Bram Stoker's Shadowbuilder (1998) Movie Review

Bram Stoker's Shadowbuilder (1998)

1998 | R | Horror, Thriller
90 minutes /

User Score: 50/100


A demon is summoned to take the soul of a young boy who has the potential to become a saint. By doing this he will open a doorway to hell and destroy the world.

Bram Stoker's Shadowbuilder Review

Father Vassey (Michael Rooker) has a problem.  Using his two 9mm, laser-sighted cannons he’s tracked down and killed the holders of a heretic ceremony meant to bring a demon into the world.  Not just any demon, this one’s raison d’etre is nothing less than uncreating creation.  The problem is that Vassey is too late.  The demon has manifested, escaped, and is now on the hunt for the soul of a young boy who is believed to be a saint, due to the stigmata he had at birth. The film is directed by Jamie Dixon, heretofore a special effects supervisor, who shows canny restraint where special effects are concerned. The shadowy demon of the title is depicted often by a fluid black cloud, which is functional without losing its eeriness or credibility.  The acting is solid, never campy, though Michael Rooker sometimes feels out of place.  And the climactic scenes, built up to with good pacing, are fraught with peril and excitement.  All in all, this is a worthwhile effort for a first-time director, and that makes it one of the best direct-to-video releases I’ve seen in quite a long time. Although I wish I could locate the Bram Stoker story on which it is based. —Jim Gay

About Bram Stoker's Shadowbuilder (1998)

Title: Bram Stoker's Shadowbuilder
AKA: Shadow Builder
Year: 1998
Runtime: 90 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Score: 2 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.5/5 stars from 6 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 6
MPAA Rating: R
Starring: Tony Todd, Steve Blum, Matt Birman, Kevin Zegers, Michael Rooker, Hardee T. Lineham, Richard McMillan, Leslie Hope, Lawrence Bayne, Toby Proctor, Charlotte Sullivan, Gordon Michael Woolvett, Paul Soles, Andrew Jackson, Shawn Thompson, Catherine Bruhier, James B. Douglas, Andrew Sardella, David Calderisi, Eric Murphy, Billie Mae Richards, Nicole Stoffman, Tara Crooks, C.J. Fidler, Brian Kowalchuk, Trevor Lawson
Writers: Michael Stokes, Bram Stoker
Director: Jamie Dixon

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