With the holiday season in full swing and Christmas just around the corner, this week’s addition to Historic Occult is the 1904 short film The Mistletoe Bough.
This short film is based on a holiday ghost story (which you can read about here and here), which has also inspired songs (a write-up here, and a performance of the song itself here) and other visual representations such as illustrations and paintings. Like other seasonal favourites – the first coming to my mind being A Christmas Carol – The Mistletoe Bough explores themes of loss and regret with a healthy dose of the macabre.
Dublin Core Metadata
Title: The Mistletoe Bough
Creator: Stow, Percy
Subject: “Christmas in art” “Weddings in motion pictures” “Ghosts”
Description: A macabre short film about a game of hide-and-go-seek gone wrong
Publisher: Clarendon Film Company
Rights: Public Domain