Santi, a young high school student with a serious physical reaction to sunlight, is forced by his health to move with his single mother to a shadowy, isolated village in the mountains of Spain where the inhabitants begin to reveal themselves as strangely xenophobic. When terrible, violent events begin to occur, Santi becomes first a pariah at school and then strongly suspected by the police of hideous murders. Santi himself, however, wonders if he is not the next victim.
Santi is an outcast because of his nocturnal lifestyle due to a condition which prevents him for going into the sunlight. He burns and becomes weak – almost like a vampire. But no, this isn’t Twilight and he isn’t a supernatural being. Poor kid even has nightmares about burning up in the sunlight. The cinematography and use of grays and shadows accentuate the ominous and mysterious tone of the film.
So Santi and his mother move to an isolated, shadowy mountain village where the days are shorter which equals less sunlight. But someone or some thing is in the forest. No doubt. Imagine The Jungle Book or Tarzan but gone horribly wrong and with a lot more murder and tension. That’s what Shiver is in a nutshell. Well, that and add the fact that every isolated village has its little “secrets.” And some secrets are worth killing over.
If you enjoy films like Juan Antonio Bayona’s The Orphanage (El Orfanato), chances are this thriller/horror is right up your ally.