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Shadowzone (1990)

After someone is killed in the subterranean project called "Shadowzone," a NASA captain is called in to investigate. In the project, sleeping subjects are induced into a deep EDS state ... See full summary »

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J.S. Cardone

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J.S. Cardone
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Cast

Credited cast:
Louise Fletcher ... Dr. Erhardt
David Beecroft David Beecroft ... Capt. Hickock
James Hong ... Dr. Van Fleet
Frederick Flynn ... Tommy Shivers
Shawn Weatherly ... Dr. Kidwell
Miguel A. Núñez Jr. ... Wiley
Lu Leonard Lu Leonard ... Mrs. Cutter
Maureen Flaherty Maureen Flaherty ... Jenna
Robbie Rives Robbie Rives ... James
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Linda V. Carter Linda V. Carter ... Star (as Linda Carter)
David Hicks David Hicks ... Pilot
Jack Leal Jack Leal ... Corpse
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Storyline

After someone is killed in the subterranean project called "Shadowzone," a NASA captain is called in to investigate. In the project, sleeping subjects are induced into a deep EDS state whereby they become portals to a parallel universe. Unfortunately this causes adverse reactions in the subject, and something gets through the portal, the consequence of which is an attrition problem. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Beyond Alien! Beyond The Thing! See more »

Genres:

Horror | Sci-Fi

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 January 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dream Invaders See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Was originally set to have been filmed in Rome in 1986 by producer Charles Band's previous studio, Empire Entertainment under the name "Dream Invaders." See more »

Goofs

When the caretaker fires his pump shotgun, he fires 15 shots without reloading. See more »

Quotes

[after hearing a loud scream]
Dr. Kidwell: Did you hear that?
Tommy Shivers: Hear what? *What?*
Dr. Kidwell: I thought I heard the monkey screeching.
Tommy Shivers: *Fuck* the monkey!
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Referenced in The Arrival (1991) See more »

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Alien's second cousin, once removed
15 March 2015 | by bowmanblueSee all my reviews

The first thing you need to know about 'Shadowzone' is that it's a blatant rip-off of a dozen other films from the same sci-fi/horror genre. The first that comes to mind is 'Alien,' but there are elements of plenty others in there, too.

It doesn't have much of a budget, which is a shame because there is a decent idea buried somewhere in it. What lets it down is that there isn't enough invested in the characters. Every one is a total stereotype and you know who'll be monster-fodder and who's going to make it from the word go.

It's about an investigator who does to a top secret military base to investigate the death of a worker. Once there, he finds the scientists are dabbling in doorways to other dimensions (never a recipe for 'happily ever after'). Then, we have a monster who - remains relatively unseen - as it bumps them off, one by one.

The acting isn't great, the special effects are stretched and what tension is pretty much directly lifted from Alien (check out the 'motion tracker' type scene which is almost totally taken from the scene in Alien where Ripley observes Dallas while he treks through the vents, plus the music which sounds almost identical).

It's not the worst 'monster-munching' movie out there. There are some nice moments here and there, but the overall vibe of 'seen it all before' outweighs what little good is there.


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