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Shallow Ground (2004)

A naked teenage boy covered in blood appears at a remote sheriff's station one year after the brutal unsolved murder of a local girl. Now Sheriff Jack Shepherd, guilt ridden over the girl's... See full summary »

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... Jack Sheppard
... Stuart Dempsey
... Laura Russell
... Helen Reedy
... Boy
... Darby Owens
... Albert Underhill
... Amy Underhill
... Harvey
... Detective Russell
... Leroy Riley
... Mrs. Underhill
... Curtis
Victor Campos ... Bus Driver
... Passenger #1
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A naked teenage boy covered in blood appears at a remote sheriff's station one year after the brutal unsolved murder of a local girl. Now Sheriff Jack Shepherd, guilt ridden over the girl's murder, must confront his own demons as he desperately searches for the boy's true identity and possible victims. Little does Jack realize that he has started down a path that will bring him face to face with an unthinkable horror. Before sunrise the living will pay for the pain the dead have suffered. Written by Deco Filmworks

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

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28 April 2005 (Russia)  »

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$72,000 (estimated)
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The sheriff carries a Ruger Mini-14 rifle throughout the film, however there is never a magazine in the weapon. Though Ruger does make a version of the rifle with a fixed internal magazine, you can clearly see the open magazine well in a few shots; he's carrying an empty weapon. See more »

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Detective Russell: Mark's dead, they found him in his patrol car this morning.
Stuart Dempsey: Oh my God, what happened?
Detective Russell: You remember that little junkie, Curtis Weaver?
Stuart Dempsey: He was a dealer...yeah...what's that got to do with anything?
Detective Russell: That's what I was hoping you could tell me.
Stuart Dempsey: Look, the only person who knows for sure what happened to Curtis, is Curtis, and he's dead.
Detective Russell: And that would be a problem.
Stuart Dempsey: And how is that my problem?
Detective Russell: Stuart, they've come to clear the books, they've come to make things right once and for all.
Stuart Dempsey: Who?
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No One Leaves
Written by Nicole Hughes, Jeff Dalziel and Steve London
Performed by Scratching Post
Produced by Jeff Dalziel
Co-produced by Nicole Hughes
Courtesy of Sony/ATV Music and Raglan Road Music Publishing
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ALMOST a very good movie...
24 July 2005 | by See all my reviews

This strange horror offering has a blood-spattered teenage boy showing up at a police station. What happened to him, and how does this event tie in with the murder of a girl the previous year? This off-beat little horror film came out of the blue (for me at least), because prior to seeing it in my local video store, I'd never heard of it. I rented it, and let me say that while it's not the best horror flick I've seen lately, and it certainly does have it's fair share of problems, it's definitely a breath of fresh air from most of the crap released into cinema these days that people call "horror". Considering it's tiny budget, "Shallow Ground" pulls off some pretty impressive stuff. The film is shot on 16mm but looks great visually, I was shocked afterwords when I found out it WASN'T shot on 35mm. The actors were hit and miss but that's to be expected from a film of this caliber. Steve London's score is very good too, nicely dark and foreboding. One of the best aspects of the film though are the great make-up effects by Patrick Magee. There's lots of disgusting-looking corpses and blood, and the death of the Helen (Patricia McCormack) was great. There's almost no CGI used in this film (thank God) and horror fans will most certainly be pleased by the gruesome set pieces on display here.

Still, there's some stuff that didn't work so well too. The plot takes a long time to unfold and really isn't that interesting. The characters were mostly 1-D, and the ending, though cool, makes no sense whatsoever. This is an odd little horror film, certainly not bad but not *quite* great either. Still recommended, though, as it most certainly is unique and well-done.

7/10.


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