In 1882, a church sermon about Lazarus is interspersed with a scene of a man getting attacked by a zombie. He's bitten--though his friend manages to shoot the creature. Later, the two guys show up at the preacher's cabin for shelter. He lets them stay overnight in his barn. They get in a fight and the one guy kills the one who was bit. The next day the guy ends up attacking the preacher's son--
Events quickly escalate and most of the nearby town is transformed into the undead. The preacher, his family killed, takes off with the town's sheriff. Together they begin to rid the region of the undead. The majority of the story is told via a flashback--and we get glimpses of the preacher, presumably years after these events--all jaded and scared. I found this all just so-so. However, the last five minutes of this film are the best--when he's riding into a new town full of zombies, assisted by an American Indian and a woman shooter. If only they could have started this film with that!