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Release Date:
28 April 2005 (Russia) See more »
Fear your past... it will find you. See more »
A naked teenage boy covered in blood appears at a remote sheriff's station one year after the brutal unsolved murder of a local girl... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Timothy V. Murphy ... Jack Sheppard

Stan Kirsch ... Stuart Dempsey

Lindsey Stoddart ... Laura Russell

Patty McCormack ... Helen Reedy

Rocky Marquette ... Boy

Natalie Avital ... Darby Owens

Chris Hendrie ... Albert Underhill

Tara Killian ... Amy Underhill

Myron Natwick ... Harvey

Steve Eastin ... Detective Russell

John Kapelos ... Leroy Riley

Christine Avila ... Mrs. Underhill

Ori Pfeffer ... Curtis
Victor Campos ... Bus Driver

John MacKane ... Passenger #1

John Henry Whitaker ... Passenger #2 (as John Whitaker)

Tom Druilhet ... Passenger #3

Sheri Foster ... Female Detective
Jeff Enden ... Mark

Todd William Worden ... Young Harvey (as Todd Worden)
Christine Boutros ... Harvey Victim #1
Anjeanette Carter ... Harvey Victim #2

Shayne Eastin ... Harvey Victim #3

Brent McEwan ... Bus Passenger
Kelly Cooper ... Bus Passenger
Rodrigo Vera ... Bus Passenger

Christian Badami ... Bus Passenger

Jennifer Farley ... Bus Passenger (as Jennifer Herron)
Heather Brumley ... Bus Passenger
Scott Bogatz ... Victim #1
Heather Deschamps ... Victim #2

Marshall Allman ... Victim #3
William Tiffany ... Victim #4
Craig Grannan ... Victim #5
Hertha Kelley ... Victim #6
David Terrell ... Thomas Reedy
Eloisa De Laurentiis ... Jessica Reedy (as Eloisa Delaurentiis)
Kimberly Fiallo ... Police Officer #1 (as Kimberly Fiallo Tarver)

Directed by
Sheldon Wilson 
Writing credits
Sheldon Wilson (written by)

Produced by
Albert Arena .... co-producer
Fred Bien .... co-producer
Pierre David .... executive producer
Stan Evans .... co-producer
Lawrence Goebel .... executive producer
Martin Mathieu .... producer
William Mendel .... executive producer
Jason Ninness .... producer
Randy Sampson .... co-producer
Greg Schnitzer .... associate producer
John P. Tarver .... producer (as John Tarver)
William Tiffany .... co-producer
Sheldon Wilson .... producer
Original Music by
Steve London 
Cinematography by
John P. Tarver  (as John Tarver)
Film Editing by
Sheldon Wilson 
Production Design by
Don 'Tex' Clark  (as Don Clark)
Costume Design by
Anya Teresse 
Makeup Department
Ellen Esgana .... makeup artist
Saul Gallegos .... special makeup effects supervisor
Jolene Gasparine .... second hair stylist
Tanisha Knox .... third hair stylist
Patrick Magee .... special makeup effects
Helena Pham .... makeup artist
Kelly Snead .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Stephanie L. Harmatz .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jim Goodman .... first assistant director
D.W. Hines .... second assistant director
Talin Parseghian Middleton .... second assistant director (as Talin Palseghian)
Tanmay Mistry .... second assistant director
Julie Zafiratos .... second second assistant director
Art Department
Jacob DeWilde .... set dresser
Michael Francisco .... set dresser
Martin Gee .... assistant property master
Tina Gukasyan .... conceptual artist
Richard G. Owen .... property master (as Richard Owen)
Nick Sternberg .... set dresser
Sound Department
Steve London .... sound editor
Antonio Moncada .... sound mixer
Richie Nieto .... re-recording mixer
Richie Nieto .... sound designer
Richie Nieto .... sound editor
Hazel Sanabria .... foley artist
Trevor Ward .... sound consultant: Dolby
Special Effects by
Krystle Grochowski .... special effects lab assistant
Quinn Larson .... special effects lab assistant
Tim Martin .... special effects lab assistant
Torrence Hall .... special effects (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Dana Boadway Masson .... CGI animator (as Dana Boadway)
Kostas Theodosiou .... digital color timer
Dean Warren .... cgi supervisor
Scott Blackwood .... assistant stunt coordinator
Scott Blackwood .... stunt double: Jack
Rita Bland .... stunt double: Helen
Madonna Cacciatore .... stunt double: Laura
Stephanie Cheeva .... stunt double: Darby
Richard Dorton .... stunt coordinator
Richard Dorton .... stunt double: Laura
Camera and Electrical Department
Siddhartha Abbazi .... second assistant camera (as Sid Abbazi)
Benjamin Agee .... grip
Brian Bellamy .... camera operator: "b" camera
Brian Bellamy .... key grip
Scot Conti .... still photographer
Jesse Eisenhardt .... second assistant camera: second unit
Blake Farber .... grip
Sam Friedlander .... loader
Mark Gamsey .... set electrician
Joe Garcia .... grip: second unit
Eric Green .... grip
Bill Heffley .... set electrician
Scott Johnston .... first assistant camera: second unit
Vessie Kazachka .... first assistant camera
Nick Marier .... electrician
Nick Marier .... swing grip
BJ McDonnell .... steadicam operator (as B.J. McDonnell)
Curt Miles .... gaffer
Sean P. Neelon .... best boy grip (as Sean Neelon)
Weber Shih .... first assistant camera
Naveen Singh .... camera trainee
Adam B. Stein .... best boy electric (as Adam Stein)
James Sweeney .... gaffer
John P. Tarver .... camera operator (as John Tarver)
Byron Thompson .... grip
Greg Townsend .... grip: second unit
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jennifer Goldberg .... wardrobe supervisor
Editorial Department
Joe Fineman .... post-production consultant
Adam B. Stein .... post-production assistant (as Adam Stein)
Music Department
Cameron Arnold .... singer
Heather Aspinwall .... singer
Maria Bakó .... score production assistant
Jeno Banyai .... score technical coordinator
Donna Bishop .... singer
Anna Bonn .... music preparation
Gábor Buczkó .... score technical coordinator
Susie Csomor .... score production assistant
Lara Farley .... singer
Gerhart Frei .... score consultant
Sándor Jenei .... score technical coordinator
Stephen Keith .... singer
Jennifer Kirkwood .... singer
Csaba Lokos .... contractor: Concert & Media Ltd.
Steve London .... conductor
Paula Macneill .... singer (as Paula MacNeill)
Gregor Narholz .... conductor
Gregor Narholz .... score consultant
David Santiago .... scoring engineer
Eric Stonerook .... music preparation
Transportation Department
Richard Rollison .... transportation coordinator
Other crew
Shanele Alvarez .... assistant production coordinator
Elizabeth Chyr .... production assistant
Tom Druilhet .... production coordinator: second unit
Joe Enriquez .... production assistant
Lisa Fullenkamp .... production assistant
Dionne Gordon .... production coordinator
Regina House .... set medic
Ronald Jenkins .... fire marshall (as Ron Jenkins)
Aaron Martz .... production assistant
Christopher Nelson .... production assistant
Brigitte Sampson .... production assistant: second unit
Alex Shelby .... production assistant
Brad Steele .... production assistant
Dewitt Stern .... insurance: Truman Van Dyke Company
Mike Tristano .... gun specialist

