Shadow: Dead Riot Reviews
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!
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.
enjoyable after a few beers and watched with a few friends