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Left for Dead is a 2007 American-Argentine horror western film directed by Albert Pyun and starring Victoria Maurette.

Whilst searching for her missing husband Blake, tough, pistol packing babe Clementine runs across a community of outcast whores who have fled the town of Amnesty after murdering the townsfolk, including its preacher and his pregnant wife. These murderous women are also keen to lay their hands on Blake, for they believe him to be a rapist, but are unwilling to follow him into the deserted town, for this is where the spirit of the preacher patiently waits for revenge...

Not to be confused with Left 4 Dead.

Tropes in Left for Dead include:

  • Accidental Truth: After firing at Morbius, Goldie claims that he is bulletproof as she runs away. While Morbius is Immune to Bullets, the real reason Goldie's shots had done nothing was because she missed with all six bullets despite being at point blank range.
  • Action Girl: Clementine is a pistol-packin' momma who lets nothing stand her way as she journeys to find her man and extract some righteous vengeance along the way.
  • Agonizing Stomach Wound: Big Bad Mobius Lockhardt likes to inflict stomach wounds on his victims because they are painful and the victims take a long time to die. After he gut shoots a Bounty Hunter, he tells Blake that it will take at least two days for the man to die. (Clem later performs a Mercy Kill on him.)
  • Amazon Brigade: Mother Mary runs an all-female outlaw gang composed of the ex-whores of Amnesty.
  • Bounty Hunter: A gang of bounty hunters pursue Blake into the deserted town of Amnesty, where they are slaughtered by the vengeful ghost of Mobious Lockhardt.
  • Bullet Sparks: When Mobius first appears, Goldie snaps off a flurry of shots at him, and misses with all of them. The bullets strike sparks off the wall behind him as he advances.
  • Deal with the Devil: Sinister Minister Mobius Lockhardt made a pact with the Devil to remain as an earthbound spirit unable to travel beyond the boundaries of Amnesty's graveyard and slaughtering any who trespass.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Preacher Man Mobius Lockhardt is completely shattered when he is forced to watch Mary Black and her gang of whores murder his wife and their unborn child in front of him. He renounces God and gives himself to Satan.
  • Determinator: Clem has been following the trail of her runaway husband Blake for months. In that time she endured beatings that left her hospitalized and permanently scarred; given birth; and lost the baby. She continues to pursue him into the remotest parts of Mexico, now carrying the body of her dead son with her.
  • Dragged Off to Hell: When Clem shoots Mobius with his own infernal six-shooter, his soul emerges from the hole in his chests and plunges straight into the ground; leaving his empty shell to collapse to the ground.
  • Extremely Short Timespan: Although it is not clear how long Clem was unconscious in the outlaw camp, the events of the film can take no longer than two days (and are probably closer to one).
  • Evil Cripple: One of Mary's gang is a blind woman with deformed legs who walks with a stick. She is a Psycho Lesbian who attempts to rape the heroine Clem.
  • Ghost Town: The mining town of Amnesty was abandoned after every inhabitant was murdered.
  • Groin Attack: Clem arrives in Amnesty intent on blowing her husband Blake's balls off. When Mobius appears, Clem's first act is to shoot him twice in the crotch. However, because Mobius is Immune to Bullets, this has no effect, to Clem's obvious shock and dismay.
  • Guns Akimbo: Clem has a fondness for fighting with a pistol in each hand, firing both at the same target.
  • Hand on Womb: In the flashback to before the massacre, Mary is shown resting her hand on her belly just before Mobius dumps her, indicating she was pregnant with Michelle at the time.
  • Hooks and Crooks: One of Mobius' primary weapons is a wicked hook mounted on the the end of his old crucifix. Mary also uses a hook to torture Blake; inserting through the flesh on his back and jerking it cause him pain. She threatens to leave him hanging until his skin rips off.
  • Holy Ground: The remains of the church are the only place in the Ghost Town of Amnesty that the demonic ghost of Mobius Lockhardt cannot go.
