Normally, I would pass on a film with a title so ridiculous, but against my better judgment and lack of other horror genre films to review this Halloween season, this was my selection.
I can’t say I hated this film, as it was visually on par with most of the blockbuster films of today. The premise, I must say was a bit thoughtless, if I were writing a film with a $5.2 million budget, I think I would have been a little more creative.
The characters could have been awesome with better dialogue and less cheesy delivery. It does have some pretty big name action stars in it with Danny Trejo and Mickey Rourke as the devil himself.
The film starts off with a career crook named Red, played by Anthony Michael Hall, who is about to meet his demise at the end of a noose. As they are about to go through with the execution, his gang comes to the rescue and frees him from his untimely death.
The gang, now with their co-leader back, then plots to go back to the town and rob the bank of its massive gold reserve. After they successfully take over the town, Red has aspirations to stay and take ownership of the town and rename it Tombstone.
The other leader and Reds half brother Guerrero, played by Danny Trejo, disagrees with his brother and Red proceeds to shoot him. Red then persuades the rest of the gang to join him on his new venture with the promise of being the richest deputies in the world.
As Guerrero is now dead, he wakes to find himself face to face with the devil himself played by Mickey Rourke. As Lucifer is torturing Guerrero, he pleads with him to spare him and he will bring the 6 souls of his ex-gang members. Lucifer agrees to the deal and gives Guerrero 24 hours to kill his gang mates by himself.
I would recommend watching Pale Rider with Clint Eastwood. It isn’t exactly the same, but at least it is worth watching. I find it disheartening that with a $5 million budget they couldn’t pick some screen writers that could actually write.
As much as I love the Machete character, I hate to say that Danny Trejo’s character, Guerrero, doesn’t even come close. Most of the bit parts played by Danny are awesome, but I think unless there is a good writer involved he doesn’t quite have the acting chops to turn a turd of a character into more than just that.
Anthony Michael Halls character Red, however, was actually pretty good. His character was still weak, but he managed to pull of the task of gold plating a fecal pile quite well. All in all this movie was a wash. The visuals were fantastic which my guess is that’s what they spent most of the films money on. The film as a whole was garbage.
I give it 4 out of 10