Dead Man’s Shoes (2004) Review

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This is a spoiler free quick review.

Relatively unknown, at least in North America, director Shane Meadow’s Dead Man’s Shoes is British film about a military vet who returns to his home-town to seek revenge on the men who severely bullied his mentally handicapped brother. While it’s not technically a horror movie, Dead Man’s Shoes does have enough revenge-horror (and even slasher) elements to warrant a review on this site.

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Despite its fairly low budget every aspect of this film is top notch, with an excellent soundtrack (featuring Bonnie “Prince” Billy), solid character development and a suspenseful storyline that keeps you at the edge of your seat.

Performances in the film are also strong throughout — from the lead role played by co-writer Paddy Considine, to the vile, yet hilariously inept drug-dealing wannabe gangster villains.  While the subject matter in Dead Man’s Shoes is as dark and bleak as you will find, the movie it still manages to pack in plenty of humor as Considine stalks and plays mind-games with his victims.

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Simply put, this is one of may favorite films of all time and one of very few that I’d give a perfect rating. I’d recommend avoiding trailers or reading too much about the movie in order to avoid spoiling any surprises, twists, and turns.

10 out 10.

Click here to read about Dead Man’s Shoes in the IMDB.

7 thoughts on “Dead Man’s Shoes (2004) Review

  1. I adore this film, Paddy Considine is an outstanding actor and the movie itself is so intense. Shane Meadows is actually one of my favorite directors. Have you seen “A Room For Romeo Brass?” It’s not horror or thriller, but if you can get ahold of a copy just watch it… you won’t regret it.

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