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Shadow -- David (Jake Muxworthy), a young soldier returning from a tour of duty in Iraq,  decides to go on a mountain biking adventure in Europe to forget his battle-weary past. In the woods, he meets pretty young stranger Angeline (Karina Testa) and they team up to explore the picturesque surrounding area. Soon they learn of a mystifying local myth... a legend that will force David to face more shattering fears than he did during wartime. To meet the bloodthirsty butcher Mortis (Nuot Arquint) and to discover that reality is sicker than any nightmare.


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Release Date:
14 May 2010 (Italy) See more »
Reality Can Be Sicker Than Nightmares
When a young soldier leaves for a mountain biking excursion, he meets the girl of his dreams as well as a group of violent locals who want to see them dead at any cost. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Jake Muxworthy ... David

Karina Testa ... Angeline

Ottaviano Blitch ... Fred

Chris Coppola ... Buck
Emilio De Marchi ... Bar Tender / Doctor

Nuot Arquint ... Mortis
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Gianpiero Cognoli ... Customer (uncredited)

Matt Patresi ... U.S. Lieutenant (uncredited)

Directed by
Federico Zampaglione 
Writing credits
Federico Zampaglione  &
Domenico Zampaglione  &
Giacomo Gensini 

Produced by
Massimo Ferrero .... producer
Original Music by
Andrea Moscianese (original music by)
Cinematography by
Marco Bassano 
Film Editing by
Eric Strand 
Casting by
Laylee Olfat 
Production Design by
Davide Bassan 
Set Decoration by
Sergio Tribastone 
Makeup Department
Federico Carretti .... makeup designer
Federico Carretti .... special makeup effects designer
Diego Prestopino .... makeup artist
Production Management
Tiziano Tomei .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fabrizio Bava .... first assistant director (as Roy Bava)
Partha Pratim .... associate director
Andrea Zuliani .... assistant director
Art Department
Gian Pietro D'Acqui .... painter
Luigi Ottolino .... sculptor
Sound Department
Andrea Caucci .... sound
Yagmur Kaplan .... adr mixer
Saverio Lancia .... sound effects editor
Gilberto Martinelli .... sound recordist
Paolo Pucci .... sound effects editor
Special Effects by
Federico Carretti .... special effects makeup
Leonardo Cruciano .... prosthetics
Visual Effects by
Francesco Cosatti .... digital compositor
Cristiano Graziani .... digital compositor
Giulia Infurna .... compositing supervisor
Sara Paesani .... digital compositor
Matteo Petricone .... digital compositor (as Petricone Matteo)
Alessandro Salomone .... titles and visual effects designer
Giuseppe Squillaci .... visual effects supervisor
Camera and Electrical Department
Andrea Arnone .... Steadicam operator
Andrea Arnone .... camera operator: "b" camera
Massimo Cecchini .... b camera first assistant camera
Lorenzo Ciccarelli .... video assist operator
Thiago De Vincentiis .... second assistant camera
Marianna Fratantoni .... loader
Gian Claudio Giacomini .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Paolo Marchetti .... second assistant camera
Editorial Department
Sarah McTeigue .... assistant editor
Jason Pelham .... assistant editor
Filippo Pintucci .... first assistant editor
Music Department
Andrea Moscianese .... Original Soundtrack
Francesco Zampaglione .... original soundtrack
Other crew
Caterina Carlini .... production assistant
Ilaria Fontana .... production assistant
Blake Jones .... DI colorist

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77 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Fred:[putting three spoonfuls of sugar in Angeline's coffee] There. Now you go ahead and drink. That way you'll be sweeter.See more »


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35 out of 56 people found the following review useful.
A Confused Mess, 3 September 2009
Author: actually_jesus from United Kingdom

Saw this at Frightfest in London a few days ago.

Director Federico Zampaglione comes across as a really nice guy, the film seemed like a bit of a labour of love for him (he even got his old dad who helped with the script up on stage for the Q&A which was quite sweet) and he's obviously a real genre fan. That's the good news...

However, on the bad side... the story is horribly confused, the direction is all over the place - but the music isn't too bad (Zampaglione is the singer of an Italian pop-rock band) There are a few fairly gruesome moments, but there's all too much boring, nonsensical build up, with badly drawn characters running around in the woods before the "horror" bits kick in. There's also a good deal of needless mountain biking (a passion of the director) which makes the film feel like someone's switched onto an extreme sports channel for 5 mins before we can get back to the film! As I say, there are moments of promise but as an overall film it just doesn't work. I don't think that Zampaglione is really ready to be writing and helming his own films at this stage... it's a far cry from a 3 minute music promo.

Hopefully for his sake he'll maybe try and work with an outside influence who might be able to give his next project a little bit more focus. In a way you have to salute Zampaglione for making exactly the kind of film he wanted to make - but unfortunately that doesn't make it something that other people will want to watch.

One to avoid.

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