Dead West DVD Review
While watchable, “Dead West” doesn’t bring anything new to the table.
In “Dead West,” the story revolves around a moralistic nameless drifter/serial killer who tends to put on a charming persona and prey upon blond women and or people with bad behavior. While the film mostly follows his murderous exploits, there are two key subplots involving the brother of a victim who seeks revenge against the killer and a dancer (Roxy) who has eyes for the killer. Can the killer change his ways and find love?
Looking at the cover one would think “Dead West” is a horror western but it’s not. At all. The cover (and title for that matter) are entirely misleading and were likely created as a way to boost sales. In reality, the low budget film is little more than a repetitious serial killer story that is highly reminiscent of “Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer.” It is so similar, in fact, that the movie even ends in a similar fashion!
Despite being overly familiar and rather simplistic, however, the 114 minute movie manages to be rather watchable. Having seen countless indie thriller/horror films, it’s clear that this one is better than most. The acting in particular really stands out here most notably with star Brian Sutherland. Even though Sutherland’s serial killer character is entirely despicable, the actor manages to bring a level of complexity and charisma to the character that makes him a compelling albeit screwed up lead. With all of that said, I’m sure there will be some viewers out there who will be turned off by watching a film with such a vile main character.
Presentation: 2.35:1. How does it look? The DVD boasts a fairly sharp transfer for an indie film.
Audio Track: Dolby Digital Stereo. How does it sound? Despite the presence of blaring bad music, this a decent audio track.
* The 68 minute “Making-of Documentary” contains set footage, extensive interviews, music and character discussions and more.
* An informative and talkative commentary by writer/director Jeff Ferrell, star Brian Sutherland and film composer Semih Tareen.
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