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The Scarlet Worm -- An aging killer trains a young hired gun in a plot to assassinate a brothel owner performing barbaric abortion acts on his prostitutes.

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Writer:
David Lambert (written by)
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Release Date:
27 August 2011 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
In the old west, the lucky ones died first. Luckier still were the ones who were never born at all!
Plot:
An aging killer trains a young hired gun in a plot to assassinate a meek brothel owner performing barbaric abortion acts on his prostitutes. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A Triumph in Low-Budget Filmmaking; Fredianelli's best film to date. See more (9 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Aaron Stielstra ... Print

Dan van Husen ... Heinrich Kley

Brett Halsey ... Mr. Paul (as Montgomery Ford)
Derek Hertig ... Lee

Kevin Giffin ... Hank
Rita Rey ... Annabelle
Eric Zaldivar ... Gus

Mike Malloy ... Mathis Reed - Love Cowboy

Robert Amstler ... The Rifleman
David Lambert ... Will Hardtmuth - Cattle Rustler
Raymond Isenberg ... The Pugilist
Jojo Myricks ... Big Mercy
Lou Michaels ... Indian Shaman (as Lucio Hernandez)

Ted Rusoff ... Print's Attorney (voice)

Michael Forest ... Judge Hanchett (as Mike Forest)
Dani Estenger ... Gertie
Amber Rowe ... Caroline

Domiziano Arcangeli ... Love Cowboy Leader

Michael Fredianelli ... Gordon - Love Cowboy
Trevor Grosso ... Chester - Love Cowboy

Mikel Arvizu ... Blevins - Love Cowboy
Gabriel Kalomas ... Bose - Love Cowboy
Emily Amezcua ... Josie
Patricia Liu ... Molly
Adam Flohr ... Peter
Tim Jahn ... Muldoon
Anthony Sant'Anselmo ... Gavin
Lealon T. Messick ... Spota
Wes Smith ... Peterson
Andrew Manley ... Cusper
Brian Deemy ... Blue
Andrew Allen ... Shaggy
Devon Rogers ... Jean

Travis Lee Eller ... Barry

Andy Greenfield ... Ned
Michael Nosé ... Chan
Michael A. Martinez ... Pat Garrett
Tim Hall ... Stinkwater Smith
John Love ... John Love
Kyle Lambert ... Charles Boonsmith

Dionisio Leal ... Grover
Kelly Liu ... Storekeeper's Daughter

Ryan McGlazer ... Blue Jay Joe
Eric Cisneros ... Oscar
Pancho Cisneros ... Jose
Crystal Hertig ... Sheila

Michael Hough ... Curly
Thomas Fuhrman ... Jacks

Cheryl Rodes ... Additional Voices (voice)
Rosalyn Mitchell ... Additional Voices (voice) (as Stephanie Mitchell)
Duke the Pig ... Himself
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Directed by
Michael Fredianelli 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
David Lambert  written by

Produced by
Michael Fredianelli .... producer
Gerald Herman .... executive producer
David Lambert .... producer
Mike Malloy .... associate producer
Michael A. Martinez .... co-producer
Eric Zaldivar .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Aaron Stielstra 
 
Cinematography by
Michael A. Martinez 
 
Film Editing by
Michael Fredianelli 
Troy Prehmus (sound editor)
 
Production Design by
Catherine Roscart 
 
Makeup Department
David Lambert .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Charles Hawke .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael A. Martinez .... second unit director
Jonathan Weilbaecher .... assistant director
Eric Zaldivar .... second unit director
 
Sound Department
Clark Anderson .... sound recordist
Taylor Hardy .... sound mixer
Troy Prehmus .... sound editor
 
Visual Effects by
Michael A. Martinez .... visual effects
 
Stunts
Eric Zaldivar .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Heather Mills D'Augustine .... still photographer
Eric Zaldivar .... second unit camera
 
Casting Department
Vita Love .... casting associate
 
Other crew
Victoria Korda .... script supervisor
Donald Love .... location manager
 
Thanks
Jeremy Alter .... special thanks
Joao Carlos Bastos .... special thanks
Mario Beguiristain .... thanks
Tom Betts .... special thanks
David Brashear .... special thanks
Lisa Cortez .... special thanks
Jorge Domingo .... thanks
Travis Lee Eller .... special thanks
Daunier Estevez .... thanks
Adam Flohr .... special thanks
David Foster .... special thanks
Micah Gallagher .... special thanks
Mark Goldblatt .... special thanks
Tim Hall .... special thanks
Taylor Hardy .... special thanks
Raymond Isenberg .... special thanks
Chad Kaplan .... special thanks
Chris LeDoux .... special thanks
Michael Nosé .... special thanks
Gabriel Olsen .... special thanks
Betty Reardon .... special thanks
Noah Segan .... special thanks
Michael Sopkiw .... special thanks
Dan van Husen .... special thanks
Eric Damon Walters .... special thanks
Ray Watts .... special thanks
Barbara Webbe .... special thanks
James Zurek .... special thanks
 

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Additional Details

Runtime:
USA:93 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The shot of dust blowing off the skull in the opening credits sequence was done with a leaf blower.See more »
Movie Connections:
References An Enraged New World (2002)See more »

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5 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
A Triumph in Low-Budget Filmmaking; Fredianelli's best film to date., 29 April 2012
Author: Pycal from United States

Kind of surprised this film (despite being well regarded by critics) holds only a 4.1 rating on this site (as of today). Even though it is so far the only film of Michael Fredianelli's to receive a really wide DVD and Blu-ray release, such is a bit odd given this film is easily Fredianelli's most accomplished and (all around) best film to date. This is a movie that despite being made on a meager budget stands as perhaps one of the best Westerns of the last 12 years or so. It is gritty, violent, and hearkens back to (and was clearly influenced by) some of the genre's best entries in the 1960s and 70s.

One critic described this film as a cross between Terence Malick and Sam Peckinpah and they are largely right. Nevertheless the film is quite unique and is perhaps the first Western to deal with abortion. That said, this subject matter is not all that central (the movie just happens to represent it as a reality) and the film doesn't play politics at all or resort to being a message film because this subject is explored. Aside from examining this topic, the film manages to feel fresh and unique all around (even if it's just because films, particularly Westerns, just aren't made like this anymore).

David Lambert penned the script for this film and shows great skill paying particular attention to the period in which the film takes place. His characters are interesting and well fleshed out and Print (the lead character) in particular is an extremely memorable protagonist. Actor Aaron Stielstra shines in his portrayal of Print who is a middle-aged gunman; a dandy who has a knack for poetry and a penchant for religion. It's really difficult to compare Print to any other Western protagonist, but Stielstra's character lands right up there with being as interesting and and as memorable as some of the icons of the genre. The rest of the cast is for the most part also spot-on in their performances with veteran actors like Dan van Husen and Brett Halsey making nice additions to the cast. While a Spaghetti Western influence isn't quite apparent, fans of the sub-genre will no doubt recognize these two along with cameos from actors/dubbers Michael Forest and Ted Rusoff.

Director Fredianelli and cinematographer Michael A. Martinez craft a great looking film with some truly well crafted scenes and shots. Fredianelli proves to be a highly skilled director especially with the larger budget he has here (although still pretty meager by most standards) and really shines through this work. Set-pieces are abound and many of the shootouts that take place are thrilling and tense. If Fredianelli continues to make films on this level (which I hope he does), he will no doubt be a force to be reckoned with in the film world.

THE SCARLET WORM stands as a fine film that fans of Westerns or tough-guy genre and action films in general should find thoroughly enjoyable. Highly Recommended.

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