On the trail of a missing girl, an ex-cop comes across a secretive group attempting to summon a terrifying supernatural entity.


David Prior


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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Badge Dale ... James Lasombra
Marin Ireland ... Nora Quail
Sasha Frolova ... Amanda Quail
Samantha Logan ... Davara Walsh
Evan Jonigkeit ... Greg
Virginia Kull ... Ruthie
Robert Aramayo ... Garrett
Ron Canada ... Detective Villiers
Jessica Matten ... Fiona
Aaron Poole ... Paul
Stephen Root ... Arthur Parsons
Jamie-Lee Money ... Lisa Schwartz
Owen Teague ... Duncan West
Joel Courtney ... Brandon Maibaum
Phoebe Nicholls ... Nurse Allerton


On the trail of a missing girl, an ex-cop comes across a secretive group attempting to summon a terrifying supernatural entity.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


The first night you hear him. The second night you see him. The third night he finds you.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, disturbing images, language, some sexuality and nudity | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


"La sombra" means "the shadow" in Spanish, probably a hint about the main character's true nature. See more »


When James visits Greg in the hospital, before he slides the door open, he knocks his arm into a black cloth, which sways after. See more »


[after watching and escaping cult practices]
James Lasombra: What the fuck was that? What the fuck was that?
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Crazy Credits

The 20th Century Fox logo makes a surprise return in the opening of the film. See more »

User Reviews

Fascinating and mind bending
23 December 2020 | by Angelino-TuksarSee all my reviews

I was afraid this was going to be one long, boring horror movie. It turned out to be just the opposite. It was riveting from the beginning till the end. A far cry from a typical scary movie. The story appears to be non-linear at times due to the flashbacks that slowly give hints that nothing is as it seems. The way the narrative plays out reminds me a lot of the movie Hereditary. If you don't have any idea about Tibetan mysticism the movie might be confusing you. It was well done, good cinematography, quality editing job and the great use of music painted the whole thing with a sense of often impalpable unease and eeriness. Maybe it leaves some questions half answered, but that only adds to its mind twisting quality. In the end I really liked the movie bcs it left me with an unsettling, head scratching aftertaste.

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Release Date:

23 October 2020 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Empty Man See more »

Filming Locations:

Edwardsville, Illinois, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,310,326, 25 October 2020

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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