The Shadow Theatrical Teaser Trailer (1994)
Theatrical Poster courtesy of IMP Awards

The Shadow Theatrical Teaser Trailer (1994)

Theatrical Poster courtesy of IMP Awards

I spent a lot of time in my youth hanging out with my Grandparents, just sitting and listening to the tales they had to share of their early life. One of my favorite things to hear about from them was the Shadow radio show, I could recite “Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?” and “The Weed of crime bears bitter fruit. Crime does not pay…The Shadow Knows!” many, many years before I was fortunate enough to listen to my first Shadow broadcast on cassette tape or found a battered copy of the first Shadow Pulp story.

So imagine my surprise when sitting in the movie theater with my friends…and this teaser trailer beamed on the screen!

[Via] elbotenocturno’s YouTube Channel By the way…does anyone else think that laugh used on this trailer belongs to Tim Curry?

Now to be honest, I really like this movie. It’s not that I don’t see some faults with it but I feel that it captured the Pulp aspect pretty well. I believe the director Russell Mulcahy (Highlander) certainly did his best considering some of the obstacles the film had to overcome, like an earthquake that destroyed the film’s climatic set pieces…which required them to jettison the original ending that would have shown the Shadow being confronted by the evil of his past actions and choosing to follow the path of righteousness, you’ll recall that Shiwan Khan didn’t exactly want to kill him at first but seduce him back to the dark side.

Though the one scene I wish they would have kept in there involves Lamont Cranston and Margo Lane after they’ve saved the city. After kissing, Lamont slips a fire opal ring upon her finger…marking her as an agent of the Shadow!

Topps Shadow Card #69 courtesy of the Shadow Sanctum.Net


Searching through the alleys for useful knowledge in the city of Nostalgia. Huge cinema fanatic and sometimes carrier of the flame for the weirding ways of 80s gaming, toys, and television. When his wife lets him he is quite happy sitting in the corner eating buckets of beef jerky.

This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. I liked this movie when it came out and still like it now. I’ve heard people call it and “The Phantom” catastrophic failures. “The Phantom” maybe, but I think this film is just underrated. The ending, when the Phantom gets control of himself, is in my opinion one of the finest in film. The only thing close to it is Neo becoming the One in “The Matrix”.

  2. Doug, I’ll even go so far as to say I think the Phantom wasn’t given a fair shake. I like the Shadow more mind you but I really do believe that Simon Wincer (Quigley Down Under) was truly trying to give audiences a 1940 serial style with a hero that is a throwback to the square-jawed champion. You can see what I mean in the scene with Diana and Kitt in the jungle:

    “Diana Palmer: [about Devil] Your dog’s a wolf!
    The Phantom: [almost laughing] I know.”

    Just matter of fact. Which is where I find the lighthearted humor of the film.

  3. I just have a problem with lots of 90s movies. They just seem kinda off. They’re like day-old milk. It’s not completely curdled, but you still wonder if it’s bad. I liked Phantom, but it seemed too little of a movie for me. Shadow, on the other hand, was great.

  4. I actually watching The Shadow, The Phantom, Dick Tracy, and the Rocketeer as a movie marathon… They all have their flaws, but they’re all guilty pleasures… ;^)

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