The horror genre is easily the trickiest one of them all. It produces more crappy films than any other yet somehow continues to churn them out. Most of this is due to specific actors in the genre with easily one of the most popular being actress and director Danielle Harris. Her latest film Shiver brings along Casper Van Dien and Rae Dawn Chong but does it have the rest of the elements needed to make this film work?
Shiver follows a young secretary in lacking in self- confidence who becomes the victim of a savage killer who has claimed the lives of a number of other women and now must find the courage to fight for her life. This is one of those movies that for some time it feels like it is going for the slasher route but quickly changes into more of a thriller than a horror film. The story itself is pretty simple and uses the characters issues to push the story forward as opposed to just their physical aspects which both work and hurt this film. At times it feels like it’s building a phsycological thriller and the next it gets a bit lost on itself. Harris is good as always with Dien and Chong doing fine, but sadly there just isn’t much here for any of them. There are some strange structure to this film early on that makes things a bit confusing for a short time, but gets itself back on track pretty quickly. Once it finally gets to the point with Harris and the villain then the film gets a bit better but steal seems to still get lost in what it is trying to be.
Underneath the lower budget and somewhat cluttered nature of the film was a more in depth character driven story. Both Harris’ character and the main villain had some deep issues to work through and this situation set things in motion for them both, but may get lost for most trying to slosh through the mess of the finished product. Fans of Harris should at least give this film a try as she is great as always and makes this film way easier to watch than it would have been otherwise.