Shadow is good news because something is finally moving on the horror scene in Italia. Musician and filmmaker Federico Zampaglione plunges us into a nightmare that gets more unbearable by the moment (we are before one of Sitges’09’s most extreme movies) without falling into the routines of the already burnt-out torture porn subgenre. Zampaglione constantly tricks the spectator, making Shadow appear to be a survival movie, to later go on and pay tribute to Fulci and finally delve into a surreal territory with an inevitable final twist. Check out the disturbing Nuot Arquint (The Passion of Christ, Il Divo) in the role of Mortis. Shadow will undoubtedly be one of the big surprises at Sitges’09.


Federico Zampaglione

Musician and filmmaker, after directing several music videos for Tiromancino, a band he’s led since 1992 and with which he’s won several platinum records, he debuted in cinema with the black comedy Nero Bifamiliare (07). With Shadow, his second feature film, he explores terror.

Technical information

Edition: 2009
Section: Official Fantàstic Panorama
Original language: English