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Fulci's super bloody western is very good and with "Keoma" and "A Man Called Blade" i think is one of the last great spaghetti westerns. Fulci's direction is class as always with style and touch you would only find in a Lucio Fulci film. There are some exciting action scenes as well as some cruel moments mainly performed by Tomas Milian's (Don't torture a duckling) character Chaco, and he's great as the sadistic bandit. However, it's not all violence here as you get some gentler and tender moments between Fabio Testi's and Lynne frederick's characters amongst all the dust, blood and bullets. In all i'd say this is another winner from Lucio Fulci.
This is the first Western I have seen from Fulci, although it does definitely have a spaghetti feel to it, he still does something truly original with the genre. Backed up by a fantastic, emotionally poignant script, a gorgeous score (which sounds kind of like 70s folk/ blues music) and amazing arid landscapes, this is a real corker!
The story is strange and surreal, but never ends up feeling contrived. The love sub plot between the prostitute and the bounty hunter is actually truly affectionate and very sweet! Something I was not expecting from Fulci (yes, there has been love interests in his other films, but this is the first time i seen one which is not merely intended to generate sleaze and nudity, which, don't get me wrong, is wonderful as well!)
For those of you who only know Fulci as a director of stylish, psychologically charged giallos and/ or ultra gory zombie movies, this is well worth a look, you will find out (like I did) that there is a lot more to this brilliant director than most people think.
Wish i hadn't bothered as it is easily the most tedious film out of the hundreds i've seen in the last year.
Fabio Testi gets the film one star as he is underrated and gives a good performance, but the promised violence is quite tame and the story never really gets going.
The 4 main characters meander from place to place, there is a lot of aimless chatter, a fully clothed "rape"scene(!), there is the longest and most boring birth scene in film history( probably), and not enough of Tomas Milian.
When i eventually got to the final confrontation, i was so tired of this film i didn't care who killed who as long as it ended.
Seems a lot longer than the quoted 104 mins running time.
During the night, whilst these four characters are locked up, a group of masked vigilantes decides to clean up the town and lots of undesirables are shot or hanged. The sheriff turns a blind eye to all of this and just carries on drinking his beer and eating his supper.
The next morning the sheriff releases the four prisoners, takes Stubby's $1000, gives them a horse-drawn wagon and tells them to get out of town. They head towards the next big town which is 200 miles away. Unfortunately, along the way, they encounter a sadistic bandit called Chaco (Tomas Milian) - a sort of Charles Manson of the wild west. Chaco seems quite friendly at first and kills a few fowl for them all to eat but things turn nasty when Chaco gives them a hallucinogenic drug and tells Clem to tie up the other three whilst they are spaced-out. Chaco then rapes Bunny in front of the helpless Stubby. Clem, realising what he has done, tries to redeem himself by attacking Chaco but Chaco shoots him in the leg and then rides off. Stubby vows to get his revenge and find Chaco and kill him....Read more ›
Fabio Testi, usually an ok actor in Italian movies, sleepwalks through this picture with little expression or emotion and English actress Lynn Fredrick (who has always been a terrible actress btw,)is woeful as Bunny the love interest for Testi's character and her accent seems to change from American to English in the same sentence! American actor Michael J Pollard gives some weight to the proceedings as the alcoholic Clem and does his best with what he's given but this movie belongs to one person..yep!..Tomas Milian steals the show yet again!!! As Chaco the bandit Milian is fantastic, the problem is - he is only in about one third of the movie, any time Milian is on screen this movie jumps into life and will have you glued to it, when Milian disappears the movie becomes a boreathon with endless inane exchanges between Testi and Fredricks characters whostart to forge a glaringly obvious romance.
Fulci is a good director for Milian who eats up the sadistic scenes Fulci gives him, one torture scene in particular is typical Fulci!
Another plus is the good score by Frizzi-Tempera-Bixio who deliver a cracking western soundtrack with a couple of nice songs thrown in for good measure as well, far better than the De Angelis brothers horrid score for Keoma and Mannanja.
If your a Fulci or western fan then i would still recommend this to watch, if only for the brilliant Tomas Milian in his final Spaghetti western but this isn't a shining example of the genre.Read more ›
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Four of the Apocalypse is quite an experimental film. The actual movie is not what youd expect from the title, which conjures up images of four terrible riders of vengeance on... Read morePublished on 17 Mar. 2013 by Bogart