TV journalist Alex Jung returns to her home town while trying to decide whether or not to accept an important job offer. She doesn't get much of a vacation, however, since almost as soon as she arrives some grisly murders begin to occur in the town. The police are baffled by what seem to be animal attacks. Is there a pattern to these murders, and does it all have something to do with Alex?
Considering Night Shadow's reputation, and considering the fact that this was director/writer/producer Randolph Cohlan's first and only foray into the movie-making industry (the same can also be said for most of the cast), I expected it to be much worse than it is. That's not to say that it's a particularly good movie - it's not. There are far too many threads to the story and not enough happens to tie them together. Too much time is wasted on irrelevant dialogue and needless backstory. It also contains a couple of the most bizarre and out-of-place martial arts sequences ever committed to film, which seem to exist purely because they happened to have one of the extras from "Big Trouble in Little China" on the cast.
On the other hand, the performances aren't terrible and most other areas of production are competent as well. Unfortunately, this also means that the movie fails to even fall into the "so bad it's good" category, so it can't even be recommended to the audience that enjoys those kinds of flicks. There is lots of fun to be had in the final act, but it takes an awful long time to get there. It's a shame that the movie couldn't have balanced itself out with a decent first hour or so.
Not quite as awful as its reputation might suggest, but also not quite good enough to be worth a recommendation, "Night Shadow" occupies the heavily-populated middle ground of missed chances.
A cheap, oddball little werewolf movie that I'm pretty sure doesn't
make a whole lot of sense.
The story goes something like this: A newswoman is followed from the city back
to her home town by a werewolf, it kills some people, a little Asian dude gets
into a random kung fu fight, the werewolf kills some more people, the main characters try to unravel the mystery and so on and so forth.
The kills are all fairly mediocre and tame, the werewolf is shoddy looking,
there's no suspense, it's tedious, it's boring and the only thing that livens it up are one or two really weird or unintentionally funny scenes. Pretty much total crap.
I just bought a compilation of movies and this movie was on it with the Howling 4. I will agree about the script for this movie but, I did like the make up for the werewolf and disagree with the description of the make up. I didn't think it was shoddy but, I will concede that there should have been more shots of the werewolf to get a better look. I liked the big barrel chested look. Some thing different for the appearance. It added a dimension to the look. But, if I had to rate the movie. it would have been overcooked. Looks can't sell a badly scripted movie with bad writing.
Just saw this movie today and must say, pee yew!! what bad direction. If not for the actors towing the line, this movie really would have sunk to a lower rating. Can't understand why the werewolf costume was so rushed in the filming. I liked it, and I especially liked the idea of a werewolf with more of a barrel chested shape more so than usual. I thought it looked cool. Too bad the story line was forgettable. Rather pointless and stupid. I just couldn't understand what the connection was between the werewolf and the reporter from L.A. They never explored that part of the storyline. Hunh, maybe I missed something? This definitely was overcooked.
Our inflicted killer in this movie is a rough-loooking open-shirted guy who has very sharp nails indeed. Anyone who is watching the movie probably knows that a werewolf is involved (especially since many releases have a werewolf on the front cover), and yet it takes an awfully long time to allow the characters to learn the truth of the matter.
The werewolf effects are actually pretty good considering that this is a very low-budget movie. There is a single transformation scene which is not great or ground-breaking by any means, but the final werewolf looks fine in most shots. Unfortunately, towards the end they make the usual mistake of showing far too much of it, breaking the illusion and revealing that it is just a man in a hairy suit.
There is an odd story going on in which our heroine is meant to become the bride of the werewolf and join the bloodlines or something, but very little time is actually devoted to it considering it is meant to be the central plot.