The Shadow Man – Canada, 2015

‘The nightmare begins when you wake…’

The Shadow Man – aka The Man in the Shadows – is a 2015 Canadian supernatural horror feature film directed by Joshua Fraiman (a cameraman on Monster Brawl) from a screenplay by Adam Tomlinson. It stars Sarah Jurgens, Adam Tomlinson and Rebecca Amzallag.

Rachel Darwin (Sarah Jurgens) is pregnant, shackled, giving birth to something terrible, attended to by a dark man in a brimmed hat, a multidimensional being, a shadow that feeds upon human souls.

Rachel seeks the aid of William (Adam Tomlinson) who puts her under hypnosis and guides her deeper than mere dreams into astral projecting. However, it is getting harder to know what is real and what is not, and that includes the Hat Man…


The Man in the Shadows really hits its stride in the third act, which plays out like a kooky horror film. For the first time, the film slips into full-on genre territory, as laughs and scares begin to come semi-regularly. For a small window of time, the film is so fun and weirdly energetic that it’s a bit frustrating that the rest of the running time is spent in the suspense-building stage.” Blair Hoyle, Cinema Slasher,

The Man in the Shadows is a framework for a narrative more nebulous than a shadow man and just as unable to materialize into a solid shape.  The film looks fine cinematically, but there isn’t enough substance for those fascinated by the sleep paralysis phenomenon to engage with an interest level running any hotter than barely mild.” Ian Sedensky, Culture Crypt

Main cast:

  • Sarah Jurgens – iZombie
  • Adam Tomlinson – Scare Tactics
  • Rebecca Amzallag
  • Nick Baillie – Witchblade
  • Manuela Casinha
  • Celest Chong
  • Alison Louder


The Shadow Man was released on DVD and VOD on October 31, 2017 via Sony. Special DVD features:

  • Audio commentary by director Joshua Fraiman, writer Adam Tomlinson, and executive producer Andrew Cymek
  • Deleted scenes

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