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Written by Jay Creepy   
Wednesday, 29 March 2017
Severed Cinema review of K-Shop on DVD from Bulldog


Directed by: Dan Pringle
Written by: Dan Pringle
Produced by: Anthony Calvitti, Adam Merrified, Mem Ferda
Cinematography by: Chris Fergusson
Editing by: Dan Pringle
Special Effects by: Jennifer Drew, Jenny Nelson, Kyran Bishop, Doug Brown, Laura Johnson.
Music by: Nina Humphreys
Cast: Ziad Abaza, Scott Williams, Reece Noi, Nayef Rashed, Samantha Lyden, Kristin Atherton.
Year: 2016
Color: Color
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Runtime: 1h 55min

Distribution: Bulldog

I think it’s the fact I’m on the wrong side of 40 now, or I’m a grumpy old bugger, but I can laugh with glee at a film such as this. This low budget masterpiece from the UK shows how the weekend gang of party animals truly looks. There are scenes in this flick of men pissing in the street, men and women fighting/being sick/fighting with coppers/shouting/passing out/wearing mad clothes, etcetera. In fact, some lads even kick a blow up sheep around at one point. Genius! Apparently most of the footage is real candid videos as well, which makes me laugh even more.

Before you reckon this is some government sponsored anti-drinking campaign film, nope, don’t worry. What it is rates as perhaps one of the best psychopathic everyday man stories from these shores since Tony (2009).

Young student, Salah (Ziad Abaza) returns from university to his Father’s battered kebab and chips shop which is situated in a rough weekend part of town (Bournemouth, to be exact). His Father is planning to open a restaurant, but due to his continuing ill health, Salah insists his Dad retire. One night, he runs the shop whilst his Dad is recovering in hospital, and he witnesses the plight of British people and their binge drinking as a fight between a man dressed like an Oompa Loompa and another guy dressed as a Golfer explodes. (Why does Salah always leave his laptop out on a table???)

They are drunk. They don’t mean it.” says his Father upon returning to the shop after hearing about it. His eyes have seen many terrible things late nights. The Police aren’t able to help with the damage. “Sorry, busy night.” Smiles the officer.

It isn’t long afterwards that a gang of lads tries to get into the shop before opening time. His Dad pushes them away gently until one shoves him down to the ground. His head smacks the pavement, he’s dead when the ambulance arrives. Salah is in pieces. There’s no CCTV footage due to none being installed down that street, nobody saw anything, and his Dad’s health is brought into account. Salah is powerless. Filled with rage and disappointment, he decides to stay a while and temporarily run his Father’s shop, whilst a brand new club is due to open nearby, run by a Big Brother contestant, Jason Brown (the same building his Dad looked to gain for the restaurant).

K-Shop is divided into chapter headings of a sort. When ‘Jackpot’ pops up, that’s when the fun truly begins. The shop is waiting for a delivery of lamb kebab so Salah is annoyed. As he closes up, one lad is asleep and drooling on the table top. He shakes him a couple of times, but the kid is zoned out. He checks his ID, “You got five minutes, Scotty.” Salah smiles and heads into the basement. Returning, he’s stunned to find the kid frying some chips. “What are you doing?” he blurts. “I paid for this!” snaps Scott. They fight for control of the fryer and the lad plummets head first into the frying fat.

Salah drags him out and breaks down. The kid’s face is a mass of oozing sores. Scott is dead. Should Salah ring the police? He grabs the phone then imitates the scenario of a possible conversation.  “Hi, I’ve just slam dunked a kid’s head in the fryer and killed him. ’That’s quite reasonable, Mr. Kebab Man, we’ll send someone round right away to collect the body.’” He decides it isn’t a good plan and stares at Scott’s t-shirt which reads Jackpot. Only one way out of this. He chops and minces him, covers the meat with seasoning and slaps it all into the Elephant Penis sized kebab.

Of course, he has no intentions of feeding the meat to anybody, until he’s faced by two obnoxious customers. One takes a bite of his ‘lamb’ kebab and freezes. Salah also pauses, nervous. “Mate, this is the best kebab ever.” Salah is onto a winner. He drops Scott’s clothes by the ocean, takes his bones in a bag way out into the sea, and the news reports state Scott Baker died “whilst going for a drunken skinny dip.

The next night a drunk and fierce girl called Chantelle kicks off at him, smashing his laptop which he’s left out again. Her mate leaves her, and she tries to seduce him. “Wanna kiss an’ make up?” but he clubs her with a frozen chunk of meat. Chained up and sobbing, she looks at him. He says, “Why do you behave the way you do?” She cannot answer. “So we asked a hundred people what species is Chantelle…” “I’m a human being.” She sobs. Salah grins, “Our survey says…. Naah!” That’s the end of Chantelle.

Years pass, Salah keeps on killing and selling his notorious kebab meat to his drunken punters. There’s loads of people missing articles plastered to the wall in his basement. He takes down dealers, racists, etcetera, but his main nemesis is Jason ‘Slushy’ Brown, the guy who runs all the drugs on the nightclub strewn streets. We have a few subplots, such as a pointless time filling development of a romance, a young lad who sees too much and works weekends with Salah, neither tale does much to the overall storyline.

What does develop the story is the discovery of many skeletal remains in the water and the council’s plans to install CCTV outside. Knowing time is running out, Salah takes on Jason in an all-out war!

Some reviewers say this is a simple vigilante movie and toss it aside like the salad off a kebab. It’s much more. Helped by the gore effects and the excellent central acting, K-Shop bounces along at a decent pace. Ziad Abaza plays Salah carefully, not overdoing it, just having the correct level of grief and oncoming madness. There’s a low burning scene wherein Salah gets to know one of his potential victims whilst chained in the basement. They exchange ditties about their childhoods and fathers. As they talk, they get to understand one another.

The effects are totally off the wall with their realistic butchering scenes (my Horror Soulmate who’s been a vegetarian since I showed her the film Parents, many years ago, had to turn away more than once). Chopping, mincing, seasoning, all needed to ready human meat for the kebab stick!

This is writer/director Dan Pringle’s first feature length project and it doesn’t show. He has a master class in tension as moments in the shop and basement build to fever pitch, mainly between Salah and Jason. Also, the soundtrack is loud, but feels okay and doesn’t intrude too much on the scenes.

The K-Shop DVD released in the UK from Bulldog has three small featurettes in the realms of behind the scenes, there’s a selection of deleted scenes including the death of Chantelle’s mate, Stacy, and ‘something’ in the chips. Plus there’s a short film of Dan Pringle talking about filming on one of the six most violent streets in the UK, plus a graphic novel teaser which looks like shit!






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 Aspect Ratio: 1.40:1 16:9
 Region: PAL R0
 Audio: Dolby Digital Stereo 5.1, 2.0

- 3 x Featurettes
 - Kickstarter Short Film
 - Trailers
 - Deleted and Extended Scenes
 - Graphic Novel Teaser


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