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2 out of 5 stars
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they're coming to get you From the night-monsters school of horror, this film tries very hard to tap into primal fears with its relatively clever and subtle style. Yet while it does deliver some good jolts, it never quite cranks up the terror. Julia (Regan) has a happy life with her hunky EMT boyfriend Paul (Blucas), when a voice from her past comes back to haunt her. Billy (Abrahams) is seeing monsters again--the same creatures of the dark that tormented both him and Julia as children, and this time he's sure they're back to get him. From here Julia's life descends into a waking nightmare as she, too, begins to see these slithering beasts whenever the lights are off, which is happening quite a lot lately due to a series of rolling blackouts. So she links up with Billy's friends Sam and Terry (Embry and Dominczyk) to try and survive. Paul of course thinks she's clearly loosing her mind.

For people afraid of the dark, these four terrified people spend an awful lot of time in places with desperately bad lighting! They also engage in rather a lot of numbskulled horror film behaviour, such as investigating, on their own, any creepy basement, scary elevator, air duct, subway track or vacant country road they can find, usually with the help of an un-trustworthy flashlight. These obvious monster movie tricks somewhat undermine the rest of the film's effectiveness. Director Harmon (The Hitcher) does crank up the tension, getting nicely petrified performances from the young cast. Regan (My Little Eye) is on track to win the Jamie Lee Curtis Scream Queen Crown of the year. While everyone else seems to be just having a bit of fun. And perhaps that's another problem: The film is wafer thin. The scares only exist for their own sake; the story has no real sense of threat until the very end. It simply plays on audience members who are frightened of being alone in the dark with a closet door ajar and dead batteries in their flashlight. Well, that's all of us then.

cert 15 themes, violence, language 3.Oct.02

dir Robert Harmon
scr Brendan William Hood
with Laura Regan, Marc Blucas, Ethan Embry, Dagmara Dominczyk, Jon Abrahams, Wanda Cannon, Desiree Zurowski, Alexander Gould, Jessica Amlee, Jonathan Cherry
release UK 1.Nov.02; US 24.Jan.03
Dimension
02/US 1h29

Get a grip. Julia tries to convince her boyfriend she's not nuts (Regan and Blucas)...

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send your review to Shadows... they're coming to get you "This is one of the most pitiful 'horror' movies to date! What is Hollywood thinking? It starts off on a good scare and spirals down to snoozeland rapidly. You keep hoping it's going to get better, or better yet scarier ... but NOT! It has a lot of potential and because of that, it makes you wonder if this is what made it to film; did someone have a huge accident and leave the 'real' movie on the editing floor? There are little things in the movie that if elaborated on or even allowed to mature could have made this an amazing movie ... but because it was clipped it is designated in my book as a 'wannabe horror movie' and that is a very sad thing!" --Ursula, Maryland 27.Nov.02
2002 by Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall

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