Shadow - Dead Riot (UnRated)
Horror icon Tony Todd (Clive Barker's "Candyman" series) delivers his most powerful and evil performance as Shadow, an executed and resurrected serial killer who invades a women's prison in search of the girl know only as Solitare (Carla Greene)! Solitare senses her impending doom and prepares to single-handedly take on Shadow and his army of zombies in a supernatural martial arts showdown! "Shadow: Dead Riot" is a unique stylistic fusion of Asian-style action, zombie horror and women's prison drama. Also starring Erin Brown AKA Misty Mundae!
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I can't remember why exactly but last year I stopped just short from taking a look at "Shadow - Dead Riot." Of course I'm a lover of horror films like you've never seen before and I've been dying to see what Tony Todd (aka Candyman) was up to in this particular adult feature. I wish I'd thought ahead and brought some popcorn to the office and shot out all the lights so it could be good and dark in here but atmosphere setting aside onto the awesome!
Oh - my - gods - this is bad, I mean "Troll" bad. The props are terrible from the ropey mop that Todd, aka Shadow, is wearing to his bad dentures and the carved skin effects on his hands. It contrasts sharply with the blue green wash of the film and the truly creepy setting of the abandoned asylum. All of this so far adds up to a factor of camp that could be amazing, the fact that I'm still watching avidly is a good indication that "Shadow - Dead Riot" has some serious potential.
So the movie starts with Shadow's death and a bizarre blood ritual that causes the prison to riot at the moment of his escape. The riot is ended rather quickly when the warden has his men fire directly into the prisoners killing them all, then has them buried in a mass grave, along with a pointy toothed skull we're lead to believe belongs to Shadow.
Years later the prison has been re-commissioned as a women's prison and a new inmate is coming in. They call the new inmate Solitaire, because she prefers to be alone, get it? After the obligatory all girl shower scene, the obligatory all girl fight scene! Love it! Seriously the girl on girl fight scenes are lovingly choreographed and expertly shot so that you don't notice anyone pulling their punches. So far the very best bits of this movie are the fight scenes. But the little violent outburst earns Solitaire a moment in solitary - and she gets the same cell Shadow used before his execution of course.
The prison doctor is a skeezey little bastard and the last person in this film I want to see taking his clothes off but he's the first to have a sex scene. Meanwhile, Solitaire begins to show the first signs of bonding with her pregnant cell mate, all while Elsa the prison guard is cozying up to everyone's bitch, Crystal. Then things start getting pretty weird as Crystal disappears during a prison break swallowed up by the lawn.
Blood is a continuing theme with this little horror tale. Any time someone bleeds something bad happens. When the big jailhouse bully goes berserk, it's just after that idiot doctor injects her with what looks like someone else's blood. And something horrible happens to Emily's baby when she gives birth on the lawn, hemorrhages and passes out. Somehow the prison grounds still house the barely decomposed bodies of the original prisoners. These prisoners need blood to reanimate and find the pieces of Shadow's shattered body. Meanwhile the good old doctor has been injecting prisoners with Shadow's blood to prolong their life and make them stronger. Yeah, that's working out great for everyone, thanks Skeezy.
The zombie fight scene's unlike the girl on girl prison brawls are simple campy fun, filled with bad props and terrible camera work. One girl's top rips off without being touched; blood sprays like soda from a can, one girl holds in the bloody rag that's supposed to be her guts with her hands but only after the camera gets a really good look at the mess.
Ok, they got me - an honest to goodness gotcha moment. That just about pushes this directly from campy ok to campy awesome. Yeah it wasn't the moment they probably planned and I won't be telling you exactly where it happened so you can have one too. Most of the movie is full of clich?d tropes and predictable gore. Still there are a few really great moments of dialogue and acting that balance out on the good side. Unfortunately there's no sex, there's full frontal female nudity and lots of it, and some implied sexual situations and relationships but no actual action but I'd still say it's a great film if you're a fan of horror looking for something to watch on an otherwise dull Sunday afternoon.