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Shadows of the Dead (2004)

Beverly Hynds  |  Unrated |  DVD
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Beverly Hynds
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: First Look Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: December 21, 2004
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00049QJ48
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #305,431 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Watching Paint Dry June 29, 2005
I watched this movie, and many brain cells died. I felt like one of the lead characters. If you're looking for a movie that will make you feel like a zombie, pick this one up.

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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars unique horror film. different. October 22, 2004
This is a UNIQUE horror film. This is the story from the monster's point of view. If you want a horror film can offer something more then blood and guts, then you will enjoy this.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting low-budget horror January 17, 2006
I got interested in this from seeing the cover art in the video store, and found the blurb on the back to be interesting. It seemed like a unique take on the zombie movie, so I checked it out, knowing that it would probably be a very cheaply-made movie but could be fun. I found it pretty well-written with good interaction between the two leads, and the film makes good use of its low budget. It doesn't look cheap, except for some shaky camera work and a lack of variety of locations. The characters avoid many of the dumb mistakes people make in these kinds of movies, for instance they decide to stay in the car until morning instead of run around in the woods, although they also make some monumentally stupid ones, like deciding not to go to the hospital after John is bitten by something in the woods until he actually starts getting sick. I also have to wonder why it's so easy for them to steal medicine from the clinic and why the electricity in the abandoned cabin still works. The movie also doesn't make clear whether they ever got their car back so I wonder how they got around so easily. All in all it's a fun movie which moves slowly in some places and has some clunky dialogue, but worth checking out if you're into zombie movies with an actual plot.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of Time January 23, 2005
The director of this movie made a poor attempt to spice up the horror genere.The dialogue was just plain bad, the actors gave weak performances, and the pace of the movie was slow and tiresome.This was as bad as watching Gigli.I gave it one star because the director/writer tried pretty hard to make something unique, but he failed immensly.If you want movies that are a little off key like this director tried to do, then stick with M. Night Shyamalan.Some caterpillars just aren't meant to be butterflies.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Different zombie love story. February 13, 2011
I came over this movie cheap and I did not have allot of expectations when I sat down to watch it. Now Shadows of the Dead is about a young couple who get attacked by a strange man in the woods, the man turn out to be some sort of zombie and suddenly the male protagonist is infected and it do not take long before his girlfriend is to. The pair of them, not knowing what have happened to them take refuge in a cabin in the woods. Slowly the couple turns into full fledged zombies, though they do keep their minds, and the movie is about the horror they experience as they go through this transformation and how that affects their relationship.

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.
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1.0 out of 5 stars THIS MOVIE CRAWLS
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 more
Published on May 22, 2010 by The Movie Guy
1.0 out of 5 stars More like Zombies in Love
I remember seeing this movie and it was awful. I felt there was no action, no plot. We called it Zombies in Love. Read more
Published on February 7, 2008 by T. J. KNIGHT
5.0 out of 5 stars good indie horror film worth tracking down
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
Published on April 15, 2007 by zombieefan
2.0 out of 5 stars Well it is original but not great
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 more
Published on June 22, 2006 by Barry Brandon
2.0 out of 5 stars Not So Great.....
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 more
Published on March 2, 2006 by S.M.
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT FILM, highly recomended
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 more
Published on August 1, 2005 by avantgardefive
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't buy this movie
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 more
Published on July 16, 2005 by Yoyogod
3.0 out of 5 stars Original but missed more power
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 more
Published on December 28, 2004 by EE Mena
4.0 out of 5 stars more info at [...]
Checked out the flick since I'm a huge horror fan. it's has a unique perspective on the cliche zombie formula. Read more
Published on December 10, 2004 by crmdem
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