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Horror

Gallowwalkers (2012)

Duration1h 30m
RatingsUK: 15, USA: R,
Source of storyAn original screenplay
DirectorAndrew Goth
Writers/ScriptJoanne Reay, Andrew Goth,
StarringWesley Snipes, Kevin Howarth, Riley Smith, Tanit Phoenix, 
RatingsIMDb: 3.6 by 7113 people. Rotten Tomatoes: No grading.

Elevator Pitch: In a bleak desert location a group of what appear to be prisoners are freed by a gunman who kills all their guards, and who selects a young man from the group, to help him in a quest. The two are soon at the location of a mass hanging where the same prisoners are being prepared to be hanged by the same lawmen. Meanwhile a man with no skin takes that of a woman and then carries on to orchestrate the proceedings. A young female prisoner is often the focus of events possibly reminding the gunman of the loss of his girlfriend who had been raped by some villains. 

Content: IMDb says that there is some nudity, but I don’t remember it. It seems to be mostly figures in a landscape, very slightly reminiscent of “Once Upon a Time in the West”. The gunman frequently has to face up to strange characters who he shoots eventually after looking at them with narrowed eyes for a long time. There are flashbacks which are supposed to explain the story. There is the scene of  people being hanged, which includes a lot of “will they won’t they”, and a lot of violence since people’s heads are ripped off and in one case someone is beheaded with a guillotine.

A View. I kept thinking that the desert was the best thing in this turkey, and it turned out that the film had been made in Namibia, so no surprise. I admit that the actual plot was virtually unintelligible and so I have had to read the Wikipedia entry to understand what it was about. One of the four critics to have a look at it commented that you get a better idea of the story from the trailer. I know that there is the possibility of a movie being “so bad it’s good”, but take it from me, this is not one of those. It is a DON’T SEE.

Additional info: The film was being made in 2006 while Wesley Snipes was have tax problems, but apparently he was able to complete the job before flying back to the US and turning himself in.  

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