DEAD SHAD­OWS

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Rated / Dvd & blu- ray -

Re­lease Date: 27 July

2012 | 18 | DVD/ VOD

Di­rec­tor David Cholewa is a huge fan of John Car­pen­ter, and it’s ob­vi­ous from his de­but fea­ture. In this French- lan­guage sci- fi- hor­ror, a shy IT guy with a fear of the dark ( Fabian Wol­from) must over­come his pho­bia to sur­vive af­ter a comet causes Paris’s pop­u­la­tion to start turn­ing into mur­der­ous mu­ta­tions: cue ten­ta­cled Love­craftian hor­rors and sights rem­i­nis­cent of Rob Bot­tin’s de­signs for The Thing. Clock­ing in at un­der 75 min­utes, it’s a fre­net­i­cally paced ef­fort that un­re­lent­ingly piles on the gore and ef­fec­tively gen­er­ates a doom- laden at­mos­phere, although some shonky CGI lets the side down, and rather too many ques­tions are left unan­swered.

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