Shadow People is a supernatural thriller that according to the
producers of the movie is based on a true phenomenon. For the
uninitiated, Shadow People are beings that are generally seen through
the corners of our eyes and unlike ghosts, they are full bodied shadows.
There are many theories to their existence, mostly by paranormal
scientists that believe these beings are actual entities from another
dimension, some friendly and some nefarious. Shadow People is known as
The Door in the USA and once this door to the world of Shadows is open,
it will unleash a deadly phenomenon.
movie also links Shadow People with Sudden Unexplained Nocturnal
Death Syndrome (SUNDS) and opposed to anything scientific,
they state that Shadow People are the cause of people who die without
any explanation in their sleep. Those that manage to survive have stated
that they feel paralysed in their bed while something is grabbing them
and according to the story, it is the Shadow People themselves.
story of Shadow People begins in Vietnam where a young boy is taken by
the Shadow People that nicely sets up the premise of the film. Skip to
the United States and a night time radio presenter by the name of
Charlie Crowe (Dallas Roberts) is drawn into the phenomenon of the
Shadow People. During one of his talkback segments, a 17-year old
teenager calls up to inform him that he is being stalked by Shadow
People. Believing that he is a nutcase, he terminates the call
However the next day, Charlie receives a package from the teenager with
evidence suggesting that Shadow People are real and there is a video
tape from the 70's created by a rather mad scientist type professor at a
local University who was studying SUNDS. When the teenager ends up dead,
Charlie begins investigating this phenomena that leads him to the
university where these experiments occurred. Charlie meets an attractive
student by the name of Maggie (Mariah Bonner) who is also drawn into the
mystery and begins her own investigation with devastating results.
Without spoiling the story, Shadow People tries to be real by putting in
faux interviews with the "real" people who the actors are portraying,
including media snippets. Another issue with the Shadow People is that
it uses the premise of The Ring and if people watch the original video
of the professor and his experiments, you are in turn inviting the
Shadow People into your life. Unfortunately this has been done before
which is a shame as it spoils the premise behind the Shadow People.
that, it's not a bad story per se but it does lack some credibility and
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