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Fan film: The Shadow Strikes

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Tuesday, August 10, 2010

It was only last week the rumor was heard that Quentin Tarantino was talking to 20th Century Fox about making his version of The Shadow. Now if you're at all familiar with Tarantino's past work then you know he's not the kind of filmmaker to shy away from uncomfortable scenes or heroes that do questionable acts in the pursuit of their version of justice; from the gangsters in Reservoir Dogs to how Bruce Willis and Ving Rhames' characters kiss and make up in Pulp Fiction, Quentin's shown us moments of extreme violence and acts of cruel barbarism. It certainly helps that he's also delivered gripping, good crime drama too and not cruelty solely for shock value.

So, entertaining the idea of a guy like Quentin Tarantino getting his hands on a pulp anti-hero like The Shadow, someone who often disposed of criminals by his own hands, what kind of dark hero could we expect Quentin to deliver?

Perhaps something like this version of the character.

The 12-minute short below comes from filmmaker Adrien Van Viersen and has been making the rounds on the short film circuit. Titled The Shadow Strikes, it comes with a warning advising watchers that there's some intense graphic scenes and language in it making it definitely not safe for work (NSFW) and it should be viewed only by adult or mature audience members. There's foul language and a pretty hardcore, brutal scene of sexual violence in it, so before going in you should be aware that there's some heavy material in it. It's also a pretty faithfully made version of The Shadow done with a little bit of updating to his era; go look back at the character's history and you'll find that he acts a lot more like a Batman that's willing to intimidate and kill to get the job done, so the kind of insidious mind games that you'll see The Shadow doing is in tone with the character. It also helps that when he finally does appear that's the most bad-ass Shadow movie costume and makeup that I've seen so far. The Shadow should be frightening.

If you're ready, turn down the lights and steel your mind for The Shadow Strikes. Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows:

 


 

 

If you're interested in seeing more of what Adrien Van Viersen has done, the creator has a website that lists off the other short films he's made.

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As a life-long Shadow fan, the film was okay. A little long in parts. Sort of a modernized version of the character. For a while, he was acting like another one my favorites, The Spectre.