Dir: J. S. Wilson (pseudonym for James Zimbardi, Skyler Caleb, Woodrow Wilson Hancock III.
Cast: James Zimbardi, Skyler Caleb, Jean Smart, Emily Somers, Andrea Hunt.
Plot: after the disappearance of their mother, estranged brothers reunite and discover an unknown supernatural force.
I could scour through the English dictionary to try and find a word that better describes this movie, but none would compare to this next one; Trash. Realistically I could end this review right there, and I would of accurately described each and every aspect of this so called movie.
However, we are going to continue. The title and description of the movie implies that there is a powerful supernatural force involved, so I kind of expected the shadowman to put a heavy stamp on the movie. This wasn’t the case, we catch a couple glimpses of the creature, his main screen time is in the last 15 minutes of this 1 hour 23 minute long disappointment. From what I can see, shadowman is a rather slender fellow with elongated fingers, in a nutshell its a dude in an all black morphsuit, if you don’t know what they’re are, Google them.
With three people at the helm of this slow burner, you would expect at least one of them to have some kind of sense of direction, but sadly this is a classic case of, too many chefs spoil the broth. Two out of three directors acted in the feature, and honestly I’m not sure what was worse, their flat delivery of lines, or their poor direction.
Shadowman had a number of factors that led its ultimate downfall, as previously stated, we have the acting; no one involved in this movie could carry a role, at all. The direction, or rather the lack of it. The music and the storytelling were nowhere near as effective as they should of been.
It seemed to be the simple mistake of too much of one, not enough of the other. The music was so overplayed and over used that it didn’t even fit with the scenes. Douglas Pipes really let the movie down with his bizarre mix of bog standard horror music that has been used since the dawn of the genre, and techno sounding beats! The music tried to be dramatic in all the wrong places, so when it would of actually made a scene appear better, it had no effect because the score played throughout the entire movie! Repetitive and boring, is how I would describe the absolute shit show he put on.
Now onto the storytelling. The boys really tried hard to make this movie more of a mystery/thriller, but the only mystery I uncovered, was how they even found a production company willing to put this out there. The story fell apart at the seams, even after the movie finished, we know very little about the shadowman and his origins, or even the cult that worship the creature. As a group of directors, connecting your own dots in your own movie should be priority number 1! They failed in telling their own story, I wanted less mystery and more big reveals of the creature.
I can’t help but feel that J. S. Wilson ran out of time, or even budget. I can’t dislike this movie more than I already do, it was a pointless 1 hour and 23 whole minutes that I won’t get back. I urge Netflix to remove this movie, do your duty! And guys, do yourselves a favour, give this one a miss, you’ll thank me later.
1 out of 10 from myself. What a shame.