Dead Man's Shoes

  • 18
  • Shane Meadows (2004)
  • UK
  • 86 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
3 out of 5

Following his spaghetti western homage, Once Upon a Time in the Midlands, British writer/director Shane Meadows turns his hand to horror. A grimy, naturalistic subversion of the slasher genre, this morally ambiguous shocker marries the style of 28 Days Later ... with gallows humour of the blackest hue. In an uncomfortably matter-of-fact performance, co-writer Paddy Considine plays a tortured ex-army man who returns to the rural Midlands village of his youth to take revenge on a drugs gang who used and abused his younger, mentally disabled brother (Toby Kebbell). With many of the cast being non-actors and much of the dialogue improvised, there's a strong sense of realism that makes the violence portrayed so much more horrific. Initially, events are sweetened somewhat with acerbic wit and dark slapstick, but edgy laughs soon degenerate into grim brutality. It's an abrupt shift that unfortunately destroys the rising tension and turns a powerful, claustrophobic chiller into just another nasty exploitation flick.

Plot Summary

Crime thriller starring Paddy Considine and Gary Stretch. Tortured ex-army man Richard returns to the rural Midlands village of his youth to take violent revenge on a drugs gang who exploited his younger, mentally disabled brother.

Cast and crew

Cast

Richard
Paddy Considine
Sonny
Gary Stretch
Anthony
Toby Kebbell
Herbie
Stuart Wolfenden
Soz
Neil Bell
Tuff
Paul Sadot
Marie
Jo Hartley
Big Al
Seamus O'Neill
Mark
Paul Hurstfield
Patti
Emily Aston
Gypsy John
George Newton

Crew

Director
Shane Meadows

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Optimum Releasing
Guidance: 
Contains violence, swearing and drug abuse.
Available on DVD and BluRay
Released 1 Oct 2004
Certificate 18
Distributor:
Optimum Releasing
Categories
Drama

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