YMMV: The Shadow

1930 radio series and resulting franchise:

  • Awesome Music: "Omphale's Spinning Wheel" by Camille-Saint-Saens. "Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men?"
  • Fair for Its Day: While many parts of the pulps are horribly racist, the Shadow is also notable for having an Asian and an African-American as agents at a time when they would usually have been villains or useless.
  • Family-Unfriendly Aesop: The radio episode "The Spider Boy." Thanks to Values Dissonance, we are told that Domestic Abuse is a minor peccadillo that can be solved simply by apologizing to the victim...but that owning an unusual pet (a large spider) that at no time harms or even threatens to harm a human being is a horrific crime deserving of a Karmic Death.
  • Nightmare Fuel: As awesome as the Shadow is and as he's firmly planted on the side of right he's no nice guy and he has no qualms about harming you or even tricking you into killing yourself and if you're one of his agents, you'd best behave yourself and do as he orders...

The 1994 movie:

  • Awesome Music: Jerry Goldsmith's beautiful score for the movie, especially The Shadow's theme-tune and Taylor Dayne's "Original Sin".
  • Magnificent Bastard: Khan and to an extent Lamont himself.
  • Narm: The Lanes are hypnotized by a ... cigarette billboard.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Lamont's nightmare that he tears off his own face, revealing Shiwan Khan's undeneath.
    • Come to think of it, Shiwan Khan in general. Any guy who can hypnotise you into killing yourself and does so for fun is pretty NF.
    • The Phurba is pretty scary as well.
  • Older Than They Think: This applies to the action figure line that accompanied the movie. One would believe that Dr. Mocquino, the Voodoo Master, was a toyline-specific villain, but he did, in fact appear in the pulp magazines and radio show.
  • Special Effects Failure: In the establishing shot on the bridge, the Shadow's long cloak is supposed to ominously billow out behind him, but he isn't wearing one. This is because the cloak was intended to be a CG element, but there wasn't time to composite it in. Less "Special Effects Failure" and more "Special Effects Absence".

The pinball machine:

  • Narm: One of the messages during the Attract Mode is "AIDS is real - Protect yourself"