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Samm Deighan


Fritz Lang's first sound feature, M (1931), is one of the earliest serial killer films in cinema history and laid the foundation for future horror movies and thrillers, particularly those with a disturbed killer as protagonist. Peter Lorre's child killer, Hans Beckert, is presented as monstrous, yet sympathetic, building on themes presented in the earlier German Expressionist horror films like The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari and The Hands of Orlac. Lang eerily foreshadowed the rising fascist horrors in German society, and transforms his cinematic Berlin into a place of urban terror and paranoia. T ... More

Keywords: Fritz Lang, serial killer film, horror film, horror movie, thriller, German Expressionism, German Expressionist horror, forensic science, criminal justice system

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781911325772
Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021 DOI:10.3828/liverpool/9781911325772.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Samm Deighan, author