Writer: Dan Pringle (Screenplay)
Starring: Ziad Abaze, Scot Williams, Darren Morfitt, Reece Noi, Kristin Atherton
Plot: A kebab shop owner’s son, Salah, turns vigilante after his father’s death in an effort to clean up the relentless onslaught of boozed up thrill seekers waging war on his doorstep.
There may be spoilers the rest of the review
Verdict: Shock Value Horror
Story: K-Shop starts as Salah (Abaze) returns from London to his seaside town to run his father’s kebab shop after his time in hospital. When his father leaves the hospital to return to work he gets into a small altercation with drunken thugs he is killed.
Salah wants to follow his father’s dream of a bigger restaurant chain and local ‘celebrity’ Jason Brown (Williams) eyes up a new club to increase the party scene in the town. After seeing the continue waves of drunken yobs Salah decides to hand out his own form of vigilante justice.
K-Shop is a horror thriller that channels the Sweeny Todd storyline in a modern world setting. I did think we had gone into the angle of the story early on but with a final act which does take the story in a different direction because if things had stay in the one direction the story could have fizzled out. In the end we get a nice paced film that has the shock value in the horror side as well as the tension building of a thriller.
Ziad Abaze: Salah is a university student on the verge of graduating but returns home to see his sick father’s kebab shop in a drunken seaside town. When his father dies during an altercation he finds himself taking over the shop but handing out his own form of justice on the drunks roaming the town. Ziad is great in this leading role working well from the calm and dangerous side of the character.
Scot Williams: Jason Brown is a former Big Brother winner who wants to invest in local nightclubs. He eyes up this new location right next to Salah’s kebab shop which will bring even more drunks to the kebab. Scot made for a good villain of the piece as he tries to control everything in the town he wants to run.
Reece Noi: Malik is a student who comes to work for Salah mostly wanting to know his secret reasoning behind his action but soon wanting to fight back against the drunks himself. Reece is good in this supporting role with his character showing both sides of the battle well.
Support Cast: K-Shop has a supporting cast which are mostly just the victims of Salah which all come off as the drunks you could see on a night out.
Director Review: Dan Pringle – Dan gives us a horror that does modernise the Sweeny Todd story with a modern vigilante story.
Horror: K-Shop brings us into a horror where the victims will not realize what is happening to them which reaches the horror most people will only be left in shock for.
Thriller: K-Shop does keep us on edge as we are left to wonder what will be happening next through the film.
Settings: K-Shop the settings show just how a night out can become out of control as we see the settings being used to show the behaviour the people have. I personally can pick parts of this apart because it was filmed in my home town.
Special Effects: K-Shop has great effects when it comes to dealing with the action Salah takes.
Suggestion: K-Shop is one for all the horror fans out there to watch because it will leave you shocked. (Horror Fans Watch)
Best Part: Shock value.
Worst Part: Never getting revenge on the people truly involved with the death.
Believability: I hope not.
Chances of Tears: No
Chances of Sequel: No
Post Credits Scene: No
Oscar Chances: No
Runtime: 2 Hours
Trivia: Filmed in and around Bournemouth on the South Coast of England, many shots were real candid shots of late night party-goers in the town over the weekends.
Overall: Shocking horror thriller that will leave your questions your drunken decisions.