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One potential difference between independent movies and big studio movies lies within the trailers. With a bigger movie you watch a trailer with a degree of cynicism, wondering if all the best bits have been condensed into that brief minute and a half. When a trailer for an independent looks good I think you have a little more hope for the rest of the movie. Having seen Shadowland s trailer I was filled with hope. It was an indie quite obviously but it looked good, well filmed with interesting shots and it had... something... I had hopes for the film and, I have to say, there is clearly something (good) going on in indie vampire film land because there are strong movies appearing and this is one of them. The film itself has a rather simple story but works for several reasons. With respect to the story it has a hint of a deeper philosophical discussion of good and evil though that is only explored between the lines really. However it is the pacing that makes it work so well. Weed interlaces scenes between the past and the present in such a way that he reveals the narrative masterfully and keeps the viewers interest piqued and opens up Laura's story wonderfully. It was also nice to see scenes from the past that looked as though they were in the past they really did transport the viewer back (though, as a matter of taste, I wasn t personally sure about Lazarus jacket!) The primary thing that made the film was the performance by Caitlin McIntosh. She had very little in the way of dialogue and portrayed her fear and confusion through non-verbal communication that worked really well. She really did carry the film through. Perhaps I wasn t as sure about her 19th century persona but only because her reborn performance was so well done. The other main performance is by Jason Contini as Julian. I have to say that, at first, I was unsure as to whether I was convinced by him as the hunter (who may or may not be on her side) but the character revelation at the end of the film made me realise that he had been playing the character as he should have been and any doubts were in my own preconceptions. That said, whilst we got a large amount of characterisation around Laura, I felt that we missed out on some around Julian and we could have done with more. The supporting actors all worked well and I rather enjoyed Dale D Moore as the somewhat lecherous 19th century pastor._ The final reason this worked was because it looked good. There was a good use of film, the lighting was properly done. It was clear that any budget they had was used to make the film work. It was nice, after endless camcorder calamities, to see an indie film that looked like a film (again this seems to be a mark of some of the newer, better indie vampire flicks). One thing they did do was use models rather than rely on CGI after all, CGI is unlikely to work without a big budget (Hell, even then it can fail). Thus the scene of Lazarus with wings was done using models and this offered a solid quality that CGI would never have given. Not everything worked that well, a SWAT thrown through a window looked a little false but it was a minor issue in a very good use of effects._ I really enjoyed this. When it came to the score I really had to think. To be honest I loved the direction they took the ending but I felt that perhaps the story could have been a little more in depth especially on the philosophical good vs evil side. That said, the way the whole film was cut together and paced worked so well I ended up settling on 7 out of 10. Well worth catching. The imdb page is here and the homepage, with trailer, is here. --Taliesin Meets The Vampire
In this horror film from horror director Wyatt Weed, Caitlin McIntosh stars as an amnesiac vampiress who doesn t know whether to run from or towards a bounty hunter dispatched by the Vatican who claims he can save her soul. --Independent Film Channel
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For me the major flaw in the movie arises from 90 percent of the movie relating to the chase in present time. There was not enough effort and energy put into the back story until the end of the movie. Yes, the pieces do come together in a competent and coherent way, but the story is never given a chance to evolve and pull the viewer in.
The prolonged chase did not hold my attention as well as I would have liked because the time wasn't utilized to its full potential to tell the story.
If I give even a few details it would spoil the story due to its simplistic nature and lack of depth.
There is a fair amount of violence without being graphic along with some foul language, but not a lot. The gore is very tame and there wasn't any sex scenes in the movie and the only partial nudity was of the back, legs and side of the female lead. This was very tame for a Vamp movie and one the early teens might be able to view with the family.
I will give this one 3 stars for the effort they put into this production. I just wished they would have developed the story with more depth.
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not horrible but not good.....just wait till its on prime. why they make you pay for this god only knows!Published 22 months ago by Charles E Craft
F*****g waste of money in my opinion, story line even sucked, and the acting or so called was in the gutter. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Awesome Al
Semi-original intent at re-telling the vampire lore. I cannot say I was surprised at the special effects (negligible) - but the plot was new to me. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Ralph Strickland