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Cast: Justin Meeks, Paul McCarthy-Boyington, Arianne Margot, Luce Rains, Michael Berryman
In KILL OR BE KILLED, Claude “Sweet Tooth” Barbee and his gang of cutthroat outlaws – the most wanted men in Texas – are on a desperate ride across five hundred miles of badlands to recover a fortune in hidden loot from their most daring robbery. But Barbee and his crew aren’t the only coldblooded killers riding the range. With a large “dead or alive” cash bounty on their heads, the outlaws are being picked off one by one. What began as a hard journey driven by greed becomes a feverish race to survive.
"Kill or Be Killed" tells the story of Claude “Sweet Tooth” Barbee and his gang as they ride their way across Texas to recover a fortune from their botched train robbery. But the boys are riding against the clock because the law of hot on their trail as well as someone else who is taking them out one by one.
"Killed or Be Killed" is a rough and tumble western from the writing and directing team of Duane Graves and Justin Meeks, Meeks also stars in the film as well. I wasn't expecting a lot going into it knowing it was an Indie film done on a small budget but I ended up liking it a lot more than I imagined I would. For starters the film looks and sounds fantastic, from the sets, locations to the costumes, everything was amazing.
Story wise the film sucks you in right from the start as we are introduced to "Sweet Tooth" and his gang as they reunite to hunt down the missing loot. The story is well written and clever and the film keeps a nice, steady pace all the way to the end. It also has a number of twists and turns along the way including a big one at the end. I have seen a few mentions of the film being a bit of a horror film since there is someone out there taking out the gang in some very gruesome ways but nothing is as it seems and the film does a great job of keeping secrets and wrapping things up with an ending that comes out of no where.
Another thing that made the film stand out was the brutal violence in the form of gunfights. "Kill or Be Killed" really ramps up the violence with some graphic gun fights that come with lots of blood spraying. There is plenty of action, drama and even some very funny moments as well. The film is sure to be a sleeper hit on home video with its nasty streak, multiple twists and perfect ending.
Available on DVD with Special Features that include:
Interviews and Commentary
Slack 11 Segment
You can order it HERE.
I must not forget to mention the amazing cast, everyone did a fantastic job playing their characters and the film even has a few cameos as well including one from the amazing, Michael Berryman. "Kill or Be Killed" is an entertaining Indie Western that I highly recommend checking out.
Released by Image Entertainment
**** Out Of *****