Under the Shadow :- Watch Under the Shadow on Youtube on Fire, As a mother and daughter struggle to cope with the terrors of the post-revolution, war-torn Tehran of the 1980s, a mysterious evil begins to haunt their home. With Monday booked as a holiday from work, there was no “Sunday night feeling” so we planned to spend Sunday evening as Saturday no.2 complete with wine, nibbles and a horror film. We scrolled through the On Demand section of our cable box and came across Under the Shadow. We read the synopsis and as usual, logged on to IMDb for more info and reviews. Although the reviews were low in number, they were consistently reporting good stuff and as a result, we committed and added £7.50 to our monthly media bill. My shiraz, grenache, tempranillo had been breathing for some time so I charged my glass and settled back for our first Iranian horror film. Now I am agape. Not with fear but with exasperation at the 7.5/10 this film currently carries. There’s no tangible story here and definitely NO SCARES. It was little more than an eighty minute insight into life in the suburbs of 1980s Tehran. The “strong supernatural threat” that had tantalised us transpired to be whimsical and brief and as such, this film should not appear in the listings of horror genre movies. I’ll end my review here as I’ve already had enough of my time stolen by the makers of this utter tripe.Lastly, and certainly not least there are a couple of excellent performances in here underpinning everything. Narges Rashidi is extremely compelling as the mother, while Avin Manshadi puts in a very strong performance as her young daughter. We really do care about these two sympathetic and realistic characters. In the final analysis, I certainly hope that this film leads to a cycle of Iranian horror films, as the horror genre is often a very good one when it comes to examining tough social issues in an accessible way. This film may be the tip of the iceberg.
Under the Shadow on YoutubeonFire :-
Release: 7 October 2016 (USA)
IMDB Rating: 7.2/10
Director: Babak Anvari
Stars: Narges Rashidi, Avin Manshadi, Bobby Naderi