A group of friends go on a road trip soon after their high school graduation and get lost in the middle of nowhere. They stumble upon an abandoned Wild West tourist attraction that was ... See full summary »
A group of friends go on a road trip soon after their high school graduation and get lost in the middle of nowhere. They stumble upon an abandoned Wild West tourist attraction that was abandoned when the former owner went crazy and killed several customers. The friends are captured and murdered one-by-one - could the crimes be the doing of the former owner who was just released from the state mental hospital after serving thirty years and will anyone escape from the maniacal killer? Written by
Copper Canyon Ranch LLC. where "Gun Town" was filmed, has been an actual tourist attraction for over 20 years and is still in operation. See more »
[Michelle is tied to a chair in an abandoned house]
Let me go. Let me go! Let me go, you son-of-a-bitch, let me go!
[Michelle's abductor moves menacingly towards her]
Ah, please, please, just let me go, please. No! No! Please, no.
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I enjoy indie horror films as they veer from the usual, mostly in the fact they need to have that something extra to compensate where the budget is limited and Gun Town is no exception. It's a fun film that doesn't try too hard and has a good time with where it goes.
The plot is centred around five students who have just graduated high school and decide to go on a road trip. Things go awry though when halfway through the trip they come across a friends abandoned car and when their own car decides to give up the ghost they make headway for a town that appears deserted. However all is not it seems.
I like Lee Vervoort and have long championed him for trying to break out especially in a genre which suffers from a lack of western horrors so I was looking forward to this and for the most part I was not disappointed.
I was pleasantly surprised by the main actors who for a great portion of the film don't overcompensate or try too hard but stay true to their prospective roles. My only complaint lies in the main female role of Shelly played by Christianna Aronstam. I know it is the staple of any horror film to have that female protagonist who leads the charge but ultimately you have to warm to that character, I was never able to do this with Shelly.
Any moment I thought she could redeem herself was lost in a mesh of screams and over the top acting. It's a shame because in hindsight the female sidekick to her would have been perfect. She has the right temperament, right amount of sass to draw you in and instantly you begin to enjoy the character. Had she been the central female role it would have worked much better in my view.
I respect the fact this film was made on a minuscule budget and managed to create such a eerie town that looks real and genuinely creepy. The props look realistic and you feel like you have entered somewhere much different.
The central character who wears the mask throughout is horribly creepy and that mask is destined to haunt your dreams. There is something unsettling about the blank state of the mask that serves Gun Town well.
Dr Sawbones (Tim Emery) is an absolute joy and you want to see more of him. I loved every moment he was on screen and was strangely disappointed when he wasn't there. There is a presence to Emery that you are drawn into and he plays the role with such glee it is hard not to fall under his charm.
Then we come to the gore factor and score for the film.
Given what the director had to work with I love the effects, some might say they were not that good but bearing in mind this is not a Hollywood production heart and soul has still gone into it and that shows. Some moments might feel a little off but you sweep past them as you get enamoured in the deaths as they ratchet up moment by moment.
And then we come to the score. I'll be honest. It is fantastic! That wonderful mix of western meets horror is done succinctly in the score and adds to the tension from the second they arrive in that town.
Yes it takes a while, yes it adheres to some clichés and it is not for everyone. But if you like your horror with a smidgen of dark humour then this is an appealing film. The story has heart, there are characters you want to survive and it's a fun time with popcorn.
Should you want something that goes beyond the pale and adds its own taste to this genre, I recommend it highly. Vervoort you've surpassed my expectations (are also a great actor within the film) and I hope this is the stepping stone to greater things.
See this film before you judge it!
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