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Shiver (2008)

Mar Sodupe , Francesc Orella , Isidro Ortiz  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mar Sodupe, Francesc Orella, Roberto Enríquez, Junio Valverde, Andres Herrera
  • Directors: Isidro Ortiz
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Anamorphic, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Dark Sky Films
  • DVD Release Date: October 28, 2008
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001CDLAU8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,759 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Shiver" on IMDb

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Atmospheric, creepy... A great horror film.

TERRIFYING AND TENDER...A Nocturnal Thriller With Some Heart-Stopping Shocks --Edinburgh International Film Festival

THE TITLE SAYS IT ALL...SHIVER is a Terrifying Thriller! --El País

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From The Producer Of

Where Can You Hide
When You Live In The Dark?

Junio Valverdi of THE DEVIL S BACKBONE stars as Santi, a bullied teen who suffers from a rare and violent allergy to sunlight. When his condition worsens, he and his mother are forced to move to a remote village in the mountains. But something is alive deep in this shadowy forest. It is hungry and vicious. It has begun killing the local townspeople. And now it wants Santi. Can a frightened outcast find safety in the darkness or does the ultimate terror wait in the most unexpected place of all? Francesc Orella and Mar Sodupe co-star in this chilling Spanish horror thriller from acclaimed director Isidro Ortiz (FAUSTO 5.0) and featuring art direction by Pilar Revuelta, Oscar® winner for PAN S LABYRINTH.

Official Selection, 2008 Berlin Film Festival.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you liked The Orphanage... November 22, 2008
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n Shiver, Junio Valverde plays Santi (also plays Santi in Devil's Backbone) a kid who suffers from an allergy to sunlight that forces his mother to move to a small village in northern Spain. The village sits in the mountains and gets significantly less sunlight than the place they were living, so Santi is able to go out during the day and be a normal kid. When a classmate sees something in the woods, Santi and two other kids end up trekking into the woods to find it. One boy ends up dead and Santi is the suspect. DNA testing reveals that he was not the one to kill the boy, but then another man is killed and Santi happens to be nearby yet again. But this time Santi gets a good look at the killer and no one believes him.

A great horror flick! It's suspenseful and the acting is great. There's also a nice little twist at the end that could be considered somewhat predictable, but worked for me.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I recommend this movie. It is the rare combination of skillful direction and cinematography with a plausible, scary plot. Too many horror movies rely on blood and gore to mask the lack of craftsmanship, originality, and talent involved in their production. In Shiver, the acting is excellent, the scenery is beautiful, the plot is more plausible and artfully presented than most, and (most importantly) it delivers some serious chills without relying on the cliched nonsense we have come to expect from movies of this genre. It is an interesting, exciting, original cinematic experience created by a skilled group of professionals.

