After rewatching Massacre time I like the film more, but it still has its flaws.
The plot has indeed as much holes as Blackburn Lancashire.
Not a greater problem in some films, but here are a lot of unanswered “Why?” questions which could have deepened the relationships between the characters and which could have made several parts work.
Strange that the man hunt of the first scene isn’t used again.
The locations are often poor, as was the production design.
Fulci, who spent before and after nearly the whole 60s with comedies, made with this film quite a change and presented here for the first time his cinema of cruelty. He maybe wasn’t the greatest talent in the SW genre, as his 2 other westerns also show, but he was competent enough.
The most memorable scenes and shots are not necessarily western ones. E.g. the above by I…I…Idiot mentioned shot with the birds is a great way to end such a film.
The final shoot-out is ok but not great, but there was a frenetic presentation of violence which was quite unique for its time.
Nero looks younger and not as Djangoish as in Django and Texas addio.
Hilton is not too believable as drunk, but he has his moments. It’s one of the plot holes that he should be a drunk, but in the next scene he shows that he could have erased the whole countryside single handedly.
Nino Castelnuovo is an impressive maniac, and I especially like him smirking with his head cocked.
None the less an entertaining flic which has its moments. 6/10