Excerpt: Shadow People is a low budget supernatural thriller about a late night talk show host who becomes involved in a series of incidents involving Sudden Unexplained Death Syndrome. He becomes obsessed with finding out the truth of the matter when one of his callers tells him about shadowy figures who are trying to kill him while on the air.
Excerpt: A late night radio talk show host named Charles Crowe (Dallas Roberts, The Grey ) is having trouble gaining enough listeners to get a syndication deal. As a matter of fact, his ratings are so low there is talk of taking him off the air completely. Then, one night, he gets a disturbing phone call from a boy who claims to see dark, shadowy figures in his room. The kid is so paralyzed with fear that he threatens violence with a gun.
Excerpt: While it’s a fairly basic ghost story at its core, Matthew Arnold’s Shadow People is at least something reasonably original in a genre awash with found footage ghost stories. Interestingly enough, he takes modern technology and uses it by integrating it into the movie but it never tries to put us behind the camera and plays out more or less as a traditional movie in that regard.
Excerpt: The Film In broad daylight the idea of something unexplained creeping into your bedroom, paralyzing you with fear, and literally scaring you to death might seem implausible, maybe even laughable. But in the dead of night when you're all alone, it's a different story. Your mind is a powerful thing and it can play tricks on you... or maybe there really are creatures out there, hiding in the shadows, waiting to attack you in your sleep?
Conclusion: 'Shadow People' is yet another mediocre supernatural thriller that attempts to capitalize on the mockumentary, found-footage craze. There's some potential in the premise, but the gimmicky execution is surprisingly dull and paper thin. The video transfer and audio mix are both effective with no major issues. We only get one supplement and it has little to do with the actual film.
Conclusion: Shadow People is an imperfect film, but one that nobly tries to do something different with a stale premise. It takes the "found footage" and "based on real events" Horror clichés and tries to find another way to present them, but the end result is still a watered down picture that aims to scare its audience through sharp musical cues.