Jul 16, 2018
The gothic horror tradition is alive and well in moody, brooding Norwegian effort Valley of Shadows, which proves as haunting and gorgeously gloomy as its title suggests.
Oct 4, 2017
An intriguing if rarely completely successful piece of work...
Sep 28, 2017
The cinematography of Marius Matzow Gulbrandsen is so beautifully framed and textured that it's possible, during the most mesmerizing stretches, to believe that Valley of Shadows is a great debut.
Sep 20, 2017
The title Valley of Shadows speaks to its diaphanous nature, a difficult to pin down, ephemeral tale that nonetheless speaks to a greater illumination that helps cast its form.
Sep 18, 2017
Beautifully shot and scored, this deliberately paced mood piece should not be missed.
Sep 15, 2017
There's real confidence in the filmmaking, creating a shadowy world that washes over you, in which a boy gets lost in his nightmares, perhaps learning that the monster all children fear is a force to be protected.
Sep 15, 2017
... with his feature debut Valley of Shadows Norwegian director Jonas Matzow Gulbrandsen has crafted one of the year's finest, most deeply affecting psychological dramas.
Sep 12, 2017
Gulbrandsen isn't telling a story, he's leading us through one with all the uncertainty necessary to question, interpret, & understand despite no true answers being provided.
Sep 11, 2017
It would make an admirable short film, but at feature length the terror becomes tedium.
Sep 9, 2017
An entrancing Norwegian gothic fable told with haunting visuals and striking tonal assurance, Valley of Shadows turns childhood fears into a ruminative and resonant horror effort.