Under The Shadow Reviews

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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.
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.
June 14, 2017
The genius of Under the Shadow lies in the way it builds up the tension: slowly, almost imperceptibly at first, until I suddenly realized I was wound so tightly I wanted to scream.
November 18, 2016
The shift from family drama to djinn game is so subtle as to be barely perceived
October 20, 2016
Under the Shadow is skillful and scary enough to be a legitimate niche hit.
October 19, 2016
Intimate horror about the dark things lurking in a family home, and, more interestingly, in the minds of women.
October 13, 2016
Under the Shadow cannily uses a fairly standard, if also expertly staged, ghost story to obsess over a character-driven story arc involving issues of marriage, motherhood, religious fundamentalism and feminism.
October 10, 2016
Did you honestly doubt that peeling duct tape and a sheet of printed fabric, if handled with imaginative brio, could be as frightening as any ten-million-dollar monster? O ye of little faith.
October 7, 2016
A ghost story both on its surface and far below it -- a haunted house tale in which the tangible dangers of the war outside are so immediate that no one really sees what's happening within the walls.
October 7, 2016
Under the Shadow is an eerie, often unsettling, Iranian feminist horror film set in Tehran in 1988, at the height of the Iran-Iraq War.
October 7, 2016
There is no escape, for characters or audience. Under the Shadow is unnerving in the extreme.
October 6, 2016
Its slowly intensifying approach, use of shadows and suggestion, unsettling soundtrack, and well-deployed special effects allow it to stand nicely next to a recent horror classic, Jennifer Kent's The Babadook.
October 6, 2016
Quietly nerve-pricking ...
October 6, 2016
The most consistent fear in Anvari's film is that of being a mother and daughter alone in a world that won't help or respect you. Far more so than djinn, this is a fear that doesn't easily dissipate.
October 6, 2016
A tightly controlled chiller that carries a whiff of mother-daughter horror classics such as "Poltergeist" and "The Exorcist" ...
October 6, 2016
To paraphrase Talking Heads, life during wartime ain't no party, especially if you're stuck in Tehran at the tail end of the Iran-Iraq war in the late Eighties. That's the predicament facing the family at the heart of this nervy little haunter.
October 6, 2016
The jump scares are solid, and earned. The suspense is genuine. And Under the Shadow never loses sight of the basic human reality of mother and child, trapped at home, encircled by a variety of evils, both real and imagined.
October 6, 2016
As much a study of a changing society as it is a story of evil spirits. The movie is first fascinating, then terrifying.
October 6, 2016
Under the Shadow is a skilled, chilling feature debut that might follow you around a while after seeing it.
October 5, 2016
Under The Shadow ... demonstrates how two movies you've seen many times before-an Iranian social-issues drama and a Blumhouse-style poltergeist thriller-can be combined to create one you haven't.
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