The Security Housing Unit houses the hardest criminals inside
MARQUEZAS PRISON, located in the swamps of Mexico's State of
Cormelos. It is one of the last true medieval maximum-security
penal farms in the country. Everyday prisoners are led out in
chain gangs to work the swamps and untamed bayous, festered
with poisonous snakes and alligators. Kyle Lord is a petroleum
engineer, arrested in Mexico City and sentenced to MARQUEZAS
for the vigilante killing of his wife's rapist/murderer.
Given the circumstances, Kyle might have been acquitted on the
grounds of temporary insanity or perhaps even convicted of the
lesser charge of manslaughter, but the fact that a Federal
Policeman was also killed in the shooting, albeit accidentally,
sent Kyle to MARQUEZAS. General Battista is the warden of MARQUEZAS.
He has orchestrated a perverse sport where prisoners fight,
sometime to the death for the entertainment and profit of he
and his cronies. The inmates call it "The Shu". Racial bigotry,
violence and corruption thrive in places like MARQUEZAS. It is
where common criminals become hardened. They become the most
dreaded monsters of our imagination. It is only natural for "The Shu"
to flourish under the care of corrupt and powerful men like Battista.
It is only natural that only the most violent and powerful survive
"The Shu". Some, like the inmate philosopher, 451, see the evil of
their ways and repent, doing the best to keep their humanity.
451 tries to help Kyle adjust to this unfamiliar and violent world
but Kyle is a man destined to fight his own battles. Thus, it is only
natural that Kyle begins a steady decline towards becoming one of
the monsters he despises. As he struggles for his humanity, he fights
his oppressors and is quickly sent to "The Shu" where his unbridled
rage catapults him to the victor's circle. Kyle's decline into a
"living hell" is part of a journey to that thing we all battle within
Cast ........... :
Michael Bailey Smith .... Valia
Jean-Claude Van Damme .... Kyle Lord
Marnie Alton .... Grey Lord
rest of cast listed alphabetically
Velizer Binev .... Guest
Assen Blatechki .... Zarik
Milos Milicevic .... Boo