A pregnant mother confronts a nightmare in Out of the Shadows, the new supernatural horror film from Australian director/co-writer Dee McLachlan.
Eric and Katrina Hughes (Blake Northfield, Kendal Rae) have found their dream home in an old, abandoned midwifery until Katrina begins to suspect both she and her baby are being targeted by something evil from the building’s past.
Eric, of course, is unconvinced and begins to suspect her sanity is slipping as her behavior becomes more erratic, but after a while even he can’t deny the activity in the home and they soon find themselves in a battle for all their lives to protect their unborn child.
If you’re thinking you’ve seen this movie before, you’re partially right. Out of the Shadows follows a pretty standard pattern, but that certainly doesn’t mean it isn’t worth watching. The film is a taut horror/thriller with plenty of tension to keep its audience on the edge of its seat.
Much of its success falls upon the shoulders of her substantially talented cast.
Rae plays Katrina with raw emotional depth; you can palpably feel each emotional shift as the film progresses while Northfield’s Eric is equally convincing and it was interesting to watch him slowly shift from disbelief to confusion to belief to fear.
The film’s real standout, by far, is Lisa Chappell as Linda Dee, a motorcycle-riding, leather wearing, badass demonologist enlisted by the Hughes to help them when they are turned away by the church.
It isn’t often that we see a woman in this type of role and it was not only refreshing, but highly entertaining as she prepared for spiritual battle with the forces inside the old widwifery. Chappell’s performance heightens what we’ve come to expect in this type of role, and it was a much needed breath of fresh air.
And then there’s Goran Kleut…I can’t say much about Kleut’s character, Mr. Augusta, without spoilers so I’ll just say that he is both menacing and terrifying onscreen, and deserving of the attention that he will no doubt receive from this role.
The action of the film is perfectly complemented in its score by Christopher Gordon, who previous work can be on heard on film such as Daybreakers and the 2004 mini-series adaptation of Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot. Gordon’s work here is starkly beautiful and haunting with a classic style that creates an audio landscape as enigmatic and breathtaking as the film’s setting.
As I said before, Out of the Shadows has not re-invented the wheel, here. Many of the tropes we’ve come to expect from this type of film are present and accounted for throughout this story of menacing spirits/demons, but they have certainly created an entertaining and scary film with a few tweaks to the norm here and there.
My one complaint comes at the end. It was rather like seeing a gymnast performing a complicated, successful routine beautifully and then failing to stick the landing.
The last ten minutes or so of the film are a bit of a mess as the plot unravels in a sudden and intense rush of over-the-top special effects, and while they managed to quickly knit some of it back together for the final scene, I’m afraid it wasn’t enough to save them completely from the damage that had been done.
Still, if you’re a fan of things that go bump in the night, of restless spirits and disembodied voices, and of stories of families who stand together and fight the unseen evils menacing their homes, then Out of the Shadows is a journey that is totally worth taking.
You can see Out of the Shadows on Amazon Streaming and other VOD services right now with a physical release set on September 11, 2018. Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think in the comments!