I like Danny Trejo. First appearing in small roles in films like Death Wish 4 and Lockdown, Trejo’s first bigger role was in Steven Seagal’ s Marked for Death, but it was his role as the blade wielding assassin in Robert Rodriguez’s Desperado that really have the real life ex-con his big break. In the past year or so Trejo has made the transition to leading star on the big screen in the Machete movies, and leading on the small screen in several direct to video films including his latest film, Dead in Tombstone.
Trejo stars as Guerrero, the leader of a gang in the old west who is betrayed by a fellow outlaw and killed. But before he crosses over to the hereafter, he makes a deal with Satan himself (Mickey Rourke) to claim the souls of the rest of his gang in exchange for saving his own.
On the surface, Dead in Tombstone sounds like a winner. Trejo and Rourke in a supernatural western, what more could you want? The problem is this movie is so by the numbers and so uninspired I practically felt like I was in purgatory while watching it. Everything about this movie is derivative and dull which is too bad considering what Trejo and Rourke are capable of. Much like Wesley Snipes last film Gallow Walkers, also an attempt at a supernatural western, Dead in Tombstone is just that, dead. And no fun at all.
The Blu-ray from Universal Studios Home Entertainment is pretty nice looking all things considered. The crazy comic book like cinematography is on full display with a clean and bold transfer with excellent detail. It’s just too bad the story didn’t live up to the films visual style.
Available now on Blu-ray and DVD.