Guanto, don't listen to these bumfunners, they're all trying to torpedo your movie with their squib ravings!
"I will drench the land with your flowing blood all the way to the mountains, and the ravines will be filled with your flesh." [Habakkuk 32:6]
Wah ha ha!!
Honestly I love all the input - forces me to think and make informed decisions - plus I love the topic.
I’d say for posterity sake my “personal” conclusion on the genre proper is:
49% of the time there is no blood and a fast spin to the dirt.
49% of the time there is a gunshot and then a smash cut (or swish pan) to a target who had been pre-painted with the technicolor crimson.
1% of the time there is a squib without blood.
1% of the time there is a squib with blood.
And these percentages are 100% an integral part of what “makes” a Spaghetti Western for me - now that I’ve been forced to soul search. I never realized implied violence could be so cool, or that my imagination was excitedly painting far more blood than was actually there. There is a strong chance that this realization is adding to the bizarro surrealism that is Spaghetti just as much as the ADR, belt-loops and lack of dramatic southern accents. I mean it’s doing something to my experience for sure. When the unholy fourth bare/barrel-chested Woody Strode is shot 100 times while pulling off one of the best Frankenstein’s Monsters of all time - and then the camera FINALLY reveals he’s been hit by 3 paintballs and a cigarette burn - there is something psychotically awesome about that, and I do not mean comedic or amateur. No. It’s more like a baked-in symbiotic part of the fantasy or something. If those we’re fully realized gaping prosthetic wounds a la The Walking Dead it just wouldn’t be a Spaghetti Western filmed in 1970 for me. I don’t know how else to explain it. (Says the guy claiming to be filming a “true” Spaghetti Western on a shoe-string budget in Las Vegas in 2013)
Some additional findings on the matter…
#1) Best I can tell there are no squibs in Companeros… all frantic cut-aways to already bloodied up extras.
#2) I find it interesting that Sergio had ample squib technology, a bevy of bullets hitting desert dirt and adobe walls, but actively chose not to use them on an actor to generate a “hit”.
#3) Sound is also a huge factor in selling the gunshot. Watch the squibless final duel in A Fistful of Dollars on mute sometime.
As far as my own direction - I want to be clear I’m all for blood - and I see blood everywhere in the main films I am so inebriated with - but I recognize when and how it’s being used - the majority of the time. I’m leaning towards nothing for the far-away minion kills and this http://youtu.be/WOQxRVXMhjg?t=1h23m41s for the close up and personal. All pending some in the field screen tests over the holidays.
BTW it was pretty cool to bring my producer in and show him my posting here and be able to finally use the quote “The angry mob is clamoring for blood!”