Movie Review: Realm of Shadows (2024)

June 6, 2024

Written by DanXIII

Daniel XIII; the result of an arcane ritual involving a King Diamond album, a box of Count Chocula, and a copy of Swank magazine, is a screenwriter, director, producer, actor, artist, and reviewer of fright flicks…Who hates ya baby?

Who got their relationship hoo-ha all mixed-up with supernatural shenanigans?

Well the new anthology from filmmaker Jimmy Drain, Realm of Shadows for one… and lucky for you cats n’ creeps that’s the feature I’ll be slappin’ my putrid peepers on and given the ol’ standard substandard revoltin’ review treatment!

After we are introduced to the Sisters of the Moon; a gaggle of gals, lead by the devilish Nalum (Erika Monet), hell bent on relating their visions of the battle for men’s souls as they struggle to obtain the mystical… and apparently pretty damn powerful Dagger of Destiny… from some priest-types. These visions form the basis of the stories presented for our vicious viewing pleasure!

We are soon introduced to Malick (Drain), a dude with the hots for multiple ladies, which of course leads to raucous results once he makes his preternatural pick, followed by a journey into a relationship influenced by those witches mmentioned up yonder… so again, expect decidedly witch-favoring results.

We also get tales where Malick, this time in the guise of Professor Daniel Kimmer who’s shady past and not-what-she seems wife (along with a student accomplice) equal a large chance of seeing our arcane academic’s blood flow

Sometimes the focus of these sinful stories concerns others falling victim to the witches’ sway like in the cases of Peggy(Ashe Medina), a woman with the hornies for choreographer Jon (Caustic Scifidelic), whom our lacivious ladies give the ability to perfect that ol’ supernatural soft-shoe, and a mother (Lauren Mayhew) who’s daughter (Mara Davala) claims the constant bumps they hear are the sounds of a rooftop struggle to keep the Boogeyman at bay.

The priest’s have their day too as the final excursion involves a man of the cloth (the legendary Tony Todd, Candyman) in a pitch battle with a sinister slasher!

Packed with all manner of outré trappings, Realm of Shadows is as delightfully outlandish as the material at hand dictates, which as you know is a plus within the paranormal pages of my beastly book!

As with most anthologies, there are segments here that are stronger than others, but it seldom matters when the film pulls you along through it’s dark ride of magic, Ouija boards, and doomed romance and I say give it a wicked whirl if you’re in the mood for thrills, chills, and good ol’ exploitation ghoulish goodness!


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