Can’t get enough Berger ;D.
I prefer The Stranger Returns over A Stranger in Town, tbh. I want to like A Stranger in Town more than I do; it’s sparse and vicious, exactly what I want from a spag. But… I dunno. The over-reliance on that f*ckawful out-of-key score doesn’t help matters, definitely, but it’s not just that. I think it’s that I don’t entirely buy Tony Anthony as THE man in a film that vicious, but with a smattering of self-deprecating humour as there is in The Stranger Returns - not so much that it becomes a silly spag “comedy”, but just enough to fully realise the Tony Anthony character - he becomes more relatable, likeable and, crucially, believable. To me, anyway.
I always think an apt comparison of the first two Stranger films, is like the first two Evil Deads. With the first being brutal with a tad of humor and the second one being more of a redux than a true sequel, with lots of humor and outlandishness thrown in. It probably also helps that Bruce Campbell much like Tony Anthony can knock a one-liner out of the park. I sure wish Tarantino or someone would get Tony Anthony to do something again, I’d love to see that guy again. Really wish he’d done more on the acting front.
What happened to his Coming at ya re-release?
I dunno Bill, on that note what happened to the re-releases of all his movies we heard about in a box set? I know the first two stranger movies were re-released, but I dream of a blu-ray set with all those, plus Comin At Ya, and most importantly Blindman.
I know I’m a bit late for this but I signed up last night and added my top 20 so I thought I may as well add my alt list as well.
- The price of power
- Dead men ride
- Vengeance is mine
- And God said to Cain
- Taste of death
- Death sentence
- The dirty outlaws
- Shoot the living, pray for the dead
- Gatling gun
- Long days of vengeance
- Johnny Hamlet
- Ace high
- God forgives I don’t
- Arizona colt
- A pistol for Ringo
- One silver dollar
- Red sun
- Navajo Joe
Not too late at all Bill. In fact, just in time for my annual update.
That was lucky
No new entries since my last alt.20 and just a handful of movies swapping places with each other really but it all counts, so here it is:
- Sentenza di morte (Death Sentence) (Mario Lanfranchi, 1968)
- Requiescant (Kill And Pray) (Carlo Lizzani, 1967)
- Réquiem para el gringo (Duel in the Eclipse) (José Luis Merino, 1968)
- Mannaja (A Man Called Blade) (Sergio Martino, 1977)
- La taglia è tua… l’uomo l’ammazzo io (El Puro) (Edoardo Mulargia, 1969)
- 10.000 dollari per un massacro (10,000 Dollars For a Massacre) (Romolo Guerrieri, 1967)
- Se incontri Sartana prega per la tua morte (If You Meet Sartana, Pray For Your Death) (Gianfranco Parolini, 1968)
- Il pistolero dell’Ave Maria (The Forgotten Pistolero) (Ferdinando Baldi, 1969)
- Oggi a me… domani a te! (Today It’s Me… Tomorrow You!) (Tonino Cervi, 1968)
- I Crudeli (The Hellbenders) (Sergio Corbucci, 1967)
- California (Michele Lupo, 1977)
- Prega il morto e ammazza il vivo (Shoot the Living and Pray For the Dead) (Giuseppe Vari, 1971)
- Il prezzo del potere (The Price of Power) (Tonino Valerii, 1969)
- Un minuto per pregare, un istante per morire (A Minute to Pray, a Second to Die) (Franco Giraldi, 1968)
- Joko invoca Dio… e muori (Vengeance) (Antonio Margheriti, 1968)
- Navajo Joe (Sergio Corbucci, 1966)
- Buon funerale, amigos!.. paga Sartana (Have a Good Funeral, My Friend… Sartana Will Pay) (Giuliano Carnimeo, 1970)
- La notte dei serpenti (Nest of Vipers) (Giulio Petroni, 1969)
- Garringo (Dead Are Countless) (Rafael Romero Marchent, 1969)
- Uno dopo l’altro (One After Another) (Nick Nostro, 1968)
My actual alternative Top 20:
1 El Puro Mulargia, Edoardo
2 Boot Hill Colizzi, Giuseppe
3 The Last Killer Vari, Giuseppe
4 Duel in the Eclipse Merino, José Luis
5 Blindman Baldi, Ferdinando
6 God Forgives…I Don’t Colizzi, Giuseppe
7 Matalo! Canevari, Cesare
8 Hate Is My God Gora, Claudio
9 A Stranger in Town Vanzi, Luigi
10 A Bullet for Sandoval Buchs, Julio
11 Ace High Colizzi, Giuseppe
12 10 000 Dollars Blood Money Girolami, Romolo
13 The Specialists Corbucci, Sergio
14 The Stranger Returns Vanzi, Luigi
15 They Call Me Hallelujah Carnimeo, Giuliano
16 A Minute to Pray, A Second to Die Giraldi, Franco
17 John the Bastard Crispino, Armando
18 Go With God, Gringo Mulargia, Edoardo
19 Have a Good Funeral, My Friend…Sartana Will Pay Carnimeo, Giuliano
20 God Does Not Pay on Saturday / Kill the Wicked Boccia, Tanio
I should like to make one change. To keep it simple, out goes 17 Lo voglio morto, in comes 17 La Sfida dei MacKenna.
OK boys. All will be added.
As per usual I will be updating the Alternative Top 20 after Christmas so if anyone has any changes to make to their lists now is a good time.
One thing though, please quote your previous list so I can easily see what needs changing.
I might even update mine post Spagvemberfest. Just realised I have never revisited my own list since I started this whole thing back in 2009
Challenge Of The McKennas is without doubt a very interesting SW, and surely I am not among those who complain about the sub-plot with Annabella Incontrera, but I am not sure that this was a beneficial change.
You can include your favourites if they aren’t in the SWDB Official Top 20.
As a consequence, My Name is Nobody is not allowed.
That’s where you’re wrong
That’s American. It’s also arguably the worst movie ever made although of course, that’s a more subjective point.
I replaced it with Tepepa (1969)
some of my all time favourites are not in the official top 20 anyway following the criteria this is my alternative top 20:
1, And God said to Cain
2, Prey for Vultures
5, the Ruthless Four
6, the Moment to Kill
7, Johnny Hamlet
8, the Unholy Four
9, I am Sartana your Angel of Death
13, Django the Bastard
15, 10000 for a Massacre
16, God forgives, I dont
17, No room to Die
18, Massacre Time
19, Arizona Colt
20, Get Mean
Well, I can always reconsider. All in all LO voglio morto is maybe a better film (by a strand of hair) than La Sfida dei MacKenna. But I like the latter more. You said it: very interesting …