Death After Dusk: Review

Death After Dusk: Review

Short (Addison Chapman) and Skinny (Chandler Balli) are two cowboys with a strong bond. They always have each other’s backs in a fight and they do what they can to survive in the Old West. Hearing about a bounty on a serial killer’s head, Short and Skinny decide to collect the reward themselves, but they’re going to need some help. The problem is that the posse they put together don’t always get along.

Death After Dusk is a western directed and co-written by Chandler Balli with Travis Lee Prine. A love letter to a particular time in cinema when Westerns weren’t exactly in their golden age, but they were still fun.

With a unique premise, Death After Dusk is part western and part slasher movie. Marrying the two together seamlessly with Balli’s direction and stunning cinematography provided by Keith Kinsey.



However, despite the look and the feel of a western from days gone by, there are still problems. Most notable is the pacing, whilst most movie lovers are used to seeing movies stretch to nearly three hours, in this case the movie could have done with an extra edit to keep the pace moving. Things such as characters taking their time to explain their sad backstories and standing around explaining what they were feeling could have easily gone to the cutting room floor.

Also, a subplot introduced at the very start of the movie feels like unnecessary padding. Although not used a lot, it still may take the audience out of the movie as they’re snapped back to reality.

However, it’s undeniable what Balli and his team were able to accomplish. The production from the locations, costumes and performances takes the audience back to a time when Westerns were still crowd-pleasers. The story is engaging with exciting and tense scenes and they are all heightened by Balli’s impressive score.

Although it’s a shame that there wasn’t more of an objective view of what was needed in the final cut. A noble effort with some striking moments, Death After Dusk could be just the thing that Western fans are looking for.


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