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Shadows in the Dark: The Val Lewton Legacy (2005)

Documentary about the great 1940s horror movie producer Val Lewton, featured on the 2005 DVD release "The Val Lewton Horror Collection."

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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Cromwell ... Narrator (voice)
William Friedkin ... Himself
Steve Jones Steve Jones ... Himself - film historian
Steve Haberman ... Himself
Joe Dante ... Himself
Guillermo del Toro ... Himself
Kim Newman ... Himself
Val E. Lewton Val E. Lewton ... Himself - Son of Val Lewton
Drew Casper Drew Casper ... Himself
Rick Jewell Rick Jewell ... Himself - Author of 'The RKO Story'
Harlan Ellison ... Himself
Ramsey Campbell Ramsey Campbell ... Himself
George A. Romero ... Himself
John Landis ... Himself
Mick Garris ... Himself
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Documentary about the great 1940s horror movie producer Val Lewton, featured on the 2005 DVD release "The Val Lewton Horror Collection."

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 October 2005 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Long overdue and excellent documentary
29 December 2008 | by preppy-3See all my reviews

Legendary producer Val Lewton who made some of the scariest horror films of all time finally gets a documentary about his life and the movies. It quickly (but fully) covers his early life and explains how he got to work for RKO Pictures and produce "The Cat People", "I Walked With a Zombie", "Bedlam", "The Body Snatcher", "The Leopard Man", "Isle of the Dead", the long unseen "Ghost Ship" and "The Seventh Victim". "Curse of the Cat People" is pretty much ignored but that's understandable--it's not really a horror film despite the title. They talk to coworkers, relatives, friends, other horror directors and film historians who get into how he made the films and why they're so important. What I find most interesting is that the studios GAVE him the titles and told him to make a story out of the title! It's incredible what classics he made with no money and just a title to work on. If you're a fan of his horror films (like me) you'll find this absolutely riveting. At 53 minutes it also doesn't wear out its welcome. Just fascinating. A 10 all the way.


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