Whispering Shadows (1921)
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- Aspect Ratio : 1.33:1
- Product Dimensions : 19.05 x 13.97 x 1.27 cm; 99.22 Grams
- Item Model Number : 43217-31125
- Media Format : NTSC
- Run time : 1 hour and 31 minutes
- Release date : 13 October 2017
- Actors : Lucy Cotton
- Studio : Undercrank Productions
- ASIN : B076FK54RS
- Number of discs : 1
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Just before his sudden death, a businessman accuses his son-in-law of embezzlement. His daughter is convinced of her fiancée's innocence and tries to clear his name and unmask the real villain and is aided by secret messages…from her dead father. Or are they? WHISPERING SHADOWS, a very rare occult creeper, can now be seen by the public for the first time since its release in 1921. It is presented here in a new digital scan with an eerie and atmospheric new theatre organ score by Andrew E. Simpson.
BONUS: THE DEVIL'S ASSISTANT (1917) -- in which a physician enacts revenge on the woman he loves after she marries another by treating her exhaustion with maddening drugs. The film depicts her descent into madness in a red-tinted trip to hell itself.
WHISPERING SHADOWS is sourced from a preservation by the Library of Congress from the sole surviving 28mm print of this title. THE DEVIL'S ASSISTANT is sourced from a rare print in the collection of the USC Hugh M. Hefner Moving Image Archive.
WHISPERING SHADOWS (1921) - 68 mins
THE DEVIL'S ASSISTANT (1917) - 23 mins
B&W/tinted - stereo - 91 mins - NTSC - not rated - region-free - 4:3 aspect ratio
Produced for video and scored by Andrew E. Simpson
DVD released by Undercrank Productions
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(Massive spoilers ahead) The Devil's Assistant, on the other hand, is just plain nuts. The heroine marries, causing her spurned suitor to go off the deep end (the film actually does a wolfman-style transformation, giving him horns and a satanic visage for a few seconds). He gets our heroine hooked on painkillers, demolishing her self-image, and one stormy night he abducts her and they end up in a tiny shack, where he attempts to have his way with her. In the most terrifyingly excessive lightning storm I've ever seen on film, lightning strikes the shack, and they are both killed. She then embarks on a nightmarish trip to Hell, complete with Charon and his ferry, doomed souls, a demon or two, and a pretty cute Cerebus. Somehow--it's not quite clear to me how--they salvage a happy ending out of this. The Hell scenes are just crazy: imaginative and complex.
Probably worth buying, just for The Devil's Assistant.