In a plot that embraces its simplicity, a motley crew of strangers finds itself trapped inside a desert tavern by a clan of flesh-eating creatures. Where they came from no one knows, and it doesn't really matter. It's a setup ripe for the horror-comedy balancing act that Gulager achieves here, countering intense action sequences with moments of melodrama punctuated by snort-inducing bouts of humor.
Stylish to the point of distraction, Gulager demonstrates a particular fondness for close-ups shot by a hovering camera. The sepia-toned freeze frames that introduce each character with their names, occupations and life expectancy are a lot of fun, but ultimately the action is cut too fast and too close to be able to tell what's going on. Then again, maybe that's a blessing, as the gore quotient here is pretty darn high. Starring Navi Rawat, Krista Allen, Balthazar Getty, Judah Friedlander, Jenny Wade, Duane Whitaker, Josh Zuckerman, Eileen Ryan and Clu Gulager. Directed by John Gulager. Written by Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton. Produced by Michael Leahy and Joel Soisson. A Dimension release. Horror. Rated R for pervasive strong creature violence and gore, language, some sexuality and drug content. Running time: 88 min.