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Shadow Within, The (DVD Review)

20 May, 2010 By: Angelique Flores

Street 5/25/10
$24.95 DVD
Rated ‘R’ for some violent content and nudity.
Stars Laurence Belcher, Hayley J. Williams, Beth Winslet.

Many of us were afraid of monsters in the closet or under the bed as children. In The Shadow Within, 9-year-old Maurice has a lot more to fear. He is able to see spirits around him all the time, including that of his deceased twin brother, Jacques.

Maurice lives in the French countryside with his mother, who has become embittered over the death of Jacques and the absence of her husband, who has been drafted to fight in a war. Madame Dumont is suspicious of everyone, especially those from the city such as Dr. Prevost (Beth Winslet, who has a striking resemblance to her sister Kate) and her husband, Mr. Prevost, who is Maurice’s teacher.

As many of the nearby families are losing children to a diptheria epidemic, the mothers want to use Maurice’s ability to connect with the deceased. They convince Madame Dumont to allow Maurice to summon the children. However, this proves to be a fatal move for these mothers, whose children want them to join them.

The bits of lightheartedness (such as the drunken priest) and the lack of abundant violent and gory images make the few gruesome and scary images in the film all the more jarring and scary. The eerie music frightens before there’s even any mention of spirits or the dead. If you prefer the supernatural thrillers over the bloody horror flicks, then this one is worth checking out.

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