“Dust Up” is weird, and wild, grindhouse fun
Written and directed by: Ward Roberts
Distributed by: Breaking Glass Pictures
Drexel Box films are one of the more unique film production companies I know of. Weird, strange, odd, unique, fun, memorable, awesome, crazy, and badass are all adjectives I have used, when describing one of their movies to friends. Each of their films are off the beaten path, low budget, labors of love but the other thing they all have in common is that they are always enjoyable.
In one of those films (and one of my personal all time favorites) “Lo”, director Travis Betz and stars Ward Roberts and Sarah Lassez made a fantastic movie that every one of the above adjectives applied to. In “Dust Up”, Betz and Roberts switch places but achieve similar results. “Dust Up” is pure grindhouse through and through, and I loved every exploitative, gory minute of it.
The IMDB plot synopsis is as follows: A former vigilante who has embraced his peaceful nature comes to the aid of a young mother in trouble with a cannibalistic drug lord. That is the basic gist of it, but there is so much more to talk about! You’ve got a guy named “Mr. Lizard” (guess why…), a methed out, dead beat husband played by none other than Travis Betz himself, the least sexy orgy scene ever to be put on film, exploded eyeballs, a reference to slave princess Leia, and a hilarious Native American sidekick named Mo.
Seriously… the Drexel Box family know how to make a damn fine piece of entertainment! Roberts and crew do a great job on set and sound with the limited budget they have, and then just sit back and let Aaron Gaffey, Amber Benson, Jeremiah Birkett and the rest of the cast have demented, psychotic fun. How could anyone not enjoy that kind of a movie?!? Sadly, “Dust Up” is not streaming on Netflix or Amazon right now, but you can pick up the DVD on Amazon for something like $6. I suggest you do.