The Legend of Hell's Gate

Set in 1876, The Legend of Hell's Gate was written and directed by Tanner Beard, a Snyder native who was always attracted to the mystique of his childhood haunts.

"We spent countless hours at the lake and Hell's Gate was always out there," said Beard, "kind of a place to go."

Part history, part legend, and part fiction;the film tells the story of some of the most notorious outlaws in Texas history, and how Hell's Gate received it's infamous name.

"You know, Indians and cowboys running through the cliffs," said Beard, "the chase thing."

"I think it holds up against all the other westerns," said Suzanne Weinert, the film's producer.

She said as soon as she read the script, she was hooked.

"I was in New York City and I thought 'yeah, I'll come out to Texas with all these handsome actors and do this'," explained Weinert, "and that was two and a half years ago."

The film also attracted numerous actors from Texas.

Summer Glau, Henry Thomas, Jenna Dewan and many others were all born and raised in the Lone Star State.

"It was really cool,and I've said this a lot," said Beard, "to have a movie made by Texans, for Texans in Texas about Texas."

And so far, Texans seem to love it.

The premiere in Graham sold out in minutes.

After a few more stops state-side, Tanner, Weinert, and the whole posse are packing up and heading overseas.

Movie lovers in Spain and Ireland are waiting to be mystified by the Legend of Hell's Gate.   

Reporter's notes by Ryan Robertson:

If you'd like to see The Legend of Hells Gate, there is one more premiere planned next week in Grandbury.

If you can't make the showing, it will be released on DVD on June 5th, and on Video on Demand in 110 million homes on May 1st.

To view the trailer for the film, click here.

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