Movie Review – Shadow People (2013)

Shadow People
Directed by Matthew Arnold
Courtesy of Anchor Bay Films
Release Date: March 19, 2013

Shadow People

SHADOW PEOPLE is one of those films that claims to be based on true events. I don’t know if this is true or not, but I can definitely see how it could be in this case. The subject matter is steeped in realism and I would wager we have all experienced something like this at one time or another. Heck, I had trouble going to sleep last night after watching this one…and that’s saying something for a guy that watches horror movies regularly! Needless to say, this is one film that any horror fan needs to check out soon!

If you are not familiar with SHADOW PEOPLE, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of the Anchor Bay press release:

Sudden Unexplained Nocturnal Death Syndrome is a real phenomenon where seemingly young, healthy people can die mysteriously in their sleep. Survivors of the syndrome report a feeling of terror while being paralyzed in their bed as a shadowy figure attempts to grab or strangle them. When a rash of sleep fatalities is reported on air by a struggling late night radio host, a skeptical CDC investigator is called in to verify his claims. What they discover is a deadly, psychological condition where fear causes the shadow beings to appear. This supernatural thriller, based on true events, interweaves never-before-seen archival footage, interviews and news reports about this horrifyingly real phenomenon.

I am stunned that 162 reviewers on have given this film only 4.4 stars out of 10 as of the writing of this review. I figured this would have garnered at least 6 or 7 stars out of 10. That’s what I would have ranked it as, anyway. It’s that good.

SHADOW PEOPLE is shot very well and combines supposed archival footage with movie-style reenactments of the same events. Some folks might not like this, but I find it works very well when done correctly. This film pulls it off with ease.

The acting is also great, with Dallas Roberts headlining the cast as radio host Charlie Crowe. Horror fans will recognize Roberts from his role on THE WALKING DEAD. Roberts does a stellar job in this role, and I look forward to seeing him on-screen in the future.

The best aspect of SHADOW PEOPLE is how it scares you: the shadowy beings that are seen on camera strike a primal chord deep within the viewer’s mind. As a result, a simple movement of shadow (where there should be nothing moving) can send terror surging through your veins. I love how many times I jumped while watching this one.

SHADOW PEOPLE is a great and fun-filled jaunt into simplistic horror. This might be a great date movie because it will scare you both. I recommend giving this one a look for sure.


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