trailer dead shadows

French filmmakers burst onto the horror scene a few years back to deliver some brutal and fantastically entertaining gems like Inside, Martyrs and High Tension, and we all hoped the trend would continue. Sadly their brief foray into genre mastery sputtered out after a few generic and unsatisfying movies.

Dead Shadows hopes to change all that.

Far from the knife-wielding slashers that first garnered attention from international horror fans, David Cholewa‘s new film takes its lead from sources as diverse as H.P. Lovecraft and Attack the Block. The film follows a young man in Paris whose world collapses around him when a passing comet unleashes hordes of creatures throughout the city.

Check out the trailer below.

The topless spider lady is a nice touch, no?

While it’s clear the movie isn’t going for a full-on horror vibe, the tone looks to be trying to fit some humor into the monstrous maelstrom. Some of the CGI is dodgy, but the thought of seeing monsters tearing into people in modern day Paris may be enough to make that forgivable. Hell, I forgave it the second the topless spider lady appeared. The official synopsis (from Cholewa himself) is below.

Dead Shadows tells the terrifying story about a young man, Chris, whose parents were brutally killed 11 years ago, on the same day that the comet of Haley could be seen from earth. Tonight, a new comet is going to appear and everyone in his building are getting ready for a party to celebrate the event. There’s even an apocalypse theory going around. As the night falls, Chris starts to discover that people are acting strange – and it seems to somehow be connected to the comet. People are becoming disoriented and violent and it doesn’t take long before they start mutating into something from beyond this world. In a fight for survival, Chris has to try to escape from his building with the help from some other tenants – but will they make it out alive?”

Shout! Factory recently picked up the North American rights to the film, but as of yet no release date plans have been announced.

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