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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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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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A Creepy Version of Jacob's Ladder See more (27 total) »


  (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
Mauro Bonanni 
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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Factual errors: The main character was serving in Iraq. His accent is American. The American military would not allow him to have such long hair, and he was writing his mother from the front in the opening sequence, so he probably didn't have time to grow it out as long as it is.See more »
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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9 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
A Creepy Version of Jacob's Ladder, 27 August 2011
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The soldier and biker David (Jake Muxworthy) is serving in Iraq and misses biking. He rides his bicycle in Europe heading to Shadow and when he stops in a bar, he meets the beautiful Angeline (Karina Testa). The troublemaker hunters Fred (Ottaviano Blitch) and Buck (Chris Coppola) bother Angeline and David and the bar owner defend her.

When David camps in the woods, the wind carries his tent and Angeline invites him to share her tent with him. On the next morning, they ride their bicycles together and enjoy the wilderness. When Angeline sees that Fred will shot an animal, she cries and he misses his shot. Fred and Buck chase the couple with their truck and the quartet have accidents and need to walk through the woods. Sooner they are captured by a weird man that lives in an isolated house and are tortured in the basement. David manages to escape and helps the hunters to leave the place, but they are hunted down by the freak. When David wakes up, he learns that the reality is worst than his nightmare.

"Shadow" is a creepy version of Adrian Lyne's "Jacob's Ladder", which is inspired in Claude Chabrol's "Alice ou la Dernière Fugue"; later, "The Jacket" used the same storyline again. "Shadow" has a promising beginning but the story is not original – the writer used not only the foregoing idea, but also a rip-off of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" or any other sub-product - and the conclusion is very disappointing. My vote is five.

Title (Brazil): "Shadow – Na Escuridão" ("Shadow – In the Darkness")

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