Written by: Tracy Crockett
Boy oh boy was I in for such a treat when I popped this bad boy in the DVD player! Just from it being loaded with some of my favorite actors and actresses I only hoped it was as good as it should have been. It was way better. This was such a fun action packed film that had me captivated from beginning frame till end frame. Now onto why I enjoyed this movie so much. A gang overruns a small mining town murdering their own leader Guerrero (Trejo) in a cold-blooded power grab thanks to the deception of Guerreros’ brother Red played by the ever so great actor Anthony Michael Hall. Sentenced to eternity in hell he finds himself confronted by Satan himself masterfully portrayed by Mickey Rourke, offering a daring proposition: deliver the six souls of his former gang and he will escape damnation. With time running out, he sets out on a brutal rampage to avenge his own death.
In what should have been Machete of Machete Kills (IMO action wise) the action in Dead in Tombstone is non-stop and full of thrills. From beginning to end this was such a great film to watch. The acting was superior for the most part thus making this bar none of the best independent movies I’ve seen in quite some time. Granted the guns used in it didn’t exist during the time period but it is a movie and movie magic rocks. And sadly this movie is more or less just a good shoot em up type film with minimal substance behind it. There just doesn’t seem to be much of a plot present herein. Given that, Dead in Tombstone is just a damn fun film that is sure to entertain you in its entirety as it did me.
After seeing the highly disappointing horror/western Gallowwalkers I was surprised and happy that this movie worked. I’ve liked Danny Trejo since From Dusk Till Dawn and we all remember that child actor who wrote a group of misfits’ detention papers and later moved on to be John Smith in the series The Dead Zone. With those two present I enjoyed my time spent watching it. As previously stated there could have been a little more substance involved but the camerawork is done very well making this a great shoot em up western. It’s just fun!