Shadows in the Dark: The Val Lewton Legacy

Synopsis: Documentary about the great 1940s horror movie producer Val Lewton, featured on the 2005 DVD release "The Val Lewton Horror Collection."
53 min


Some travel partner you are.

You're supposed to keep the driver

company, honey.


This isn't it.

This is a road and here, look...

...this is a road.

Is that the road we're on, mum?

There won't be any signal out here.

We're not lost.


We should have stayed

at a hotel in Cardiff.

We wanted to surprise your dad,

didn't we?

Don't you wanna surprise your dad?


We're not lost!




Sarah, time to go.








- What is it? - Get out!

What is it?

Mum? Mum, stop it!

It's just sheep.

Just some stupid sheep.

I have a brilliant idea.

Why don't we go down and see if we

can find your dad's house.

What do you think?

Are you gonna tell him?

Do you want me to?



Where the hell are we?


Oh, this is so your father.




Hey... what a surprise.

I wasn't expecting to see you

till tomorrow.

You're not upset we're early?

I'm not upset at all. I'm happy.


Hey, why the tears, huh?

I'm just happy to see you.

I'm happy to see you too.


Top of the morning to you, James.


Hi. Hi.

How are you?

Wow, wow, wow, look at this house.

For you.

Oh, thank you very much.


Sarah wanted to get here, so...

We actually arrived last night, but our

car got stuck in the mud down yonder.

I tried to call but there's no signal. signal.

So we had a little sleep over in the car.

Didn't we, baby?

And we had a close encounter

with some sheep.

Sure moved far enough.

Well, far off is the way us weirdos like it.

Dafydd. Would you mind giving us

a hand with Adelle's car later?

No, not at all.


This is Dafydd. He can fix anything.


'Dafydd', is that like 'David'?

Exactly like David.

Daf, Dai...


- Hey, Dave. - Missus.

Watch these.

Jeez, you're getting big, aren't ya?

How old are ya? Eighteen, nineteen?

Quite a nice little hideaway

you've built for yourself.

Yeah, it's coming along.

Yeah. Well...

Oh, I love this. Look at you painting

and sculpting like crazy.

There's an abattoir on the property.

Which I've turned into my studio.


What's an abattoir?

A place where they kill animals.


By the way, your rooms are upstairs.

Can I go see?

Yeah, sure.

First door on your left.




What's wrong with Sarah?


Just a bit of a loner.

Like father like daughter, I guess.

She's fine. We're fine.

We just missed you. I...

...I missed you.

Yeah, this is your room.

That's great.

Why, you've been working a lot.

Look at this.

Yeah. I know. Er...'s a bit of a mess.

I'll tell you what, I'll find somewhere

to put the rest of this stuff.

No, no, it's fine. It's fine.

Sarah, where are you?

I'm up here.

Oh, making a mess already?

Wow, look at this place.

What do they open?

I've no idea.

We've found them all over the place,

but they don't seem to fit any of the locks.

This is a funky little room.

Yeah, it's a storage room or something.

What are we gonna store up here?

You, if you're bad.

And we'll only let you out when you

think about what you did, young lady.

You like your room?

- It's got a telescope. - Yeah.

You can watch out for ships in distress.


Save our souls.

Elvis... Here, boy.



Sarah, don't get too close to the edge.


What'd you find there?

A secret.

A secret?

Looks like someone made off

with the plaque.

Now why would they do that?

Ann... Annwyn.

Not Annwyn... Annwyn.

It's Welsh.

For what?

For the place you go after you die.

Like heaven?

That's right.


Time to go.

I'll go with you, baby.

She's fine.

Be careful.


What's it commemorate, anyway?

Stumblehead, isn't it?


There were some people lived up

here about fifty years ago.

Kept themselves to themselves.

Made up their own religion...


...based on old Welsh legends.

Do unto others sin, salvation...

...same as most faiths.

So why put up a monument?

Well... they had themselves

a kind of minister...

...who preached them sick up here.


Till one day, the lot of them

suddenly up and...

...walked off that cliff... looking for a way

to end their earthly suffering.

