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DEVIL'S CROSSING
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Reviewed by: Mike Catalano

Directed by: James Ryan Gary

Starring:
Michael Sharpe
Patrick G. Keenan

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Extras:  
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What's it about
In a post-apocalyptic world, a lone stranger with a knack for kicking ass stumbles into the saloon of a ramshackle one-horse town... and zombie hell shortly follows after. The townsfolk's only hope is this stranger, but is he the reason for the onslaught of the undead?

Is it good movie?
Well at the start, this flick was as tough to figure out as its main anti-hero. Little did I know that the writer/director was merely taking a bit of time to set up his story as well as some character development. You see, I'm just not used to movies like this of a low budget caliber actually caring about some craft. Suffice to say, once all pieces were set in place and this "zombie western" kicked into high gear, I started to have a good time.

It certainly helped that the two leads, Michael Sharpe and Patrick G. Keenan, do a nice job of spicing and hamming it up with their strange "worker" and "boss" roles. I liked the uncertainty dynamic that was always present in their back-and-forth bantering. Something cool and dark kept being hinted at and everything became revealed a little bit at a time. That really kept me watching.

I also liked the whole "zombie western happening in post-apocalyptic modern times" motif that the whole flick was based around. That was a pretty fresh idea as far as zombie movies go. Granted, the zombies that were running amok through the town didn't possess a sweet zombie "look" to them, although I'm pretty sure you can credit that to the low budget department. Still, they weren't too scary. I did, however, appreciate the manner with which they moved. It was kind of like they had just learned to walk for the first time and were being electrocuted. That may sound kind of weird, so I guess you just have to see it.

The one gripe I've got with DEVIL'S CROSSING is that the ending didn't quite make it up to snuff with me. I was expecting more. Not necessarily in terms of explaining everything that was laid out. I just wanted a more creative arc to match the rest of the high intensity happenings that led up to it. Again, perhaps budgetary restraints hindered the filmmakers from executing a more satisfying conclusion. I actually would be interested in seeing if a sequel could better stretch out the tracks that were laid here. For now, though, I suppose there are worse low budget paths you could cross.

Video / Audio
Video Widescreen 1.85:1

Audio English dolby digital.

The Extras
Thirteen pages of Production Notes.

A six-minute Interview with writer/director, James Ryan Gary that shows that he is intelligent.

The flick's Trailer

A very creepy, well-made Short Film titled Monomaniacal from the flick's star, Michael Sharpe.

Last Call
A cool zombie premise with some actual creativity makes up for the low budget feel. Solid acting also helped elevate DEVIL'S CROSSING above the other sub-par posers. I just wish the ending delivered a bit more bite. Still worth checking out, though.

ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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