Shadows of the Dead

"Good"

Shadows of the Dead Review


Not quite a horror movie, Carl Lindbergh's Shadows of the Dead is a unique film experience that will challenge what you think about genre films and polarize audiences who have the chance to see it.

A small box drama with a main cast of two, Shadows offers us a simple premise then spins it wildly. Our main characters -- boyfriend John (Jonathan Flanigan) and girlfriend Jennifer (Beverly Hynds) break down while driving through the woods. Will a psycho come after them? Not this time out. They stumble across what looks like a dead body, and when that turns out to be not the case, John finds himself bit on the neck.

John quickly gets sick, turning a ghastly shade of gray and, er, his heart stops beating. As John rapidly disintegrates, he infects Jennifer, too. They both quickly turn into a sort of cross between vampire and zombie, but this film isn't about people going on a blood-fueled rampage, it's about the bickering that comes along with a death sentence, the guilt over having to eat people, and the horrors of your body turning really, really nasty.

As a character study, I can't think of anything quite this unique. Interview with the Vampire tried it. And Cabin Fever took this premise in the splatter direction. First-time writer/director Carl Lindbergh has a true oddity on his hands here, and moviegoers bored silly by one too many bumps in the night will probably find this film worth checking out.

Unfortunately, as you might expect, the digital video is really rough, and the movie lacks polish. The entire movie is shot in either the dark or the very near dark -- intentionally -- which has the major problem of leaving most of the action relegated to the shadows. Coupled with iffy sound, this means you're often staring at a hazy black screen while listening to muffled voices you can't quite understand.

It's not a bad experience by any means and possibly interpretable as an allegory for what happens when a husband infects his wife with a sexually transmitted disease. Or you can just think of it as the strangest love story of the year.



Facts and Figures

Run time: 92 mins

Budget: $750 thousand

Distributed by: First Look Pictures

Production compaines: ANOC Productions

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3 / 5

IMDB: 3.3 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Producer:

Contactmusic


Links



Advertisement

New Movies

Blade Runner 2049 Movie Review

Blade Runner 2049 Movie Review

It's been 35 years since Ridley Scott's 1982 sci-fi classic, which was set in 2019....

On the Road Movie Review

On the Road Movie Review

Wolf Alice fans are likely to be rather disappointed by this hybrid documentary-drama about the...

Borg/McEnroe Movie Review

Borg/McEnroe Movie Review

Skilfully made by Swedish filmmaker Janus Metz (the award-winning Armadillo), this film is essentially a...

The Glass Castle Movie Review

The Glass Castle Movie Review

There are quite a few terrific moments in this true story, based on the memoir...

Home Again Movie Review

Home Again Movie Review

Reese Witherspoon is so likeable that she can carry even the most hackneyed of romantic...

Brimstone Movie Review

Brimstone Movie Review

An unnerving Western with a sharp female perspective, this film is a series of gruesome...

Kingsman: The Golden Circle Movie Review

Kingsman: The Golden Circle Movie Review

Two years ago, Kingsman: The Secret Service seemed to come out of nowhere, ruffling feathers...

Advertisement
Goodbye Christopher Robin Movie Review

Goodbye Christopher Robin Movie Review

This biopic about Winnie the Pooh author A.A. Milne may look like the usual lushly...

Wind River Movie Review

Wind River Movie Review

After writing the superb Sicario and Hell or High Water, Taylor Sheridan moves back into...

The Vault Movie Review

The Vault Movie Review

Filmmakers Dan Bush and Conal Byrne attempt a mash-up of a frantic heist movie with...

Goon: Last of the Enforcers Movie Review

Goon: Last of the Enforcers Movie Review

The 2012 Canadian comedy Goon was one of those surprising little films that snuck up...

Detroit Movie Review

Detroit Movie Review

After The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal reteam to...

Logan Lucky Movie Review

Logan Lucky Movie Review

Good news: Steven Soderbergh's well-publicised retirement from directing only lasted about four years. He's back...

American Made Movie Review

American Made Movie Review

An enjoyably freewheeling tone and Tom Cruise's star wattage combine to make this an entertaining...

Advertisement
Artists
Actors
    Filmmakers
      Artists
      Bands
        Musicians
          Artists
          Celebrities
             
              Artists
              Interviews
                musicians & bands in the news
                  actors & filmmakers in the news
                    celebrities in the news

                      Go Back in Time using our News archive to see what happened on a particular day in the past.