Shadow (2009)

Shadow (2009)

Released: 2009
Genre: Genre, Horror
Director: Federico Zampaglione
Starring: Ottaviano Blitch, Karina Testa, Jake Muxworthy, ,
Run time: 77 min
IMDb: 5.4/10
Country: Italy
Views: 56332

Synopsis

Storyline:
Soldier David missed biking while serving in Iraq. Finally at liberty, he bicycles in Europe, heading to Shadow when he stops at a bar and meets the beautiful Angeline. Troublemaker hunters Fred and Buck bother Angeline, so David and the bar owner defend her. As David later camps in the woods, the wind carries away his tent, so Angeline invites him to share hers. As they ride their bicycles together and enjoy the wilderness the next day, they again cross paths with Fred and Buck, who chase the couple with their truck, threatening their lives. The quartet all suffer accidents and end up having to walk through the woods. Soon they are captured by a strange man who lives in an isolated house and tortures the men in his basement. David manages to escape and helps the hunters to leave the place, but the freak hunts them down. David next awakens to a reality that’s worse than his nightmare.
Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
User Reviews: Saw this at Frightfest in London a few days ago.

Director Federico Zampaglione comes across as a really nice guy, the film seemed like a bit of a labour of love for him (he even got his old dad who helped with the script up on stage for the Q&A which was quite sweet) and he’s obviously a real genre fan. That’s the good news…

However, on the bad side… the story is horribly confused, the direction is all over the place – but the music isn’t too bad (Zampaglione is the singer of an Italian pop-rock band) There are a few fairly gruesome moments, but there’s all too much boring, nonsensical build up, with badly drawn characters running around in the woods before the "horror" bits kick in. There’s also a good deal of needless mountain biking (a passion of the director) which makes the film feel like someone’s switched onto an extreme sports channel for 5 mins before we can get back to the film! As I say, there are moments of promise but as an overall film it just doesn’t work. I don’t think that Zampaglione is really ready to be writing and helming his own films at this stage… it’s a far cry from a 3 minute music promo.

Hopefully for his sake he’ll maybe try and work with an outside influence who might be able to give his next project a little bit more focus. In a way you have to salute Zampaglione for making exactly the kind of film he wanted to make – but unfortunately that doesn’t make it something that other people will want to watch.

One to avoid.

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