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5.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric, tense and maintains a strong momentum.
A great spaghetti western starring Franco Nero of Django fame. Nero has fantastic screen presence and Fulci does a wonderful job of creating tension and atmosphere which keep the film gripping. There's a couple of unintentionally funny moments and the picture quality of the version I saw was lacking but the film itself more than made up for it.

Although not as...
Published 5 months ago by R. Foster

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3.0 out of 5 stars Average spaghetti western
This 1966 spaghetti western is no where near among the best work of either director Lucio Fulci or star Franco Nero. It's the story of two brothers who join forces to stop the oppressors of their remote town..
To begin with the picture is of a poor quality. It's quite slow in parts and Franco Nero is no way as cool or charismatic as usual. Fulci's direction is...
Published on 22 Feb. 2008 by J.M. "The Phantom"

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5.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric, tense and maintains a strong momentum., 16 Nov. 2014
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R. Foster "Square" (Northumberland, England) - See all my reviews
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A great spaghetti western starring Franco Nero of Django fame. Nero has fantastic screen presence and Fulci does a wonderful job of creating tension and atmosphere which keep the film gripping. There's a couple of unintentionally funny moments and the picture quality of the version I saw was lacking but the film itself more than made up for it.

Although not as well made as the Sergio Leone westerns but still a thoroughly enjoyable film. There's a solid and tense buildup to a wonderful gunfight at the end and every character feels vibrantly fascinating in their own right.

Though decidedly violent don't be put off by the title - definitely rates as one of the most enjoyable westerns I've seen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb spaghetti, 20 Aug. 2010
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Although the release I watched hasn't got the best picture quality it hardly mattered as this western is a corker. The extras on the disc are a couple of trailers and a picture gallery of posters for the film. This is worth looking at as it has the great theme song playing over it. On to the film, didn't find it at all boring as others have said there is plenty of incident throughout and the creative camera work and atmosphere carry the film along to its exciting action filled climax. George Hilton and a very young Franco Nero were brilliant. Nero has a screen presence that ranks with Clint Eastwood, Gianni Garko and Lee Van Cleef and was born to play these roles. Hilton is very good as the drunken brother. Funny but not a comedy character as the whole film has a dark, cruel feel and not lighthearted like some, the only real light relief is the Chinese undertaker character. Also as it is directed by Fulci the violence is fairly strong. Not as much as his brutal horror or crime films later on but it still lingers on whippings, beatings, bloody bullet wounds etc.

A satisfying finish with a brilliant shootout rounds the film off and I thought it was thoroughly enjoyable.

If you like this film I would recommend Django and Texas Adios, They are quite similar and both star Franco Nero.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Average spaghetti western, 22 Feb. 2008
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This 1966 spaghetti western is no where near among the best work of either director Lucio Fulci or star Franco Nero. It's the story of two brothers who join forces to stop the oppressors of their remote town..
To begin with the picture is of a poor quality. It's quite slow in parts and Franco Nero is no way as cool or charismatic as usual. Fulci's direction is competent but his style we all know and love isn't quite there yet, however, there is the odd touch throughout that is unmistakable Fulci. As for the action you get a standard bar-room brawl, a whipping fight which is quite unique and shootouts. The music is good but i think most would consider the last 15-20 minutes the high point of the film. It is a good ending and very action packed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Massacre Time, 28 Nov. 2010
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Tom Corbett (Franco Nero) returns home to find his brother Jeff (George Hilton) has become a drunk, his dead mothers ranch has been sold and that the town is run by Mr Scott and his sadistic son Jason (Nino Castelnuovo).

This is a entertaining film that was made by horror mastero Lucio Fulci. Franco Nero as usual looks good in the lead role and his character wears similar clothes to that of Clint Eastwood in For a Few Dollars More, minus the poncho.

The majority of the action takes place in the last third of the film, but the first time we see Jeff use his gun were he takes on six of Mr Scotts henchmen was poorly edited but the rest of the action scenes were put together nicely. The best scene in the film is the bullwip sequence between Nero and Castelnuovo. The music score by Lallo Gori is upbeat and has a catchy theme song.

This is a must see for Spaghetti Western fans but I wouldn't recommend this to anyone else. It has a slightly cheaply made feel, but to me I enjoy that in Spaghetti Westerns. As usual the dubbing is poor.
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2.0 out of 5 stars One you can afford to miss, 6 Feb. 2008
This review is from: Massacre Time [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
There isn't a lot to recommend this disc both in terms of the film and the quality of the product. The picture and audio are VHS quality faded and grainy. The film isn't anything special either, this being Franco Nero's second western. The first three quarters of the film are dull, we meet Tom and his brother Jeff and learn that their home town has been taken over by the evil Scott and his maniacal son Junior. Nero doesn't fire a shot until an hour and fifteen mins into the film. The final shoot out at Scott's ranch is worth lookng at but it's a long time in coming. The film's real saving grace is the music.
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