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


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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.

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