SHADOWZONE (1990) Reviews and overview

 

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‘On the dark side of dreams, a new terror takes shape.’

Shadowzone is a 1989 (released 1990) American science fiction horror feature film written and directed by J. S. Cardone (Wicked Little Things; The Forsaken; The Slayer). Produced by Charles Band (executive producer) and Carol Kottenbrook.

The Full Moon Productions movie stars Louise Fletcher (Invaders from Mars; Strange Behavior; Exorcist II: The Heretic), David Beecroft (Octopus; The Rain Killer; Creepshow 2; James Hong – R. I. P. D.; The JittersThe Vineyard), Frederick Flynn (8MM 2; The Forsaken; Shadowhunter), Shawn Weatherly ( Amityville: It’s About Time) and Miguel A. Núñez, Jr. ( Dolls of Voodoo; Scooby-Doo; Leprechaun 4: In Space).

The soundtrack score was composed by Richard Band (Re-Animator).

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Plot:

During a secret subterranean scientific experiment, the effects of artificially created excessive daytime sleepiness are being studied. After one of the subjects dies in a mysterious way during the trial, a captain from NASA (David Beecroft) is sent to the laboratory to investigate the case.

It turns out that the portal to a parallel universe has been discovered. Through the dimension comes an alien invader that disturbs the experiment, taking the shape of each person’s most morbid fear…

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Reviews:

“The characters are all rather flat and underdeveloped, in most cases existing solely to up the body count. The FX work is good, bad and crappy, and the music is so subdued you might not even notice it. Overall, this is a movie that is a mild diversion at best.” Shadow’s B-Movie Graveyard

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“Where the story is concerned, Shadowzone is not that original, and the themes of science experimentation gone wrong are only present towards the end of the film. But despite the obvious connections to films similar to it, the movie is an enjoyable experience, with obvious thought put into the science of bringing the entity into our world.” Horror News

“Full Moon films are never especially gory, and Shadowzone is no different, so as long as you go in with the right expectations you won’t be disappointed. What really sealed the deal for me, though, was all the dumb dialogue spoken with passion.” Silver Emulsion Film Reviews

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” … blends bits of Alien, The Thing and Dreamscape to spin its claustrophobia nightmare … Good script by director J. S. Cardone has surprise twists.” John Stanley, Creature Features book

Cast and characters:

Louise Fletcher … Dr Erhardt
David Beecroft … Capt. Hickock
James Hong … Dr Van Fleet
Frederick Flynn … Tommy Shivers
Shawn Weatherly … Dr Kidwell
Miguel A. Núñez Jr. … Wiley
Lu Leonard … Mrs Cutter
Maureen Flaherty … Jenna
Robbie Rives … James
Linda V. Carter … Star (as Linda Carter)
David Hicks … Pilot
Jack Leal … Corpse
Michael Deak … Corpse (uncredited)
Julia Mongrain … Blonde in the trailer (uncredited)

Trailer:

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