Synopsis: This diabolical thriller was the first film from director Danny Boyle, producer Andrew Macdonald, and screenwriter John Hodge (the smashing team behind Trainspotting). In SHALLOW GRAVE, three self-involved Edinburgh roommates—played by Kerry Fox (An Angel at My Table), Christopher Eccleston (Elizabeth), and Ewan McGregor (Beginners), in his first starring role—take in a brooding boarder. When he dies of an overdose, leaving a suitcase full of money, the trio embark on a series of very bad decisions, with extraordinarily grim consequences for all. Macabre but with a streak of offbeat humor, this stylistically influential tale of guilt and derangement is a full-throttle bit of Hitchcockian nastiness.
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Production Year: 1994
- "A chilling and claustrophobic heart-stopper.", Caroline Westbrook, Empire
- "A tar-black comedy that zings along on a wave of visual and scripting inventiveness.", Derek Elley, Variety