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Film / Shapeshifter

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"Sent from Hell... to feed on flesh."

Shapeshifter is a 2005 American horror film from The Asylum.

Ginny Lydon is a former Marine who has just joined the police force as a jail guard. On her first night, a federal witness against the Russian mob is taken into protective custody, as is a mysterious vagrant. This vagrant turns out to be an agent of The Mafiya, with a twist: He's a shapeshifting demon. And he's going to slaughter every last person in this jail...

This film contains examples of:

  • Antagonist Title
  • Berserk Button: One of the inmates has castration jokes as his, due to having his balls ripped off by a dog as a child.
  • Big Bad: Marcoux, the Shapeshifter's apparent target, is actually who it was sent to free.
  • Breaking Out the Boss: The Shapeshifter is revealed to be sent to break out Marcoux.
  • Couldn't Find a Pen: The Shapeshifter makes a habit of writing anything he needs to in blood, whether it be his victims' or his own.
  • Evil Sorcerer: The Shapeshifter is this, since he uses Satanic magic to create a monstrous Super Form.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: The Mafiya boss who sent the Shapeshifter after his target.
  • He Knows Too Much: The Shapeshifter decides to kill the rest of the prisoners because they know what his human form looks like.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: The Shapeshifter eats the flesh of its victims to gain more power.
  • The Mafiya: One of the inmates is a smuggler for the Russian Mob-turned-witness. The Shapeshifter is an agent of theirs, sent to take him out. Or, as is revealed, break him out.
  • One-Word Title
  • The Reveal: The Shapeshifter is the cousin and protector of his apparent target, and was actually sent to break him out.
  • Super Mode: What the Shapeshifter has in practice. He looks like a normal, tattooed guy, but can transform into a demonic monster.
  • Villain Opening Scene: The Shapeshifter being released and killing a guy and the hooker he hired.