Prisons can be pretty tough when women and zombies collide in bloody fashion, as Derek Wan’s trashfest Shadow: Dead Riot aptly shows.
Shadow: Dead Riot
(USA 2006, director: Derek Wan)
Voodoo-practicing serial killer Shadow is executed, but twenty years later the prison he was in is transformed into a women’s rehabilitation project that is soon taken over by undead inmates and himself.
It takes a special kind of audience to appreciate a movie that is as exploitative in story and presentation as this one. With barely any good acting, not even by Tony Todd of Candyman 1-3 fame or notoriety, and a plot that could fit on a beer coaster, it shouldn’t work. As predictable as it is with gratuitous nudity and zombie make-up that shows its low budget heritage as much as the digital camera cinematography and terrible CGI effects, it still works remarkably well.
With fight scenes that could be out of an Asian action flick, gory special effects that feature lots of blood spilled and guts pulled out, including even a few tasteless baby scenes that have to be seen to be believed, it all adds up to 90 minutes of trash entertainment. While there are a couple of unnecessary dialogues and none of the characters remain memorable, the constant mix of unexpected girl brawls, overacting, and gore makes most contemporary or classic slow-moving and often pretentious zombie movies pale in comparison… if one is in the right mood for this sort of thing.
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