Thursday, 21 June 2012

Horror Review: The Shadow Of Death (2012)

A mystery killer stalks an English rainy woodland and finds a cabin inhabited by lost stoners.

I'm truly in love with the indie scene at the moment, Horror films by Horror fans who wear their influences on their sleeves. This is exactly what we have here with "The Shadow Of Death"

With a cast of unknowns and on a minuscule budget (reportedly £250) it's an under-statement to say Gav Chuckie Steel had his work cut out for him, in-fact he wrote, shot, directed, edited and scored the film himself. He was lucky to have a dedicated cast & crew on board with him.

The story is a simple but funny one, a bunch of friends go out to the woods to score some weed. Unknown to them a killer is on a rampage. It lives up-to its Horror-Comedy tag, the comedy aspect is very well wrote ranging from dry humour to a slapstick style so it's hard to get bored.

The humour does not diminish the Horror aspect though, one minute you're laughing then the next you're cringing at the brutality of the death scenes. The one thing that annoys me about low budget Horror is when the use of very bad C.G.I. is used and it looks like half film/half computer game and not a good one. With this film there is none of that, it's all practical effects which gives the film a more authentic feel.

This film is by no means a blockbuster, not even in the slightest, but what it does have is dedication, heart and blood. On viewing it you can see that so much hard work went into it and the whole cast & crew should be proud of themselves for the final product. The indie scene is truly blooming at the moment, Gav Chuckie Steel is a diamond in the making and I'm looking forward to what he has for us in the future.

As I said it's VERY low budget but don't let that deter you away from viewing this, with influences ranging from the Slasher genre to Italian Horror and dialogue filled with comedy and terror then there's something for everyone to enjoy.

If you want to see "The Shadow Of Death" teaser trailer then just click on the video below:

One last thing. With this being an indie film it does need support and word of mouth to help spread the word so here's some links for you:





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