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June 23, 2016
Trash about supernatural goings-on in a women's prison.
½ March 14, 2014
Awesome! I like this better than Candyman. W.I.P. movie with zombies, Tony Todd, and Misty Mundae! What's not to like? Make sure you get the unedited version.
June 20, 2013
It looks really good
January 22, 2013
This was bad, though the fight and shower scenes were somewhat redeeming.
February 23, 2011
It's at least three by-the-numbers flicks rolled into one. One can almost hear a pitch for this one... "People love zombie flicks, and they love kung fu flicks, and the love women-in-prison flicks, so let's do all three together!" And so they did.

What we get here is Tony Todd (Candyman) in a really, really bad dreadlocks wig as Shadow, a supernaturally-powered murderer who comes back from the grave at a women's prison for a final kung fu showdown with one of his super-powered relatives. She can kick down steel doors, she can leap tall buildings at a single bound, and, most importantly, she can beat up other women prisoners. She spends a good deal of the film doing just that as we wait for Shadow and his undead minions to start munching on things. The fight choreography is one of the best things about this flick. We also get a gigantic muscle-bound woman zombie and a flesh-eating baby zombie, though, courtesy of the prison doctor injecting inmates with some of Shadow's blood, which he's kept around for the last 20 years for just such purposes. The undead baby may be one of the worst attempts at a special effect ever. It never actually moves and it looks as much like a real baby as a rubber chicken looks like a real chicken (in fact, I suspect it may have been a novelty rubber baby toy).

But I've left out the most important part: the shower scenes. This is a women-in-prison film, too, and there must be shower scenes. About a fifth of this movie is set in a shower. There's lots of all-girl nudity. It doesn't add to the intellectual appeal of this mindless, formulaic junk, but at least it's likely to distract straight male viewers from Tony Todd's bad make-up and worse acting.

I suggest an alternative title for this one: Crouching Tiger Hidden Zombie Women Behind Bars . I'm not sure who to recommend it to. If you can't make up your mind between seeing a cheezy supernatural horror flick, a zombie movie, and a grindhouse women-in-prison flick, now you don't have to!
½ June 22, 2010
When a female prison opens on the site where brutal murderer, Shadow was executed 20 years earlier, the inmates and warders soon discover that evil never rests.

This is an odd little low budget horror movie. It starts off as an homage to the grindhouse women in prison movies from the 70's (with all the shower scenes that you would expect), and then the next thing you know,you have kung-fu, an evil doctor, visions, zombies and a mutant baby. The storyline is a bit formulaic, and with all the that I have mentioned previously going on, does become muddled the deeper you get into the movie. Genre God Tony Todd plays the villain in the over-the-top, snarling way that only he can, and the rest of the cast of unknowns all ham their roles. This is by no means one of the best horror movies that I have seen, but it is a fun 90 minutes, and if you are looking for a no-brainer, you could do a lot worse.
March 14, 2010
a zombie /woman behind bars?story of rikki-oh/cash in on the grindhouse trend of a few years ago.. starring tony(forever known as Candyman) todd ..
enjoyable after a few beers and watched with a few friends
½ January 21, 2010
Shadow: Dead Riot follows the purest of Shakespearean tradition about a vicious murderer named Shadow (Tony Todd in a gloriously over-the-top role) whose involvement in the occult is enough to turn him into a crazed supernatural force that turns other prisoners into an undead army and almost takes over the entire prison, but fails. 20 years later, the prison is now for women, and their latest convict, Solitaire, is used (along with the other women) for experiments in obtaining the powers once used by Shadow. A lot of female prisoner showers, bad acting, sexual encounters, and humorously filmed kung-fu lends a helping hand to this already engaging story of one woman's quest for the truth. Let's also not forget an army of the undead ripping people apart, not to mention an undead child fetus powerful enough to crawl with speed and precision as it manages to amass a small body count. Those going into this film for deep-incite, intellectual thought, or for the sake of seeking a serious horror film are positively, 100% retarded. Shadow: Dead Riot brings nothing but pure, sleazy, corny fun. Director Derek Wan isn't much for story structure, yet manages to craft some engaging violence and action scenes with such a small budget. The majority of cast members in this film are better suited for doing porn, however, they work well enough to give this film's intended audience what it wants: titties, gore, and violence, which this has lots of. A definite bit of schlock, exploitation, and cheese. This film seemed to have missed the mark with a lot of its audience (who just didn't get it), however, I managed to get it, and by doing that, I had fun with this ridiculous film. Fangoria powerhouse writer Michael Gingold knew exactly what fans wanted and managed to deliver it on his end. Aside from Todd, we are also graced with some other familiar genre faces, including softcore queen Erin Brown (aka Misty Mundae), S. William Hinzman (the original zombie from Night of the Living Dead), and Captain Haggerty (the iconic zombie from Zombie). Great for laughs, but it has its thrilling moments as well.
October 11, 2009
this movie is all sorts of awful. the acting is shit, the script even worse. this movie felt like "chained heat" with zombies, pretty much an excuse for a whole bunch of nudity with lesbian undertones and really, really bad zombie and gore effects. i only really watched this to see tony todd, who was only in it at the beginning and last half hour of the movie. lame.
September 29, 2009
Todd is easily on another level acting wise than everyone else in the movie. Though for some reason i did get some enjoyment out of the incoherent story and just god awful acting. Then again what can we expect from low budget zombie movies these days?
March 22, 2009
Leung Siu-Hung's choreography is not sufficient reason to watch this, but that and Wan's cinematography do make it better than many of its ilk. A WIP/Horror/Fu hybrid, it lacks the script, talent or moves to pull off any one element well. If it had been made on their home turf, it's strengths would be more well-realized and readily apparent.
½ April 21, 2008
This film is a homage of "Riki-Oh: The story of Ricky". The writers and director wanted to originally update the story with a twist. In the end, this came out, and i must say... It was worth the rental. Fight choreography was exceptional (the choreography, not the actors) the all out ridiculousness, and the random shots of "Female Prison" experiences. Funny movie to watch and its always nice to see Candyman (Tony Todd) back to work.
April 15, 2008
Grindhouse film better than most of the zombie films that are out the now
February 18, 2008
Tony Toddin näyttelytaidot ovat ala-arvoisia jopa b-elokuvaan. Tämä elokuva perustuu pelkästään typerille taistelukohtauksille ja alastomiin naisvankeihin Piste.
November 30, 2007
Tony Todd didn't deserve to be in this film.Cheesy all the way.
½ November 23, 2007
This was a real disappontment. I was expecting a crazy Grindhouse-style movie, but this was just poorly crafted shlock. I thought I would love a combo of women's prison/kung fu/zombie movies but this was just really bad and seemed endless. For hardcore zombie fans only (and even then, it's barely recommended).
½ November 11, 2007
Fun, but only in a 'laugh at how bad it is' sense. Abysmal script, acting, direction, the works. But get a few mates around and have a few drinks and it's hilarious.
October 21, 2007
Only because Tony Todd is in it.Only reason.
October 4, 2007
i wanna see this movie
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