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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Timothy V. Murphy ... Jack Sheppard
Stan Kirsch ... Stuart Dempsey
Lindsey Stoddart ... Laura Russell
Patty McCormack ... Helen Reedy
Rocky Marquette ... Boy
Natalie Avital ... Darby Owens
Chris Hendrie ... Albert Underhill
Tara Killian ... Amy Underhill
Myron Natwick ... Harvey
Steve Eastin ... Detective Russell
John Kapelos ... Leroy Riley
Christine Avila ... Mrs. Underhill
Ori Pfeffer ... Curtis
Victor Campos Victor Campos ... Bus Driver
John MacKane ... 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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Fear your past... it will find you. See more »

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Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 April 2005 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

Bajo tierra See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Budget:

$72,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Deco Filmworks See more »
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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Stuart Dempsey: Things haven't exactly been normal around here, you know what I'm saying?
Detective Russell: Things haven't been normal anywhere for the last 24 hours.
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Connections

References The Exorcist (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

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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An Awful, Awful Movie
6 December 2006 | by bureau203See all my reviews

I could spend all night picking apart why this movie is so terrible. Unfortunately, it's not worth the effort. Let's just say the characters are one-dimensional, the story is confused and contorted beyond all imagining, and the dialog is inane. Added to this, when the story does finally begin to make some sense in the end, a brand new evil appears out of the woods, apparently unrelated to anything else in the movie, and destroys whatever cohesive thought the movie had.

I rented this movie based on the glowing reviews on the case. Note to self: Never rent a movie recommended by The Montreal Mirror or Horrorview.com. "Home Media Retailing" says it delivers an "intelligent, terrifying story." No, it doesn't. Saw II, for example, could never be accused of having an "intelligent" story - but it is about a hundred times as intelligent as this thing.

Practically every scene features something unbelievable. Not "Oh wow, that's so gross it's unbelievable!", but "nobody would ever say/do that, that's unbelievable!" And the movie doesn't seem to know whether its a supernatural thriller, a "dawn of the dead" movie or a murder mystery. Maybe it thinks it is some of each. In fact, it's just an amateurish stew of competing, dumb plot lines. The movie mostly doesn't make any sense, and when it does, it's predictable and silly.


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