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Critic Reviews for Shadow
Just when you're settled into thinking you're watching another survival horror, there's a massive and quite bold change in direction and all bets are off.
It is short, sharp and competently made but only narrowly avoids falling into the torture porn genre.
Zampaglione admirably maintains the mood of menace and makes his point about humanity's potential for evil without undue preachiness.
It cleverly weaves together nasty nightmares from both the Iraq occupation and World War II while constantly grossing us out. Although we never get very deeply involved.
It's like Deliverance turns into Hostel halfway through -- only not nearly as good as either of those films.
Audience Reviews for Shadow
Downright nightmare inducing. This movie started out rather benign, but after a half hour or so it makes a serious left turn. The character played by Nuot Arquint is...well...hideously awesome. I have no idea what part of hell he came from, but, I hope he crawled right back after making this movie. The ending was very Jacob's Ladder, but still a very interesting one all the same.
Other than the very obviously anti American Military propaganda of the film, this is a pretty damn entertaining and sick horror film. This villain is deeply disturbing, and does some pretty cruel stuff to his victims.
Shadow (2009) -- [8.0] -- What a pleasant surprise! Crazed hunters pursue an American mountain cyclist through the misty Austrian wilderness until all parties fall prey to a super-sick and twisted, almost supernatural character referred to as Mortis. Director Federico Zampaglione puts a few fresh spins on this mash-up of familiar tropes and proves downright masterful at building atmosphere and suspense. The scenes involving Mortis (Nuot Arquint) are a rare treat for horror fans. I'm hard pressed to think of many more bone-chillingly creepy performances than his in this film -- it's right up there with Max Schreck in "Nosferatu." The film gets more dreamlike and interpretive as it goes, but never so much as to diminish how genuinely spooky it is. Highly recommended; one of the best indie horror films I've seen in years.
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