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Shadows Run Black
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by Scott Weinberg

"YOU could make a better movie than this. Like, tonight."
1 stars

Holy macaroni! It’s amazing how inept a film can be and still find distribution. Produced in 1981 and then probably remanded to someone’s attic for five years, "Shadows Run Black" was finally released (on video) in 1986 and found precisely nobody interested in seeing it. See, one of the supporting actors (he has maybe 15 lines) is none other than Kevin Costner himself!

Whoever found this abysmal old slasher flick rotting in their garage saw some quick dollar signs. Vestron Video and the fine film folks over at Troma both gave this movie a video release, and heck: now Artisan Home Video deems it worthy of a DVD release. Oddly enough, their packaging doesn’t mention Costner ONCE! Are they somehow under the impression that this is a GOOD horror movie?


Looking like a cross between TV's Mannix and your grandfather’s 8mm ‘day at the beach’ videos from 1975, Shadows Run Black is absolutely a terrible film. Terrible as in "DO NOT waste your time". Unless you’re directly related to someone in the cast, I cannot imagine one reason you’d make it through the first 45 seconds.

Plot? Odd-numbered scenes feature a slasher killing girls. Even-numbered scenes are comprised of a horribly bad police procedural. Mush ‘em together, watch ‘em, and I guarantee you start wondering who okays what movies get released over at Artisan Entertainment’s ‘crappy movie’ department.

Oh yeah. There are several naked breasts in this one; a testament to how convincing an attractive woman's next-door neighbor can be when armed only with a camcorder.

The end credits come courtesy of a VIC-20 computer. I’m dead serious.

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1/14/09 Shaun Wallner Fell asleep to this one. 1 stars
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