By Paige MacGregor
The first theatrical trailer for the highly anticipated independent zombie western, Devil's Crossing, is finally available. Okay, so it's highly anticipated by me, but trust me, once you hear more about this movie you'll be on the edge of your seat waiting, too. The movie's claim to fame is not only its subject matter--the somewhat less overexposed zombie-western subgenre--but the fact that it was filmed entirely just outside of Charlotte, North Carolina by writer/director James Ryan Gary and producer Paul Streiner.
Initially, Devil's Crossing was dead in the water (pun intended) because distributors said that the script was "too violent" and that some of the characters were "sickeningly aggressive". However, Gary and Streiner decided to push forward and make their film regardless of popular opinion. Since the earliest stages of pre-production, Devil's Crossing established and maintained a large fan following on social networking sites like Facebook, where the film has more than 57,000 fans.
After watching the trailer for George A. Romero's upcoming release, Survival of the Dead, I was concerned that Devil's Crossing might be viewed by the casual observer as similar to (or, even worse, as a rip-off of) Romero's new film, given the prevalence of horses and cowboy hats in Romero's trailer. Fortunately, as you can see from the trailer below, Devil's Crossing has a very different feel and more amateur/documentary camera style than Survival of the Dead, meaning that zombie film fans have not one, but two awesome soon-to-be-released zombie films to look forward to.
For more information on Devil's Crossing, visit the film's official Web page, Facebook page, or Twitter feed.
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