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Dead Noon (DVD)

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Genre: War & Western - Western / Theatrical Release: 2007 / Director: Andrew Wiest / Actors: Kane Hodder, Robert Andrus, Keith Suta, Robert Bear, Lillith Fields ... / DVD released 2009-02-03 at Lionsgate / Features of the DVD: Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Subtitled, NTSC

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      25.05.2009 14:44
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      A decent effort regardless of the budget.

      This review is based on a comment I wrote on IMDB.

      Dead Noon is a horror western about Frank a vengeful outlaw who escapes from hell to seek revenge on the town of Weston, in particular the Kane family descendants of the Sheriff who sent to hell in the first place.

      Sheriff Logan Kane is heading for his honeymoon with wife Louise, leaving the town in the incapable hands of his dumb ass younger brother Stuart. When he realises what is happening he puts duty before happiness and heads back. The Kane brothers who seek the help of super hot gun shop owner Grace and her improbable armoury. The scene is set for a showdown with zombie cowboys and an army of skeletons as the trio attempt to send Frank back to hell.

      Given the ultra low $4000 budget my expectations were low so I put this on expecting to turn it off after ten or twenty minutes but was engaged enough to watch it to the end.

      It's not brilliant but it is fun, the major criticisms is that the director has been far too ambitious. This is evidenced by too many cheap looking FX shots (that said some are pretty good) and action sequences.

      Given the obvious source material of High Noon I think sticking closer to that story line and racking up the tension with less reliance on dynamic scenes would have been better. This of course would have required half decent acting which for the most part was pretty ropey, but the three leads are competent particularly Elizabeth Mouton.

      Criticisms aside this film is better than many films a hundred or even a thousand times the budget and wouldn't look out of place on late night TV.

      All in all a good effort, fun and entertaining and an inspiration to no budget film makers (like me).

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