A constant on all forms of social media, teen drama Pretty Little Liars (FOX8 on Fridays) is offering up a tribute to the classic noir style films with an episode filmed largely in black and white.
Airing this Friday on FOX8, the episode titled “Shadow Play” will see our favorite liars transformed into tough guys and brassy bombshells reminiscent of a look post World War II and it’s all thanks to a pill popping Spencer Hastings (Troian Bellisario).
After taking another hit of prescription no doze pills, Spencer (in between studying and discovering Ezra could be A) watched The Narrow Margin a black and white film from the 1950’s and her mind, all hopped up on pills, transports herself and her friends into a Pleasantville type setting.
The liars’ noir alter-egos bear their same names and similar traits as their normal everyday selves, but the story ultimately leads Spencer to discover a much sought after clue allowing her to decode a very modern day journal.
Not a stranger to paying homage to classic films (Pretty Little Liars has also used references from Hitchcock’s Psycho and The Birds as inspiration for earlier episodes) executive producer Joseph Dougherty (who wrote and directed the episode) said “We do a lot of references to classic movies and our show is darker and the shadows are a little more scary. ABC Family suggested the black-and-white episode and provided research ‘that younger audiences now do not have a prejudice against black-and-white films the way audiences slightly older did. … They see it as an artistic choice.“
Pretty Little Liars Black and White ‘Shadow Play’ episode airs this Friday 7:30pm on FOX8.