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Legend of God's Gun, The (DVD Review)

24 Aug, 2008 By: Matt Miller

Street 9/2/08
Box Office $0.08 million
$24.99 DVD
Not rated.
Stars Bobby Bones, Kirkpatrick Thomas, Mike Bruce.

The Legend of God's Gun, the brainchild of musician/entertainer Kirkpatrick Thomas, is an oddly entertaining psychedelic western that's a little bit country and a little bit rock 'n' roll.

Inspired by his band Spindrift's 2002 album of the same name, The Legend of God's Gun is the story of a ruthless gun-slinging preacher (Bones) seeking revenge against a vicious posse of bandits led by El Sobero (Thomas), who remains invincible by drinking scorpion venom.

This band of outlaws chalked up a number of enemies as it raped and pillaged its way across the unforgiving California desert. But the bandits now have their sights set on hunting down the sheriff of Playa Diablo — a sinful town overflowing with booze and prostitutes — for sending a bounty hunter after them.

Eventually, everyone descends on Playa Diablo at high noon with their guns ablaze, culminating in a Quentin Tarantino-style shootout in which only one person will survive this battle of good versus evil.

Experimental filmmakers Thomas and Bruce, who star in the film alongside members of Spindrift and other alternative bands, have created what they dub a "rock 'n' roll spaghetti western."

Though the story is a bit hard to follow, the film benefits from having the perfect balance of action-packed fighting sequences and enjoyable musical interludes, resulting in a dynamic, amusing western unlike any film I've ever seen.

The filmmakers also went to great strides to make the film look and sound like an authentic 1960s grindhouse feature, which enhances the overall viewing experience.

The Legend of God's Gun is one indie you won't want to miss, especially for fans who enjoy quirky, cult films such as Alex Cox's Straight to Hell.

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