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Shadow People [Blu-ray] (2012)

 PG-13 |  Blu-ray
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: March 19, 2013
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00ATP243C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,430 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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From the producer of THE DEVIL'S REJECTS and CAPOTE- Back in the 1970s several patients in an experimental sleep study reported seeing shadowy intruders. These patients - and hundreds of others - died in their sleep soon after. Doctors called the phenomenon 'Sudden Unexplained Nocturnal Death Syndrome'. They refused to discuss the shadows. Now a struggling late-night radio host (Dallas Roberts of THE GREY and "Rubicon") and a skeptical CDC investigator (Alison Eastwood) have begun researching a disturbing new outbreak of shadow sightings and sleep fatalities. Could this be a case of paranoid hallucination or are these victims literally being scared to death by actual nightmare creatures? Anne Dudek ("Covert Affairs" "House M.D.") and Mariah Bonner (THE SOCIAL NETWORK) co-star in this supernatural thriller based on true events documenting the authentic existence of SHADOW PEOPLE.

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blu-ray Review: "Shadow People" March 15, 2013
Format:Blu-ray
Rarely do I come across anything in my viewing of horror movies that makes me jumpy or paranoid after turning the TV off. Most times I enjoy the film and then go on about my business with no worries. However, every once in a while a true gem of fear comes along and leaves its imprint on me as I shut off all the lights in the house and head to bed. Matthew Arnold's "Shadow People" had me searching the walls and windows for ghastly spots of unexplained darkness after watching it.

Participants in an experimental sleep study in the 1970s report seeing strange shadowy figures. They and several hundred other individuals die in their sleep soon after. The phenomenon was given the name SUNDS, which stands for "Sudden Unexplained Nocturnal Death Syndrome." Doctors wouldn't talk about the shadows.

In the present, failing radio talk show host Charlie Crowe begins receiving calls from a teenager claiming shadowy intruders are coming for him. At first, Charlie believes the kid is mentally ill. His theory is challenged when the boy dies in his sleep. Things get even weirder when listeners of his talk show and people he tells about the mysterious shadowy figures begin dying in their sleep. Are these clusters of deaths a coincidence or are there sinister nocturnal forces at work?

"Shadow People" takes the sort of ideas our nightmares are made of and puts them in a visual package. Everything you've ever thought about someone or something watching you in your sleep is brought to life in this creepy little indie film.

Director Matthew Arnold shows great promise through his mastery of timing. He has a knack for setting up what you would expect to be your typical jump scare and somehow delivering it in an off-tempo manner that leaves the viewer surprised and shuddering.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars True and scary March 22, 2013
Format:DVD
I thought this was going to be just another independent horror film with bad acting and cheap special effects. Even at the beginning when the "true story" introduction came out I thought "here we go one of those stupid Blare Witch knock offs" (not that I liked Blare Witch). It is not a "Found Footage film" it is a movie with real life footage seamlessly inserted throughout the film and this also made it different than most true story films. I also believe this makes the film better because you are getting to see the real people instead of having to wait till the end like many other true event movies and from the beginning it was interesting. As the movie went on, the mix between real footage and the movie footage that was very well done, the film captivated me. Watching this at home by myself one evening I can't recall another independent film literally at times sending chills throughout my body. I am not a person that is easily scared but I found myself looking around the room even after the movie ended. The film was very well filmed, the script was well done, and the cast was very believable. All in all this movie is well worth the watch.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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If you've seen one independent horror film, you probably think you've seen them all. The genre is typically defined by a set of rigid features: wooden acting commensurate with your typical community college theatre production, shaky camerawork and cinematography which barely serves to convey the narrative in only its most rudimentary sense, and a plot with more holes than O.J. Simpson's alibi.

Shadow People, however, is not your typical indie horror flick. Dallas Roberts (The Walking Dead) does an exceptional job of playing Charlie Crowe, a small-town talk radio host who gets caught up in the mystery of the shadow people after a late-night call from a disturbed listener. His exploration into the phenomenon makes the film as much mystery or suspense thriller as pure horror and is spliced together with documentary footage. The resulting mode of storytelling is both effective and novel, making suspension of disbelief (a major problem with most horror films) that much easier and enhancing the overall feel of the film.

The film's camerawork and cinematography in general is reminiscent of a much larger production. Roberts' emotional range is expertly captured, inviting the audience to share in his brushes with the uncanny. Outdoor pans manage to give the audience a strong feel for the insular Kentucky setting in only a few seconds here and there. Lighting in the film's more traditionally "scary" scenes is viscerally creepy without being over the top. The overall effect conjures up several great horror films of the past, with a dash of film noir for good measure. Sound is equally well done, serving to enhance the ambiance.

Again, Shadow People is not your typical indie horror film.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Keeps you on the edge of your seat, true thriller :) March 30, 2013
Format:DVD
I really enjoyed this movie and it kept me on the edge of my seat. I loved the way it went from real interviews to the movie and back. The actors were believable and the script was well written. I would recommend this movie, I feel this could really catch on.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!! March 25, 2013
Format:DVD
This film had me literally jumping out of my seat! Great acting, directing, cinematography and storyline. A must watch, especially if you like scary movies, I couldn't even sleep the night I saw it. Shadow people delivers as believable, great storyline along with true accounts.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Soooo scary. It make you look around.
Published 28 days ago by Daddyo
3.0 out of 5 stars Sleep Paralysis I have and it is a highly intense scary thing to have,...
I have had sleep paralysis since I was a little boy, so I was looking forward to seeing this movie. It does suffer from Hollywooditis in that it makes it very ridiculous. Read more
Published 1 month ago by 1n50mniac
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It's a pretty good movie. Kept my interest well enough.
Published 2 months ago by Melanie D.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Worth watching still gives me nightmares
Published 2 months ago by Gabriel
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fun read.
Published 3 months ago by Sherry A. Larson
5.0 out of 5 stars it's mondatory that everyone watch this " movie"
this "movie" it's everything the so called rational people can't explain
and I guarantee it will change your life forever ..!!
Published 3 months ago by Buck
5.0 out of 5 stars I love urban legends and folklore
I love urban legends and folklore, I enjoy Jason Offut's blog and books, and so I very much enjoyed this movie. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Luna Dante
5.0 out of 5 stars Well crafted, made my heart race.
As a girl my very sane, highly educated and down to earth Grandmother shared her terrifying stories of night terrors. Read more
Published 5 months ago by InformedReviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Chilling Moments
It's better than most indie horror movies at least it tries to tell a interesting story based of true events.
Published 8 months ago by Jose Pelaez
3.0 out of 5 stars It was OK
In this movie they implied that people who see the shadow people only see them while experiencing sleep paralysis. It's just not true! Read more
Published 8 months ago by CGbluerose
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