Shadows of the Dead
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The story concerns a guy who gets attacked while taking a woodland stroll with his girlfriend. For reasons unknown, the attack causes our hero's heart to stop. He's apparently dead, but he doesn't seem to know it. So, he hangs out in his apartment and his girlfriend brings him hot soup and tries to nurse him back to health. Of course, it's only a matter of time before our guy decides to infect his girlfriend with this lovely gift. So, now she's kinda undead too. They hang out in their bedroom and bemoan their fate. Lots of caked on white makeup ensues. She hates him for doing this to her. The End.
I understand that when you have five dollars to make a horror movie, one of the first things you decide to do is find a way to contain the story. Movies like "Saw", 'Cabin Fever", "Evil Dead" and "Misery" show that you can have a very effective horror film with a minimum of locations. But setting your entire movie in a bedroom with two undead characters who don't really do anything but bicker is just plain lazy. It's about as scary as watching paint dry. Maybe that's the sequel to this one.
If you find yourself watching horror movies and always wanting the killer to kill the insipid cliche teenagers, then why not check out a movie from the monster's point of view? This brought up interesting questions.... What is it like to be a zombie? What are the moral delimas one goes through when one begins to transform into a zombie? Do you take other's lives to sustain your own? Who do you kill if you have to? How can you justify such actions?
If you want a slasher film with the same plot go check out JASON or FREDDY parts 19 or 24.
The production values may be lacking at times, but that all seems to add to the feel of the film. Makes it seem a little more real. This is obviously a independant film, but I'd take a independant film over a studio film if there's a unique idea in it. This film definetly has unique ideas going for it.
I really like this film, however I have to admit that I like it for it's originality, if there where many movies like this then Shadows of the dead would probably not rank that high. There are hundred if not thousands of movies where a group of desperate survivors try to fight of zombies, there are very few movies where the story is told from the perspective of the zombies themselves and even fewer that are a love story such as this one. Now the movie itself is not bad, but it do lack a bit of planning, the viewer have to be rather generous with suspense of disbelief. The movie get a bit drawn out at times and it might have done better as a short film than as a full movie. However I think the actors do a good job, and all in all this film is atmospheric and interesting for it's weirdness and uniqueness.
Shadows of the Dead is obviously produced on the cheap, the costumes and make up are not exactly top notch, however I think they get to job done. All in all I am very pleased with this film. I am a huge zombie fan and Shadows of the Dead bring something new to a genre which is often rather stale.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This movie crawls and deserves a double punch on your hacker's card. It begs the moral question, "Is it okay to kill others to stay alive? Read morePublished on May 22, 2010 by The Movie Guy
I remember seeing this movie and it was awful. I felt there was no action, no plot. We called it Zombies in Love. Read morePublished on February 7, 2008 by T. J. KNIGHT
A good indie horror film worth tracking down.
People who say that this movie is a slow film, either haven't seen this movie or, I suspect that they are merely quoting... Read more
I like the idea of this film but it's just to slow and needed some spice, blood, action anything, I just stopped caring after awhile. Read morePublished on June 22, 2006 by Barry Brandon
I bought this movie previously viewed and being a horror movie fan, I thought that this might be a good movie. Well, I can say I've seen alot better movies than this one. Read morePublished on March 2, 2006 by S.M.
a movie that I have a love/hate relationship with. In many ways I love this movie because it is a great horror film. Read morePublished on August 1, 2005 by avantgardefive
I was unfortunate enough to rent this movie from my local video store. It is just about the most awful, boring piece of garbage it has been my misfortune to see. Read morePublished on July 16, 2005 by Yoyogod
First I give 3 stars mainly because of the cinematography. Very well done. However, I agree the movie was original but be careful if you are looking for a faster movie. Read morePublished on December 28, 2004 by EE Mena