A taut reinvention of vampire lore, Shadowland opens in modern day North America, where construction workers uncover an old stone cross and what appears to be a wooden stake. They remove ... See full summary »
A taut reinvention of vampire lore, Shadowland opens in modern day North America, where construction workers uncover an old stone cross and what appears to be a wooden stake. They remove the stake from the ground, allowing Laura (Caitlin McIntosh), a slumbering vampire, to revive and rise from the earth. Beaten and weak, Laura is unable to speak, remember who she is, or even the fact that she is a vampire! As Laura attempts to make sense of the strange new world around her, she begins to remember not only an idyllic human life in 1897 but the handsome Lazarus (Carlos Antonio León), a mysterious lover who may not have had her best interests in mind. Soon Julian (Jason Contini), a world-weary vampire hunter employed by the church, begins tracking Laura, but as he closes in for the kill he learns that things are not what they seem. Written by
I just watched this movie the other day and I thought I should write a comment about it. It's sad that some people have decided to trash it for the sake of it instead of making a smart assessment of the movie and, most of all, praise the work of the independent filmmakers. You can thank the internet for it. A new breed of bullies has developed behind the computer's screen. It's like the new way to be a thug. A cyber-thug. In my opinion, the movie is very clever in presenting the Vampire genre from a different perspective: the female one. Tons of vampire movies are about the always dark-mysterious seductive male vampire. Not this one. Although there is a dark, seductive and sexy male vampire in Shadowland, it's the female lead who carries the torch. Many elements are similar to other vampire movies but hey! it's the same genre, right? so there should be similarities. However, shadowland gives an alternative to the otherwise always-gore-slashy vampire films. This one focuses on the humane part of the vampire. The acting was good for the most part, particularly the leads. Some of the supporting actors, in my opinion, were more theatrical and that's probably what people refer to when criticizing the acting. It's different to act on stage where actors tend to exaggerate movements, voices, gestures, etc than to act on film, and the viewers can pick on that. I once saw Meryl Streep on an interview where she said that acting on film should be like "not acting at all" because the camera multiplies all you do in front of it. The special effects were very good taking into consideration that the movie is independent and XF are very expensive. Kudos on that. The color of the film gives it a very Gothic feeling. I love that! I think the movie has great locations that blend perfectly with vampirism and gives a Gothic sense to the movie. The flashbacks are great also. Good way to explain what happened in the past. The end almost need a "to be continued..." because it's very clear that they are leaving the door open for a continuation. In summary, I liked it very much and I would recommend it to all those individuals who, like me, love the vampire world.
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