The Avenging Conscience: or 'Thou Shalt Not Kill'
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The Avenging Conscience: or 'Thou Shalt Not Kill'
This innovative psychological drama represents one of D.W. Griffith's early full-length feature films and contains innovations that influenced international filmmakers, particularly German ones, for decades to come. It tells the tale of a young man with a fondness for reading Edgar Allen Poe, who is forced to choose between having his uncle's wealth and marrying the girl he loves. He makes a choice and she jilts him, causing him to vent his rage and pain psychotically by strangling his uncle and sealing his corpse behind a brick fireplace wall. As in Poe's Telltale Heart, the young… More

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"One of Griffith's most experimental films"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"The first great American horror film."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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