The version I watched was offered in Spanish with English subtitles. While some may not enjoy this format, I assure you that after a few minutes, and once you become involved in the story, it will be a worthwhile, rewarding cinematic experience.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "How do you celebrate Midsummer?" "Very carefully..." December 31, 2010
It's going to take more than a conveniently scheduled night school and a pair of sunglasses to assist Santi in coping with photophobia (not an actual fear of sunlight; just overly sensitive to it). A change in location might do the trick, but Santi's mother feels Lapland might be a bit on the extreme side. The consolation prize is moving to a remote village in northern Spain that is surrounded by mountains, thus limiting the country folk to daylight on a regular basis. Something else seems to surround said village... a fear, a superstition, if you will, of what walks through the woods... When legends begin to form into a possible reality, does the real evil reside amidst the wilderness, or from the new residents of the town? I mean xeroderma is a most understandable symptom from Santi's condition, but enlarged canine teeth? Yes, members of Spain's horror film gurus in the 21st Century (that Guillermo del Toro seemed to have started) have assembled again (producers Alvaro Augustin and Javier Ugarte; production designer Pilar Revuelta; Junio Valverde as Santi) to make another visually absorbing but, unlike the others, slightly disapointing. However, considering the pedigree of the filmmakers at hand, slightly disapointing still equates to an above average horror film, which includes some of the scariest deep woods scenes ever. Note: Audio and subtitles are available for both Spanish and English, but I would recommend to do without the English dub (which has that all too obvious soundstage aura and lacks a lot of enthusiasm in the dialogue) unless you absolutely abhor reading subtitles. 6.75/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Born To Be Wild... January 12, 2013
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SHIVER is the tale of a boy named Santi and his mum, relocating to a small, rural village in northern Spain. They've moved in order to take advantage of the darker days of the canyons, due to Santi's medical condition. Upon arrival, things begin to happen that plunge them into mystery, savagery, and murder. Santi is well-played by Junio Valverde (THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE), and represents the misunderstood, lonely outsider, forced to deal w/ horrors that no one else believes in. He is suspected of the very crimes that he's trying to solve. This leads to a nice twist and a disturbing revelation. If you're looking for fear and suspense, SHIVER delivers...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay, but not all that scary ..... September 2, 2010
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The premise is really good and there are a few scary parts. The big twist in the movie was one of the best, but the story overall just didn't quite live up to the hype.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dynamic/Interesting Story November 2, 2009
This film was not what I was expecting. I like foreign horror films, especially Spanish (like The Orphanage, The Nameless, Pan's Labyrinth(not horror, I know)), and it's probably because they have innovative storylines that do not lead to predictable endings. Always visually stunning, with great moody scores, they just seem to have a great grasp on capturing an eerie mood and dragging the audience in.

Shiver is no exception to mastering the sensory magic of foreign horror films. But Shiver is a departure in its storyline. Santi is allergic to light, so his mother moves out to rustic valley to help his health. Once Santi appears, strange things begin to happen in the woods with fatal results. What is happening, and how will Santi prove he is not the cause? Great twists and turns keep you interested and breaths new life into the horror genre.

Well done film with an innovative story that deserves a look. Recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the Horror genre from Spain
Director Isidro Ortiz is a genius. Many traditional 'scary movie' elements woven into a story that will keep you guessing - and "Shivering". Read more
Published 28 days ago by Sr Happy Popi
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Flick!
Really enjoyed this movie! The photography was dark but it was entertaining. I like Caspar Van Dien in this type of role.
Published 4 months ago by Pooh Bear
4.0 out of 5 stars great movie
if you can stand subtitles
this is a well done horror film
the kids are just great and perfectly scary
just like most kids today
Published 12 months ago by Queen
5.0 out of 5 stars spookey
I didn't have high expectations for this movie, but surprisingly it was a lot better than i thought. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Fresc00
2.0 out of 5 stars Great idea & start to a fillm...
& then all downhill. At one point it turned into the Blair Witch Project (as another reviewer mentioned)& then a dopey horror movie. The ending was very stupid. It made no sense. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Roger
2.0 out of 5 stars Drama to After School Special to Bad B-Horror
What begins as a decent atmospheric, suspenseful thriller, dives deeply into After School Special territory, and (without giving away the ending) ends in the last frames with worst... Read more
Published on August 28, 2011 by DAVID Bruce
3.0 out of 5 stars I fell asleep
This movie is in spanish, I think. You have the option of subtitles or switch to a english version. The story could have told more, the scenery is very prety. Read more
Published on March 19, 2010 by Stan C
3.0 out of 5 stars Pretty, but predictable.
Eskalofrio (Isidro Ortiz, 2008)

I have seen it said in other reviews that Eskalofrio (in English, Shiver) avoids the trajectory of the American horror film. Read more
Published on January 27, 2010 by Robert Beveridge
2.0 out of 5 stars Twilight meets the Blair Witch
Guys, I really hate to be the party pooper in this group of glowing reviews, but...oh well. I just didn't find this all that scary. Read more
Published on January 1, 2010 by Gotham Night
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