Production Year: 2012
Release Date: 10-08-2013
Studio: Image Entertainment

There's a serial killer on the loose!  He's not your average serial killer either, this guy (Franklin; John Jarratt) likes to keep the heads of his victims in jars... Looking back at that statement maybe keeping heads in jars is average serial killer behavior.  Never the less, he suffers from serious control issues and is posing a major threat if you're a pretty and vulnerable female.  Luckily for you Detective Delgado (Casper Van Dien) is on the case.  Quit snickering, I know exactly what you're thinking...."Casper Van Dien!?"  Yes, Casper Van Dien, that name might not give you much confidence when it scrolls across your TV screen, but I assure you he was surprisingly good in this movie.

Delgado is hot on the killer's trail, but unfortunately for him the mad man seems to always be just one step ahead.  That's when poor Wendy (Danielle Harris) comes into the mix.  Wendy was supposed to be another a weak girl, an obvious lamb to the slaughter- things didn't quite work out that way however.  Wendy gets away and manages to make her way to the police.  From here the film becomes a nice game of cat and mouse.

I've got no problem admitting that I'm not exactly Danielle Harris' biggest fan.  Hell, same goes for Van Dien.  These are two actors that had a few pretty big films early in their careers but have failed to woo me since.  I realize that might take away some of my cred, given that Danielle is horror royalty these days, but I digress; I really enjoyed Shiver.

When you see the artwork and read the synopsis you might have your doubts, I know I did.  But there's actually more to this one than your average DTV horror.  John Jarratt is surprisingly imposing, Danielle Harris plays a great weak victim who slowly gains confidence and strength throughout the film.  Lastly, Van Dien was really good as the detective, making me question "why didn't this guy's career take off after Starship Troopers?" once more.   To say I was surprised by this film would be a bit of an understatement.

This is certainly the weakest part of this release.  There are zero special features.  A commentary or short featurette, hell even something as simple as a trailer would have been appreciated. .

 Don't get me wrong, this isn't exactly Seven or anything, but it still manages to be a competent thriller with a great performance from Harris. Jarratt's Franklin is imposing enough to be an even match for the horror starlet.  Even Van Dien managed to surprise me a bit.  It's not a bad way to spend 90 minutes.

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