Just watched this one I enjoyed it quite a bit.
A pretty untypical spaghetti western appears to be closer to twilight spaghetti westerns like Keoma and Mannaja than to traditional genre works. I wasn’t expecting anything remarkable and maybe this is why I liked it. On the whole, the movie is uneven in terms of quality and it has its stronger and weaker points (just like every flick ever made I guess). In the world of the Italian Western, in which were many splendid opening scenes, unfortunately this one cannot boast about it. It all starts out in a very schematic way - a gambler gets arrested and imprisoned with a whore, a madman and a drunk. Apart from this, it hasn’t got any clichés typical for a spaghetti western and it remains something absolutely different. The first half is crafted in a decent way, there is nothing peculiar to take delight in. If a viewer isn’t looking for a chemistry among four characters, one will be bitterly disappointed. Action sequences are few and far between, the direction mostly focuses on relationships amid protagonists. In the middle, it get more interesting and has a moments of imposing cinematic beauty - like Clem’s death scene and a journey through a desert. The lighting is impressive and its dazzling white color gives it an oneiric climax. However, the rendition isn’t devoid of flaws. Fulci frequently endeavors to include as much sentimentality as possible which results in slowing the flick down. The action drags in Altaville and seems to go nowhere, there are also other unnecessarily longish places, fortunately the pace doesn’t disturb too much, it flows steadily, never feels rushed or languorous. The ending is executed perfectly, in a classic, grand-guignol Fulci’s style. Fabio Testi disfigures Milian’s face with his razor and having avenged Bunny, he rides away.
The cast is very strong and there are good performances all around, maybe except for Lynne Frederick’s one. In spite of being stunningly pretty, she often acts on the screen in a very hysterical way. Milian is by far the best, Testi is also pretty good and with this role he shows his acting skills. Loads of other familiar faces, i.e. Bruno Corazzari, Lorenzo Robledo, Alfredo Lastretti.
With regard to a soundtrack, I thought it wasn’t too bad or at least not as cheesy as I expected it to be. Actually, those soft rock ballads are fit for the movie’s outlandish, psychedelic atmosphere. Sure, there is some cheese in it, but it never puts me off from liking it.
No wonder why it’s such a divisive entry. It has totally different relish and is supposed to be something entirely alternative. Overall, despite implicating a great deal of engaging concepts, it never manages to achieve the aim, even though Fulci succeeds in introducing some nice directional maneuvers. It’s more a curio than a hidden masterpiece for me. 6/10