This film will amaze, shock, and disturb you.
So this is the first movie about a serial killer. Nowadays, there are thousands of movies about psycho killers and I was really interested to see what the first one looked like. Of course, I was expecting cheesiness, tired techniques, and a storyline that was very safe. Wow. Just wow.
This film starts with the murder of a little girl. Like in all good horror movies, what is not shown is even more disturbing than what is shown. It then becomes one of those classics where you follow the stories of both the detectives and the killer.
Now, I have never taken a film class so I really can't tell you all the innovative techniques used (though there were a lot!). I can identify the first use of a voiceover, the great character development, and the way the director would choose really carefully what to show and what not to show. Don't be arrogant enough to believe that watching horror films from the 30s won't scare you. I think my now wet pants will prove you wrong (just kidding; or am I?).
RATING:****- (just because I can't watch it again; too disturbing)
The German language gets on my nerves.
I am watching Se7en with my sister whenever she visits next so I am exciting to compare the two.
Fritz Lang also did Metropolis which I really did not like.
Apparently Lang was a huge jerk and threw Peter Lorre down a flight of stairs.
Nazis banned this in 1934.
Lang cast real criminals for the last scene.
Peter Lorre and Fritz Lang both had Jewish heritage and fled Germany. Lang's wife was a Nazi party member. Another level of creepy gets added to the film.
MGM had a meeting where they discussed how they could make films more like M.
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