If you want to be cold, really cold, then a viewing of Well Go USA’s forthcoming DVD and Blu-ray release of writer/director Anthony O’Brien’s The Timber will certainly get you chilled to the bone.
Slated for release on Oct. 6, we find ourselves riding with brothers Wyatt (James Ransone — Cymbeline, Sinister, Tangerine, etc.) and Samuel Seagrave (Josh Peck — Danny Collins, Red Dawn) on something of a fool’s errand.
It’s the Yukon Territory in 1898 and their property — which they’ve fought tooth and nail for since their father abandoned them — is being foreclosed on by the bank and the only way out of the jam is to bring in a desperate killer named Jebediah (William Gaunt) … who is none other than dear old dad.
Samuel’s wife, Lisa (Elisa Lasowski), is quick to point out that their chances of survival out there in the dead of winter, not only against the elements, but their crazed father (and men just like him) are not all that good. And sure enough, no sooner are they gone when Lisa, their young son and the matriarch of the family, Maggie (played by Maria Doyle Kennedy), find themselves being stalked by the banker and his minions. It’s all a ruse as he knows that they are as good as dead and their holdings will soon be his.
Wyatt and Samuel head out to “The Timber” — a truly godforsaken place — with a fellow by the name of Colonel Rupert Thomas (Mark Caven) riding with them. He is familiar with the territory, but is soon dead. Horses gone, the brothers are afoot and find themselves quickly locked in a battle for survival.
Bitter cold, ruthless killers, cannibals (yes, human flesh-eaters) and a father who would just as soon murder his own sons faster than spit freezing on its way to the ground are just some of the challenges that they will face … yes, getting home is not likely!!!
Bonus goodies include commentary with filmmaker Anthony O’Brien, a pair of featurettes — “Gunfight” and “Nightmare” — and video sessions with cast members: Josh Peck, Elisa Lasowski and Julian Glover (he plays the banker).