We’ve been led to expect plenty of the old ultraviolence from Brawl in Cell Block 99, the latest from Bone Tomahawk writer/director S. Craig Zahler. While the brawling in this new teaser is mostly of the man-on-car variety, there’s certainly a sense that the true spirit of the film is being withheld somewhat for now.
Cast against type as boxer-turned-drug runner Bradley, Vince Vaughn leads an eclectic cast that also includes Jennifer Carpenter (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Dexter), Miami Vice star-turned cult icon Don Johnson and horror/exploitation/sleaze legend Udo Kier.
“A former boxer named Bradley loses his job as an auto mechanic, and his troubled marriage is about to expire. At this crossroads in his life, he feels that he has no better option than to work for an old buddy as a drug courier. This vocation improves his situation until the terrible day that he finds himself in a gunfight between a group of police officers and his own ruthless allies. When the smoke clears, Bradley is badly hurt and thrown in prison, where his enemies force him to commit acts of violence that turn the place into a savage battleground.”
Brawl In Cell Block 99 lands in US cinemas on October 6th, from RLJE Films. An On Demand and Digital HD release will follow on October 13th.
Words: Kevan Farrow (@KevanX)