Dead Man's Shoes

Dead Man's Shoes

Shane Meadows (2004)

18 Certificate


Our Score
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.


A man returns to his Derbyshire home town with his younger brother in tow. It soon becomes clear he has a dark purpose for revisiting his old stamping ground, and the local drug dealers have plenty of reason to be nervous. Psychological thriller from director Shane Meadows, starring Paddy Considine, Toby Kebbell, Gary Stretch and Stuart Wolfenden.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Shane Meadows
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Optimum ReleasingGuidance: Contains violence, swearing and drug abuse.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 1 Oct 2004