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Ghost of Slumber Mountain, The

Ghost of Slumber Mountain, The (1918) Movie Poster
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USA  •    •  16m  •    •  Directed by: Willis H. O'Brien.  •  Starring: Alan V. Day, Chauncey A. Day, Herbert M. Dawley, Willis H. O'Brien..
    A mountain climber has a dream in which he meets the ghost of an old hermit hose magic telescope lets him look back into prehistoric times including such dinosaurs as a brontosaurus and a diatryma as well as a death struggle between a triceratops and a T-rex.


Image from: Ghost of Slumber Mountain, The (1918)
Image from: Ghost of Slumber Mountain, The (1918)
This early film, in my humble opinion, is one of the greatest surviving gems of early film. The stop-action dinosaurs are as good, considering the technology available, as the great Harryhausen figures in the 60's and 70's.

I was a bit concerned when the film started that it would be really corny, and when the boys uncle tries to get his best friend to pose for a risqué portrait, I began wondering exactly what kind of film this would be. But my fears were unfounded, and I thoroughly enjoyed myself. The canoing scenes are reminiscent of a lot of early travel films, and the telling of scary stories around the campfire brings back fond memories of my own grandfather.

As a grandfather now myself, who loves to relate scary stories to my young grandchildren, I absolutely love the ending scenes, and the reaction that the boys have to hearing this story from their 'Unca' ... well worth the watch - still as enjoyable as it was almost a hundred years ago.

Review by Dusty Grein ( from Oregon, USA from the Internet Movie Database.