The sensational details of a gruesome murder in The Daily Gazette have London in a panic, as a blood-thirsty madman - more vicious than Jack the Ripper - preys upon the city. Of greater ...
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The sensational details of a gruesome murder in The Daily Gazette have London in a panic, as a blood-thirsty madman - more vicious than Jack the Ripper - preys upon the city. Of greater concern to Scotland Yard, however, is that the account of the murder was published nearly two hours prior to the crime having been committed! Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson - the Great Detective and his faithful assistant and chronicler - find themselves challenged with one of their most baffling cases - "The Case of the Woman Who Was Murdered Tomorrow"! Will an innocent man be sent to the gallows? How much blood will be shed before a scarred fiend is brought to justice? ...And who are the mysterious Shadow Watchers, a coven of ominous figures who orchestrate terror from within the darkness? Starring Anthony D.P. Mann as Holmes and Terry Wade as Dr. Watson, "Sherlock Holmes and the Shadow Watchers" is a horrifying new adventure, produced with the kind permission of the Conan Doyle Estate*. DVD / Online... Written by
I purchased a copy of this DVD because I am an avid collector of all things pertaining to Sherlock Holmes; that includes the good and the bad. In reading the reviews for this film, I was expecting bad. I was much relieved to find what I'd purchased was a delightful 70 minutes of simple fun. Sure, the acting isn't completely professional, there are problems with the script, and the solution relies on an accidental discovery rather than Holmes's keen observation. However, you can tell everyone involved in this little production is having a ball. According to the director's comments this film only cost $3500 to produce. That is amazing considering what they were able to do to stretch each penny. The interior Baker Street set is a delight (just look at all the little details), the crew found cobblestone streets and a makeshift jail cell for some other locations. The costumes and outdoor scenes seem to give the impression that London is a small hamlet rather than a bustling city, but it's forgivable considering this is pretty much a fan film. I've seen the Robert Downey Jr. films. I liked the first one very much and have watched it a number of times, but that second one was so nonsensical as to make it nearly unwatchable. I saw it in theaters and bought the DVD (as I said, good AND bad) but I have yet been able to sit through it a second time. I know that SHADOW WATCHERS will be seen again and again over the years. According to the DVD a sequel is planned. I will be a customer for that film as well. Good job overall. Fun for most Sherlock fans as long as you don't take yourselves too seriously.
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