Come Back To Me. I also wanted to get a review in here this weekend, so I went with a film called Shadowhunters (2004). It has been a while since I have reviewed a movie from a movie pack, and now they are back.
Goose (David Simmons), Murphy (Ted Taylor), Ray (Liam Smith) and Hudson (John Johnson) are known as the Shadowhunters, a group of demon hunters. A demon they fought five years ago, Malphaedor (Lincoln Lilley), could be getting out of the seals that are keeping him trapped. They decide to go to the hospital that was built over the seal, which is now closed up due to mysterious deaths, in order to investigate, and possibly put Malphaedor back in his prison. Unknown to them though, a sorority is sending in new pledges. Their goal is to spend the night in the haunted hospital, in just their underwear of course. Now the Shadowhunters have to try to protect all of these people as well as themselves.
Shadowhunters was a mixed bag all the way through. John Johnson directs, and is also a co-writer along with Lincoln Lilley and Liam Smith. I haven't seen this many pulling double duty in a while. I didn't really care for the movie too much from the start. The story starts off with a slight back story showing some of the first meeting between Malphaedor and the Shadowhunters. It was filmed in a weird way, black and white but looked like a filter was added to it as well. The group is always wearing things that make them look like they came out of the old gangster era, which can make it hard to tell them apart at times. I admit that the story does get better as it goes, but there is always something to not like just when I thought I would start to enjoy it more. Shadowhunters does end up better than I thought it would, but I still didn't like it a whole lot.
The dialog is what can really kill things the most. We only meet two sorority sisters, their boyfriends (for lack of a better word), and the pledges. The Shadowhunter group gets the best dialog while everyone else, unless they are interacting with the main group, doesn't get very good dialog. Sometimes it felt like they were having a contest to see who could swear the most. The pledges also give us one the fakest slaps I have seen in a good long time. On the plus side, around half of the women get topless for a short while. This will depend on how you like your women, as they are cute for the most part, but small. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but I know some that don't care for it.
While there is some blood, the effects aren't all that great. Most deaths happen off screen or we just see an effect real quick like. The silliest death had to do with someone losing their head thanks to a sliding door. Might hurt a lot, but don't think anyone would lose their head over it. The acting was hit and miss. The main for aren't too bad, but have moments I didn't care for. Lincoln Lilley plays the over-the-top bad guy fairly well. The rest of the cast doesn't always do that great, but there are moments that stand out. Rebecca Taylor finds herself in the lead role for the pledges and does a pretty good job at being mysterious. Sunshine Manderback Johnson also stood out some in one of her scenes.
One of the odd things about Shadowhunters was the fact that the demon could jump bodies seemingly at will. Sometimes with just two people in the scene, John Johnson would have the demon bouncing between the two. It actually made the scene a little more interesting, but made me wonder how it was doing it so easily. The ending to the film was actually fairly good as well. There is a bit of a twist with one of the pledges. It was easy to see she was different than the others, but the twist still got me. Or it could have been I just didn't really care enough to catch onto it before the reveal. For a film that was supposedly filmed for an estimated $2,000, it really isn't as bad as it could have been. The lighting and sound could have been better, but at least scenes aren't too dark and you can hear everything. Just sometimes things are too bright and the sound can have an echo to it at times. Shadowhunters missed the mark for being an average film for me.
2 out of 5 At least it had a cool location
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