Release Date: 18 January 2017
Format: DVD Blu-ray
Starring: Ethan Hawke, John Travolta, Taissa Farmiga
Ti West’s slow burn horror films House of the Devil and The Innkeepers established him as an indie director to watch, and his first Western is a quirky oater that’s quick to cut to the chase. Think High Plains Drifter meets Quentin Tarantino. Ethan Hawke is the mysterious stranger who rides into town, clashes with the resident villain (James Ransone), and pays a high price that demands vengeance. West is a master of casting and has assembled another cool ensemble: John Travolta (who surprisingly has never appeared in a Western until now) slyly underplays the role of the marshal, while Karen Gillan and Taissa Farmiga break the stereotypes of women in Westerns. Ultimately though, it’s Hawke’s dog, Jumpy, who steals the show. Hot on the spurs of The Magnificent Seven remake, In a Valley of Violence proves there’s still life in the ol’ Western yet.