Dead Man’s Shoes
Richard has always taken care of his little brother Anthony who’s mentally challenged. When he joined the military, however, he had to leave his brother with desastrous result. After seven years, Richard returns home to the Midlands with only one thing on his mind: take revenge on the thugs that brutalized Anthony. One by one they’ll feel his rage.
Sound and Vision:
The image nicely suits the desolate views of the Midlands cold and realistic-looking scenes and colors. It’s like rain is constantly about to fall down which perfectly goes along with the state of mind the main character is in. Still, not everyone will like the non-stylised images that look like they’ve been shot with a cheap camera.
The sound is nothing too fancy. Clear dialogues but hardly anything special. Again this suits the film but those looking for something like American slasher movies will hardly find their taste here.
Although Dead Man’s Shoes is a horror movie, it’s not exactly the gore that makes it so brutal but rather Paddy Considine who puts down a very realistic performance of a man who’s out for revenge. There’s no over-the-top violence but rather a psychological rage that constantly remains present and keeps the viewer interested. Fans of typical American slashers will probably want to stay very far away from this movie as it’s too realistic to be entertaining and as such can be seen somewhat of a drama that a pure horror movie. In short: Dead Man’s Shoes is a nice cult movie that will strongly appeal to the few that can appreciate its setup and will probably turn off the many that can’t.