header
Home Page
Synopsis
Cast & Crew
Dan Donley
Gallery
BTS
Press Kit
Reviews
Contact

 Shellter is an official selection of:

SHRIEKFEST   SHOCKERFEST   HORRORHOUND   DARK CARNIVAL 

EERIE HORROR FEST   FRIGHT NIGHT FILM FEST   FARGO FANTASTIC FILM FEST 

 PHOENIX FEAR FILM FESTIVAL   CINEMA SLAUGHTER  BARE BONES FILM FESTIVAL 

ATLANTA HORROR FILM FESTIVAL   OKLAHOMA HORROR FILM FESTIVAL

KILLER FILM FESTIVAL

 

Horrorphilia Gives SHELLTER 4 out of 5 Stars... And 8 out of 10 Skulls!!!

"Wow.  My head is still reeling after watching this one.  SHELLTER took me completely by surprise and is easily the most disturbing, violent, hateful, bloody, and intense film that doesn't offer even one thin gimmer of hope ... and I fucking loved every second of it." 
Read the entire review...

9 out of 10 from Wicked Channel

"This film is not afraid to be sick. And, if you are a horror fan, and you have not seen this film. I will say, this is your wetdream.
This film is just non stop. It belongs in the same breath as a Inside, Martyrs and Fronteir (s) as a indie horror film that just is so over the top and non apologetic, that scene after scene it gets worst and more intense than the scene before it." 
"This film is gross, sick, repulsive and should never be watched by a PG 13 horror fan, or someone who runs to the multiplex for the hollywood horror. Which means, I loved it..."
Read the entire review...

Horror-Movies Says SHELLTER Kicks Ass!

"I personally thought this was a breath of fresh air, to a genre which is unfortunately inundated with remakes and unoriginality, so it's great to see a little gem like this surface and kick the ass of bigger budget films that try to shock you but fail in comparison.
This is a must see, and one of the best films I have seen in 2010, I recommend you hunt this one down and give it a shot, very well done and beautifully horrific."
Read the entire review...

SHELLTER Named Best Film of 2010 by TrashCity.Org

"It doesn't pull its punches and is often difficult to watch; yet it forces you to confront uncomfortable realities about humanity in general, and yourself in particular."
Read the entire article...

Read The Full Review At TrashCity.org

"... there's a line from Videodrome that's appropriate here: "It has a philosophy - and that's what makes it dangerous."
"This is what lifts it up above its retarded cinematic cousins, and why it'll stick in your mind when Saw VI has long been forgotten."
Read the entire review...

Dollar Bin Horror Says SHELLTER Burns In Your Head

"This unique indie horror film combines elements of both torture films (like Saw) and zombie films to come up with one of the most disturbing and gruesome films I've ever reviewed.
The film never holds back on scenes depicting psychological, physical, and sexual torment and leaves them burning in your head long after the film is over."
Read the entire review...

Film Radar Almost Puked... Both Time They Watched It!

"Shellter should be seen by all fans of extreme horror. It is genuinely terrifying, suspenseful, and expresses strong insights regarding the darker side of human nature.
To say that it is not for the weak of heart would be an understatement. I watch a lot of these things, and I almost puked both times I saw it. Shellter is a great fucking movie."
Read the entire review...

The Man Cave Gives SHELLTER 3.5/5 Creeper Santas... And That's Pretty Damn Creepy!

"The film is reminiscent of Misery mixed with some post-apocalyptic and torture gore subgenres...and that is meant as a genuine compliment."
" ... a film worth viewing and a real nice change of pace from the usual formula seen in these type of flicks, separating it from the pack. Don't miss this one!"
Read the entire review...

InfernalDreams.net Gives SHELLTER an 8/10
"Shellter turned out to be exactly the opposite of what I thought it was going to be at the beginning. What it did turn out to be was a fine piece of twisted cinema, twisted in concept, twisted in design, twisted in the mental arena as well as storytelling."
Read the entire review...

Rogue Cinema Calls SHELLTER "Original, Deeply Twisted"
"...Shellter ultimately keeps its audience on the edge, never quite knowing what kind of film it will end up being.
Read the entire review...

SHELLTER Will Not Let You Off With Easy Answers says Wiki Spaces KDK12

"The relationship between the doctor and Zoey is fascinatingly complex, and the surrealistic, just-over-the-edge presentation of events works very effectively to show how a person could become a monster in a crisis.
Shelter will make you ask what you would do, and will not let you off with any easy answers."
Read the entire review...

Creepture Feature Horror Show Says WOW!

Shellter also has one of the most twisted ending's.. WOW.  Caught me by surprise!!!
I was on pins and needles through out this movie, I would say what else could happen and then Dan would come through with another Holy Shit scene.  Great story line and great direction. I recommend you watch this movie.
Read the entire review...

