A gang overruns a small mining town murdering their own leader Guerrero (Trejo) in a cold-blooded power grab. Sentenced to eternity in hell he finds himself confronted by Satan himself (...
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A gang overruns a small mining town murdering their own leader Guerrero (Trejo) in a cold-blooded power grab. Sentenced to eternity in hell he finds himself confronted by Satan himself (Rourke), offering a daring proposition: deliver the six souls of his former gang and he will escape damnation. With time running out, he sets out on a brutal rampage to avenge his own death. Written by
S. D. Adeh
3rd collaboration of Rourke and Trejo. They have previously worked together on Once Upon a Time in Mexico and the music clip Hero See more »
During firefights, the weapons of most oft the characters are changing between the cuts: As example: Guererro starts the fight with his special fantasy revolvers, in the next scene he holds two modern Magnum revolvers (either S & W or Colts). This happens in almost any shooting scene. See more »
Man, what happened to Rourke? After "The Wrestler," he had a second act
career resurgence that appeared to be another great Hollywood comeback
story. He had a string of high-profile blockbuster films --
"Expendables," "Iron Man 2" among them -- and a whole list of films on
IMDb that were slated in pre-production, many with large casts and
He swore in all his cover story interviews around the release of The
Wrestler that he'd "learned his lesson" the hard way by bad-mouthing
Hollywood in the '80s and '90s, and that he wouldn't allow his career
to become ruined again, as he had resorted to straight-to-video flicks
in the late '90s and early '00s when his career was in truly dire
straits. (He claims a narrative that he was out of work entirely for a
decade, but the truth is, he was just appearing in really crap films.)
But he didn't heed his own words of wisdom. Within a couple years,
these things had happened: he publicly dissed The Expendables 2,
claiming he wouldn't return unless they paid him more. He was never
cast in the film, and the plot was re-written to involve a younger
character in his place. After the worldwide success of EX2, which could
have been another franchise for Rourke, a producer on the film was
asked whether he'd be back for round three. "Maybe if he doesn't act so
crazy," was the reply from the producer. As of September 29th, the
third film is in production, and Rourke's name is absent from the cast.
He also publicly bad-mouthed writer/director Martin McDonaugh (In
Bruges), claiming he wasn't being paid enough by the "creep" to star in
the film Seven Psychopaths; he dropped out, and was replaced by Woody
Harrelson. The film wasn't a big hit financially, but critics loved it,
and it had a huge ensemble cast. Instead of starring in that film, he
starred in a straight-to-video movie with Kellen Lutz...if you don't
know who that guy is, it's because he was one of the shirtless vampires
Then he bad-mouthed Marvel Studios, claiming they butchered Iron Man 2.
Not a huge deal since his character had no chance of coming back
anyway, but it's more burnt bridges. He also annoyed the crap out of
Robert Downey Jr on the set of the film (RDJ went out on a limb for him
and fought to have him cast in the film after Rourke's pay demands were
deemed too high by Marvel, btw); apparently his Method Acting routine
was hugely obnoxious to cast and crew, as he demanded odd flourishes
such as blaring Gnarls Barkley's song "Crazy" at full volume before
filming every one of his scenes.
My point of this long-winded rant is that Mickey Rourke has essentially
ruined what could have been a golden opportunity comeback to fulfill
his early potential as one of the great actors of all time, and now he
has resorted to starring in utter dreck like this film, which is an
absolutely abysmal production and something that any actor should be
embarrassed to list on their resume.
It's a standard revenge flick, set in a western atmosphere. It is
poorly made (the low budget stands out at every turn), poorly acted
(Anthony Michael Hall is the villain - enough said), and poorly shot
(the lighting is atrocious at times). Danny Trejo has experienced some
kind of grindhouse-type career revival thanks to Robert Rodriguez, but
he's best buried as a minor character in ensemble films, and he does
not have the charm or charisma to carry a full-length picture.
The only remotely interesting thing about this film? Rourke plays the
devil incarnate. Which, if you've ever seen his 1987 psychological
thriller "Angel Heart," is an interesting twist. Unfortunately this
film isn't remotely similar to Angel Heart in any other regard, which
was one of the best films of the 1980s in this humble critic's opinion;
Dead in Tombstone, by contrast, is Dead On Arrival (har, har) and a
truly bad film.
Rourke, you only have yourself to blame for this.
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