Official US Trailer for Outstanding Iranian Horror 'Under the Shadow'

August 10, 2016
Source: Yahoo

Under the Shadow Trailer

"There's no escape from them." Vertical Ent. has unveiled the US trailer for a horror-thriller called Under the Shadow, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year. This outstanding ghost story is set in Tehran and stars Narges Rashidi and Avin Manshadi as mother and daughter who are haunted by a malevolent spirit after an unexploded bomb crashes into the apartment above theirs. Also features Bobby Naderi, Ray Haratian and Arash Marandi. I saw this at Sundance and loved it, writing in my review it's a "simple, sleek, well-made film that above all is efficient in telling a creepy ghost story." Don't skip this one.

Here's the official US trailer (+ poster) for Babak Anvari's Under the Shadow, originally from Yahoo:

Under the Shadow Poster

As a mother and daughter struggle to cope with the terrors of the post-revolution, war torn Tehran of the 80s, a mysterious evil begins to haunt their home. Under the Shadow is both written and directed by Iranian filmmaker Babak Anvari (on Twitter @babakanvari), making his feature directing debut after a few shorts previously including the BAFTA nominated short Two & Two. The film premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival (read my review) and won awards at a few other festivals. Vertical Entertainment will release Under the Shadow in select US theaters starting October 7th this fall. Go see this in theaters.

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Reader Feedback - 6 Comments


Being woman in Iran might be enough for a horror. Also, being there during wars with Iraq is another way of experiencing the same. Islamic revolution and islamisation of secular values is the third in the row. Who needs ghost stories there? Unless they are not the allegory of all that in this movie. Since this is how that looks like ...

shiboleth on Aug 10, 2016


Indeed. I'd say this movie is more of a metaphor for the social unrest in that region.

TheOct8pus on Aug 11, 2016


I think that all movies are metaphors of reality everywhere. In this one, we just see it clearly ...

shiboleth on Aug 11, 2016


I hope to catch this one! I'm sure it's showing somewhere in NYC...

TheOct8pus on Aug 11, 2016


I doubt I'll be able to convince the wife to see this but I'd love to!

Bibowski on Aug 11, 2016


I was thinking the other day there should be more horror films using the classic tales from Persia and East Asia. I know this isn't really that, but it looks like a good start.

DAVIDPD on Aug 12, 2016

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