2007, 80 min
Studio: Water Bearer Films
Cast: Emett Allen, Joe Lia
Director: Guillermo R. Rodríguez
Screenwriter: Guillermo R. Rodríguez
A horror novelist about to buckle under the pressures of his publisher\'s expectations and a messy divorce settlement experiences a chance encounter that sends him spiraling into darkness in director Guillermo R. Rodriguez\'s intimate horror film. Stephen Grimes is a bestselling author who has mastered the art of the paperback shocker. But lately Stephen has been under increasing pressure from his writer and editor to turn out another book, and his ex-wife is making their divorce settlement as miserable as humanly possible. One night, while cruising the back roads on a moonlit drive, Stephen accidentally hits a young man named Emett. Later, after rushing Emett to a nearby hospital, the author and the boy strike up a tenuous friendship. Before long that friendship has erupted into a torrid sexual affair, thrusting the author into a sinister story that seems to have been ripped straight from the pages of one of his own disturbing stories.
A Twisted Tale Of Life And Art Mixing Into One. Horror novelist Stephen Grimes is under pressure to complete his latest novel in time for its release date. His publisher and editor are breathing down his neck, his ex-wife is pressuring him about the divorce settlement, his sister keeps interrupting his flow. Then one fateful night, while out on a late night drive, Stephen accidentally hits a young man and rushes him to the hospital. Stephen learns that in a strange twist the young man, Emett shares his last name. A friendship quickly erupts into a passionate and heated affair, releasing Stephen into a life he s always held himself back from. But soon Stephen finds himself trapped in a sinister and dangerous plot hatched by Emett and his friends. The torrid love affair shows signs of cracking and something seems to be hiding in The Shadows.
THE SHADOWS was written, shot, and cut in the span of 1 year. From conception to completion it could be one of the fastest, cheapest movies ever made. Yet it\'s full of rich, lush color, and of course, deep dark shadows. One of the first features shot on the brand new Canon XLH1, cinematographer Gavin Kelly fashioned a beautiful anamorphic movie on HD for less than the TV you\'re watching it on. Wiith a passionate score by Patrick Kirst and songs by Velvet Chain and Lily Cushman, THE SHADOWS is a beautiful, visceral experience.
Having been completed at such speed, THE SHADOWS comes at you straight from the brain of director, Guillermo Rodriguez. A subjective look at the horror of identity, this movie is deeply personal and moving. But it\'s written to entertain, and being cut at the speed of light, this fast-paced thriller will have you dying to know what happens next.
Horror novelist Stephen Grimes spends his days coming up with new ways to kill people, until he accidentally runs over a street kid, falls in love and learns that life is an emotional thriller that ends with a painful twist.
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