Harking back to those gruesome movies you used to get on VHS back in the eighties, VFW is a fantastic cornucopia of blood, drugs and violence with plenty of actors you’ll recognise, and some you won’t.
Drenched in red light, VFW sees a bunch of Vietnam Vets make a stand against a marauding band of drug crazed bad guys who want their stuff back, the guys just want to get on with their night.
Things all start when Lizard, Sierra McCormick (“Curb Your Enthusiasm (TV)”, “All Good Things”), runs off with head bad guy Boz’s, Travis Hammer (“The Unsettling (TV)”, “Arizona”), stash of drugs & straight to the bar over the road, VFW.
Veterans of Foreign Wars is a seedy looking placed where owner Fred Parras, Stephen Lang (“Avatar”, “Tombstone”) is not celebrating his birthday with his veteran friends: Walter, William Sadler (“Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey”, “The Shawshank Redemption”), Abe, Fred Williamson (“From Dusk Till Dawn”, “M.A.S.H. (TV)”), Lou, Martin Kove (“The Karate Kid”, “Rambo: First Blood Part II”), Doug, David Patrick Kelly (“The Crow”, “Twin Peaks (TV)”), Thomas, George Wendt (“Cheers (TV)”, “Fletch”) and Shawn, Tom Williamson (“The Fosters (TV)”, “Running Wild”).
Their peace is broken when Lizard runs in with her stash, chased by a couple of thugs. One of the vets, Doug, takes an axe to the arm before the others splatter blood over the bar and camera, dispatching the initial bad-guys.
What follows is a stand-off as wave after wave of bad guys venture into the bar and the vets dispatch them in bloody and violent ways, usually involving a blade, axe, machete etc, to the head.
Bad-guys are killed, good guys are killed, attempts are made to mediate, which don’t go well, drugs are consumed, new and inventive ways of killing people are used.
VFW is a fun, well made and acted hark back to the eighties movies of gore, I mean, yore.
Whilst the action sequences aren’t the fastest you’ll ever witness, perhaps mirroring the age of the vets taking part, they are gore filled delights.
VFW is a neon lit and blood soaked delight. No zombies, no demons, few guns. Just a bunch of men with makeshift weapons taking a stance.
VFW will be available on Digital Download from 9th March