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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David Lambert
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Aaron Stielstra ... Print
Dan van Husen ... Heinrich Kley
Brett Halsey ... Mr. Paul (as Montgomery Ford)
Derek Hertig Derek Hertig ... Lee
Kevin Giffin Kevin Giffin ... Hank
Rita Rey Rita Rey ... Annabelle
Eric Zaldivar Eric Zaldivar ... Gus
Mike Malloy ... Mathis Reed - Love Cowboy
Robert Amstler ... The Rifleman
David Lambert David Lambert ... Will Hardtmuth - Cattle Rustler
Raymond Isenberg Raymond Isenberg ... The Pugilist
Jojo Myricks Jojo Myricks ... Big Mercy
Lou Michaels Lou Michaels ... Indian Shaman (as Lucio Hernandez)
Ted Rusoff ... Print's Attorney (voice)
Michael Forest ... 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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Dan van Husen flew down from England to act in this film. See more »

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Although the film is set in 1909, one character wields a carbine version of the Mosin Nagant rifle, the M44 (identifyable by its permanent folding bayonet), which was not produced until 1944. See more »

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Amazon Prime "Cowboy Vengeance" release is missing graphic shots of the bloody aborted fetus, plus sex scenes and any scenes featuring nude prostitutes. See more »

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References Cross of Iron (1977) See more »

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A Professional if Slightly Jejune Expansion of the WD Aesthetic
28 May 2012 | by twolaneblSee all my reviews

The Scarlet Worm: Finally! Wild Dogs in mass-release! Longtime fans had a lot to get salivating over: Fredianelli free from starring and cinematography and able to focus on directing, Lambert writing (after his wildly successful two previous outings with Fredianelli), Stielstra starring, special guest stars, and a solid, sordid grindhouse set-up. Everything was in the right place, but with all of these elements, the final product ends up feeling a bit too restrained, a bit too tame to live up to its premise and the promise of all involved. If the earlier Fredianelli efforts sometimes felt a bit slapped-together or a bit rough around the edges, this effort feels a bit too pretty and concerned with professionalism (a gambit that seems to have paid off in some ways). A perfect point of comparison is A Habitation of Devils, Lambert's previous collaboration with Fredianelli. That movie is super rough around the edges, with a script that barely manages to bounce between generic stereotypes and digital video cinematography sometimes so underlit to the point of indiscernibility. However, it manages these hiccups due to a sense of what, for lack of better terms, I'll call "going for it." This same "going for it" mentality is all over other WD pics like The Minstrel Killer and even the recent Apocrypha. Why then does even Stielstra, normally a maniac when facing the camera, play it so cool? Why can't the genre kings (Fredianelli and Lambert) deliver on some of their promises? Why does Print have a reputation for being such a dirty bastard and such a merciless killer but never show us why? Why can't we see what makes his work such poetry to him (as he says over and over and over again)? Even the flick's abortion subtext feels pretty inoffensive and tame (unexpected, consider the distributor Unearthed Films, generally known for stuff like the Guinea Pig and Slaughtered Vomit Dolls). Money was well-placed to grab Dan van Husen, who provides most of the flick's best scenes, but even his work and the (as- expected) excellent shoot-outs feel bogged down by a laborious execution of the basic genre steps. There is a nice father-son dynamic between van Husen and Stielstra, but even that seems to too frequently be displaced in favor of other beats and concerns. I wanted to love this one so much, but in the end, I just can't find as much to love about it as in the cast and crew's other various projects.


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USA

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English

Release Date:

27 August 2011 (USA) See more »

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Cowboy Vengeance See more »

Filming Locations:

Agua Dulce, California, USA See more »

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$25,000 (estimated)
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Wild Dogs Productions See more »
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2.35 : 1
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