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The Scarlet Worm (2011)

 -  Western  -  27 August 2011 (USA)
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An aging killer trains a young hired gun in a plot to assassinate a meek brothel owner performing barbaric abortion acts on his prostitutes.

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Print
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Heinrich Kley
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Mr. Paul (as Montgomery Ford)
Derek Hertig ...
Lee
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Hank
Rita Rey ...
Annabelle
Eric Zaldivar ...
Gus
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Mathis Reed - Love Cowboy
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David Lambert ...
Will Hardtmuth - Cattle Rustler
Raymond Isenberg ...
The Pugilist
Jojo Myricks ...
Big Mercy
Lou Michaels ...
Indian Shaman (as Lucio Hernandez)
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Print's Attorney (voice)
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Judge Hanchett (as Mike Forest)
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A middle-aged hired gun named Print (Aaron Stielstra) is obsessed with having style and poetry to his assassinations. He has been working with loyalty for his boss, Mr. Paul (Montgomery Ford), for years. But his latest assignment - the killing of a brothel owner (Dan van Husen) who mandates cruel abortions on his whores - presents two challenges: he must train a young understudy during the assignment, and he's been told to pull off the killing "quick and dirty" -- which may not leave time for Print's usual, obsessively imaginative methods. Written by Anonymous

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In the old west, the lucky ones died first. Luckier still were the ones who were never born at all!

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Bo Hopkins and Paul Koslo were considered for the role of Hank, but ultimately it went to Kevin Giffin. See more »

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In the not-so-olden-days West
2 March 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This effort by a band of six young cinephiles works well. Don't watch it expecting "High Noon" quality acting and scripting. But if you're looking for a highly original, yet true to genre Western, I recommend "The Scarlet Worm."

It was released by "Unearthed Films" so I expected a 30-or-more year old film, literally dug up out of old B movie archives. But this is a new effort, made in 2010 and released in 2011. The setting is the early 1900s, and plot is complex, including traditional cattle rustling, revenge killings and more. It's dark, gritty style is evident in the gunfight sequences and in the sympathetic, non-sensationalist treatment of the girls in the brothel. It held my attention right to the last as it unfolded.

A couple of things to note: First, it has some pretty violent scenes so I wouldn't make it a family-night movie. Second, it features some classic Western movie stars whose heyday was decades ago but whose names you might remember, like Montgomery Ford and Dan van Husen. They and their young compadres give this low-budget movie panache. Enjoy, pardner.


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