The Avenging Conscience (1914)

Director and writer: D.W. Griffith Country: United States Language: Silent, English A year before director D.W. Griffith gained infamy with his notorious epic The Birth of a Nation, he wrote and directed The Avenging Conscience. The film, based on Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Tell-Tale Heart” and poem “Annabel Lee,” tells the story of […]

The Student of Prague Review by Chris Lyons

The Student of Prague (1913) Director: Stellan Rye Writer: Hanns Heinz Ewers Country: Germany Language: Silent, German In 1913, German writer Hanns Heinz Ewers and Danish director Stellan Rye produced The Student of Prague, an early silent German film loosely based on both Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “William Wilson,” Alfred de Musset’s poem “The […]

The Little Shop of Horrors

In 1960 Roger Corman released his Little Shop of Horrors. It was a (fairly spoopy) horror comedy, filmed on a recycled set, in 3 days, for less than $50,000. The original was filmed in black and white, on cheap cameras. It features about 2.5 minutes of footage with Jack Nicholson (which is enough to get […]