What could possibly be worse than waking up and not knowing who you are, where you are or what's going on Well probably all those combined with being half naked in the padded room of a deserted mental institution, with a shadow creature hunting you down... that could be worse.
Shadow Puppets is made up of a substantial cult cast of TV actors, Jolene Blalock (Star Trek: Enterprise), James Marsters (Buffy The Vampire Slayer), Tony Todd (Candyman) and Natasha Alam (True Blood). The story opens up introducing the characters as they awake to find themselves imprisoned in an abandoned mental hospital. The catch is they don't remember anything prior to waking up and the condition of their \"prison\" seems to suggest anyone who might have been running the establishment are now long gone, or worse... dead. But these individuals are not alone, a demonic dark shadow stalks them among the corridors, and they must join forces to find a way of escape before they all die!
Overall, I found the little over 90 minute run-time to move quite fast and Shadow Puppets turned out to be a pretty decent direct to DVD horror (or thriller) which probably finds most of it's highs in Jolene Blalock and model Natasha Alam walking around half the film in their underwear (with Alam, who would go onto a brief stint on True Blood three years later, showing a bit more in one scene). Plot wise the story does manage to \"shadow\" enough mystery that it should also keep you interested the entire time, and while it may be full of campy dialogue and plot holes its not that bad of a film for it's budget and form of release.
Description: A woman and a man awake in individual white cells in an abandoned prison or mental institution wearing only underwear and without any memory. They hear a strange and creepy noise and decide to look for a way out of the facility. They meet six other strangers in the same situation and one of them is attacked and killed by a shadow. While trying to escape from the place and the shadow, they find the brain washing apparatus with the indication that had been used eight times. When they meet the ninth stranger, they realize that one of them is lying and knows what have happened with them.
In the aftermath of the blast, people began to show signs of post-traumatic stress disorder (Ptsd). Those living in and around Kuta were of particular concern, and the prevalence of Ptsd among them spawned an idea to use shadow puppet performances (wayang) in order to disseminate information about Ptsd to local people.
Only the male members of the family are connected with the profession of shadow play. Women have nothing to do with it; they should not come in touch with the figures, and they are not allowed to enter the special area where the performances will go on. (Seltman 1982: 11) (3)
The sacred presence of the goddess in the lamps required for the shadow shows makes the puppet house a kind of temple and the performer a kind of priest, a position off-limits to women. But, as Ramachandra points out, there is no steadfast rule about this view, rather it is custom that keeps the practice in place. The lack of official rules perhaps offers a grey area subject to change within the context of other cultural changes taking place today.
It wouldn't be the Oscars without a bad dance routine. In years past, it was pimps and hos, but this year human shadow puppets took the prize. Although many of their creations looked like giant misshapen genitalia, you have to give them credit for trying. The runner-up award for really bad dancing is given to segment featuring the films nominated for Best Costume Design, in which tableaus of desperate actors were dressed up and forced to wanly gyrate behind the backlit screen. Look away. 59ce067264