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Danny Trejo as a vengeful killer and Mickey Rourke as The Devil? Should be a slam dunk, right? RIGHT...?
Universal / 100 Minutes / 2013 / Unrated / Street Date: October 22, 2013
It’s unfortunate that a description of Dead in Tombstone is so B-movie fun, because the movie itself is a bonershrinking drag of an action flick, one significantly more leaden and uninspired than it should be. Think about how awesome this movie could be: Danny Trejo plays the leader of a western gang who have decided that before he and his boys can keep up with their hedonistic ways, they need to liberate one of their own from a prison cell where he’s awaiting the death penalty.
But when they get to him, it turns out that the guy they wanted to set free has other things on his mind, and when a simple task of stealing some gold (all in a day’s work, right?), he guns poor Danny Trejo down in cold blood. Stay with me, folks – this is where things get good. In Hell, Trejo meets The Devil (played, OF COURSE, by Mickey Rourke), and he pleads his case: he wants to return to the Earth and gun down these dudes who betrayed him in cold blood in exchange for his eternal soul. Mickey says; “Cool.”
The scenes with Rourke and Trejo might be worth the price of admission, if just to witness their inanity for a minute or so, but even with this casting miracle up his sleeve, Dead in Tombstone is deserving of its Z-quality straight-to-video limitations. It’s wonderful seeing Danny Trejo appearing in seemingly every genre picture made these days, but it’s also disheartening, seeing as none of them are really all that good. Because seriously: Danny Trejo making a deal with The Devil as played by Mickey Rourke? This really should be something….