A drifter walks into a town and encounters something sinister in this film starring, written, and directed by Owen Conway.
Solomon is a drifter who after days of finding nowhere finally has found a place to settle in. Upon his arrival, he finds himself working as a barkeep for Mr. Hagan, who takes no lip from anyone. His bar also serves as a brothel with locals Kate and Stella attempting to attract business. Hagen has strict rules for Solomon and he intends to make sure he abides by the rules. However, things begin to go a bit awry when a customer is shot dead at the bar.
Soon enough, Solomon begins seeing weird visions. He notices a blond woman supposedly working as a prostitute in Hagen’s bar. He also meets Benjamin, an aspiring preacher at the church. When he takes charge of the bar for the day, Solomon is confronted by three goons whom he kills out of desperation. The visions slowly get worse, and he is soon confronted by Hagan and Kate, who felt trouble the second he walked in. Is the town plagued by ghosts and can Solomon make it out alive? Or will he succumb to the terror that has plagued the town?
This is gearing up to be a good year for meshing western and horror. With recent films such as 2021’s The Pale Door and 2022’s Night of the Tommyknockers, Westerns and horror prove to be a fun mix of gunslinging and terror. With the recently released Homestead proving itself to be a good mix of western and home invasion horror, we now have Owen Conway’s film meshing western and supernatural horror.
Conway himself takes on the central role of Solomon, who shows a range of emotions throughout the film as he goes from relieved to scared out of his mind. Conway proves he could be a force to reckon with both in front and behind the camera. The supporting cast does a great job as well. Notably Eva Hamilton, who as Kate, sees Solomon as trouble from the moment he walks in and does whatever it takes for him to leave town; and Becky Jo Harris as Stella, a good-natured brothel worker who seems to have a crush on our central character. The highlight is the chemistry between Conway and Robert Sprayberry as Hagan. The two have a love-hate relationship with Hagan ripping Solomon at times and other times praising him for some of his actions.
The supernatural effects are really well done and really mess with the viewer’s head. What Conway wants the viewer to do is to pay close attention as even some of the minor details seem to be somewhat important. For instance, if you look closely at Kate, you can tell from her look she is somewhat dealing with an issue involving drugs. Some of the other characters, notably Benjamin, have something off about them that tends to make Solomon scared of going to church. The final moments of the film are quite shocking and offer a major twist to the story as a whole.
Ghost Town: An American Horror offers up some good shocks and an all-around great performance by Owen Conway, with a great supporting cast involved. Another fun film mixing western with horror out this year.
WFG RATING: B+
Uncork’d Entertainment presents a HohloGraphics production in association with FunHouse Features, FilmCore, and BlueSideUp Films. Director: Owen Conway. Producer: Mem Ferda. Writer: Owen Conway. Cinematography: Dean Johnson. Editing: Owen Conway.
Cast: Owen Conway, Robert Sprayberry, Eva Hamilton, Becky Jo Harris, Brittany Mae, Nathaniel Burns, Stephen Moran, Dan Higgins, Cameron Kotecki.