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Living Blood" - Japan (English title) (DVD title)
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Rated R for strong violence and gore, nudity and some language
97 min | Germany:93 min (DVD version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Factual errors: The sheriff carries a Ruger Mini-14 rifle throughout the film, however there is never a magazine in the weapon. Though Ruger does make a version of the rifle with a fixed internal magazine, you can clearly see the open magazine well in a few shots; he's carrying an empty weapon.See more »
Stuart Dempsey:Things haven't exactly been normal around here, you know what I'm saying?
Detective Russell:Things haven't been normal anywhere for the last 24 hours.
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Movie Connections:
References The Exorcist (1973)See more »
No One LeavesSee more »


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11 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Disturbing., 5 March 2006
Author: gothic_a666 from Portugal


It is true that there are many issues in Shallow Ground that hamper its performance as a masterpiece and keep it from reaching classic status. The acting, for example, was far from excellent, there are too many easily perceived goofs and the characters fail to make any impression other than that of their physical presence on set and even that can almost be disregarded, at times.

Yet, there is a very fortunate combination of factors that rise this movie above the average, uninspired product with little or no value. First of all, the scenery. Not only are the woods chosen a very strong visual setting in which to unroll a horror story as it was explored almost to the fullest. Instead of the typical dark-hued and mostly shady forest environment for which most of these movies would go for, Shallow Ground opts to shoot sun dappled clearings and light flooded groves. And this green preponderance is shockingly effective when it becomes the background for the blood soaked boy whose silent performance may very be one of the most uncanny characters ever to haunt a horror movie.

Which is another strong feature in this movie, perhaps the most original one, the nameless creation whose identity is a mystery and whose purpose is never fully explained. Although many will claim this is a fault in the script, that plot-wise it is a muddle of never fully developed ideas, in a way that is exactly its allure. A horror movie must leave something to the imagination, there is not need to skin down motives and expose a very well define system of motivations for it to work as a nightmarish concoction of the not necessarily logic.

Although it does remind one of an X Files Episode, the gruesome and very often blood spattered approach that permeates the whole movie set it a few rungs above the toned down horror of our days.

At least, Shallow Ground is not afraid to be a pure horror movie, one that accepts the rules of the genre only to introduce fresh variations within a tradition that seemed to be dying off. Shallow Ground may the first movie of the 2000's to follow the Texas Chainsaw legacy.

And that is praise worthy.

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