COLUMN: Aaron’s Backstage Pass: Anchor Bay’s Shadow People Blu-ray Review

Updated: 03/20/2013 10:28 AM KSTP.com By: Hannah Anderson

I love ghost stories and legends about supernatural things like Bigfoot and U.F.O.’s. I also really enjoy watching movies based on supernatural things as well.

This week I received a review copy of “Shadow People” on Blu-ray from Anchor Bay.

“Shadow People is rated “PG-13.” It was directed by Matthew Arnold and stars Dallas Roberts, Alison Eastwood, Anne Dudek and Mattie Liptak.

The movie is about a DJ at a local radio station named Charlie Crowe. He does a late night talk show and one night he gets a strange call from a listener that he is afraid to go to sleep because he sees the Shadow People. 

The DJ hangs up on him and thinks he is one of his crazy listeners. The next day a package arrives at his doorstep and it contains a journal and some photos of a sleep experiment that was done by a university professor. It’s not too long before Charlie Crowe discovers that there may be a conspiracy of many mysterious deaths caused by the “Shadow People” and he wants to learn more.

I really don’t want to give away too much of the story but I thought it was great and it was a very creepy movie. I was surprised that I was on edge watching this movie, because usually movies don’t bother me too much, but the whole idea of the Shadow People is pretty eerie. Maybe it was because I watched the movie at 3 a.m. by myself.

I have heard of the Shadow People legend before and I though the whole idea was pretty creepy. Every country has their own version and name for them. Victims who have survived have said that they awaken from a sleep and they are paralyzed. 

They also hear a buzzing sound and soon a shadowy figure appears out of nowhere and stands by their bed. The figure just stands there and watches the person and sometimes people who have experienced this, say that they figure will sometimes get up on their chest and sit there.

“Shadow People” is based on true events that actually happened in a small town in Kentucky. The film uses actual interviews, audio clips, and news casts of the event which I thought was amazing and made the movie really creepy. 

There is also a very interesting bonus feature called “Shadow People: More to the Story” which has interviews with a person who experienced the Shadow People and also a medical doctor who talks about the idea of Shadow People.

I really enjoyed Anchor Bay’s “Shadow People” a lot and thought that it was creepy and I really liked the fact that it was based on true events. I know that people who are interested in the supernatural and are looking for a unique and scary movie will really enjoy “Shadow People” a lot.

Aaron Chalich is a columnist for KSTP.com blogging about the latest entertainment news.