Fulci’s Four of the Apocalypse does what many modern film makers try to do but can’t, and thats mix genres, break all the rules, and deliver a cool story! One second he can shock you ( Stubby discovers “the meat” came from Clem) then deliver in a romantic way ( Stubby and Bunny fall in love,) and spaltter gore all over the screen! ( Chaco torturing the sheriff) and present great action sequences ( the burning of the jail for example) But the true genius of this film lies in our villian. From the moment he appears on screen, Chaco carries with him a sense of danger and dishonesty.
Second thing I want to note is that this film has everything Fulci specialzes in ( beatiful landscapes, close ups, dark, haunting, out of this world soundtrack, great lead actors, great action sequences, plenty of twists and a great ending) Its all here. Plot is something good but not great. I think it works though, seeing no other western film has a card shark, whore, drunk, and madman who see’s ghosts as it’s protagonists, all on a wagon traveling through the desert, meeting miners, a religious group, and a total badass villian (as I mentioned earlier, Milan is truly great!) The plot dosen’t bounch around much, and but overall its a fun, gory, and sometimes disturbing watch. Either way, Fulci is a genius.Only Fulci could pull something like this off. His combination of dark humor, western landscapes, horror, gothic, and haunting imagery, gore, torture and explotation scenes, and even romance deliver a atmosphere like no other. Each time I watch it it seems I enjoy all that much more. As a director, its a shame we haven’t seen anyone quite like him in recent years.