Frightfest 09: Review of Shadow

Year: 2009

Directors: Federico Zampaglione

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Review by: Ben Austwick

Rating: 6.5 out of 10

Presented with an Italian rock star's directorial debut you're bound to expect something a bit Rob Zombie-like, gaudy, fast moving and image-conscious, but Federico Zampanglione has taken a more considered approach in a well-paced, assured film that unfortunately lacks the zip and colour of Zombie's divisive movies.

A young soldier, David, played by Jake Muxworthy, returns from a tour of duty in Iraq and realising he needs a bit of head space takes a mountain biking holiday in a beautiful, forested region of the Alps. He meets a girl with a similar idea and they join together to cycle through some stunning scenery, that with its misty valleys and mossy undergrowth manages to be a cut above the usual horror woodland setting. There are other holidaymakers in this lonely region, two comically overacted bad-guy hunters,
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