Writer-director Jimmy Lee Combs is following up his hit horror anthology Terror Tales, released last month, with the horror western Spirit Reckoning, Heart and Fire Productions announced today. To celebrate the announcement Heart and Fire Productions has released the first poster, designed by Ian Miller,
The film centers on an avenging skull cowboy. Combs describes the film as “John Woo meets Sergio Leone meets the horror genre.”
Set in the Wild West circa 1875, “the story follows Sam Conley, a farmer with a wicked gambling addiction trying to make ends meet for his family. One day while Sam is out selling produce, his wife is brutally beaten and raped by three petty outlaws headed by Savage Bill. Sam returns home to this horrific sight and is strung up and killed alongside his wife and child. To return the favor on a good deed Sam did for the Indian people, a Shaman brings Sam’s spirit back from the dead as an avenging skull cowboy. However, this comes with its set of side effects as Sam’s emotions intensify making him feel rage more extreme and sadness more deep than the normal person, which brings humility to Sam much like Frankenstein’s Monster.
Spirit Reckoning is set to begin production later this year.