Roland Klick’s flea bitten contemporary acid western recalls Terrence Malick and Zabriskie Point. Another way of framing it is “El Topo with machine guns”.

Deadlock is a gripping and atmospheric cult western from Germany rescued from obscurity. A young man, Kid stumbles through the Mexican Sierra, shot and bleeding to death, carrying a suitcase containing the loot from a bank robbery. He is found by opportunist ex-gold miner Charles Dump and sadistic killer Sunshine, the standoff is perfectly poised for a dusty and violent finale.

The film’s outspoken admirers range from Alejandro Jodorowsky to Steven Spielberg and Quentin Tarantino. The film also boasts an incredible soundtrack by legendary Krautrock band Can.

Reviews

“fantastic, a bizarre, glowing film.”