Deathlands
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"The United States of America is gone. Welcome to Deathlands."

So says Ryan Cawdor (Vincent Spano, Rumble Fish, The Black Stallion Returns) leader of a small band of nomadic survivalists in the popular DEATHLANDS series of novels. In 2104, more than a century after a nuclear holocaust has regressed civilization to a medieval state studded with high-tech weapons, Ryan and his brethren defy the tyrants who've crafted kingdoms from a land of democracy. Accompanying him is his flame-haired companion and lover, Krysty Wroth (the stunningly statuesque Jenya Lano, Blade), weapons expert J.B. Dix (Cliff Saunders), and teenaged Jak Lauren (Nathan Carter), an albino mutant whose genetics can release lethal rage.

Adapted from Deathlands: Homeward Bound — the fifth in a series of more than 50 books — the movie finds Ryan returning to the village of Sherville in what used to be Virginia. There, 20 years earlier, his brother Harvey (Alan C. Peterson) and their young stepmother Rachel (First Wave and Profiler star Traci Elizabeth Lords) conspired to kill the boys' father, the local baron. Harvey ran a sword through Ryan's eye, and left a slash on his brother's cheek. Ryan escaped — and as with Shakespeare's Thane of Cawdor, Macbeth, there will be both tragedy and nobility … both brotherhood and bloodshed.

One of the most visually stylistic films yet seen under the SCI FI Pictures banner, DEATHLANDS: HOMEWARD BOUND is suffused with grainy yet color-saturated images for a startlingly different look. Director and editor Joshua Butler (SCI FI Pictures' Clive Barker Presents Saint Sinner) and cinematographer Bruce Worrall (Dead Man's Gun, Prancer Returns) jolt the screen with fast-moving, stiletto-sharp cuts and some of most eloquently elegiac violence since the heydays of Peckinpah and Argento. Composer Christopher Lennertz (TV's Brimstone, Clive Barker Presents Saint Sinner) contributes a beautifully subtle, evocative score.

The pseudonymous James Axler's DEATHLANDS series began in 1986 with Pilgrimage to Hell, co-written by Jack Adrian (itself a pseudonym for British author Christopher Lowder) and Laurence James. James went on to write the next 32 novels before passing away on Feb 9, 2000. Under his own name and under the pen names James Axler, James Darke and James McPhee, he also wrote books for the series "Dark Future," "Earth Blood," "Galactic Security Service" and "Survival 2000," as well as a number of independent novels and short stories. Gold Eagle Books' ongoing DEATHLANDS series spawned the related "Outlanders" novels in 1997.

SFI FI Wire Traci Elizabeth Lords discusses her role as Lady Rachel Cawdor.
Cast
Ryan Cawdor  …  VINCENT SPANO
Krysty Wroth  …  JENYA LANO
Lady Rachel Cawdor  …  TRACI ELIZABETH LORDS
J.B. Dix  …  CLIFF SAUNDERS
Jak Lauren  …  NATHAN CARTER
Baron Harvey Cawdor  …  ALAN C. PETERSON
Nathan Freeman  …  MATTHEW CURRIE HOLMES
Sergeant  …  JEFFERY R. SMITH
Jabbez Cawdor  …  MAXWELL McCABE
Villager  …  ROB AVERY
Kenny Morse  …  A. FRANK RUFFO
Young Harvey  …  PARK BENCH
Young Lady Rachel  …  HEATHER BERTRAM
Young Ryan  …  ROBERT CLARK
Baron Titus Cawdor  …  COLIN FOX
Sec Man  …  DUANE MURRAY
Sec Man #4  …  ROB WESTGATE
Sec Man #5  …  DAVID J. MacNEIL
Nathan's Men #1  …  MICHAEL STEVENS

SCI FI Pictures
Amber Light Films

Screenplay by
GABRIELLE STANTON & HARRY WERKMAN JR.

Based on the Book by JAMES AXLER

Directed by JOSHUA BUTLER

Executive Producers
CHET FENSTER, JOSHUA BUTLER

Producer
DEREK S. RAPPAPORT

Associate Producer
PAUL LEONARD

Director of Photography
BRUCE WORRALL

Editor
JOSHUA BUTLER

Music
CHRISTOPHER LENNERTZ

Art Director
JON P. GOULDING

Production Designer
ED HANNA

Costume Designer
RUTH SECORD

Special Effects Coordinator
JOHN LAFORET
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