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Ghost Rock (2003)

Vengeance is on John Slaughter's mind 20 years after his family was killed in a massacre in the late 1800s. As a grown man, he returns to the scene of the crime, the sleepy town of Ghost Rock, to remind himself of the tragedy.


Dustin Rikert


Dustin Rikert (story), Michael Worth



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gary Busey ... Jack Pickett
Michael Worth ... John Slaughter
Jeff Fahey ... Moses Logan
Adrienne Barbeau ... Mattie Baker
Craig Wasson ... Cherokee Bill
Jenya Lano ... Savanah Starr
James Hong ... Weng
John Laughlin ... Sheriff Clay
Rance Howard ... Cash
David Jean Thomas ... Kill'n Jim Jackson
Christa Sauls ... Jasmine
April Hong ... Ming
Peter Kwong ... Song
Michiko Nishiwaki ... Hana
Dan Southworth ... Wu Chen (as Daniel Southworth)


In 1882, 20 years after an almost forgotten massacre took place, the only living witness to the crime, John Slaughter, returns to the town where it happened. Now finding the town run by the man behind the terrible act, Slaughter teams up with the mysterious gunslinger Savannah Starr to try and rid the west of one of it's great evils. Written by Virgil Hilts

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The old West.....with a new attitude!


Action | Drama | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and some sexuality | See all certifications »






Release Date:

8 June 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Reckoning See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Not great but sometimes funny
18 September 2012 | by vchimpanzeeSee all my reviews

During the Civil War, John Slaughter witnesses a massacre committed by Jack Pickett and others. Among the dead is 12-year-old Savanah. Twenty years later, John helps defeat a gang that is terrorizing a town which most people have abandoned. Afterward, he is told that his father has died and Pickett has taken over the town of Ghost Rock. John returns to the town where his father was respected and finds a Chinese family is being mistreated. He was good friends with these people at one time and tries to help them and the other people living under Pickett's rule, but his efforts make Jack Pickett mad. A tough but beautiful mystery girl who looks like Bo Derek as Calamity Jane shows up to help make peace in the town. Her name is Savanah; does that really mean the little girl actually survived the massacre? Or is she a ghost? There is evidence for both views.

Eventually those troublemakers John dealt with earlier come to Ghost Rock and make more trouble.

The best thing about this movie was Cherokee Bill, the movie's comic relief. Craig Wasson does a very good job with Pickett's moronic lackey.

And Jenya Lano is much more than a pretty face. She does a good job and her character can really take care of herself.

The movie also has occasional comic moments. And there is a romance which is sort of pleasant. Actually, I suppose John and Savanah come close to being a couple, but John likes one of the ... working girls.

Other than that, I suppose the fighting was good. With Chinese involved, this is kind of a martial arts western, but nowhere near the quality of "Shanghai Noon".

There were two songs with the closing credits. "Follow the Light" by Melanie Monroe was not at all appropriate because it emphasized technology over substance. The other was a good country song that fit perfectly, even though the style might not have existed in 1882.

But be sure to watch the closing credits because numerous cast and crew photos show these people had a good time making this movie.

It wasn't a complete waste of time.

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