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Under the Shadow (2016)

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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.

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Babak Anvari

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Babak Anvari
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Cast

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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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.

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Fear will find you.

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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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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:

$14,000, 9 October 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$30,999, 23 October 2016
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Wigwam Films See more »
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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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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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Under The Shadow
1 October 2017 | by JimmyTheFilmCriticSee all my reviews

Set in the '80s during the Iran-Iraq War a mother and daughter struggle to come to terms with an unseen force that is preying on them.

I have to say I really enjoyed this film. It's genuinely creepy and made me jump a couple of times, which isn't something that often happens to me as I've watched horror movies nearly all my life and have become desensitized by them. The external threat of the war where a bomb might literally drop on them at any second and the internal threat that some unseen force has targeted this mother and daughter for whatever insidious purpose the Djinn might have really struck a cord with me. It made me feel uneasy for the mother and daughter; the performances from Narges Rashidi and Avin Manshadi respectively are brilliant. You really believe they could be mother and daughter. The director slowly builds the tension as the movie progresses and overall this horror movie is just well executed. Which comes together to make for a powerful experience for the viewer.

Maybe if this was just another run of the mill Hollywood horror film, then maybe it wouldn't be as good? I can't answer that. But I can't help feeling the setting, the social and historical commentary that plays a part in this film's narrative really elevated this film to another level and I would highly recommend you watch this film for all horror fans out there who like a good ghost story.


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