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Light & Shadows


In the 1920’s, due to technology restrictions, filmmakers needed to get creative with how they portrayed fear and suspense in films.

The result ended in arguably more terrifying films than those of modern times.


These films are characterized by overly dark and dramatic scenes. Shadows are used to create suspense and fright becomes more exaggerated in the extreme lighting.

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari Nosferatu Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde The Hunchback of Notre Dame The Golem The Phantom of the Opera Haxan The Fall of the House of Usher The Penalty The Lodger

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Light and Shadows