A group of old war veterans put their lives on the line to defend a young woman taking shelter in their local VFW post, who's running from a deranged drug dealer and his relentless army of drug addled punks.


Joe Begos
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Lang ... Fred Parras
William Sadler ... Walter Reed
Fred Williamson ... Abe Hawkins
Martin Kove ... Lou Clayton
David Patrick Kelly ... Doug McCarthy
George Wendt ... Thomas Zabriski
Tom Williamson ... Shaun Mason
Sierra McCormick ... Lizard
Travis Hammer ... Boz
Dora Madison ... Gutter
Josh Ethier ... Tank
Graham Skipper ... Roadie
Linnea Wilson ... Lucy
Jesse Kove ... Ravenous Hyper
Brandon Potter ... Penthouse Hyper


A group of old war veterans put their lives on the line to defend a young woman taking shelter in their local VFW post, who's running from a deranged drug dealer and his relentless army of drug addled punks.

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junkie | drug | splatter | criminal | gang | See All (32) »


Action | Crime | Horror


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Did You Know?


Both David Patrick Kelly and George Wendt appeared in Dreamscape. See more »


The large flag inside the VFW post was displayed incorrectly. When hung against a wall, whether horizontally or vertically, the union (the blue part) should always be in the upper left corner as viewed. See more »


Boz: VFW?
Gutter: Veterans of Foreign Wars
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References A Bay of Blood (1971) See more »

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A Man's Recipe - True Grindhouse Fun
14 February 2020 | by TwistedContentSee all my reviews

With "Bliss", Joe Begos shot right up to the top of my favorite horror directors, and "VFW" continues his wildly fun reign successfully. While it's not without its faults, "VFW" raises true grindhouse hell, soaked in neon, coated in the grainy 16mm aesthetic, full of gory delights & led by a truly amazing, in-for-it-all veteran cast. What else could a man want?

"VFW" is a much too rare type of movie in our era, which is not saying much, it being universally acknowledged as an 80's throwback midnight flick, but we need more movies like this. I do. "VFW" is highly and undeniably entertaining from start to finish, full of splatterhouse action, practical FX mayhem, various kills and thrills - all the goodies a horror fan needs. The real attraction, however, is the movie's core cast, the 80's stars in an 80's kind of movie. Stephen Lang, Fred Williamson, Martin Kove, William Sadler and more provide snappy, relatable and just plain awesome characters having fun together and killing punks. A simple siege scenario, a classic good guys vs. bad guys idea, no twists, just a straight-forward, easily digestible fun. From a critical point of view, "VFW" lacks depth, feels a little disposable, has a high enough predictability factor & doesn't have all that much to say, but, frankly, throughout the 90 minutes, I couldn't care less. The script by Brallier and McArdle doesn't always hit the spot, not the entirety of the grizzled, old-school me-and-the-boys dialogues come off as organic & the narrative is shallow enough, but Joe Begos knows exactly how to treat it. Taking "VFW" on its own terms, nothing can go wrong, it's kinda like a grindhouse-indie "The Expendables", just cooler and with a lot more sauce.

"VFW", however flawed, will (and has) find its place in the heart of genre fans for it can't really fail, only in the hands of those who despise violence, old-school shenanigans & everything's that awesome. Joe Begos is, without a doubt, one of the best directors working the indie scene right now & I'm eager to hear what's next in store for us. My rating: 7/10

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14 February 2020 (USA) See more »

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Dallas, Texas, USA


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