‘Under the Shadow’: Scares come from inside and outside this haunted Tehran home


Movie review of “Under the Shadow”: It takes time before the creepy noises are fully revealed in this quietly nerve-pricking haunted-apartment flick set in worn-torn Tehran.

The creaking and shrieking inside a haunted-house movie often turn on evil spirits, restless ghosts or sometimes just human madness. It takes time before the creepy noises are fully revealed in the quietly nerve-pricking horror flick “Under the Shadow,” though there’s already plenty to worry about before the first real boo erupts.

Bad juju is one thing, but in Tehran in 1988 — the final year of the eight-year Iran-Iraq war — danger comes from every direction: the prying nosy neighbors, the patrolling morality police, the hurtling enemy missiles.