Pimptresses, Murder, and Orgies oh my. Welcome to the electric world of SHE’S JUST A SHADOW directed by Adam Sherman. For those of you are familiar, he also directed Crazy Eyes starring Lukas Haas, Jake Busey, and Madeline Zima.
I love horror. I love gore. I even love porn. SHE’S JUST A SHADOW has elements of the things I love, but somehow can’t seem to bring them together in a way that makes my senses come alive. It’s like having all the instruments to play a beautiful song, but no one to play them.
I’m rarely at a loss for words when it comes to movies and, to be honest, I’m still not sure how I feel about this film. I may have to come back in a few months to see if my feelings have settled.
I will start by saying this. There is a vibrant beauty to the film. The color palette is used to really enhance the mood of the scenes. Vibrant and sexy, and then dark and seedy. I do love the way the colors seem to flow seamlessly through the film. Visually, some sections were like being in a candy shop. My eyes were excited when those pops of color came alive on the screen.
With that being said, my interest dropped as soon as a naked woman was bound to train tracks and then killed as a man came heavily all over her. I’m not a prude by any means, but it left a bad taste in my mouth and that was right out the gate.
It really starts to drop off for me from that point. There is a disjointed feeling that comes from the cast, who are mostly English speaking, seeming to muster up the strength to make the lines not feel forced or overly comical.