Directors that use those cheezy old Wild West towns have to know that they always look cheap and silly, right? They’re like random blinking lights in science fiction movies; just because everyone seems to use them doesn’t mean it’s okay. But i assume a low-budget filmmaker doesn’t really have much of a choice.
That seems to be the problem with The Dead and the Damned, though. All the little problems that plague every low-budget film just keep adding up. And eventually, in order to enjoy the movie you’re forced to make a conscious decision to ignore them. Of course once you do, everything will be fine because it’s actually a pretty decent little western/zombie mash-up.
This time a meteor brings the zombie plague to the Wild West, which disrupts the activities of a young bounty-hunter with a heart of gold. As he tracks down a savage Indian for one last job, the local miners begin turning into flesh hungry zombies, and the two must eventually join forces to survive.
Best Scene: The guys accidentally lock some poor girl in a house with a deformed, blind zombie. Watching it grasp around blindly and hunt by sound was really creepy, and made for a great scene.
Worst Scene: I had to watch a zombie motorboat a shirtless Apache guy, which kinda’ sucked. Okay, technically he was trying to eat the heart out of his chest… but still.
Jordy Verrill: Why does everyone seem to think it’s a great idea to crack open glowing green meteors from outer space?
The Dead and the Damned
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