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Shellter -- A young woman awakens in fallout shelter and finds she must do terrible things to others or they will do terrible things to her.

She has to decide what she is willing to do to survive and the viewer has to make that same decision:  How far would you go to survive?

Don't kid yourself... you'd do anything.


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How far would you go to survive?
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  (in credits order)
Cari Sanders ... Zoey
Will Tulin ... Doctor (as William David Tulin)

Maria Olsen ... Nurse
Kurshila Martini ... Sassy
Adam Fleck ... Fearless

Alex Petrovitch ... Bob
Sophie King ... Emily

Michelle Blum ... Lucy
Christine Little ... Janet

Elizabeth J. Carlisle ... Tina (as Elizbeth J. Carlisle)
Vinnie Bilancio ... Joe
Leah Grimsson ... Stacy
Erin Rae ... Amy
Beth Hettig ... Betty
Kelsie Stevens ... Little Blonde Girl

Shari Gulley ... Wendy

Katelyn Gault ... 1st Horror Film Girl
Brittney Daylee ... 2nd Horror Film Girl
Michelle Merker ... 1st Newscaster
Pat Matthews ... 2nd Newscaster
Chelsea Caputo ... Medical Assistant
Carli Caputo ... Patient
Carol Merker ... TV Fallen Woman
Stephanie Hannah ... Home Improver

Lisa Maureen Hart ... TV Sitcom Mom (as Lisa Hart)
Ariel Donley ... TV Sitcom Daughter
Cameron Donley ... Rock Video Guitarist
Jennifer Stevens ... Dog Walker
Craig Stevens ... Dog Walker
Dan Donley ... Angry Scientist

Directed by
Dan Donley 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dan Donley  written by

Produced by
Michelle Merker .... producer
Cinematography by
Dan Donley 
Film Editing by
Michael C. Harrington 
Art Direction by
Richard Sedota 
Makeup Department
Leah Renee Amaro .... key makeup artist
Ashlee Collins .... assistant makeup artist
Production Management
Chuck Jean .... production manager
Camera and Electrical Department
Justin Nielsen .... gaffer
Larry Smith .... BTS camera


Additional Details

USA:87 min
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Gimmie Shelter!, 21 December 2010
Author: Greg ( from Oakville, Ontario

Imagine waking up to find yourself in an underground hospital room where you are informed that a viral infection as wiped out the entire populous above. That is the situation finding Zoey (Cari Sanders) when she regains consciousness and finds herself under the care of the shelter's doctor (Will Tulin). The doctor and a not-quite-right nurse suggest they are two of only a handful of survivors of the plague and that survival may involve the surgical removal of any infected area.

As the hours run long, Zoey begins to question the logic being presented. And when others show up in the shelter and are treated by the sadistic doctor, she begins to plan an escape – even if that means risking her life in the infected area above.

Shellter is written and directed by Dan Donley and has travelled the festival circuit winning Best Feature at the Fargo Fantastic Film Fest and the Phoenix Fear Film Fest while being nominated at countless others including the Dark Carnival and Oklahoma Film Festivals. The story in and of itself is brilliant. One can immediately relate to poor Zoey having no recollection of how she got there and imagine what you would do if put in the same dire circumstance. Donley is smart to not let the audience get ahead of the reveals to which Zoey must uncover throughout her stay. And the sheer futility of resistance leads to credible stretches such as Zoey taking over for the insane nurse that can no longer fulfill her duties.

Shellter does enough things right to grant a viewing but enough things wrong to keep it from elevating the interesting story premise above the norm. On the favorable side of the ledger, there is some descent gore to go along with the involving. The doctor does a good job of slicing and skinning new visitors to the shelter and the blood is not CGI'd in either.

But there were a few things that just didn't sit well with us. The lulls in the film were devastatingly boring. Although the film is listed at only 87 minutes, a further 5-7 minutes may have been shaved from the film to give it more punch power per round.

The reveal in the film's final chapters should be clear to anyone who watches films based in the genre. There was no 'wow' factor or anything outside of the obvious that requires in-depth analysis here.

Shellter is another title amongst a growing list of low budget independent horror/thriller films that do enough to keep our interest and are just a few cuts or a few additions from really rising above the crop of the ordinary. Shellter doesn't quite reach that plateau, but keep writer/director Dan Donley on your watch list. He seems to at least be on the right track, and given a bigger budget, there's no telling what he might accomplish.

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