2018 Blind Spot Series: M
What I knew going in: Apparently nothing
In Germany, a man named Hans Beckert (Peter Lorre) kidnaps children. The town is in terror, the police are on high alert, this doesn't sit well with the other non child-murderer criminals. They decide to try to catch the killer themselves so everything goes back to normal.
This is director Fritz Lang's first "talkie" (Though he can't resist leaving a few parts of the film silent) After being unimpressed with Metropolis, this one fared better with me personally. I thought I had a good idea of what this was going to be like. But it ended up being kind of goofy. It's certainly no comedy but for something marketed as a murder mystery it was kind of light, almost upbeat during certain scenes. It's not the tone I was expecting.
Lorre is perfectly creepy in this and he stands out easily while the rest of the cast sort of blends together. I'll never hear "In The Hall of the Mountain King" the same way again.
If I have one major complaint about the film, it's that it dragged in the middle, yet rushed the ending. I would've preferred to have those extra 10-15 minutes where it counted.
Memorable Quote: "I can't help what I do!" Hans Beckert (Peter Lorre)