Cold Day in Hell [Import]
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COLD DAY IN HELL (DVD) (WS/ENG/SPA SUB/5.1 DOL DIG) U.S. MARSHALL STALLINGS INFILTRATES AN ARMY OF OUTLAWS & HIRED GUNS ASSEMBLED BY A POWER-HUNGRY BANKER. WITH THE HELP OF A KNOWN SHARPSHOOTER, STALLINGS SETS THE STAGE FOR A DARING ASSAULT ON THE EVIL BANKER.
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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.