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  • Actors: Michael Rooker, Leslie Hope, Shawn Thompson, Andrew Jackson, Kevin Zegers
  • Directors: Jamie Dixon
  • Writers: Bram Stoker, Michael Stokes
  • Producers: Andy Emilio, Ash R. Shah, Daniel Chuba, Ian Hall
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004RCJX
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #687,499 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Shadow Builder" on IMDb

Customer Reviews

3.4 out of 5 stars

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 24, 1999
Format: DVD
Bram Stoker's Shawdowbuilder is a great addition to (BRAM STOKER'S THE MUMMY, BRAM STOKER'S BURIAL OF THE RATS, AND BRAM STOKER'S DRACULA) Every movie that is under his name is blessed with horrifying salad dressing. This movie is better (to me) than DRACULA. It add some much more horror and wit to the screen, than in DRACULA when the movie turned out to be a depressing love story. Not better than BURIAL OF THE RATS, but this movie is close. Much better than THE MUMMY. This movie has lavish special effects, spectacular ritual scenes and a horrifying conclusion. I suggest to you all to rent BRAM STOKER'S SHADOWBUILDER. Also if any one knows the story it is based upon I would deeply appreciate it if you e-mailed me. Thanks!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. MCCABE on February 7, 2000
Format: DVD
Using Bram Stokers name seems to have been a good selling point for this movie. Pity it failed to live up to the hype. The special effects surrounding the demon at times were exceptional, but they just didn't create the atmosphere and tension to follow up with it. What resulted was a creature that generally looked good, but just didn't come across as something to fear. I think they failed to realise the basic formula for a good horror (show the creature as little as possible), and seemed to throw him on screen more than he was off it. Sadly, though the script was quite good, some of the acting failed to bring it across well. What remained was a wanna-be-horror that was just good, and nothing more.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "ragebird19" on April 19, 2003
Format: DVD
saw this film a while back and it was a great one. especially for a direct to DVD film. awesome lookin shadow creature with a great story. definitely a movie worth the price. even some pretty good suspense in this film. all in all a very well put together movie, a must see for horror fans in my opinion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Leach HALL OF FAME on April 10, 2004
Format: DVD
I usually turn my nose up at any film sporting a title that begins with "Bram Stoker's..." or "H.P. Lovecraft's..." or even "Wes Craven presents..." You know what I am talking about. Any of those low budget clunkers that attempt to curry favor with horror fans by associating their bucket of slop with a famous writer or director in the genre. Hollywood and its attendant hangers-on will stop at nothing to make a buck, even if it means splashing mud all over a horror legend. I am not saying I don't watch films that bear these monikers. I do quite often. In fact, I often go out of my way to seek them out. Why, you ask, would I do such a thickheaded thing? Easy-I like watching bad movies so I can splash mud all over wannabe horror legends by writing sarcastic reviews. Sometimes, though, a glint of gold catches your eye when indulging in these types of films. "Shadowbuilder" is one of the projects saddled with Stoker's name that is well worth watching. It's not a perfect film, not by a long shot, but it's Oscar worthy compared to some of the other clinkers carrying the Lovecraft/Stoker/Craven imprint.
What's "Shadowbuilder" about? Oh, just your typical unleashed from the abyss demon with the power to undo creation. A cult of nuts decides to perform a ritual calling forth a shadowbuilder so they can realize their fantastically crazy dream of ending the world as we know it. The Catholic Church knows about these guys, and decides to send a tough, gun-toting priest named Father Vassey (Michael Rooker) out to cut them down to size. Vassey arrives too late to stop the conjuring ceremony, but he does discover enough evidence at the scene to learn about the next step in the ritual.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Appleseed VINE VOICE on July 19, 2004
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This is based on a Bram Stoker story, and I'd love to see the story. Surely his story didn't include electricity, generators, police cars, guns - well, of course it didn't. It couldn't have.
But this is, all in all, a pretty good horror film. There aren't really any points in the film where I'm terrified, but the story line remains solid throughout the film. My main complaints are the casting of Michael Rooker as a priest (even if he has a troubled past), and the special effects - which somehow won an award from an obscure award ceremony, Fantafestival. The Shadowbuilder himself really wasn't all that convincing.
Still, this was a horror film that began and ended with the same premise. It didn't deviate, and its characters didn't commit random acts of remarkable stupidity. It was a wholly believable story (in terms of being a movie, of course), and Kevin Zegers gave a good performance as the 12 year old that the Shadowbuilder wanted to possess.
One other complaint that I have - if Zegers's character is supposed to be this special person (I'll let the film explain why he is), why didn't he exhibit any special traits?
By the way, neither the DVD cover that Amazon has as its image, nor the actual cover that I received when I ordered it, has anything to do with the movie. Poor packaging, even though the cover I received was "cool". The one Amazon has depicts a blonde boy. Last I checked, and for his entire career, Zegers has been a brunette.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael Butts HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on January 15, 2004
Format: DVD
Jamie Dixon's direction of "Bram Stoker's Shadowbuilder" brings real terror and atmosphere to a derivative theme: the devil wants to come to earth. With unusually good special fx for this direct to video type of movie, the film builds its suspense and terror, aided by a good musical score (strongly reminiscent of "The Omen"); a talented cast (Michael Rooker may be a little too much, but his intensity is well handled for this role); and Tony Todd (CANDYMAN) as the rather nutsy Covey. Leslie Hope is good as the mom, but she doesn't get as much screen time as one may think.
Lots of good tension and this is a good movie, should have gotten more exposure.
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