Sunday, April 10, 2016

Gallowwalkers (2012)

Director: Andrew Goth

Writers: Andrew Goth, Joanne Reay

Composers: Andrew Glen, Stephen Warbeck

Starring: Wesley Snipes, Kevin Howarth, Riley Smith, Tanit Phoenix, Simona Roman, Steven Elder, Patrick Bergin, Jay Grant, Hector Hugo, David De Beer, Alyssa Pridham, Dallas Page

More info: IMDb

Tagline:  Live by the gun. Die by the gun. Come back for more...

Plot:  A cursed gunman (Snipes) whose victims come back from the dead recruits a young warrior to help in the fight against a gang of zombies.

My rating:   5/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

The horror Western genre is a lonely one.  There are very few and nearly all of them are pretty bad.  Sill, I'll give them all a shot.  This one looks fucking fantastic.  I was really impressed by the quality of the look and feel of the locations and of the overall film.  It looks like an expensive Hollywood film but that's where the quality ends.  Oh, I do like the story.  It's simple but there's enough to it to keep things interesting.  The effects (CGI, makeup, etc) run the gamut from great to dodgy as fuck.  That could be a budgetary restriction so I'll give the filmmakers a pass.  What I can't forgive is the plethora of dreadfully slow and over the top line readings.  Few characters speak with a normal speaking voice.  The ones that don't relish saying their lines.  The director couldn've prevented that.  The editing could help, too, by being tighter.  I can't say enough positive about how gorgeous this picture looks.  And while I like that part, I don't want to feel like I'm staying there too long and that's what the film does.  There's a lot to like here but the pacing is dreadful and the actors take far too long to get to the point and they do it while chewing up and spitting out their below average dialogue.  Is it worth watching?  It looks so good I'd almost say yes.  Fortunately it's on Netflix so it won't cost you any extra to find out.

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