Out of the Shadows
Out of the Shadows
A newly married detective and his pregnant wife move into their dream home unaware of its dark history. When his wife claims their baby is being tormented by a supernatural force and seeks the help of a renegade demonologist, he must investigate the past to save his family.
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June 14, 2018 at 11:27 PM
Seen it all before in so many other low rated horror/thrillers, nice scenery though. It's a shame that yelling and swearing can be considered dramatic acting for some who can't act.
Paranormal horror that entertains above its weight class
Director Dee McLachlan's Out of the Shadows falls into the paranormal horror drama genre and plays with the traditional ingredients necessary for creating a typical entry into this sector of horror. However, McLachlan Shadows uses some key techniques to differentiate her latest film from the rest of the paranormal segment, while retaining some roots of what makes this type of horror so popular. One of the best things about Out of the Shadows is the cast. Lead actors Kendal Rae and Blake Northfield fit into the roles of Katrina and Eric perfectly. Their performances build and bounce off one another, creating genuine on-screen chemistry, that sells the audience on their relationship. Katrina's delusion, and Eric's disbelief evolve naturally and organically, and the effect their actions have on one another doesn't feel rushed. On the production side of things, the cinematography work is beautiful. From the many shots of the Australian land scape, to unique camera angles when filming the actors and paranormal forces, it seamlessly adds an additional layer to the story. The cinematography aids in expressing the isolation and helplessness felt by Katrina as she attempts to convince Eric that she isn't crazy. The sound engineers did an excellent job creating the sounds and voice of the demons. Paired with the excellent sound work are the realistic practical and special effects, which blend well with one another and don't seem cheap or cheesy. Additionally, the sound track instills fear in the audience and heightens moments of suspense and shock. Overall, Out of the Shadows is a well-produced, entertaining paranormal horror, that punches above its budget and thoroughly entertains and captivates audiences.
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An adequate horror movie.
OUT OF THE SHADOWS is a reasonably competent, Australian-made horror picture. If you're a horror fan and have seen your share of horror pictures then it's unlikely that you're going to see anything new within it. Everything about it is adequate if unremarkable. Adequate acting, adequate music, adequate special-effects, adequate storyline, adequate...
Many of the plot elements presented are so well-established in the genre that you might even call them "traditional". In fact, that's actually a pretty good description of the movie overall: a good traditional horror movie based on well-established horror movie traditions.
Pregnant wife, unborn baby a desirable target for a well-known, ancient evil with recognizable name. Disbelieving husband that continues to disbelieve even in the face of pretty concrete evidence. Everybody thinks wife is crazy including doctors. Husband eventually comes around when proof, quite literally, hits him in the face. Authoritative church figure won't get involved because of church rules. Rebel church employee takes on the good fight. Protective supernatural character accidentally banished by rebel church employee. Forces of evil close in on now-unprotected mother and baby. Big supernatural fight ensues with everybody present. Supernatural villain throws everybody around the room being sure to bounce them off of walls. One side wins, one side loses, throw dice to pick which one.
I don't know how nascent or established the Australian horror movie industry is, but OUT OF THE SHADOWS suggests good things to come. The movie is worth watching for horror fans and is much better than the usual direct-to-video junk that the industry pumps out by the metric ton. The dénouement at the end is a little weak with the rockstar-esque supernatural super villain, but still a good effort that deserves some love.