2007 / Director. Albert Pyun. Movie #47
I am determine to work my way through every Albert Pyun film and the next one in my Pyun retrospect series is LEFT FOR DEAD. This is Albert's stab at a spaghetti western and of his post 2000 films, I think it's his best looking one. It's a very stylish movie and reaffirms that despite his notorious reputation for making bad films, he most certainly knows how to point a camera. I've always considered him to be a seasoned pro at directing action. Even in his truly bad movies, his sense of style comes through. The story is good, too, but is let down by some sub-par acting. Most of the cast are non-English speaking actors and they're never able to connect with the dialogue... not that the dialogue is great. It tells the story of a lone gun-woman on the trail of a rapist. She tracks him to an abandoned mining town, which has a sinister history. She runs into a posse of prostitutes who are hunting for the same man. Also walking the streets around them is the vengeful ghost of a murdered preacher. It's a western story unlike any other and its originality is what binds this intriguing film together. It might test many people's patience but I guess I approached it with an Albert Pyun frame of mind. It was his first time shooting in HD and he shot the whole thing in 7 days on location in Argentina. It's quite an achievement. He has also made use of the landscape really well. The buildings have an otherworldly feel about them and the movie was colour corrected in post production. I am a sucker for these types of artificial aspects. The strange setting and post production adjustments make Left For Dead a surreal and alternative addition to the western genre... with a hint of horror thrown in for good measure. I am always generous with Albert Pyun films and I like to think that I understand his vision on a deeper level... therefore I rate this one well. Better acting would have made it wonderful.