22 May 2016 | Leofwine_draca
Cheap and derivative
SHADOW OF A MAN is one of the cheap thrillers put out by the notorious producers E. J. Fancey, a man whose films tend to be singularly devoid of excitement, intrigue, and suspense. This bog standard mystery thriller about the hunt for a murderer is a case in point. The only thing it has going for it is location photography in Hastings, and even that isn't very good.
The story is about a drunk who's found dead after a night out. The police investigate on the suspicion of foul play and soon come across a number of suspects who may or may not be involved. Meanwhile, the dead man's buddy searches for the murderer himself.
SHADOW OF A MAN stars the ubiquitous Canadian actor Paul Carpenter as the best buddy. In this one, Carpenter plays a rather volatile character who goes around punching out anybody who dares to insult the memory of his dead friend. The equally ubiquitous Ronald Leigh-Hunt plays in support. Sadly, the mystery narrative plays out in the most ordinary way imaginable, and there's not a single thrill to be had from the script. I'd skip it.