HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
Newest Reviews
Gretel and Hansel
Mademoiselle
Tunnel, The
India Song
Last Rhino, The
Made in Hong Kong
Ring of Spies
Rom Boys: 40 Years of Rad
Pocketful of Miracles
The Tomb: Devil's Revenge
Sidecar Racers
Space Dogs
Out/Marriage
Safety Last!
Bride Who Has Returned from Hell, The
Show Boat
Savage
City Called Dragon, A
I Used to Go Here
Six Suspects
Still the Water
Not Now, Comrade
I'm Thinking of Ending Things
Wives of the Skies
Two Heads Creek
Next Stop, Greenwich Village
Captain, The
Great Wall, A
Trout, The
Zorba the Greek
Horror Crowd, The
Matthias & Maxime
Bullet for the President, A
Constant Husband, The
Anbessa
Man in Grey, The
Harakiri
Way to the Stars, The
Man Who Skied Down Everest, The
Bottoms Up!
   
 
Newest Articles
To Catch a Thief: After the Fox on Blu-ray
Tackling the Football Film: The Arsenal Stadium Mystery on Blu-ray
Film Noir's Golden Couple: This Gun for Hire on Blu-ray
The Doctor Who Connection: Invasion on Blu-ray
Hill's Angles: Benny Hill and Who Done It? on Blu-ray
Big Willie Style: Keep It Up Downstairs on Blu-ray
Walt's Vault: 5 Cult Movies on Disney+
Paradise Lost: Walkabout on Blu-ray
Buster Makes Us Feel Good: Buster Keaton - 3 Films (Volume 3) on Blu-ray
Network On Air: Nights In with ABC 3 - Don't Go Away - I Could Do with a Bit of Cheer Now!
What Use is Grief to a Horse? Equus on Blu-ray
For God's Sake Strap Yourselves Down: Flash Gordon on 4K UHD Collector's Edition
Party Hard: Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure on Blu-ray
Network On Air: Nights In with ABC 2 - Your Faces are All Blurred!
Eve Knew Her Apples: The Lady Eve on Blu-ray
Network On Air: Tempo - Gallery One
Network On Air: Nights In with ABC 1 - Welcome Once Again to Manchester!
Transformative Apocalypses: Phase IV and Southland Tales
The Happiest Days of Their Lives: The Guinea Pig on Blu-ray
Faced Poe: Three Edgar Allan Poe Adaptations Starring Bela Lugosi on Blu-ray
Hard Luck, Buster: The Cameraman on Blu-ray
At the Hop: Mr. Vampire on Blu-ray
Divine Madness: Female Trouble on Blu-ray
Country Matters: Further Out of Town on Blu-ray
Bat-Damn: Was Joel Schumacher's Batman Really That Bad?
   
 
  Once Upon a Time in Deadwood Along Came Bronson - Sort Of
Year: 2019
Director: Rene Perez
Stars: Robert Bronzi, Michael Paré, Karin Brauns, Lauren Compton, Chris Matteis, Justin Hawkins, Tony Jackson, Jadzia Perez, Veronica Lopez, Woody Clendenen, José Varela, J.D. Angstadt, Sierra Sherbundy, Laura Pulone, George J. Merino, Ronnie D. Lee
Genre: WesternBuy from Amazon
Rating:  6 (from 1 vote)
Review: The year is 1885, and in this Western town the lawman known as The Colonel (Robert Bronzi) was engaged in a shootout with a ruthless gang who had taken the place hostage. He was having none of that and proceeded to fill the wrongdoers full of lead, but it was not enough to save the woman who was kidnapped and strung up on the gallows that were meant for the leader of the gang, and The Colonel must bear that on his conscience, as well as the thought that he allowed that leader to slip through his fingers. However, as a bounty hunter he will now make his living, despite being choosy about what he gets involved with - as the desperate Ursula (Karin Brauns) discovers...

General, all round man of action Bronzi got his break in the movies thanks to one thing: his face was his fortune. That granite phizog bore a remarkable resemblance to a certain Hollywood star who still commanded an impressive cult following thanks to his appearances in violent Westerns and thrillers, and that man was Charles Bronson. One quick change of name from Kovacs to Bronzi later and our man was headlining his own vehicles, starting with Death Wish copy Death Kiss, which some were entertained by but was largely treated with suspicion by fans, those fans not bowled over by the chutzpah of what was basically a tribute act masquerading as a proper action movie.

All-round renaissance man of DTV exploitation Rene Perez was not about to allow the mixed response hold him back, however, and before Death Kiss had been released he was hard at work on this little item. Just as the first effort had been a tribute to Bronson's thrillers, this was paying its respects to his Westerns, sometimes very self-consciously with even certain shots reminiscent of the likes of Breakheart Pass or Chato's Land, and that title an obvious cash in on not only Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in the West, but also the popular television series Deadwood which had recently broadcast its wrapping up TV movie, and a certain Quentin Tarantino blockbuster, also then-recent.

Now, few were going to be fooled that this was anything other than opportunistic, which by all rights should have made it exasperating to sit through as the film tried to ride on others' coattails, yet the prolific Perez was by now an old hand at the cheapo end of the film industry and knew what was going to appeal to his target audience. The fact that he was so upfront about his, shall we say, influences, brought him admiration from one end of the movie buffs' following, and he was not about to produce any old tat shot on a camcorder with the barest minimum of effort, you could tell that unlike too many cynics in the field, Perez truly believed in his work, and that paid dividends when Once Upon a Time in Deadwood (which hardly took place in the titular town at all) proved to be unexpectedly watchable.

It was really no worse than many a B-movie Western from the heyday of the genre, when these were churned out with interchangeable scripts and casts to an undiscerning market, indeed it was rather better than a lot of the most production line of those items. Using a snowbound landscape for much of the action, it saw Bronzi's Colonel forced to work for Ursula, who poisons him with the promise of the antidote should he rescue her sister and their maid from the clutches of Swearengen (Michael Paré, not giving Ian McShane any sleepless nights) over in Deadwood. It was plain to see Bronzi's performance was entirely guided by the director, and his thick Hungarian accent meant his dialogue was not exactly plentiful, so you were never going to believe this was Bronson springing back to life (it depended on the camera angle on how convincing he looked as his double), but this was an unpretentious, low budget cowboy pic that entertained for its brief running time. Special mention to Brauns for filming a topless scene in what look like sub-zero temperatures, what a trouper.
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 883 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star is the best at shouting?
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Brian Blessed
Tiffany Haddish
Steve Carell
Olivia Colman
Captain Caveman
Sylvester Stallone
Gerard Butler
Samuel L. Jackson
Bipasha Basu
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Graeme Clark
Darren Jones
Paul Smith
Andrew Pragasam
  Lee Fiveash
  Mick Stewart
Enoch Sneed
  Dsfgsdfg Dsgdsgsdg
   

 

Last Updated: