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Knives of the Avenger,
This review is from: Knives of the Avenger [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC] (DVD)
After the apparent death of her husband King Harald, a Viking peasant woman, named Karin, takes her son Moki into hiding from Argen, King Harold's enemy. But a mysterious stranger, named Rurik, begins acting as Karin's guardian, which eventually leads to a brutal showdown between Rurik and Argen.
This was the third and final part of Cameron Mitchell's Viking trilogy. This time however the film is created more like a Western than a Viking movie and it doesn't feature any major large scale battle sequences like in his previous films (Last of the Vikings and Erik the Conqueror) which isn't necessarily a bad thing due to its hugely enjoyable story.
Mario Bava is once again the director and he keeps the film moving at a great pace for the first hour and I thought that maybe this was going to be his best directorial effort but the final 25 minutes felt dragged out so they could make the movie into a reasonable running time of 85 minutes as the film could have finished at the hour mark.
Cameron Mitchell is great as Rurik, the Knife throwing wanderer who can throw three daggers simultaneously and have each one kill its intended victim. He is also involved in a Knife throwing duel near the end which takes place in a Tavern (even more like a western).
Great DVD Quality
The music by Marcello Giombini is top notch and very upbeat just like a Western with its riding tunes.
Overall a short but enjoyable film with some great twists.