Shadow Hours

A very entertaining, if thoroughly silly, morality tale in which a weak-willed young man is tempted to embrace the neon slime by a devilish nightcrawler. Michael Holloway (Balthazar Getty, who now bears a striking resemblance to the pudgy Charlie Sheen) thinks he saw and did it all during his liquor-feuled, dope-addled years. Now he's clean and sober, married...read more

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A very entertaining, if thoroughly silly, morality tale in which a weak-willed young man is tempted to embrace the neon slime by a devilish nightcrawler. Michael Holloway (Balthazar Getty, who now bears a striking resemblance to the pudgy Charlie

Sheen) thinks he saw and did it all during his liquor-feuled, dope-addled years. Now he's clean and sober, married to the steady, supportive Chloe (Rebecca Gayheart) — his "angel" — about to be a father and working the graveyard shift at a seedy downtown Los Angeles gas station. Just as

Michael's Travis Bickle-eye view of the world is starting to get to him, in cruises sharp-dressed smoothie Stuart Chappell (Peter Weller), who claims he's a writer and invites Michael to help him explore the dark underbelly of LA nightlife. Setting aside his initial misgivings, Michael takes up

Stuart on his offer, diving headlong into a whirlwind tour of strip joints, bare-knuckle boxing matches, gambling dens, kinky cabarets and after-hours clubs. As soon he's taken that first forbidden sip of wine, Michael's recovery is nothing but a memory. He's out drinking with the mysterious

Stuart (who seems to know every dive in town and goes by a different name at each one) until all hours, reconnecting with his old dealer (Frederic Forrest) and doing bumps off the back of his hand at work. Chloe's suspicious, and to top it all off, police detective Andrianson (Peter Greene) think

Michael may have seen something that could help their investigation of a series of brutal murders, since the latest victim lived right across the street from the gas station. Writer/director Isaac Eaton's vision of Hell-A is none too subtle, but hey — how many movie can boast that the likes

of Lydia Lunch and blood-soaked performance artist Ron Athey advised them on the finer points of modern degeneracy?

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  • Released: 2000
  • Rating: R
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