He claims a narrative that he was out of work entirely for a decade, but the truth is, he was just appearing in really crap films. While it didn't have the humor of Machete, Danny Trejo played it strictly for action in his quest for vengeance. There is not too much to dislike about 'Dead in Tombstone', with some exciting 'Root 'n Toot'n' Western type action, coupled with very sharp gun-play. The scary part is that they look pretty much the same off screen. I found it to be quite stylish with a special mention for the costumes which I thought were quite outstanding. It is even sadder that they would allow it to be distributed.
Unfortunately, not even the blood and guts performance of Danny Trejo and Mickey Rourke's creepy take on the Evil One can rescue this film from going to Hell. Father Paul as James Jordan. The western elements are played for full cartoon caricature stereotype and look decent enough while being obviously anachronistic, there's just no real excitement to the movie at all. The Script is predictable, but fast-paced. Mickey Rourke is kinda funny as the devil, but other than that it is pretty bad. I am not a huge fan of westerns, so imagine my surprise when I deeply enjoyed this movie.
Here is a movie in which bodies don't just fly through the air when pummelled by bullets, they do acrobatics before landing in a heap on the ground. Like so many Trejo films, he dies early on, except in this one he is still in the film as he works out a deal with the devil Mickey Rourke to return and kill the six gang members in 24 hours. Good for Danny, he's paid his dues. Bloody bullets and carnage galore. Dina Meyer has not really that much to do and she is the female lead in this.
Still, the Romanian locations and costumes are worth a look here and earn the first two stars I give. If you like movies with slick visual effects, then you will enjoy this. He was never cast in the film, and the plot was re-written to involve a younger character in his place. Within a couple years, these things had happened: he publicly dissed The Expendables 2, claiming he wouldn't return unless they paid him more. It does have some really good costumes though and the set design is good too I can't imagine them having a lot of money to spend, so it must be from another set or shoot. The viewer is never bored and Danny Trejo plays the role of an antihero perfectly.
Okay laugh it up but let's concentrate on the positives. Als der gefürchtete Räuberhauptmann Guerrero Hernandez seinen Halbbruder Red in buchstäblich letzter Minute vom Galgen freipaukt, dankt Red es ihm schlecht und schießt seinen Retter eiskalt nieder, um sodann ein kriminelles Schreckensregiment zu errichten über der Stadt Tombstone und ihren verängstigten Bürgern. Just by the poster, you can tell what it's going to be like. Danny returns to life, and sets out to kill his homies in revenge. But Guerrero has only 24 hours to pull this off. It's very standard revenge plot action wannabe without the budget and flash to carry it off. Okay, Danny Trejo can't act worth a crap but that didn't stop Arnie from having a stellar movie career.
But while being tortured in Hell, Guerrero makes a deal with the Devil Mickey Rourke, not looking too well : bring six fresh souls to Satan by killing the other gang members. Danny Trejo is an acquired taste. Sentenced to eternity in hell he finds himself confronted by Satan himself Rourke , offering a daring proposition: deliver the six souls of his former gang and he will escape damnation. The acting was all you could expect for such a plot. Some strange, but impressive camera work and plenty of action when the half brothers go against each other. If Guerrero can snuff his old gang, Lucifer will restore him to life above ground. On the whole, 'Dead in Tombstone' has decent merits.
Dead in Tombstone is no exception, action packed from beginning to end. Instead of starring in that film, he starred in a straight-to-video movie with Kellen Lutz. The film wasn't a big hit financially, but critics loved it, and it had a huge ensemble cast. So what's not to like?? My point of this long-winded rant is that Mickey Rourke has essentially ruined what could have been a golden opportunity comeback to fulfill his early potential as one of the great actors of all time, and now he has resorted to starring in utter dreck like this film, which is an absolutely abysmal production and something that any actor should be embarrassed to list on their resume. Rourke plays the devil incarnate. Rourke, you only have yourself to blame for this.
This film may not be for those looking for a traditional western, but rather for those interested in exploring a new take on the genre. This entire movie is shot in 2-6 second scenes, underlit and too dark to penetrate, too many flashy jumpcuts, etc. The acting for the want of a better word is beyond bad. When he wakes up in Hell he makes a deal with the Devil in order to live again. Danny Trejo has experienced some kind of grindhouse-type career revival thanks to Robert Rodriguez, but he's best buried as a minor character in ensemble films, and he does not have the charm or charisma to carry a full-length picture. This movie has the entire elements to keep you entertained, is believable as a western and visually acceptable with its supernatural theme.