Shadow: Dead Riot

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A supernaturally-charged serial killer rises from his prison grave to seek out the sacrifice that eluded him in life in Hong Kong cinematographer-turned-director Derek Wan's exploitive mash-up of women's prison films and zombie gut-munchers. As a child, Solitare (Carla Greene) managed to escape being sacrificed to Satan by the fearsome maniac Shadow (Tony Todd), but as an adult she may not be so lucky. Incarcerated in the very same prison where the devil-worshipping killer met his ultimate fate years earlier, Solitare is forced to fight her way through the prison ranks and earn her top-dog status among the hardened female inmates. Defeating her human opponents will be nothing compared to the challenge Solitare faces when Shadow returns from the dead to stake his claim on the soul that he was denied in life, though, and as an undead army rises from the earth to assist Shadow in his evil bidding, Solitare will find that it takes more than muscle and fighting skills to defeat an opponent with the power of ultimate evil on his side.

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Critic Reviews for Shadow: Dead Riot

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (3)

  • Written by Michael Gingold and directed by Derek Wan, this berserk little B-movie is obviously the greatest zombie flick ever set in an experimental women's prison.

    Mar 22, 2006 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • [The film] contains third-rate acting, anemic special effects, an unexceptional story and sickening violence. If it is to be seen at all, it should be for the kinetic martial-arts finale.

    Mar 22, 2006 | Rating: 1/4
  • A horror movie set in an experimental women's rehabilitation facility has so much inherent promise that it's hard to watch as the makers of Shadow: Dead Riot squander their sublime setup.

    Mar 21, 2006 | Full Review…
  • It's by no stretch of the imagination a good film, but it delivers what it promises: naked girls whaling on each other, flesh-ripping zombies and genre stalwart Todd growling and glowering satanically.

    Mar 22, 2006 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Director Derek Wan's Z-grade aesthetic is so sad and unpretentious its almost endearing.

    Mar 14, 2006 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

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