Just so you all get to know that your favorite Catgirl Princess doesn’t just watch Asian films….. here’s a look at the recently released direct to disc “Left For Dead” an Argentine Spaghetti Western/ horror film of all crazy things….
Remember….. if a film’s got zombies in it… this lil’ Catgirl has trouble NOT watching it. Will zombies actually improve a Spagetti Western? Let’s find out, shall we?
(C’mon… you know by now you reeeeallly wanna “Read On”…. admit it!!)
Ok….. now this one starts out by giving us a quicky lil’ voiceover explaining how a less than Holy Preacher in the town of Amnesty had this affair with a whore, Mary Black (Janet Barr). Naturally it goes all to pieces as such tawdry things will and the resulting breakup causes the whore to go absolutely bug-shit crazy. Naturally she then convinces all her other whore friends to avenge her slight. Of course this translates to the whores deciding to kill the whole town. Yep….. everybody…. and their lil’ dogs too…… The preacher, Mobius (Andres Bagg) gets captured…. his wife gets tortured, his unborn child killed….. and then he gets whacked. Naturally he gets to make a deal with the devil to live on as a ghost in Amnesty to get his vengeance otherwise there wouldn’t be a whole lotta story would there? Only one problem….. .the whores all vamoose for parts unknown and our ghostly spirit of vengeance can’t leave the town to follow them….. (D’ohhhh!!!)
Lets jump ahead 15 years…… we find ourselves following Clementine Templeton, a tough, mean, and downright vicious gun slinging girl bounty hunter hot on the trail of Blake, a man wanted for rape. She is one ruthless and determined chick and will let nothing stand in the way of her mission to find Blake. But she is not alone. Also in pursuit is the same motley group of whores, now crazy female religious fanatics. They also want Blake. He’s managed to get one of their brethren pregnant, despite their hatred of all things male. They aim to catch Blake and either force him into marriage with the girl or, if he refuses, brutally kill him. Of course these groups just have to join forces……. and guess where Blake has run to hide? Amnesty.
Yep…… looks like Mobius is going to get his chance at revenge after all. This one was described as being “Saw meets High Plains Drifter”….and that’s just about right. It’s gloriously violent…… with just about every vicious notion of rape, torture and insanity thrown in for good measure. Victoria Maurette as Clementine is a perfect anti-heroine….. and nails this one dead on. Andres Bagg does a very credible job as Mobius….. unfortunately the acting goodness sorta ends there. Albert Pyun shot this entirely in Argentina using a dominantly Argentinean cast, so we’re talking a bit of low budget talent like some of his other 80’s and 90’s work in eastern europe here………
Still….. Neko liked the weird, almost insane approach to this one. It’s different….. waaaay different. It’s definitely worth a watch, and I hope it inspires some other forays into the mix of Western and Horror Genres by someone with a bigger budget. There’s some real potential here…. (Neko’s thinkin’ Indian Zombie massacres….. oh yeah!!!)
I give this one 4 “Meows” out of 5 for coming at this idea with energy and drive to spare……. even if the acting, plot and special effects were a bit weak…..( but then I actually LIKE trashy B-movies….) Others may want to wait till it shows up on HBO or Cinemax….. (or whatever passes for that in your neck of the woods…)
Naturally, I’d never leave you without the requisite Trailer…. courtesy of our Youtube thingee!!