Shallow Ground (2004) - Horror, Thriller

Hohum Score

33

Bearable

A naked teenage boy covered in blood appears at a remote sheriff's station one year after the brutal unsolved murder of a local girl. Now Sheriff Jack Shepherd, guilt ridden over the girl's...

IMDB: 4.9
Director: Sheldon Wilson
Stars: Timothy V. Murphy, Stan Kirsch
Length: 97 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 20 out of 86 found boring (23.25%)

One-line Reviews (47)

None of the characters are engaging, they're trite and tiresome.

The story line can be a bit confusing at times, and the ending will leave you thinking WTF!

And, sadly, awfully predictable.

Because sometimes you will get some unexpected stuff because of the artistic freedom and such.

This gripping fact is there for most of the movie, unfortunately near the end the story goes downhill.

Promising and Intriguing Beginning, Confusing and Disappointing Resolution .

I found it laughably predictable at times.

There's lots of blood, excellent SFX and a nice twist at the end - everything a horror film fan finds entertaining.

Now the good even though the direction and pace slow it moves along the storyline never diverging into needless subtext.

First, this was definitely a good movie, worth watching through to see what it really is all about.

A movie has to entertain, and given how this one opens and develops, believe it or not, it's quite fascinating and *gasp* original.

And I did not like the clichéd device of the music building to a (supposed) climax, but then nothing happening in the film.

I was quite surprised by the quality of the film, suspenseful, creepy and well acted, director Sheldon Wilson had certainly done his homework.

There's really only so much you can do with blood and guts and creepy guys in the woods, so the audience gets bored quickly.

SO many shots were poorly composed, visually flat, skewed at an angle, boring, showed nothing, etc etc etc.If you like good horror flicks, intelligent horror flicks, or even a good gore flick- Save yourself.

There was a very unexpected thing that happened, that never occurred to me, although, it should have.

Sheldon Wilson's stark supernatural low budget horror film is too contrived, hard to follow and before it is over it becomes a head-scratcher...

You will like that unexpected thing.

The revelation of his identity only makes things more confusing.

You recognize their efforts to make this movie a good and entertaining one.

The Final Verdict: As a gruesome gore-fest, it's not that bad, but as an engaging horror film, it fails remarkably.

The beginning of "Shallow Ground" is promising and intriguing, and I recalled the "X-Files" series.

Even the twists are getting predictable.

Shallow Ground has an interesting and original story that feels fresh, interesting and somewhat unpredictable.

Great idea for an opening - a naked teenage boy, covered in blood from head to foot, walks out of the forest holding a big butcher knife - and into the Sheriff's station which is packing up, making ready to leave.

After you've watched the worst movie ever made, you get to see the cast and crew guide you through the failure of their movie making.

Saying more is pointless, so I won't.

only yawns.

Writing a review on this is like taking a pop test on a lecture about a dull subject given by a prof who speaks in a monotone in their second language with a thick accent.

Much of it is very exciting new American horror film-making.

Also on the DVD that I watched there was an outstanding commentary by the filmmakers that really did go into details about the perils of low budget filmmaking which is worth listening to plus there was a behind-the-scenes featuette which is worth watching.

however the plot was extremely confusing and instead of being scared i had to try and work out what was going on, who was bad, who was good, who was dead, who was alive etc etc another awful thing about the film was the poor sound volume quality.

The core explanation involves a plot that was mentioned during the opening scenes--it's why most folks, including the police force, are moving out of town--but it ends up making the intriguing monster from the beginning of the film somewhat superfluous, and never explains it very well, anyway.

Very very cliché, and obtrusive/irritating.

Don't waste your time with this.

But the mystery behind the boy with blood is so intense that you easily forgive and forget the minor points of this movie.

All they do is either make up pointless movies like this one or remake something from the past.

But this is a bad movie, plain and simple, forget all of the apologetic reviews regarding this waste of time.

And I don't mean "gross out" unenjoyable, I mean painfully dull unenjoyable.

Absolutely horrifyingly bad-THE WORST MOVIE EVER MADE.

pointless, makes you scratch your head.

Godawful boring tripe .

A bizarre "villain" appears from almost the first frame, and Wilson was smart and imaginative enough to create a new kind of horror monster that's both extremely intriguing and unpredictable.

There are plot holes, pointless characters and unfinished subplots galore, and you're expected to suspend disbelief to the point where it snaps and breaks.

Others have already sufficiently commented on the weaknesses of this low-budget effort, including the choppy editing, the meandering, slapdash plot in hopeless search of focus (and intelligence), the forgettable acting, the serviceable but otherwise unremarkable camera-work, the competent but undistinguished score, and the effective but pointless gore effects.

The movie mostly doesn't make any sense, and when it does, it's predictable and silly.

Just another stupid, pointless movie made by uninspired would-be directors and writers.