Dead in Tombstone


Dead in Tombstone is a 2013 direct to video action/horror/western. While I’m not a big fan of the western genre, in fact there is only three westerns to date that I enjoy. I am a very big fan of Danny Trejo. The film is directed by Roel Reine, who also directed Death Race 2 & 3 so if you want explosions you are in luck.

The story begins with Lucifer (Mickey Rourke) pacing about his blacksmith forge speaking cryptic about how he eats the souls and in the west he never grows hungry. The story then jumps to Guerrero De La Cruz (Played by Danny Trejo) and his crew the Blackwater Gang saving Red (Anthony Micheal Hall) from being hanged. After the rescue Red tells Cruz and the rest of the gang of a town that has recently struck gold and how it’s easy picking. The Blackwater Gang stages a successful robbery, but Cruz is betrayed by his gang and gunned down in cold blood by his brother Red who then assumes control of the gang. At Cruz’s funeral Red renames the town Tombstone. In hell Cruz meets Lucifer striking a deal Cruz’s soul in exchange for the souls of his from gang members. But must be delivered in 24 hours and all must die by his hand.  On earth the Blackwater Gang enjoys their ill gained wealth. In doing so transform the town from a quite god fearing town to a town rich in sin and vice. During a sudden storm at the stroke of midnight Cruz returns bursting free from his grave one year to the day from his murder. Cruz sets upon his grisly task killing one of his former compatriots one after another.

Dead in Tombstone is far more an action then it is a horror film. It’s so light on the horror I was tempted not even review the film. But it has enough horror aspect to keep it in the plus column. The best being when Cruz returns from the dead naked in the storm as it creates a chilling atmosphere and is one of the few scenes I remember.

The film is surprisingly well cast and acted with Trejo and Rourke leading the way. Both men deliver acceptable performances something at times uncommon in direct to video films. Sadly neither role is performed well enough to stand out among the myriad of other film credits both men have. Dina Myer and Hall also deliver entertaining, but not memorable performances. The supporting cast is all average to just below average in their work with only James Jordan being noteworthy as Father Paul.

It’s the action scenes that make this film so entertaining. All the stunts, set and importantly the explosions are well done. There’s even a coach chase if that sort of thing tickles your fancy.

But what’s my final opinion on Dead in Tombstone? While it’s passable on the action and western fronts it falters when it comes to the horror. The horror notes come to few and irregular to deliver much more than a slight chill at its best moments. If you’re in the mood for an action revenge film will sate your appetite but will still leave you wanting. But if you happen to be a fan of Trejo then Dead in Tombstone is worth the watch. So at the end of the day Dead in Tombstone is to0 flawed and full of cliche to get a higher score than 6/10.


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