Reverend Thadeous Sutton (Bill Shaw) and citizens have gathered for the hanging of Frank Clements, who curses the preacher and all of his family before he dies. A century later, that curse — and the undead gang — continue to haunt the preacher’s grandson and his family. And when it comes to bad hombres who can’t be killed again, things look pretty rough.
Directed by Alan Stewart from a script by Clay McBride (who wrote Look Who’s Toxic, another movie Stewart was involved on) and James Desmarais, this film pits a Vietnam vet, a woman interested in the history of the Clements outlaws and the professor who is the grandson — also played by Shaw — of the preacher from the opening of the film.
Shot on the Western set and using cowboy actors from Texas Safari Ranch in Clifton, Texas, it’s kind of weird that the bad guys look nothing like the cover and are killed with normal bullets, but hey — it’s a low budget regional horror movie that somehow got a video release and then was brought back for today’s boutique video rediscovery market.
The actual blu ray is great, with extensive commentary that shows how a movie like this could be made and make money. The extra features are way more interesting than the actual film and allow me to recommend this, as there’s a lot of great information within this release.
Ghost Riders comes from the producers and writers of Action U.S.A. and is now available on blu ray. It has commentary from director of photography/producer Thomas L. Calloway, writer/producer James Desmarais and moderator Steve Latshaw, a documentary featured named Bringing Out the Ghosts: The Making of Ghost Riders, Low Budget Films: On the Set of Ghost Riders, a photo gallery and trailers. You can buy it from MVD.