Steampunk Movie Review: Gallowwalkers
I started writing a new book at the end of September, and the first part takes place in the Old West. I got a chance to beef up on California history last year when I lived near Sacramento, so my heroine is an ex con woman who is forced out of retirement when her last job comes back to haunt her. Literally.
So, it’s given me a hankering for some other “weird west” and freaky tales of the frontier, which led me to today’s film, Gallowwalkers. In a dusty, backwater recess, the dead just refuse to stay dead; at least, the ones killed by the mysterious gunman, Aman (Wesley Snipes). Now they are back and looking for revenge, and they’ve found out who he is and where he lives. With the help of a hired gun (Riley Smith), he must protect what remains of his family from the terrible fiends and live to ride another day. But Aman isn’t the only one with a family, and the ringleader of the dead (Kevin Riley) has a son who just refuses to come back to life, and needs a temple hidden in the desert to bring him back.
Though it’s not much of a stretch to call this movie “Blade in the old West,” it wouldn’t live up to its namesake. The story was disjointed and a bit hard to follow, plus pretty gory to boot. The flesh of the undead continues to rot, so they have to find new faces and victims to skin on a regular basis, and they only way to kill them is to rip the spine from the body or obliterate the head, so you can imagine there’s quite a bit of blood.
I’ll hand it to them, this was an interesting premise with some scary villains, but I wouldn’t call it “good” by any stretch. It seemed to be working up to a big climax with the temple, but the writers just forgot all about it when it came time for something cool to happen. For me, the biggest reason to watch it is for Snipes’ badass dreadlocks, but no matter how awesome he looks as a cowboy, it’s not worth the 90 minutes of meh.