This review is from: Dead Shadows (DVD) (FSK 18) (DVD)
For a low budget film with some admirable special effects it ultimately fails to live up to the initial promise. And at just around 74 minutes its a slow burner which slowly unravels as it tries to squeeze too much in and hampered by some poor characters and dodgy acting.
So the initial scene (10 years previous) an asteroid appears out of a worm hole and begins to dissolve as it enters the earth's atmosphere. The film's main character then witnesses his father go a wee bit potty and slaughter his mother. Fast forward those 10 years and Chris is a bit of a computer nerd. He ends up hooking up with his neighbour rather conveniently as some of the characters are paper thin. In the meantime he runs into the local nutter who speaks of a fighting off an invasion around about 10 years ago. Anyone seeing a pattern here? So Chris is invited to an 'apocalypse party' as another comet/asteroid is passing by the earth. All this eats up about 45 minutes of screen time and its only at the party that things start to take off. As I mentioned earlier, the special effects are worth praising. Whilst some are the compulsory cgi, the rest are impressive enough.
So the viewer is still in the dark regarding just what the hell is actually going on. The film does try hard to squeeze a lot in and that is unfortunately a weakness. Incorporating ideas from films such as 'Night of the comet' and '28 days later' is fine but don't stretch yourself too thin on a small budget. But that's what eventually happens. Fair play to the director for giving it a go but perhaps less is more. Whilst not an outstanding film, hats off to those involved for giving it a good go. With a bigger budget the director could probably make a pretty good movie as long as work is done on characters and dialogue. At times the film seemed very disjointed but not the worst horror film made by any means.