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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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Horror | Thriller

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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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$72,000 (estimated)
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Deco Filmworks See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

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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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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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Fantastic fun
7 July 2005 | by Danny_G13See all my reviews

Budget horror defies its shoestring funds and provides a cracking yarn for 90 minutes.

Shallow Ground is the type of movie you can't really reveal too much about in terms of its plot, as otherwise you'll spoil the vast majority of its content.

Nevertheless, a simple synopsis is that a small town police station which is about close up for good is thrown into disarray on the day most of its employees are leaving when a young man entirely drenched in blood shows up. Entirely disturbed by this, the officers realise they have to investigate what's going on, and when a blood test reveals the blood's origins the police realise they have a real mystery on their hands.

Saying more is pointless, so I won't. To say the least this movie was an absolute surprise. Granted it came across as a glorified episode of the X-FIles and like-minded TV sci-fi dramas, but this didn't really matter. A movie has to entertain, and given how this one opens and develops, believe it or not, it's quite fascinating and *gasp* original.

Certainly there are moments which require suspension of disbelief, but hey, it's a movie, and it's fiction.

The direction is pretty decent, even if there are areas which could have benefited from faster, more thrusting direction - the pacey plot really needed regular breakneck pace and it slowed down in the odd place which wasn't the wisest move.

The acting is acceptable enough, but who watches horror for the acting...

The gore levels are rather high - the movie is not especially gory, but it has a high volume of the visceral stuff to say the least.

The strongest aspect is definitely the plot, and the special effects add a lot to it too.

Fairly recommended.


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