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Revelation Trail (2013)

A frontier preacher's life is destroyed when a gruesome power consumes the land; he now must make the choice to give in to ruin, or find his purpose in the fight against the mysterious ... See full summary »


John P. Gibson




Credited cast:
Daniel Van Thomas ... The Preacher
Daniel Britt ... Marshal Edwards
Jordan Elizabeth Jordan Elizabeth ... Isabelle
Robert Valentine ... Samuel Beard
Paul Morris Paul Morris ... Isaiah Bannon
Donald R. Fleming ... Jakob Bannon
Christopher Vonderschmidt Christopher Vonderschmidt ... James
Wendy Keeling ... Disturbed Woman
Syndey Clark Syndey Clark ... Lillith Reynolds
Mindy Heithaus Mindy Heithaus ... Talbicia Reynolds
Nicholas Fabisiak Nicholas Fabisiak ... Marcus Reynolds
Lee Vervoort Lee Vervoort ... Doctor Adlai Benjamin Morris
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Troy Baldock Troy Baldock ... Dead Undead
Tia Ball Tia Ball ... Montage Undead
Andrew Becker Andrew Becker ... Undead


A frontier preacher's life is destroyed when a gruesome power consumes the land; he now must make the choice to give in to ruin, or find his purpose in the fight against the mysterious undead. Joined by the town lawman (who has entirely different personal demons to confront), the two men learn the extremes they're willing to go to in order to make it to the next day, as well as the depths people will go to when they truly believe in something. Written by Anonymous

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Plot Keywords:

horror western | zombie | See All (2) »


The dead rise. The West falls. See more »


Drama | Horror | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for bloody horror violence, language and a sexual assault

Did You Know?


The undead man in the bear trap can be seen wearing Preacher's red scarf, indicating that Preacher takes the item as a reminder of his first zombie "kill." See more »

Crazy Credits

One of the credits in the film is for "Revelation Pail" cleaner. "Revelation Pail" was the name given to the crew's camping toilette, used in remote locations while shooting. See more »


Referenced in Revelation Trail: Life on the Trail (2014) See more »

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Zombie Apocalypse in mid 20th century America!
22 July 2013 | by guster17See all my reviews

Revelation Trail Review The first question any movie-goer will ask when reading the synopsis of Revelation Trail will inevitably be, "is this seriously ANOTHER zombie movie?" Or perhaps even more poignant, "A zombie western? What are they going to do next, put zombies in space?" Regardless of whether or not you are one of the aforementioned viewers who would ask these questions, Revelation Trail will not disappoint in any way, shape, or form. The reason… quite simple – if you took the zombie factor out, the movie would be just as good. Just like it's contemporaries; anything from Dead Snow to the Walking Dead series, it's a great story all on it's own and only uses the undead to drive home the point even further – and scare the pants off those with a weak stomach! Starting with what we actually see on the screen, this is director John Gibson's first feature length of this magnitude – and the production quality is an absolute knock-out. This film could easily stand up against any Hollywood, big budget production, and being that the film was made on a modest budget – that's no small feat. Not a single ounce of detail is lost or overlooked in the picture quality, audio, lighting, editing pace, or post-production effects. For anyone familiar with the usual run at Sundance or other Independent films, this is definitely not a movie that excuses either the forgivable quality loss of many documentaries or intentionally amateurish style of many narratives – it's a high quality film that used its meager budget for just the essentials and the essentials are more than well-covered. For any movie analyst with a keen eye, there's not a single shot that's out of place.

But of course, there's the story behind the aesthetics that stays on the viewers' minds much longer than the lighting. First off, Revelation Trail – what a hell of a name! It's absolutely perfect for a Western movie that conjures up sights and sounds from the classic Spaghetti Western era. Take that foundation and throw a zombie apocalypse into the mix and you've got a post-modern tour de force. The tale follows our two main characters – the local preacher and sheriff - and just how these two are reconciling their worldviews with the ensuing events that would rock anyone's core beliefs. On a theoretical/philosophical level, it's a great escalating conflict of the realist battling the idealist; or in this case – the sheriff battling the preacher. One is a man of the law – he must uphold order to keep the peace and goes home with a clear conscience regardless of what he's done that day. The other is a man of God – one not so willing to just senselessly kill –at least not without a proper burial. It's a classic character archetype that keeps the film interesting down to the last minute. Director John Gibson (who makes a brief cameo as a zombie himself!) is an avid Star Wars fan, and this character match-up has Luke Skywalker and Obi Wan written all over it. But regardless of the character influence, the end result is the same – it works.

In short, Revelation Trail is a solid film that gets high marks on every aspect of the filmmaking process – and a great first outing for director John Gibson and Co. For any fans of zombie movies, Western movies, and everything in between and not so in between, Revelation Trail is soon to be a widely recognized outstanding independent film. -Marc Kennedy

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12 April 2013 (USA) See more »

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