Overall, I think the student did a great job with a budget of only $50. Although the judge is not this monstrosity of a figure, he does have the same pale bald skin along with the black cowboy hat that McCarthy’s depicts the Judge wearing in the novel. Focusing on the scalped Indians epitomizes the gruesomeness of the storyline and the Judge is definitely the most defined character within the book. This trailer displays the violence of the film without actually showing any blood, which I believe supports the notion that this novel can become a movie.
I do like the ending line of, “Every man has a scalp.” The saying contributes to the notion of war being the ultimate game and your “scalp” being what is at stake. As for things I would have changed, I probably would have put the gang or a group of horses in the far background on a hill but of course the producer probably didn’t have access to such things.