Two travellers, one a well to do young clark on the way to a reunion with his wife, the other a scruffy, feral bounty hunter meet at sundown on a lonely prairie and agree to swap stories to pass the time. The quartet of uneven but well-mounted stories are spun around a desert campfire by grizzled, menacing bounty hunter Morrison a rousingly hammy and. . An entertaining hybrid of Amicus-style horror anthology and gritty low-budget western, this first-time effort from writer-director succeeds where many such genre-bending attempts have failed. Jenny William Atherton William Atherton.
Tom Michelle Joyner Michelle Joyner. That seems to be the only available version so be warned, the transfer is terrible and sometimes so dark as to be literally unintelligible. Appalled by the storyteller's lack of taste, Farley counters with a down-to-earth morality tale involving a prairie settler's young daughter who witnesses her father's horrifying act of hate, realizing that the man she trusted with her life is a very human breed of monster. Lee Marc McClure Marc McClure. Well, they never tell us.
Synopsis An entertaining hybrid of Amicus-style horror anthology and gritty low-budget western, this first-time effort from writer-director succeeds where many such genre-bending attempts have failed. But I cannot in good conscience do it, the stories here are just slightly too weak for that to feel right. Cast Cast overview, first billed only: James Earl Jones James Earl Jones. What kind of God allows a horror anthology where the framing narrative is the best part? They have their moments, though; several have some strong atmosphere mostly courtesy of the fine photography and they generally take themselves fairly seriously, an odd decision in contrast to the hilarious framing story but welcome nonetheless the big exception being the second, shortest tale, which ends up being a ridiculous and tastelessly amusing shaggy dog. Morrison starts off with the tale of an Indian tribe's ritual revenge against the drunken cracker who desecrates their sacred burial ground; When Farley seems interested but unfazed, Morrison follows up with the more visceral story of a Good Samaritan who succumbs to temptation while rendering aid to a pregnant woman, leading to a particularly disgusting though definitely original demise. Martin Jennifer Barlow Jennifer Barlow.
Morrison acknowledges his companion's skill but offers another violent story according to his own idiom -- that of a slick gunfighter who gets his comeuppance by his own hand after winning a deadly competition. In a third, a daughter Wendy J. Grim Prairie Tales: Hit the Trail. Fundamentally, the problem is that Coe seems to misunderstand the way narrative conflict actually works, and so the stories all feel formless and unsatisfying, ending abruptly just when it seems like thing might be getting interesting. The terror is almost entirely psychological. This is a portmanteau film featuring four intriguing stories linked by the two story teller's attempts to psych each other out. A cynical bounty hunter and a clerk traveling through the prairie rest by the campfire telling four stories of terror to each other.
The quartet of uneven but well-mounted stories are spun around a desert campfire by grizzled, menacing bounty hunter Morrison a rousingly hammy and wet-behind-the-ears city slicker Farley. Arthur Lisa Eichhorn Lisa Eichhorn. Eva Scott Paulin Scott Paulin. This is a real overlooked gem! Was that the conflict we were looking at here? Colochez as Bruce Discher James Glick James Glick. Both storytellers give deeply and proudly bizarre performances particularly Jones, who gets most of the best lines.
This would be an excellent cover for a Gordon Lightfoot album. In the first tale, an old man Will Hare, who we encountered earlier in is ironically punished for desecrating an Indian burial ground. Morrison Brad Dourif Brad Dourif. This is more of a thinking man's movie. The story finds nice-guy dad Atherton unexpectedly drawn into a lynch mob, which horrifies his daughter when she catches sight of it. On the other hand, look at these frames from the animated sequence in the last segment and try and tell me you don't want to see this: So, I dunno, I kinda enjoyed them anyway. Presumably it looked good on film, though.
The stories feature fine acting and direction but are ultimately overshadowed by the engaging framing story and lack much of the dramatic payoff of their earlier British counterparts. Come on, when are you gonna see that pairing again? Farley Will Hare Will Hare. Comes with a case and artwork. Sarah Dan Leegant Dan Leegant. Their respective obnoxious characteristics mean that the more they tell, the more they provoke each other to taller tales.
Maybe ditch the horror anthology format next time and just make it a buddy-cop comedy in the old West, with Dourif and Jones mismatched buddies riding around solving mysteries, searching for a better set of stories than they have at their disposal here. Brennan Tom Simcox Tom Simcox. Still, call it a strong 3, a C+, nearly a B-. And the final section as a brief but really cool animated sequence, gotta like that. Kaminski in particular deserves some credit for painting the Old West with an unusually colorful palette; often Westerns are all about dusty earth tones and sepia nostalgia, but here we see the West in rich blues and greens, the first sequence in particular highlighting an eerie, alienly beautiful sunset which turns the impossibly huge sky into something surreal and mysterious.