Jesus, what a way to die.

They didn't think they were dying.

They thought they were going to Annwyn.

You wouldn't wanna change your mind

half way down!


Are you okay? I've got you, sweetheart.

Are you all right?

I dunno, they just came right at me.

Oh my God, Sarah, are you all right?

I'm fine.

Oh my God, look at you. Baby, are you...?

It's fine, it's just a scratch.

I said I was fine!

She's fine, Adelle.

Hello. Hello? Hello.

Where have you been?

Your mummy's been a bad girl.

You've been out all night.

I'm going to live with dad.

Sarah, we've been through this before,


I talked to him and he said that he...

I know he said but...

He said I could stay as long as I wanted.

Yes. When you're done with school you

can go visit with your father in England.


I'm going to live with dad.


I know this is all about you now.

It's none of your god-damn business.

It's all about you. You don't love anybody

but your f***ing self.

Sorry. Didn't mean to scare ya.

It's okay.

What are you writing about?

Ooh, I see. Secret, is it?

Girl's stuff?

Everything all right with ya?

You seem a little... I don't know.

You wanna talk about anything?


You sure?


Be nice to your mother.

She does her best, you know.

I've missed you.

I missed you too.

See you later.



It's all about you.

You don't love anybody

but your f***ing self!

Stop it!

Oh God.


I hate you.

I hate you!


I can't stand this any more!



Shut your noise.

It's just the bloody sheep!

P, A, I... paint.

You didn't let me do the N or the T.

Give me another.


R, O... rock.

Dad you did it again!

Okay, I'll let you finish it this time.


L, O...




R... Loser?

Are you calling me a loser?


Well, if the shoe fits...

Can we go exploring?


Do you wanna go for a walk?


Listen, I'll, er I'll show you two

a shortcut down to the beach.


Here, put this on, baby.


Er, because it's cold

and you're gonna need it.

It gets a bit chilly down there.


Hey, Dave.

Whoa, you don't wanna come closer.

Dirty work.

These are from yesterday.

They fell from up there.

They didn't fall they jumped.

What do you mean they jumped?

They jumped.

I've seen sheep behave

in many an odd way.

But I've never seen them do something

like this in a while.

Maybe they just got plain fed up, huh?

Couldn't take it any more.

What are you gonna do with them?

Funeral pyre.

I'll give you a hand, Dafydd.

I'll catch up with you, yeah?

I'm so happy we're here, baby.

Look at this place.

What d'you find there?

What is it?

Hey, be careful on those rocks, all right?





Sarah, let's get back to your dad's.

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Steve Haberman

Stephen Thomas "Steve" Haberman (born 23 December 1963 in Geelong) is an Australian sport shooter. He captured the men's double trap title at the 1995 ISSF World Shotgun Championships in Nicosia, and had the opportunity to represent Australia in two editions of the Olympic Games (1996 and 2004). Haberman currently trains for Echuca Ghil Target Club in his native Geelong, under Azerbaijani-born coach and three-time Olympic skeet shooter Valeri Timokhin.Haberman's early success in the international competition came as a 32-year-old at the 1995 ISSF World Shotgun Championships in Nicosia, Cyprus, where he claimed the double trap title with 188 hits, leading to his selection to the Australian team for his Olympic debut. At the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, he shot 131 out of 150 hits to force a two-way tie with France's Marc Mennessier for seventeenth place in the inaugural men's double trap, which was eventually won by his teammate Russell Mark.Although Haberman missed out on his selection bid for the host nation in Sydney 2000, he came back from an eight-year absence to compete for his second Australian team, as a 40-year-old in double trap shooting at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. Few months before the Games, Haberman beat his former teammate Mark at the Olympic trials in Sydney to keep his own Olympic quota that he claimed from the Oceanian Championships a year earlier. With Mark's abrupt absence to the Aussie team, Haberman put up a lackluster performance by marking only a score of 129 hits out of 150 to obtain a fifteenth spot from a field of twenty-five shooters in the qualifying phase, failing to advance to the final round. more…

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