Even if it's slowly being forgotten as attention shifts toward jump scares, gore, and shocking twists, 2021's Shepherd lathers on the dread so thickly that it becomes almost impenetrable, revealing an underappreciated gem.
Russell Owen's isolated nightmare didn't make many headlines or capture the imagination during its limited runtime, but it does have a decent chance of becoming the latest under-the-radar cult classic for those who enjoy their scary stories to include substantial amounts of both psychosis and the supernatural. Make no mistake, though, that the feeling of lurching anxiety will never fade.
Tom Hughes plays a tense widower who retreats from confronting his adulterous wife's death by taking up a new job as a shepherd, deploying all on his lonesome island, which immediately appears to be frightening. Sure enough, his spiraling madness meets that of a terrifying spirit, putting his life and his health in jeopardy.
Shepherd, gaining a 73 percent Rotten Tomatoes rating, has gained notoriety from insiders, but it hasn't yet established itself as an on-demand platform. Per FlixPatrol, the haunting journey from mourning to horrific has clinched a Top 10 spot on the ViaPlay worldwide watch-list, and it's highly recommended for anyone who's been kicking a lot of instant favorites.