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Shadows: The Silent Land

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Val Lewton’s salvation has arrived in the form of Universal Horror star, Boris Karloff, a long-time admirer of Lewton’s new brand of horror cinema.

For their first project together, Lewton must draw upon the darkest piece of his childhood; the place where his imagination grew up.

And so begins a journey into the past, and to a place where dreams go to die…

Featuring Mark Gatiss

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Shadows: The Rebellious Ones

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Val Lewton's chance to prove himself outside the horror genre has arrived.

If he and his team can turn the nationwide problem of juvenile delinquency into a dramatic hit, then it may mean his graduation from the "B-Division", and his escape from the oppressive executive producer who seems intent on thwarting his creative freedom.

But as the pressure begins to mount, Lewton will find himself facing a new threat; one that may put an end to not just his career, but his life...

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Shadows: The Black Hearted

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WARNING: This episode contains stories, descriptions and details that some listeners may find upsetting or disturbing. If you would like further details about the subjects discussed in this episode, please refer to the guide at the bottom of these show notes. These subjects are discussed between and 0:31:10 and 1:19:07. Please proceed carefully.

'The Leopard Man', Val Lewton's third horror film for RKO Studios, is to be an adaptation of Cornell Woolrich's shocking murder mystery novel, Black Alibi. But in Lewton's hands, the project has become an opportunity to not only express his dark creativity, but also to tap into the childhood fears of its director, Jacques Tourneur, and to introduce the serial killer into American cinema.

But Lewton's team has more at stake than a simple movie.

Should the film become a success, then the creative partnership at the helm of their endeavours will be broken apart.

And should that happen, Val Lewton will be forced to make a terrible choice...

Featuring Mark Gatiss

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EPISODE GUIDE: Some of the subjects discussed in this episode include descriptions of crimes carried out by real-life serial killers. This includes assault, murder, violence, child murder and sexual violence. These subjects are discussed between and 0:31:10 and 1:19:07. Please proceed carefully.

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Shadows: Song Of The Dead

Following the success of 'Cat People', Val Lewton has been assigned to create a film entitled 'I Walked With A Zombie'. 

RKO's B-movie boss, Lew Ostrow, is insistent that the film should follow the formula being employed by the horror department at Universal Pictures.

But Lewton's plans for the film are far more ambitious...

Featuring Mark Gatiss

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