AllThingsHorror.com

"It's a little late in the year, but the award for sickest, vilist and most out there horror film of 2010 has been captured by Dan Donley's indie gem Shellter."

"It's one of the most disturbing films I've watched this year, yet I can't wait to give it another go round."
Read the entire review...

A 10 out of 10 For SHELLTER From ZMDB

"It's a fascinating exploration of just how far a moral character will go to survive. Zoey really has her morals, psychology and ethics tested."
The twists at the end were really good. The truth isn't plesasnt nor are the effects on Zoey. Every action does, indeed, have a reaction."
Read the entire review...

SHELLTER Gets An A+ From Hayes Hudsen's House of Horror

"The bottom line for Shellter is that it earns an A+. Put this one high on your Must See List and check it out as soon as you can. "
Read the entire review...

 
January 2010
SHELLTER WINS BEST FEATURE AT THE PHOENIX FEAR FILM FESTIVAL!

October 2009
 

October is the time for Horror Film Festivals and SHELLTER was shown all over the country. 

To the Festivals we didn't attend we just want to say we wish we could have been there!

And to the Festival Directors of the fests we went to we want to say thanks for the great experiences!  It was really fun!


SHELLTER WINS BEST HORROR FEATURE AT THE FARGO FANTASTIC FILM FESTIVAL!


FARGO FILM FEST


SHELLTER NOMINATED IN THREE CATEGORIES AT DARK CARNIVAL

DC BEST FEATUREBEST CINEMATOGRAPHYDC BEST ACTOR

SHELLTER was one of only nine features selected to play at DARK CARNIVAL.

SHELLTER screened at the prime 7:30, Saturday night spot... the same exact day and time as SHRIEKFEST! 

http://www.darkcarnivalfilmfest.com


SHELLTER IS ALSO NOMINATED FOR BEST FEATURE AT THE EERIE HORROR FEST!

Eerie Horror Fest

At the Eerie Horror Fest SHELLTER was one of 13 feature films selected for the festival and one of five nominated for Best Feature.

Other nominees included EVIL ANGEL starring frickin' Ving Rhames!  That's some competition!

SHELLTER had a "coveted" midnight screening... along with an "Over 18, Adults Only" warning.

And if a Horror Festival is warning people you know SHELLTER just might be HARDCORE HORROR.

Here's the review from the Eerie Horror Fest,

"If there was ever a movie that made you want to shoot yourself in the face with a shotgun, cut off your arms and legs, fall face first in to a grave filled with shit and then be set on fire, THIS IS IT!

It's SO good but SO dark. After watching it, you feel defeated, abused and ill. Cannibal Corpse songs are more cheery then this film. GO SEE IT!"

http://www.eeriehorrorfest.com


SHELLTER PROUD TO BE PART OF SHRIEKFEST!

Shriekfest

SHRIEKFES is held at Raleigh Studios in Hollywood where the films are projected in the plush screeening rooms.

SHELLTER played at the prime 7:30, Saturday night spot.

"Shellter" made me so uncomfortable.   This film is not for those easily made squeamish.  ~Denise Gossett, Festival Director

And if a Horror Festival Director is saying that, you know SHELLTER is HARDCORE!

http://www.shriekfest.com


SHELLTER PLAYS SHOCKERFEST IN MODESTO!

Shockerfest

Shockerfest was held at the beautiful Galaxy 12 Theatre. 

http://www.shockerfest.com/index.php



SHELTER NOMINATED TWICE AT FRIGHT FEST!

Fright Night

And won an Honorable Mention!

http://www.frightnightfilmfest.com/



 

March 2010
 Got this email and had to share it with you:
I saw your film Shelter.  I have never been to a film festival before and don't really care for horror films.  My friend Kip and I only went to do something we've never done before.  After your movie, you did some Q&A.  Most of the questions were techie questions but then someone asked you, "What motivated you to make this film?"  My first thoughts were, "Someone was motivated to make this?"  But then you told the story about the Jews in Auschwitz.  I left the theatre asking myself, "Would I push the button?"
 
Your film left an impression on me.  I even picked up Viktor E. Frankl's book, "Man's Search for Meaning".  Frankl's theory is that our primary drive in life is not pleasure, as Freud maintained, but the discovery and pursuit of what we personally find meaningful.  It is one of the best books I have ever read!
 
I can't believe I walked away from a horror film with that.  Thank you!
 
Julie G.



This is the way I hoped SHELLTER would effect the audience, it's why I made the film.  It's almost better than winning Best Feature at Phoenix Fear Film Festival.  Almost better.

  Last Updated 7/16/11