West of Hell – USA, 2018

West of Hell is a 2018 American supernatural horror western hybrid film directed by Michael Steves from a screenplay co-written with Gabi Chennisi Duncombe and Bubba Fish, from a storyline by Yousef Abu-Taleb. The movie stars Tony Todd, Michael Eklund, Lance Henriksen and Jennifer Laporte.

Georgia, 1872, seven years after the end of the Civil War. On a midnight train to Atlanta, Jericho Whitfield, a brilliant former slave, plans to avenge the murder of his daughter – who was scalped by his old master. Jericho’s mission is to scalp and kill Annie Hargraves – his old master’s rebellious, street-smart teenage daughter. A clean eye for an eye revenge.

The only thing standing in Jericho’s way is Roland Bursley, a vicious mercenary hired to protect Annie on her trip to Atlanta. However, Roland, Annie, and Jericho soon discover that there is something far scarier than the three of them on the train – and they will have to work together if they want to survive the midnight journey to Atlanta…

Reviews:

“There is not much in the way of effects but some alright kills and a bit of blood. The plot isn’t going to break any boundaries and it wasn’t exactly scary but it didn’t seem to me to be anywhere near as bad as some have made it out to be.” Sarah Budd, Horrorscreams Videovault

Cast and characters:

  • Tony Todd … Jericho Whitfield – #FromJennifer; Death House; Zombies; Candyman; et al
  • Michael Eklund … Roland Bursley
  • Lance Henriksen … The Devil – Big Legend; Wraith; The Unwilling; Mind Ripper; Aliens; Pumpkinhead; The Visitor; et al
  • Jennifer Laporte … Annie Hargraves
  • Jill Hoiles … Grace McDowell
  • Jeryl Prescott … Desdemona Lark
  • Richard Riehle … Mr. Braxton
  • Yousef Abu-Taleb … Father Locke
  • Nick Bennett … Wesley
  • Omono Okojie … Clara Whitfield
  • Ben Adams … Lenesh
  • Mark Christopher Lawrence … Abram
  • Anna Borchert … The Brunswick Whore
  • Ashley Drayton … Sellah Lark
  • Sewell Whitney … Nathaniel Hickson

Trivia:

The film’s working title was The Cold Descent

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