If You Meet Sartana… Pray for Your Death (1968)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

Verdict – 4/5

Pros –
1) Another spaghetti western gem.An essential watch for followers of this genre.
2) Sartana – the suave anti-hero in trench-coat with his four-barreled derringer.
3) Cinematography – some interesting camera angles.
4) Colorful characters – the gold digger wife, the glutton general, the sidekick coffin maker.

 

 

Cons –
1) Klaus Kinski in a small role – this legend deserves more screen time.
2) Spaghetti westerns are known for their score and this movie lacks it.

 

Quote –
Goon: Treason is punished by death, General.
General: What did you call me? The Most Excellent Don Jose Francisco Mendoza Montezuma Rio de la Plata Perez Rodriguez, also known as General Tampico. That’s how I like it.

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Death Rides a Horse (1967)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

Verdict – 5/5

 
Pros –
1) A highly influential Spaghetti Western revenge saga which inspired many future blockbusters across the world.
2) The main theme by Ennio Morricone. We should be thankful to Quentin Tarantino for introducing us to these forgotten gems through his movies.
3) Final twist when Bill discovers the necklace bearing a skull belongs to Ryan.
4) Elements of nature – opening rain sequence, house on fire, Bill buried alive from the neck down, and final gun battle in the dust storm.
5) Full of witty one-liners and interesting small characters

 

Cons –
1) Easy death for prime-villain Walcott.

 

Quote –
Ryan: Somebody once wrote that revenge is a dish that has to be eaten cold. As hot as you are, you’re liable to end with indigestion.

The Big Gundown (1966)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) Tomas Milian as “Cuchillo” – a scapegoat in a political game.
2) The Verdict (Dopo La Condanna) – “Für Elise” (Ludwig van Beethoven) sampled by Ennio Morricone in the final duel.
3) Gérard Herter as Baron – Small but fascinating character; straight out a Sherlock Holmes story.
4) Nieves Navarro as the enigmatic “Widow”
5) Final plot-twist

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Cuchillo: I’ve got a family.I’ve got three children! No money to feed them. My wife is a saint.She works from morning to night as a maid to a priest. And if I was in your place, I bet,I would say,”This man should be free to go.”

Colorado: If I was in your place,I’d say the same thing.But, I wouldn’t be foolish enough to expect another man to believe me.

The Great Silence (1968)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

 

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –

 

1) Larger than life cult characters of Loco and Silence – both anti-heroes
2) The scene where Silence reveals his scar – bone chilling
3) Ultra-violent western
4) Opening sequence – Silence’s ride through the snow blizzard
5) Silence’s gun -Mauser C96
6) The original climax is frustrating but true to the movie theme
7) The coach scene heavily influenced The Hateful Eight
8) Ennio Morricone – Il Grande Silenzio (Restless)
9) The iconic poster by Giuliano Nistri – spell-bounding !

 

Cons –

 

N/A

 

Quote –

 

“Loco :  You saw that woman shoot first!”

Django, Prepare a Coffin (1968)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

Verdict – 5/5

 

Pros –
1) Nel Cimitero di Tucson – A timeless classic from Reverberi duo.
2) A perfect prequel to the original movie; especially the hangman sub-plot.
3) Terence Hill perfectly played the part may be better than Franco Nero
4) Cinematography – the wagon chase scene, the opening fist fight
5) The machine gun massacre climax – we all knew what Django was hiding in that coffin from the very first minute but the anticipation is insane.

 

Cons –
N/A

 

Quote –
Django: Your debt to justice is too large.

The Name of the Rose (1986)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

Verdict – 4/5

Pros –
1) The Premise: 14th Century Abbey murder-mystery
2) The Rivalry: William of Baskerville vs Bernardo Gui
3) The Starcast
4) The labyrinthine library
5) The conflict between religion and logic
6) Ron Perlman as the hunchback Salvatore

 

 

Cons –
1) The love angle
2) Rushed climax

 

Quote –
“Jorge de Burgos: Laughter kills fear, and without fear there can be no faith because without fear of the Devil, there is no more need of God.”