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Grim Prairie Tales (1990)

Grim Prairie Tales: Hit the Trail... to Terror (original title)
A cynical bounty hunter and a clerk traveling through the prairie rest by the campfire telling four stories of terror to each other.


Wayne Coe


Wayne Coe




Cast overview, first billed only:
James Earl Jones ... Morrison
Brad Dourif ... Farley
Will Hare ... Lee
Marc McClure ... Tom
Michelle Joyner ... Jenny
William Atherton ... Arthur
Lisa Eichhorn ... Maureen
Wendy J. Cooke ... Eva
Scott Paulin ... Martin
Jennifer Barlow ... Sarah
Dan Leegant ... Dr. Leaderman
William Martin Brennan ... Bluey (as William M. Brennan)
Tom Simcox ... Horn
Bruce M. Fischer ... Colochez (as Bruce Discher)
James Glick James Glick ... Dying Chief


Two travelers, one a well to do young clark on the way to a reunion with his wife, the other a scruffy, feral bounty hunter meet at sundown on a lonely prairie and agree to swap stories around the campfire. Written by Mark Thompson <mrt@oasis.icl.co.uk>

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Horror | Western


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Did You Know?


In 1992, writer/director Wayne Coe was considering making a sequel called 'Grim Prairie Tales: Rescue Party'. See more »


The studio lights are repeatedly reflected in Brad Dourif's glasses. See more »


Morrison: Wanna hear a story... city boy?
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Grim Prairie Tales
18 July 2018 | by ryan-10075See all my reviews

A clerk (played by horror vet Brad Dourif) sets down in the old west for the night, but a bounty hunter (played by James Earl Jones) visits him wondering if he can join him for the night. We soon begin to get to know the two characters and some of their strong differences. They in turn share four "scary" stories to each other.

Scary is in quotations, but because that is what they ain't. The first one is about an old man (Will Hare) who stumbles across a Native-American burial ground and a dying Native and its repercussions of doing so. The second one is about a traveling store clerk (Marc McClure) who comes across a pregnant woman who has been thrown out of her town. The third is about a man (William Atherton) who relocates to some new land with his family, only for them to find out a secret about him. The fourth and final story is about a hired gunman who experiences a haunting after his latest killing. Unfortunately for me none of these stories really work. They are either too short or fall off the cliff at the end.

The best part of the movie and what does really work is the interaction between Dourif and Jones. If only the stories were a level above what they were I would recommend this one. I think they need more terror. I would recommend it though to any Brad Dourif or James Earl Jones fans. For perhaps they will see more in the movie than I did and maybe enough to make it an enjoyable experience for them.

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Release Date:

14 September 1990 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Ultra Stereo


Color (Eastmancolor)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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