The first Horror/Western I’ve ever seen advertised and with so many wow’s! There is so much to grip the imagination here. A very different type of western but with a very familiar Kurt Russell.
The film starts off with Captain Spaulding, sorry Buddy (Sid Haig) and his sidekick Purvis (David Arquette), clearing up after killing a group they chanced upon in the desert.Coldly killing and systematically robbing them they stumble on a peculiar burial ground when Haig is shot and kill and Arquette manages to escape, the next town he stumbles into (cheerfully named Bright Hope) is run by a Snake Plissken style Sheriff Franklin Hunt (Russell) who shoots him in the leg, then calls the doctor Samantha O’Dwyer (Lili Simmons) to remove the bullet, she has to leave her wounded lover Arthur O’Dwyer (Patrick Wilson), during the night there is a swift and violent attack and by morning everyone is very aware that the town was invaded by a small group of Native hunters and the Doc, deputy and prisoner are missing. Russell, his “Back Up Deputy” Chicory (Richard Jenkins), a gentleman/womaniser John Brooder (Matthew Fox)and the crippled cowboy set out to retrieve their lost from what is suspected to be a native tribe of cannibals!! YAY So now the movie turns into a fairly long cross country story with a cripple, a bad tempered sherif, his trusty aged sidekick and a hipster.
It’s freaking awesome!
The group are very comical with the characters being very deep and compelling. set in some endless landscapes they chance upon bandits and have enough trouble dealing with each other. I’ve no idea how the cowboy made it that far with his bandy leg?? But one of the aspects of the movie is that love and honour conquers all. The native tribe are like nothing you have seen before and are a sort of proto tribe, and the film proudly delivers one of the most brutal kill scenes of the year, and the film wisely keeps lot of the bloodthirsty action for the latter half after building up great characters and a decent story line.
Packing a jagged punch, this unusual horror western is both great in drama and brutal kill scenes, possibly giving us the best death scene of 2015….
There isn’t much to really pick apart here but for me it’s hard to pinpoint exactly why it’s so great, the time flys by, and it’s a good 2 hours of movie, it’s daring in its approach to portray a very different type of western, and Russell is a blessing on the screen with a very strong supporting cast, Chicory/ Richard Jenkins being the most memorable, the ending scene ran a bit quicker than I would have liked and I did get something in my eye… *sniff* damn it..
Full review and post discussion to come ,the end of the film is amazing and I can’t not talk about it….