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Shadow Builder (1998)

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A demon is summoned to take the soul of a young boy, who has the potential to become a saint. By doing this, he will open a doorway to Hell, and destroy the world.


Jamie Dixon


Michael Stokes (screenplay), Bram Stoker (based upon the short story by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Rooker ... Father Vassey
Leslie Hope ... Jenny Hatcher
Shawn Thompson ... Sheriff Sam Logan
Andrew Jackson ... Shadowbuilder
Kevin Zegers ... Chris Hatcher
Tony Todd ... Evert Covey
Hardee T. Lineham Hardee T. Lineham ... Nestor Tibbot (as Hardee Lineham)
Catherine Bruhier ... Maggie MacKinnon
Gordon Michael Woolvett ... Larry Eggers (as Gordon M. Woolvett)
James B. Douglas James B. Douglas ... Doc Cole
Richard McMillan Richard McMillan ... Father Finler
Charlotte Sullivan ... Jazz
Andrew Sardella Andrew Sardella ... Paul
David Calderisi ... Bishop Gallo
Lawrence Bayne ... Quinlan


An evil Archbishop of the Catholic Church summons a demon to try and destroy the world. The summoners are killed, but the demon escapes to hunt down its needed victim. The victim soon turns out to be a child that has the potential to become a saint. After ravaging the town and turning its citizens upon themselves, the demon soon locates and captures his prey. Written by Gothbert <gothbert@cyberramp.net>

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Plot Keywords:

female nudity | gore | demon | saint | soul | See All (51) »


In the beginning, there was God. It's time for a new beginning! See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for horror violence/gore, language and some nudity | See all certifications »



USA | Canada



Release Date:

7 February 1998 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

Bram Stoker's Shadowbuilder See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, Ontario, Canada

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Applecreek Productions See more »
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Did You Know?


Billie Mae Richards and Paul Soles, who play Mr. and Mrs. Butterman, are the stars of the animated classic television special, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964), playing Rudolph and Hermie the Elf, respectively. See more »


As Vassey drives his car into town, he opens a pill bottle to take a white tablet, yet you can see that he drops the pill just before his hand mimes popping it into his mouth. See more »


Chris Hatcher: Listen, the sheriff's dating my aunt Jen, so that practically makes me the deputy.
Jazz: Little Deputy Dickless.
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Bram Stokers The Mumm - sorry Shadowbuilder
16 April 2005 | by boo_4everSee all my reviews

As a direct to video release this isn't half bad.

Shadowbuilder is loosely based on a Bram Stoker short story. The first shadow created when God flooded the world with light is out to plunge it back into eternal darkness. I think.

This film reminded me very much of The Mummy in structure. Evil dude comes back to life drawing powers from souls he devours in the midst of an avalanche of CGI. The film relies a lot on CGI which I didn't like at first. But if you accept it as more of a fantasy film then horror you will recognise its actually pretty well done. The demon also isn't that bad. The garish pink monstrosity (yes it was pink) on the DVD cover led me to believe it would be a yawn inducing man mincing around in a horned rubber suit but I was pleasantly surprised. Good use too of shadow and darkness so what you see of the creature leaves most to your imagination. Just the way it should be.

Some parts of the film drag a lot and there aren't that many great moments. But that isn't to say there aren't any at all. Overrall though Shadowbuilder remains pretty average but still very enjoyable if you aren't looking for something that will blow you away. Unlike the Matrix wannabe priest with the twin 9mm's. The film needed a lot more of Neo shooting vainly at the afro toting bad guy.

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