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Shallow Grave

Directed by Danny Boyle

Written by John Hodge

UK, 1994

There’s a general rule in fiction that, in order to generate any real empathy or connection with your target audience, you have to make sure that your protagonists are to at least some degree sympathetic, likeable even. It’s a rule, incidentally, which seems to be dispensed with just as often as it’s adhered to, with wildly varying results. Before his films started developing the heart that would make him an Oscar winner, Danny Boyle specialized in making fables led by loathsome souls totally essential.

Two years before making his name with the classic Trainspotting, the Manchester born director made quite a splash with his modest and edgy debut, Shallow Grave. A Hitchcockian psychological horror thriller rife with distasteful gallows humor and wrought paranoid tension, the story of three flat mates, a suitcase full of money and »

- Scott Patterson

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