The career of Wesley Snipes has certainly had its ups and downs, with one of the highest points being his vampire slayer “Blade.” Now, Snipes is preparing to return to battling the undead in “Gallowwalkers” set for release in the U.S. later this year. (It was released in the U.K. in October 2012)
The film’s production, like a number of other Snipes films, is a story in and of itself. In its earliest inception, Chow Yun Fat was to play the lead, but backed out allowing Snipes to step in.
The film began shooting on location in Namibia in late 2006, back when Snipes was just starting his legal battle with the IRS. Of course, Snipes lost that fight and has been serving time at McKean Federal Correctional Institution, a federal prison in Pennsylvania. He is scheduled for release on July 19. No release for the film has been announced yet.
According to published reports, the film follows the Aman, a man cursed from birth when his mother, a nun, broke her covenant with God. Aman’s curse brings his victims back to life, and as the undead, they pursue him endlessly for revenge.
While most media outlets are referring to “Gallowwalkers” as a zombie film, its credentials as a true zombie movie might be questioned by genre purists. As seen in its trailer, “Gallowwalkers” is a film in the vein of “Dead Snow” where the undead have been raised by a curse and appear to have the intelligence and skills they possessed in life.