Dir. Antonia Bird
1999, UK, Czech Republic, Mexico, USA, 101 min
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Upon receiving reports of missing persons at Fort Spencer, a remote Army outpost on the Western frontier, Capt. John Boyd investigates. After arriving at his new post, Boyd and his regiment aid a wounded frontiersman who recounts a horrifying tale of a wagon train murdered by its supposed guide – a vicious U.S. Army colonel gone rogue. Fearing the worst, the regiment heads out into the wilderness to verify the gruesome claims.
Antonia Bird’s pitch black comedy is a patchily hilarious triumph. But the queasy and squeamish have been warned.
– Simon Braund, Empire Magazine