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Kingdom of Shadows (1998)

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Explores the sources of our fears and reveals the birth of the frightful conventions from which the modern-day horror movie has evolved, including the menacing shadows of the German Expressionists.

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Explores the sources of our fears and reveals the birth of the frightful conventions from which the modern-day horror movie has evolved, including the menacing shadows of the German Expressionists.

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The Rise of the Horror Film


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Shadows Lurk
26 February 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Kingdom of Shadows (1998)

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Extremely disappointing documentary that discusses the horror films of the silent era. Instead of trying to teach you anything director Bret Wood instead just has old movie clips playing with Rod Steiger narrating what's going on in them. To make matters worse, Steiger is giving some sort of Lugosi impersonation, which comes off really bad and makes it hard to understand what he's even saying. The documentary brings up how religion had an influence on horror entertaining cinema but they never dig into the subject. You get clips from the known films like Nosferatu but also some rarer Melies films and Griffith's The Avenging Conscience.


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