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K-Shop

Powerful debut goes beyond Sweeney Todd and combines family tragedy, grisly horror and social comments.

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Director |  Dan Pringle

UK  | 2016 

115 minutes

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With  |  Ziad Abaza, Scot Williams, Kristin Atherton, Reece Noi

K-Shop

Salah’s father owns a kebab shop in a town popular with stag parties and drunken revellers. After his father dies, Salah takes over. When he accidentally kills a drunken customer, he gets rid of the body through the meat grinder. Soon the word of his delicious kebabs spreads. Family tragedy, grisly horror and social comment rolled into a powerful debut film.

K-Shop starts off strong: a classic, heart-wrenching father-and-son story at its core, before heading into pretty hard-core horror pretty rapidly. Halfway through though, it takes an unexpected turn towards the emotional, fleshing out the main character and putting dialogue in favour of more guts and glory. The reason this works is the fact that Salah is a complex, interesting character and his motivations, at least in the beginning, ring true. The film opens with CCTV and hidden camera footage of drunken youngsters and this provides much of the extra layer that Pringle adds to the gore. The final scene brings all narrative elements quite brilliantly together.