A Cold Day in Hell
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Michael Madsen plays a US marshal on the take. The soundtrack is confusing at times as I expect zombies to appear at any moment. The camera gives a lot of facial close-ups while people are talking, although not always on the person doing the talking.
Scarsdale (Dave Long) has hired thugs to seize land and a town because the RR is coming through. As people get killed, Elizabeth Drayton (newcomer Heather Clark), having been raised by Indians too poor to send her to acting school, looks for her long lost daddy, sharpshooter William Drayton. It isn't hard to figure out how these two subplots come together.
William Drayton (Jim Hilton),who learned acting by watching Sam Elliot movies, has more dramatic pauses than a William Shatner film festival. The film was written, directed, produced, edited, and music written by Christopher Forbes, best known for being the illegitimate son of Ed Wood (just kidding, although if you told me it was true, I would believe it.)
one star sober, four stars with the funny stuff.
I rated this 1 star out of 5 because they don't give you the option to choose no stars. Don't waste your money on this film. A pre-school class could have made something more entertaining than this. I feel robbed by the people who put this movie out there. If I could go back in time and had the choice between paying for this movie or throwing $100 down a toilet I would've chose the latter just because I wouldn't want to give the film producers 1 cent of my money for this rubbish.
Michael Madsen must have needed money REAL bad to be in this turkey. Despite being listed as the "star" of the film, his character has no real involvement in the film.
The script is atrocious. The "acting" is merely horrible in comparison.
The special effects are neither special nor effective.
I've been better cinematography in an amateur YouTube video. You also have an 1887 library with paperback books and a town that looks way too modern with streets that aren't mud but instead have crushed rock.
Finally the container for this DVD shows an entirely different film by its pictures and descriptions than what you wind up seeing.
Some reviewer named Stuart Alson says this is the best movie Madsen has done since "Reservoir Dogs". My response? Mr. Alson needs to be given a drug test - several in fact. I want to know what he was drinking, snorting, and/or smoking to make that comment.
Even though I got burned by buying this thing, I'm glad I got it second-hand. Some other fool made Lionsgate a few bucks, not me. I concur with other reviewers who say avoid this film at all costs. Wish I had seen those reviews before entering my local Hastings Entertainment outlet. Furthermore, I would think twice before buying ANYTHING from Lionsgate based on the trailers available on this DVD.
This film is without question THE WORST WESTERN EVER MADE. If you have someone you don't really like, give them this turkey of a film as a gift. Their misery will give you the best joy from this indescribably lousy film.
Every aspect of what makes a film enjoyable is rendered terrible in this effort. Right off the mark the cinematography provides several examples of multiple faces in the same frame where all but one face is so out of focus you cannot even see who they are, or other examples where dialog is uttered, but the character speaking has the bottom half of his face below the eyes chopped off. This isn't a case of Sergio Leone brilliance where an ultra close up focuses on a shifting eye, or a bead of sweat, to highlight building drama. No, it is simply sloppy camera work, as none of these photography gimmicks are set to match any particularly dramatic portion of the movie. Worse are the other moments where a wide angle scene reveals a shaky camera! It is the first time in my life I watched a movie where the camera shakes because the producers cannot use a tripod!
This leads to the plot. Is there one? Yes, there is a plot, but best of luck learning anything of merit from it. Yes, the bad guy (Scarsdale) has some association with a railroad. About all we hear to develop this connection is a disjointed scene where a brief mention is made that the train is really fast, able to cross the continent in a week, which of course means it's the same speed as any other train. There is a girl who somehow gets separated from her parents and her mother actually tells her husband to stop looking for her, but the father instead cannot stop looking so he does so by lying about looking for lost cows! Yes, that really was supposedly an important plot line in this work, as it setup the tortured soul of the hero, William Drayton, a man presumed to be a "crack shot" as a "Confederate sharpshooter.Read more ›
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Very bad acting. Couldn't stand it and had to stop watching it.Published 7 days ago by Djemoui Bouzidi
For sure Michael Marsden will never be Sam Elliott, even the Sam doesn't like doing westerns. The hats were a joke, wire brim u roll it type. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
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