Ghost Rock

Director Dustin Rikert
Staring Gary Busey, Michael Worth, Jeff Fahey
Rated MA
Score 3.5/6

In 1882, 20 years after an almost forgotten massacre took place, the only living witness to the crime, John Slaughter, returns to the town where it happened. Now finding the town run by the man behind the terrible act, Slaughter teams up with the mysterious gunslinger Savannah Starr to try and rid the west of one of it’s great evils.

If there was an actual list of my all-time favorite movies Ghost Rock would definitely on it, probably not right at the top but I think that it would be somewhere in the middle and I am glad that I was recently able to buy it DVD because I have only ever seen in it 2 friendly neighborhood DVD stores. Both of which have gone out of business. Also on the all-time favorite movie front another favorite which I have also recently tracked down on DVD (my copy of it is on VHS) will be reviewed next month when it finally arrives in the post.

I suppose what caught my attention about Ghost Rock when I first watched it was the Martial Arts. Now granted there are more than a few of you out there who might say that the martial arts sequences portrayed in Ghost Rock will probably not be remembered in the chapters of cinematic history and I might have to agree with you on that point, truth be told the choreography has pace and timing that you would expect to see from a cheesy 90’s action series. But the thing is I don’t think that there are many Westerns that use martial arts in the action sequences and it’s important for westerns to have something that will make them stick out in the minds of their audience especially if you take into consideration that it seems that the Western Genre is or perhaps seems to be dying (yeah, I know hedging my bets a little with that statement).
Now I will admit that I am not overly familiar with director Dustin Rikert’s work or the majority of the actors cast in this movie though there are a couple of familiar faces in the form of Gary Busey and James Hong. Now Ghost Rock to be a Friday night beer and pizza kind of movie. It should be noted that there are one maybe two moments that might put off those of you who demand complete adherence to continuity, but they are blink and you’ll miss kind of moments and there is enough action and revenge for a good time.