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Published:June 27th, 2009 09:43 EST
David Carradine in "The Rain"

David Carradine in "The Rain"

By Garrett Godwin

DETROIT, MI: Weeks have passed since the death of David Carradine. Now, audiences will get a chance to see the actor once more onscreen in The Rain, which will be shown at the Detroit Windsor International Film Festival this Saturday. Shot in Michigan, the horror movie casted the late 72-year-old as a widowed father during the post-Civil War era -- telling the story of three generations from a cursed community.

Besides The Rain, Carradine had several films already in the can, according to The Internet Movie Database (IMDB), and was already had projects in the works such as the indie Portland and the actioner Stretch, in which he was in the middle of shooting before his death in Thailand last month, where his body was found naked and hanging in a hotel room. Evidence originally pointed to suicide, but an independent autopsy on behalf of the family has confirmed that it wasn`t; the case is still pending.

"He said ... ", director Douglas Schulze told The Detroit Free Press Thursday, "`I`m the kind of actor where I want to walk up, shake your hand, look you in the eye and, you know, do the performance at that moment."

Carradine was best known for his role as Caine in Kung Fu, which aired on ABC from 1972-75. Since then, he won praise the next year as folk singer Woody Guthrie in Bound for Glory, battled Chuck Norris as an gunrunner in 1983`s Lone Wolf McQuade, and found a new generation of fans in 2003 and 2004 as the arch-villain to Uma Thurman`s Bride in Quentin Tarantino`s samurai/revenge saga Kill Bill. Carradine has starred in over 100 films and made guest spots on shows like Airwolf, Alias, and most recently FOX`s Mental.

The Rain will be shown also this Saturday at 7p and 9p inside the Helen L. DeRoy Auditorium at Wayne State University; tickets for students, seniors and military personnel costs $6, $8 for guests.

"A lot of people say he would take roles and he was just in it for the buck and so forth" Schulze stated. "I think he was working for his survival in some regards, because it kept him focused and gave him something to do and look forward to."