A team of former Confederate outlaws during the final stage of the civil war, is lead by soon-to-be father, Sully ( Isaiah Newton ), that includes the team of Lex ( Scott Crain ), and Native-American Ninekiller ( Loren Anthony ), who are commanded to take part in a dangerous retrieval mission to find a three piece ancient treasure. On their journey, they will soon discover that
To combine horror and western you have to be able to tell an interesting story, and this is actually something that Potter´s Ground manage to do. Not that this film is original in any way, but the story does work better than i expected. And one of the reasons to that is that the characters in this film are actually pretty good, and match well with the story. There are especially two characters that i think helps the plot, and let us begin with the character known as Lex, played by actor Scott Crain. Lex is exactly the kind of character you need in a film like this. He is confident, he knows how to be sarcastic, and he also knows how to talk to ladies. He is basically everything you would want in a host at a Las Vegas event, except he happens to be a cowboy. I can actually see the character of Lex have his own western film, with a completely different plot. That would actually be interesting to see, since he does have a strong personality. The next character i need to mention is Sully, played by actor Isaiah Stratton ( who played the character Officer Jeffries in TV series Homeland ). Sully is a very traditional cowboy, who brings his charming personality to the table. He is also very serious about finishing the mission, and Isaiah manage to give Sully a portrait that feels like a good match to the character. The cinematography by Joshua Shreve looks really good, so he really did a good job on this film. So how does Potter´s Ground work as a horror film? If you can be patient, and wait for the secrets to be revealed, this film manage to head in a direction that i actually enjoy. Especially when we find out what´s waiting out there, and we do get to have some fun. Let me just say this, if you enjoyed the independent western horror 2014 film Blood Moon, you will definetely enjoy Potter´s Ground. You will see what i mean, once you have seen Potter´s Ground. The practical make up effects is also a highlight, i enjoy the look of the creatures ( reminds me of the 80´s ), especially in the graveyard scene. There is not anything negative that needs to be said about Potter´s Ground, perhaps that i wish this film was a bit more brutal, and that i would have liked to see more of the beasts. Other than that, i think this is actually a film that horror fans should pick up on DVD. Director Michael Butts ( who also directed the short film called Potter´s Ground ) have definetely made one of the more interesting western films this year, and he proves that you can make a good horror film in this genre. Potter´s Ground should be in your bookshelf, showing that you also appreciate good independent horror films, wich is exactly what i do.