  • Immune to Bullets: The demonic ghost of Mobius Lockhardt is completely immune to bullets (and all other conventional weapons it seems). Bullets that hit him open up a hole that then immediately vanishes. The only weapons that can harm him are his infernally forged pistols.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Goldie unloads her sixgun at Morbius when he suddenly appears and starts slowly advancing towards her, and misses with every shot. She panics and claims that he is bulletproof, but Clem angrily snaps back that she just missed. As it turns out, Morbius is Immune to Bullets, but Goldie had no way of knowing that.
  • Implacable Man: Mobius Lockhardt. Once he starts pursuing you, nothing will stop him. He is shot, stabbed, bludgeoned, and impaled: all without slowing him down. His only limitations are that he cannot pass beyond the limits of the graves, or enter the church.
  • Lodged-Blade Recycling: Mobius pulls out the Powerful Pick Goldie buried in his stomach and uses it to break her back.
  • Loves Only Gold: Goldie is obsessed with gold and will do anything to obtain: even Robbing the Dead by extracting the gold teeth from a murdered bounty hunter.
  • Mercy Kill: On their way into Amnesty, the gang finds a Bounty Hunter who has been gut shot by Mobius and buried up to his neck in the graveyard. Clem puts a bullet in his brain.
  • Powerful Pick: Goldie carries a pick and uses it to attack Mobius; impaling him through the stomach with it. Mobius later pulls a Lodged-Blade Recycling and uses the pick to break her back.
  • Preacher Man: Mobius Lockhardt was a preacher trying to bring the word of God to the mining town of Amnesty. However, he fell for the charms of the prostitute Mary Black and started an illicit relationship with her. When he broke off the affair to return to his wife, Mary became a Woman Scorned and led her fellow whores on a killing spree that resulted in the deaths of everyone in Amnesty.
  • Psycho Lesbian: Several of Mary's all-female outlaw gang take a perverse interest in Clem after she is captured. In particular, the blind, crippled member shows a sadistic enthusiasm for ripping Clem's clothes off after Mary orders her raped as Revenge by Proxy against Blake.
  • Revenge by Proxy: When Blake refuses to confess to the rape of Michelle, Mary Black declares "An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, a rape for a rape", and orders one of her followers to rape Blake's wife Clem. However, the arrival of Implacable Man Mobius Lockhardt interrupts proceedings before the rape can actually occur.
  • Robbing the Dead: Goldie extracts the gold teeth from the dead bounty hunter.
  • Sand Necktie: Mobius leaves the Bounty Hunter he gut shot buried up to his neck in the graveyard. Clem performs a Mercy Kill on him.
  • Screaming Birth: Michelle undergoes a screaming birth while trapped in the Ghost Town of Amnesty. Blake attempts to leave Clem to deal with the delivery, claiming that women are more used to this sort of thing. Clem forces him to deliver the baby because a) he's the father, and b) Michelle's screams are likely to attract the Big Bad and he is no condition to defend them but she is.
  • Sinister Minister: Mobius Lockhardt was a not-so-holy Preacher Man who was murdered by the whores of Amnesty and who has made a pact with the devil to remain as an earthbound spirit unable to travel beyond the borders of the town's cemetery and slaughtering anyone who trespasses.
  • Takes One to Kill One: The only thing that can destroy the demonic ghost Mobius Lockhardt are his own weapons: a pair of pistols he claims were forged in hellfire.
  • Tasty Gold: The gold obsessed character Goldie steals Clem's wedding ring. She then bites it and declares it to be fool's gold
  • Three-Month-Old Newborn: When Blake hands Michelle her newborn son, the baby is very large. Clean, Pretty Childbirth is averted, however, as the baby is covered in blood.
  • The Tooth Hurts: Mobius tortures Goldie by using her own dental pliers to pull out her teeth.
  • Weird West: A desperate criminal and a merciless posse become trapped in a remote Mexican Ghost Town by a vengeful demon.
  • Where I Was Born and Razed: In the backstory, Mary and her gang of whores went on a killing spree in which they murdered every man, woman and child in the town of Amnesty. Some of this is seen in flashback.
  • Woman Scorned: When Preacher Man Mobius Lockhardt broke off his relationship with prostitute Martha Black to return to his pregnant wife, Martha was so incensed that she rounded up her fellow whores and they went on a killing spree. They murdered every man, woman and child in Amnesty; saving Lockhardt's wife for last. They murdered her and her unborn child in front of Lockhardt's eyes.