Under the shadow

Under the shadow

DVD - 2016 | Persian
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Shideh and her young daughter, Dorsa, are left alone in a war-torn city when her husband is drafted and sent to the front lines. After a dud missile strikes their apartment building, a neighbour mysteriously dies and Dorsa's behavior becomes erratic. Shideh scoffs at her superstitious neighbour's warning that the missile carries an ancient curse, Shideh now realizes that the malevolent force in her home is infinitely more evil and terrifying than the missiles raining down on the city.
Publisher: [Australia] :, Rialto,, [2016].
Branch Call Number: FILM
Characteristics: 1 DVD (84 min.) :,sound, colour ;,12 cm.
Region 4
Alternative Title: Bajo la sombra (Motion picture)
Notes: Title from title frame, also in Persian.
Widescreen aspect ratio; 1:2,39.
In Farsi with English subtitles.


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Vilka Oct 31, 2018

A slow-burning horror reminiscent of 'The Babadook' in style, in that it follows the psychological strain on an isolated mother during a difficult time (her city is being periodically bombed, the new regime kicked her out of med school, and her husband has to leave for work with an argument between them unresolved) and the outright horror frights don't make a clear appearance until the last third of the film. They are creepy when they finally show, though!

Feb 07, 2018

Genuinely creepy! This is how horror should be done, build up the tension and then surprise the audience with creepy stuff (not gory!) Felt like going to a good haunted house :)
Set in Iran around the same time as Persepolis, so if you've read/watched that you'll already have some background into the political setting-----but the history background isn't necessary to enjoy the film, they give you enough setting in the movie I think.
Ohmigosh the window and the mouth and such fun scares.
Reminds me of Babadook a little: Under the Shadow also stars a stressed out mother and child and there's a lot of tension before the weird starts happening and the mother tries her best to help her child by the end.

Sep 23, 2017

I have to agree with the negative reviews here. It is the first Iranian horror movie that I have seen (and likely the first made), but it lacks a lot when it comes to horror. It's true that there are moments of "scariness" but they are too far and too short to compel me. What I think this film could have done was capture early on and keep it going, make that story arc, and give you a well-deserved, proper climax. This movie, unfortunately, was far too slow for a horror movie, and the characters, particularly the little girl, were annoying.

Jul 21, 2017

This is the worst horror movie

May 15, 2017

The action in this movie is a little slow and there is not much action until near the end of the movie. There are a feel spooky moments but not enough to carry the movie along. SPOILER ALERT: The biggest complaint i have is that the end of the movie is something they should have done far earlier if they had any brains. The characters are not very likable and it is very hard to feel sympathy for them. Watch "lights out", if you want to see a creepy horror film that is much more interesting and compelling plot wise.

May 13, 2017

Very different type of ghost story. Tension is built over the whole movie. Don't have to give too much detail. Just watch it and feel the hairs in the back of your neck rise and tingle.

May 06, 2017

I don't usually watch horror movies. But I was curious about this one cuz of all the accolades it received and cuz it's set in Tehran during the Iran/Iraq war. I was curious about the extent to which the Djinns were figurative, metaphors for the evils of war. And I was curious about how the horror-movie formula could work in a different culture.

The 'reality' of the Djinns was handled intelligently. They were given an 'undeniable' reality but their figurative nature was also explored. That is, the mother came to 'understand' that they were 'real' but the book she read, which she shares with us, as it were, explores the figurative nature of Djinns.

Concerning the horror-movie formula in a foreign culture, well, the mother was a student of western medicine; she was a westerner; a scientist. So it wasn't much different in that regard.

An interesting film, I'd say. On the same sort of level as The Omen, perhaps. Definitely worth seeing if you're interested in horror films.

Mar 26, 2017

awesome! totally original. There's a scene that will make scare the crap outta you.

Feb 06, 2017

Despite its high score on Rottentomatoes and its accolades for being one of the first (or first) Iranian horror film, Under the Shadow is a half baked mess of a film. It doesn't have enough material for a movie, and easily could have been a 5 minute short. Its mostly family bickering and filler, and there is one decent scare at the end.Most of it is a lot of laughable moments and bad CGI that sort of deflates the whole experience, so Under the Shadow is one you can skip.

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