Wednesday Shorts: The Gunfighter

What begins as a fairly typical western short, quickly turns into a black comedy when a pushy narrator, who everyone can hear, begins nudging the patrons of a saloon towards a ‘ballet of death’.

Written by Kevin Tenglin, directed by Eric Kissack, and featuring the lovely voice of Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation) as the somewhat bloodthirsty narrator, this 2014 short made a lot of waves when it first appeared, winning several awards and garnering a ton of praise, both critical and commercial. It isn’t hard to see why, either.

The actors, most of whom are little known, at least to me, are excellent in their roles, the music is wonderful, the direction simply stellar, and the humor as amazing as it comes. Mind you, I have a thing for dark turned comedy, so that last one is my bias speaking.

The hype around it has died down a lot in the last couple of years, so I figured it was time to do my part to stoke it up a little again. Some things should always be shown love.


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