You may not know this, but I am a somewhat connected member of the film media. At one of the lowest levels. ut hey, I know my place in the world. As it is, I get screeners sent to me daily from various promotion companies wanting me to watch, review and hopefully get you to go see them. Most of it is crap. That’s not snobbery. I love the kind of movies that the vast amount of movie goers would consider grade B-Z. But once or twice a year, three times if I’m lucky, something really good comes out. VFW is one of those times.
VFW is a lean and mean, simple plot exploitation film. Or ,”Grindhouse” style if you are familiar with that term. It is ultra violent and ultra bloody. A group of Vietnam vet pals meet at the VFW for drinks and some partying for one of their pal’s birthdays. A young girl on the run from a violent drug gang chase after her until she ends up bursting into the VFW looking for shelter. Your standard good guys in a Alamo type stand off/siege follows with a lot of violence and blood. It’s great.
The cast is great for indie film. Stephen Lang plays the main character. You may know him as Pickett from Ghetttysburg and General Jackson from Gods And Generals. Also the evil military guy from the massive blockbuster Avatar from 2009. ( awful film BTW). There are a few other actors who you will recognize their faces but probably not their names unless you are really into movies. A lot of the “I know that guy from..” type of character actors. VFW is a blood and neon drenched celebration of violence and I loved it. If you like violent sleazy B movies from the 80s, I give it my highest recommendation. If you like super high production values, deep art-house messages and Michael Mann levels of cinematography then I still recommend it but you probably won’t love it as much as me. It will be available for everyone to see on Valentine’s day.
Press & Propaganda blurb-
THE WILD BUNCH meets NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, the film follows Fred and his military buddies as they must defend their local V.F.W. (Veterans of Foreign Wars) post – and an innocent teen – against a deranged drug dealer and his relentless army of punk mutants. These Vietnam vets have been to hell and back, but this will be the longest night of their lives.
Directed by: Joe Begos
Starring: Stephen Lang, William Sadler, Fred Williamson, Martin Kove, Sierra McCormick, David Patrick Kelly