Amna Vegha, Ehrland Hollingsworth (executive), John Hollingsworth (executive), Francesca Ordona (executive) for Oak Street Productions
directed by Ehrland Hollingsworth
starring Brian Krause, Betsy Sligh, Jamie Bernadette, Cavan Tonascia, Scot Scurlock, Dallas Page, Greg Kriek, Mike Ferguson, Mike Markoff, Mark Madeo
written by Ehrland Hollingsworth, music by Simone Cilio, special effects makeup by Yasmine Nickel
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The Old West: Robert (Brian Krause) and his family - wife Beth (Jamie
Bernadette) and children Irene (Betsy Sligh) and Brian (Cavan Tonascia) -
run a small farm in the middle of nowhere, where nothing ever seems to
happen ... until they receive a visit from Jonathan (Greg Kriek), who
claims to be a surveyor for the railroad company interested in their land.
And even though young Irene immediately distrusts him, he weasels his way
into an invitation for dinner. Irene proves to be right of course, when
Jonathan's friend show up, a bunch of outlaws (Dallas Page, Mike Ferguson,
Mike Markoff, Mark Madeo) led by patriarch Ezekiel (Scott Scurlock). Now
Ezekiel is a man who has made it his business to pick promising young men
out of orphanages and lead them into a life of killing and marauding.
Thing is, he hasn't picked Robert's far out of coincidence, quite the
contrary: You see, Robert was once one of Ezekiel's protegés, but
eventually he had enough of a life of crime, stole the gang's money and
ran, to eventually start life anew with Beth and the children. Of course,
such an action isn't seen lightly by his former gang, so they have come
not only for the money but to avenge themselves. And despite putting up a
good fight, it's not long before Robert is incapacitated - and now hope of
the family lies on young Irene, who's as resourceful as she's handy with a
gun, and she's got a homicidal streak. But then again she's an 12 year old
girl going up against a gang of hardened criminals ...
some of the most interesting westerns of old, Homestead is a film
that's rooted firmly within the genre but isn't afraid to mingle with
tropes from other genres, in this case the home invasion thriller and
horror - and the result is a very intense low budget western heavy on
suspense and atmosphere, with some pretty violent bits thrown in at all
the right moments and some fittingly shocking plottwists to keep the
audience at the edge of their seats throughout. And Betsy Sligh makes a
hauntingly convinding homicidal kid, leading an overall very solid cast,
only helping to make this one very cool genre entry.