|DVD Cowboys & Vampires
Run time: 94 min
Genres: Action | Horror | Western
Writers: Douglas Myers
Stars: Jasen Wade, Angélica Celaya, Shannon Whirry
Dead West – or The Rise of the Horror Genre and the Fall of the Western. The story of a western movie actor (Johnny Dust) still trying to make it big in a western film studio and theme park, when a ‘new management team’ takes over the park and turns the film studio into a fright-fest for the month of Halloween. Haunted by the image of his dead western movie hero, who appears to him on the little screen, Johnny unravels the real intent of management and its opening night ‘spectacular’, which takes place in the depths of the park’s cave. Written by Anonymous
|Plot Keywords: actor, cowboy shirt, spurs, cowboy boots, cowboy hat|
Release Date: 9 October 2010 (USA)
rarely i've seen such bad movies total waste of time, poor acting, poor script, poor director , in fact its plain garbage. what is more disturbing, is that in times of crisys , someone spends money on such way less than mediocre movies, just because the vampire genre is " popular" i guess if someone made movies with cowboys and aliens, with ninjas and aliens , with vampires and aliens.. why not a cowboys and vampires too? well , the answer is BECAUSE THEY SUCK if you do decide to go see this "masterpiece" be prepared to sleep, have serious brain damage , bite the neck of the one that recommended you this movie or just regret the time and money spent for less than nothing
The movie dragged in places, but I thought it was a fairly good movie. Wade was a great leading man. I hope he gets more roles. The scenery, photography, and especially the soundtrack were all excellent. The script was pretty decent too. I just didn't like parts of the last ten minutes. if you are a fan of western films and have attended Western Film Festivals, it's probably more entertaining than if you haven't. The movie is set in Tucson AZ where western movies were filmed. That's where the breathtaking scenery originates. The Kid looks a lot like Sam Elliot. Wade looks a bit like Peter Fonda. Looks aside, the acting is good. For $10, it's an entertaining film. It isn't The Magnificent Seven, but it's a good film.
The movie is centered in a town, once used to shoot westerns in, and now western shows are staged in it. Additionally, we follow the hero Johnny Dust doing an interview in a studio, and flashbacks from a movie he played in, with his hero and role model. Besides that, we see him having trouble with his ex-wife, and there is also his daughter, who thinks he is really cool. And there's a big bad conglomerate, that wants to raise the number of dwindling visitors by staging a ghost show during Halloween. The story contains story in story in story, which in itself is an interesting feat. But to do that well, you must have good a script, a good director and good editing. Good actors also help. As all are flawed, it just makes no sense now. The actors presumingly play bad as characters in the show, but unfortunately, they play equally bad in what supposedly is real life. The show stunts are blatantly fake, which is OK in itself, but here too, the "real" action is fake as well. Spectators of the show don't have clue what is real and what isn't. But we do neither. On top of that, a lot of things are not thought through: with a line in front of the ticket office, how much time would people take to chat with the ticket lady? Or, much time would they given by the people waiting in the cue? Would 6-year olds be allowed in a mine, designed as a ghost house? At least one little girl is in tears, one boy gets hurt: I can only imagine the lawsuits…. Even reading about this movie is a waste of time: I am really being kind giving it 2 stars. And that is mainly because of Gloria Valenzuela (actress Angélica Celaya). She is a convincing vampire, worthy of better than this.
I've read tons of reviews that were way off the mark, but I haven't commented. But ONE review for this movie? 1 star??? I have to doubt that the fifty or so that rated it never saw it.
The story and script are good, coherent and have character development. The acting is fine, with no "except for" retraction. The only stereotype was the lead's ex-wife. The production values are very high, and the cinematography rocks. Truly beautiful. Gorgeous Southern AZ vistas.
It's a tourist western set which is an actual tourist/studio, Old Tucson Studios, outside of Tucson. MANY westerns TV and movies were filmed there, so it would be a natural for this type of movie. This isn't a nostalgia movie, or a true western, vampire, horror movie. It tries to be more and in my estimation, it succeeds. Loved the many Day of the Dead elements in it. True to the setting and times.
So much of DEAD WEST is dead on southwest, vampire, horror, except for the **********SPOILER******** location of the Lost Dutchman mine. Whoever didn't like this movie is probably undead all ready.