Shadow People [Blu-ray]
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
The movie is very well done and very interesting. The insertion of actual footage makes it unique but it also breaks the flow of the film and kept reminding me that it was a film, so there's a positive and negative effect there. However, I think it is more positive than negative and it is, after all what they were going for. Its one of those, reality is stranger than fiction things. Definitely worth a watch for a horror junkie.
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Not a very good horror flick. If you are bored with nothing else to do then maybe you'll want to watch it.Published 8 days ago by Mickey Gibbs
This isn't a movie that scares you while you're watching it as much as it makes you uneasy afterwards. Read morePublished 11 days ago by Regina Rodriguez-Martin
Fascinating topic & i like the way the movie was done.It was a little long & drawn out but overall was good.And i can relate because I've had episodes of sleep paralysis myself.Published 20 days ago by Ariana
Calling this movie a "B Movie" would be too generous. This is more like a C- Movie. The acting is absolutely terrible, and the whole premise is complete bull. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Cody
Story Started off good but started to breakdown Halfway through. Not bad though.Published 26 days ago by Amazon Customer
This was very informative to a topic I had been researching: the shadow people, hat man, etc. I like that they featured real footage from actual events in a sort of documentary... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Shoppinmama