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Under the Shadow (2016)

PG-13 | | Drama, Horror, Thriller | 7 October 2016 (USA)
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As a mother and daughter struggle to cope with the terrors of the post-revolution, war-torn Tehran of the 1980s, a mysterious evil begins to haunt their home.

Director:

Babak Anvari

Writer:

Babak Anvari
Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 19 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Narges Rashidi ... Shideh
Avin Manshadi ... Dorsa
Bobby Naderi ... Iraj
Arash Marandi ... Dr. Reza
Aram Ghasemy Aram Ghasemy ... Mrs. Ebrahimi
Soussan Farrokhnia ... Mrs. Fakur
Ray Haratian ... Mr. Ebrahimi
Hamid Djavadan Hamid Djavadan ... Mr. Fakur
Behi Djanati Atai ... Pargol
Bijan Daneshmand ... Director
Nabil Koni Nabil Koni ... Mr. Bijari
Karam Rashayda Karam Rashayda ... Mehdi
Zainab Zamamiri Zainab Zamamiri ... Sogand
Khaled Zamamiri Khaled Zamamiri ... Ali
Adel Darageh Adel Darageh ... Big Bellied Man
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In the 80's, during the war between the Islamic post-revolutionary Iran and Iraq, the former leftist medical student Shideh tries to return to the university but is barred by the dean. The upset Shideh returns home and when her husband Dr. Iraj is assigned to work in a war zone, she refuses to move to his parent's house with their daughter Dorsa. Shideh prefers to stay in her apartment with Dorsa, who loves her doll Kimia and has constant fever. Dorsa is afraid of demoniac Djinns and when Shideh asks who told her about the legend, she tells that her friend that lives downstairs. Shideh visits her neighbor and asks his mother to tell her son to not tell horror stories to Dorsa and she learns that the boy is mute. Then Kimia and Shideh's Jane Fonda workout tape disappear. When a missile strikes their building, the neighbors decide to leave Tehran, but Shideh stays in the apartment with Dorsa, who is increasingly disturbed. Soon Shideh reads about Djinns and finds that there is an evil ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Taglines:

Fear will find you.

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Thriller | War

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for terror, scary images and brief language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?

Trivia

Official submission of the United Kingdom for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 89th Academy Awards in 2017. See more »

Goofs

The cupboards in Dorsa's room have remnants of stickers on them. One of the stickers has an image of Spongebob Squarepants, which didn't make its first TV appearance (in the US) until 1999. See more »

Connections

Featured in Mark Kermode's Secrets of Cinema: Horror (2018) See more »

Soundtracks

Djinn
Performed by Gavin Cullen, Will McGillivray (as William McGillivray) and Ali Nourbakhsh
Music by Gavin Cullen and Will McGillivray (as William McGillivray)
Engineered by Dan Cox at Urchin Studios, London
Copyright: Gavin Cullen and William McGillivray
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Fantastic!
20 May 2016 | by starrlunaSee all my reviews

I saw this at the Phoenix Film Festival. I'd say this is tied for my favourite horror movie from that festival (with Eyes of my Mother...also amazing).

Ghost movies are really the only horror films that stand of chance of scaring me these days. There were a few times during this film that I was completely tense, and a few times, absolutely on the verge of terror as to what was going to happen next. The film was just so well done in terms of pacing.

Unfortunately, ghost movies also suffer from poor endings, quite frequently. This ending was better than most, but something about it didn't sit right with me, and that's all I'll say to prevent spoilers. You may disagree entirely. I'm a tough one on endings.

I really hope this gets a wide distribution, because if you're at all a fan of ghost movies, this movie is just fantastic. A definite must see!


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Country:

UK | Jordan | Qatar | Iran

Language:

Persian

Release Date:

7 October 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bajo la sombra See more »

Filming Locations:

Amman, Jordan

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,565, 9 October 2016

Gross USA:

$31,900

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$133,324
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Wigwam Films See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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