In a Valley of Violence

Synopsis: A mysterious stranger and a random act of violence drag a town of misfits and nitwits into the bloody crosshairs of revenge.
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Director(s): Ti West
Production: Blumhouse Productions
Rotten Tomatoes:
104 min


Over here!


Please help me!



Can you hear me?

I see you!

Ah, ah, the lord

has answered my prayers.

Bless you, my son,

bless you. Good dog.

Ah, that's me poor mule here.

She's hurt,

she's hurt really bad.

How long you been

walkin' her like that?

Ah, not far.

Well, if she's in pain,

you oughta put her down.


I don't think I could do that.

She was good to you.

It's only right.

No sense in lettin' her suffer.

No, you misunderstand me.

See, it's not that I lack the

conviction to shoot this animal.

The lord is himself would give

me the strength for that.

No, it's more it's a,

it's a matter of practicality.

See, do you believe

in god, my son?

Ah, well, me and this mule here,

we do the lord's work

in traveling

all across this land

preaching the good word.

And over that hill

there down into the valley

is the town of Denton.

That's our next stop.

You familiar?

Ah, let me give you a little

insight into our situation.

Denton is a town that

is run by sinners.

Just like many of the others

that we visited.

No church, no religion left

to speak of.

Many of its residents have...

They've lost their way.

So you see, traveler,

if I cannot get this

goddamn mule

over that goddamn hill,

then I cannot heal

those poor souls

with the gospel of our lord

Jesus Christ, praise his name.

I've been praying,

and I've been praying all day

for the lord

to heal my troubles.

I've asked him,

and I know that he wants me

to help those people.

I know that he wants me to save

those that need to be saved,

especially the women.

They are ripe with sin.

So I asked the lord,

I said "do not forsake them,

and do not forsake me.

Send me someone to help

get over that hill."

Sure enough,

he answered my prayers.

Now, I'm afraid I'm gonna be

needin' that horse of yours.

So please, my son,

kindly climb down.

Hand over the reins

for the lord.

Did you not hear me, boy?

Aren't you listening?

No, father.

I don't believe I was.

Ah! Ah! Get it off!

Get it off me!

Ah! Ah! Ah!

Get her off of me!

I stopped listening to men

like you a long time ago.

Don't... don't shoot. Don't shoot.


Don't... don't shoot.

Be quiet!

Or you'll be speaking

to your lord directly.

Now, I'm willing to make you a trade.

A trade?

Yeah, I ain't no thief.

I'll trade you your life

for these bullets and whatever water

you've got left there in your canteen.

Considering the circumstances

that seems more than fair.

Unless, as a man of god,

you don't fear death

and you're content

in your convictions

and prepared to meet your maker

right here and right now,

in which case,

I will oblige you.

Because I'm not a thief,

but I am a killer.

And I've killed

better men than some drunk

wanderin' around pretending

to preach the word of god.

So are you prepared?

You got confidence

in your convictions

or you wanna make a deal?



Yes, I want to make a deal.

All right good.

'Cause I promised my dog

I wasn't gonna kill

anybody on this trip,

and I don't wanna break

my promise here today.

Hey, now, the trade wasn't

for the whiskey.

No, it wasn't.


Ah, you!

You say there's a town

right beyond that Ridge?

Well, you give this mule

a little rest,

he'll get ya there just fine.

But I don't ever

wanna see you again.

I hate charlatans.

I want you to stay right here...

Till you learn

to respect your animal.

Goddamn you.

You'll pay for this.

The devil is waiting

for men like you.

He's waiting!

Well, if the devil's

looking for me,

you can tell him

I'm headed to Mexico.

He can meet me there.

Come on.


That's all there is.

I know! I'm thirsty too.


I'd say the border's

about 10 days away.

What do you think?

We'd waste a lot of time going

around that valley...

And there's no guarantee

there's water on the other side.

Uh, it's a straight shot

right through that town.

Oh, Jesus.

I don't know about you, but...

Oh, fresh meal and a warm bath

sound pretty good

right about now.

Cathy'd roll her eyes if

she could see us now, huh?

All dirty and starvin'.

You can't live on flies alone,

you know.


We gotta keep our heads down,


No trouble. You gotta be

on your best behavior.

I know. I know.

Same goes for me.

Looks like that priest

was right.

God must've packed up

and left with the rest of them.

Come on.


How would someone spend

an hour in this town?


If your name was dollar bill,

is that where you'd be?

All right, listen.

You stay here with lady.

If I'm wrong and he comes back,

you give a bark.

You got it?

Okay, I'll take that as a yes.

Now, gentlemen, gentlemen,

please allow me to keep

your attention

for just a few moments more.

I came all this way,

and I must admit that I have

indeed saved the best for last.

Although I am disappointed you

did not take to the lilac powder

or the ladies elixir.

I am certain

these next two items

are just what

you're looking for.

Men of your ilk require

something very special,

very special indeed.

And if I can't see to that, well,

then my name isn't William t. Baxter.

Now, I know that sounds

braggadocious of me to say,

but as you can no doubt see,

I'm quite confident

in what I have to offer.

What'll it be?

I'm looking for a man

named dollar bill.

Oh, uh, DB's shop's

across the street.

Yeah, sign on his door

says he's out.

Well, 2:
00 he takes a break

to feed his pigs.

Now, it's almost 3:00.

You should be able

to catch him then.

Can I get you a drink?

Some water.

Just water?

Yeah, an a...

A bowl?

You want the water in a bowl?

The bowl's for my dog.

Bowl is for the dog.

These here are the finest

handguns currently available,

the greatest equalizers,

45 calibers designed

by Samuel Colt himself,

24-karat gold inlaid,

raised elephant ivory grip.

And when I tell you

that the front sight

is accurate enough to pick

a flea off a dog's ass...

I do not exaggerate.

Now, I can let you have them

for only $30 apiece...

Or 50 for the pair.

Now gentlemen, please,

before you speak,

that isn't just a bargain.

That is a steal.

Quite frankly,

there's no better revolver

on the market today,

and I lay my reputation on it.

As you can imagine,

being in the industry

that I'm in,

my reputation, gentlemen,

is everything.

You never mind your...


So you're saying that this...

This is the best gun

on the market?

Yes, sir, I say it with pride.

Well, nobody west of Texas

will be able to handle it

better than me.

Hell, that is nice.

What do ya say, boys?

Oh, Harris, you even see that?

No, can't say I did.

I almost put one

right between your eyes there.

What about you, Roy?

Did you see anything?

I ain't seen nothing.

Tubby, I know

you didn't see sh*t

'cause you were too busy thinking what

you were gonna have for lunch, right?



You ever seen anybody

so neat with a pistol before?

Hey! Pard!

You deaf or something?

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Ti West

Ti" West (born October 5, 1980) is an American film director, producer, screenwriter, editor, cinematographer, and occasional actor, best known for his work in horror films. He directed the horror films The Roost (2005), The House of the Devil (2009), The Innkeepers (2011), The Sacrament (2013), and the Western In a Valley of Violence (2016). He has also acted in a number of films, mostly in those directed by either himself or Joe Swanberg. more…

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