Released in the UK on 23 September 2016, Under the Shadow premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews, with the streaming rights snapped up by Netflix. The Guardian called the film “This year’s unarguable horror standout” and “the feminist horror film that scared Sundance silly”, while Variety hailed it “among this year’s most buzzed about indie at Sundance.”
The film was a Westminster alumni collaboration, with Babak as a Director, Kit Fraser as a Director of Photography, and Patrick Fischer as an Executive Producer. They met at the University of Westminster as students and have been working together ever since.
Under the Shadow is set in Tehran in 1988, in the last years of the Iran-Iraq War. When a missile lodges into an apartment block, a supernatural entity is released, and a psychological horror story begins to unfold as a mother and her young daughter begin to be terrorised by a demon.
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