer, basing work on a book that isn’t even published. And frankly, I’ve never been much of a fan of Kim K, or anyone else who’s famous seemingly just for being famous.


I’m not rooting for this season to fail just because I don’t like the guest star. If Kardashian is good at this, I’ll be thrilled. I’ll be the first one singing her praises. But when everything we know so far is added up, I’m a lot more concerned about AHS Delicate than I am excited. 

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The Last Drive-In Season 5 Premiering April 21st Exclusively on Shudder!



They say good things come to those who wait, and boy have we been patient. It has been close to a year since our eyes have indulged a full season of The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs’, in fact, the season 4 finale premiered on Shudder July 1st, 2022. Since then, we have been able to satisfy our appetites with festive holiday specials sprinkled throughout the past year. Specials such as ‘Joe Bob’s Halloween Hangout’ guest starring horror’s favorite Mistress of the Dark, Elvira (played by the legendary Cassandra Peterson) and ‘Joe Bob’s Ghoultide Get-Together’. Last month was a treat in itself, as we were able to witness Joe Bob Briggs and co-host Darcy the Mail Girl (Diana Prince) marry one lucky couple for the first time on the show with Joe Bob’s Vicious Vegas Valentine‘ special.

picture of Joe Bob Briggs and Darcy the Mail Girl sitting in lawn chairs on the set of The Last Drive-In. Behind them we see a white camping trailer with red string lights along the top and a bright red and blue neon sign that reads "The Last Drive-In' in the background. Joe Bob is seen wearing an orange collard button down long sleeve shirt and black jeans with snake skin cowboy boots. His hands rest on his thighs as he invites you in with a warm smile. Darcy is seen sitting to Joe Bob's left wearing a mail girl costume with fishnet stockings, her legs neatly crossed over one another. Surrounding the two hosts is an ice box with empty beer bottles and cans resting on the top and an old tube screen television in the front of them.
host Joe Bob Briggs and co-host Darcy the Mail Girl on the set of ‘The Last Drive-In‘.

While the current changes in staff at Shudder have left fans questioning whether we will receive a new season of the popular series, I can happily say mutant family, we need not worry. In fact, to our wonderous surprise, Joe Bob Briggs has officially announced via Twitter, season 5 of ‘The Last Drive-In will be premiering April 21st, exclusively on Shudder! One thing that is noteworthy, is unlike previous seasons, it has been reported by 1428Elm that season 5 will be broken up into two parts of five double-feature blood-curdling episodes. Though we have not been provided the official release schedule for the second block of season 5, here is a sneak peek of what we can expect for the first half of the season:

April 21: Season 5 Launch Party!
April 28: Walpurgisnacht Part 2!
May 5: Cinco de Fucking Mayo!
May 12: Mama’s Day!
May 19: Dysfunctional Family Jubilee!

Unfortunately, we do not have an official list of the brand-new double feature films for the first half of season 5 but, with amusing episode titles such as these, one can only imagine what grindhouse-classics will be joining ‘The Last Drive-In’s’ already eclectic list of sloshy goodness. For those impatient mutants eagerly waiting for more hilarious Joe Bob rant-filled commentaries, or those newcomers who’ve yet to experience the magic that is ‘The Last Drive-In‘, all previous four seasons, including past holiday specials are currently available to stream now on Shudder.

If you are just as big of fans of ‘The Last Drive-In‘ as we here at HauntedMTL are, please be sure to follow us on Twitter @HauntedMTL and join us April 21st as we tweet along with Joe Bob and Darcy the Mail Girl for the season premier. As is tradition, we will be hosting live watch parties every Friday with each new episode, including fresh holiday specials. The road to season 5 is upon us…let the countdown begin!


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