Meet Silk Dog Films and their producers, Adam Flohr and David Lambert, from Temecula, CA. USA. They created this Grindhouse style fan film based on the popular MMO, Red Dead Redemption.  Their film is called The Hanging of Bonnie MacFarlane.

The bulk of the film was done in 2012, with the preproduction done in June. By September they were shooting at the Wooden Nickel Ranch in Menifee, California – the location gave them the perfect look and feel, and closely matched the environment in the game.

The stage effects are top shelf – the blood, guts and gore (and brains) are exactly what you want to see in a good zombie flick.
But then the real work began. Not content just to have a lark shooting a zombie movie, they spent months more on the editing.
Influences from their favorite directors of westerns abound – the smash zooms are a homage to Corbucci’s Django. The oddly paced slow motion & brightly colored squibs pay tribute to Sam Peckinpahs The Wild Bunch. Brandon Flyte worked hard in post production to give it its 1970’s film aesthetic. Chris Halo provided a beautiful spaghetti western score, and Derek Hughes spend literally months recording ADR and tuning the sound track.

In the words of the producers, “This film was built on favors & created in collaboration with friends and kind strangers. We’re up to our ears in IOU’s, but it was worth it! We set out to make a film that’s entertaining, and delivers the good’s in a quick 14 minute punch to the face. We enjoy B movie cinema and classic spaghetti westerns. Our influences include Sergio Leone, Sergio Corbucci, Sam Peckipah, Enzo Castellari, Werner Herzog Terrence Malick & so many others.”

The Hanging of Bonnie MacFarlane demonstrates that you don’t have to throw $250 million and a taxidermied crow hat at a western to make it a great movie.

This is just part one – if you want to see the rest of it, subscribe to the YouTube channel, and show them some love so that they know you’re out there waiting.

Enjoy.

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