I Quattro dell'Apocalisse (1975)

Quattro dell'Apocalisse, I (1975, ITA) C-104m. ** D: Lucio Fulci. Starring Fabio Testi, Lynne Frederick, Michael J. Pollard, Harry Baird, Tomas Milian. A very unusual film for the Godfather of Gore: Sentimental western drama about four strangers, who survive a town massacre in their prison cell and embark on a grueling cross-country trek to a town 200 miles distant. On their way they meet the sadistic character of Chaco (Milian). Uneven late (last?) entry in the spaghetti western canon finally opts for human drama (but does not completely do without director Fulci's trademark gore scenes). Some nicely melancholy songs add to the unique mood of the film (unique for a Fulci western at least). Based on stories by 19th century novelist Bret Harte. English titles: FOUR OF THE APOCALYPSE, FOUR GUNMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE or FOUR HORSEMEN OF THE APOCALYPSE.


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