Grim Prairie Tales
|Grim Prairie Tales|
|Directed by||Wayne Coe|
|Produced by||Richard Hahn|
|Written by||Wayne Coe|
|Starring||James Earl Jones|
|Music by||Steven Dancz|
|Edited by||Earl Ghaffari|
East-West Film Partners
|Distributed by||Image Entertainment|
Grim Prairie Tales is a 1990 American independent western-horror film, written and directed by Wayne Coe, and starring an ensemble cast including James Earl Jones, Brad Dourif, Will Hare, Marc McClure, William Atherton, and Lisa Eichhorn.
It is an anthology film of four separate stories, told by two travellers around a prairie campfire. Morrison (Jones) is a grizzled bounty hunter carrying a body, while Farley Deeds (Dourif) is a clerk on the way to a romantic reunion with his wife.
The first story, told by Morrison, is about an Indian tribe's revenge against a grouchy old man (Will Hare) who desecrates their burial ground. When that tale fails to impress Deeds, the second story, also by Morrison, tells about a man (Marc McClure) who helps a seductive seemingly pregnant woman (Michelle Joyner) in trouble. Deeds, disgusted by the second story, responds with the only non-supernatural story of the three, about a homesteader family whose father (William Atherton) is forced to participate in a lynch mob. Finally, after feeling challenged by Deeds' story, Morrison tells about a gunslinger (Scott Paulin) haunted by a gunman (Bruce Fischer) he has killed in a shootout. The next morning, Deeds points out to Morrison that the body he's carrying doesn't match the description on the wanted poster; Morrison cuts the body loose and rides out.
- James Earl Jones as Morrison
- Brad Dourif as Farley Deeds
- Will Hare as Lee
- Michelle Joyner as Jenny
- Marc McClure as Tom
- William Atherton as Arthur
- Lisa Eichhorn as Maureen
- Wendy J. Cooke as Eva
- Scott Paulin as Martin
- Tom Simcox as Horn
- Bruce M. Fischer as Colochez
This section does not cite any sources. (June 2018) (Learn how and when to remove this template message)
The film was the sole directorial outing from Coe, a storyboard artist and set decorator. At one point, Coe was considering making a sequel entitled Grim Prairie Tales: Rescue Party. The film was the feature film debut of future Academy Award-winning cinematographer Janusz Kamiński, who at the time worked as a lighting technician and 2nd unit director under fellow DP Phedon Papamichael.
Atherton appeared in the lead role in the 1978 NBC television western miniseries Centennial. Tom Simcox appeared in Grim Prairie Tales as the wealthy rancher Horn. In an acting career from 1962-1991, he appeared in eight Gunsmoke episodes and in other television westerns.
This section needs expansion. You can help by adding to it. (June 2018)
Stephen Holden from New York Times wrote, "Grim Prairie Tales aspires to be a sort of western Twilight Zone, but the stories it tells are so flat and lacking in tension and atmosphere that the movie generates no tingles." Hal Hinson from Washington Post offered the film similar criticism, stating that the film wasn't particularly scary.
- Holden, Stephen. "Review/Film; Ghost Tales in Cowboy Lands - The New York Times". New York Times.com. Stephen Holden. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
- "'Grim Prairie Tales'". Washington Post.com. Hal Hinson. Retrieved 19 June 2018.
|This article about a 1990s horror film is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|