Under The Shadow Reviews
February 17, 2021
Under the Shadow may not be as jump-and-scream frightening as The Babadook, but the mother-daughter narrative of surviving war shouldn't be missed.
October 10, 2020
Under the Shadow is a skillful slow burn of a movie, intermixing quiet, suggestively stacked details with an increasing number of unsettling shocks.
July 3, 2020
Under the Shadow has all of the makings of a new horror classic: a compelling protagonist to root for, a unique setting and mythology, visceral and psychological terror, and creepy, effective monsters.
October 4, 2019
Much like last year's A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, this a proudly, culturally authentic Iranian horror movie that... establishes itself in the horrifying reality of a real-world conflict.
August 5, 2019
First and foremost, this is a well-directed horror movie that has just the right mix of atmosphere and old-fashioned scares to delight the mainstream audiences. When you look deeper, though, there are treats for cinephiles to unpack.
May 7, 2019
Encompasses many experiences and situations of women worldwide, and what living under the constant, forceful pressure of patriarchy can do to their psyches.
March 13, 2019
Under the Shadow comes from a dark place. Firmly in the shade of the Cultural Revolution and deep into the Iran-Iraq War, the spectre of war and threat of tragedy looms large over what is, in essence, a stressful domestic drama.
February 19, 2019
Under the Shadow is tense, unusual and well worth seeing, with mainstream appeal. It's a must-see even for non-horror fans.
February 5, 2019
[Babak Anvari] makes masterful use of a time and place that is a hotbed of extreme self-righteousness, where something as basic as a woman's education and choice of clothing are under the microscope.
November 7, 2018
This fantastic directorial debut is one of the essential foreign language works of the year - and further proof that 2016 is the greatest year for horror cinema in my lifetime.
November 2, 2018
Under the Shadow gives you a glimpse into the old and new aspects of Iranian culture, while also giving you a fright you won't soon forget.
November 1, 2018
Under the Shadow shows that horror is still alive and well in cinema and not only do I hope that Iran does more genre films, I really hope it brings Iranian cinema out of the shadows and into the mainstream.
October 31, 2018
A timeless story about accepting the mistakes of our past...This is absolutely one of 2016's must-see films, horror or otherwise.
August 30, 2018
An old school chiller, Under The Shadow offers more than just the usual scares. An interesting and welcome entry into the foreign language ghost story.
August 28, 2018
It's anthropological, feminist, and historical. In short, it's excellent in ways few horror films are.
August 28, 2018
Under the Shadow simulates this discomfort and, when the world (and the rules that govern it) begins to unravel in the film's final act, the result is terrifying.
August 25, 2018
Under the Shadow demands that we feel history as much as intellectually acknowledge it. Its important lessons cannot be taught through dates and names, but through something far more visceral, intoxicating and memorable.
August 21, 2018
This is a must see and shows Iranian filmmaking just keeps producing excellent, thought provoking films. A proper psychological supernatural thriller with a good narrative and under 1hr 30 mins in length.
August 20, 2018
It is clear that the oppression of the Cultural Revolution is stifling, especially towards women, but when the materialized djinn resembles a flying, haunted hijab, that message is now shouted at the audience loudly.