I enjoyed it. Liked all of the directors westerns I have seen so far. Hanging Judge keeps it mean and stays there. This is what the Reverend had to say about the film a couple of years ago in The Last Western Watched thread:
El Juez De La Soga / Hanging Judge 1973
Mexi-western, directed by Alberto Mariscal
Thanks to a well respected forumite, I got to watch this nasty slice of chili-pie, with a spaghetti ethos, that follows an ugly uncharismatic bounty killer who styles himself as ‘The Hanging Judge’ - and except for the scorpion incident - lives up to this monicker.
Hearing voices, that reminds him that “Justice belongs to God, son” as we flashback to fire, and foreward(?) to a bride on a horse, we encounter a linea story of revenge for the rape and murder of a woman, and the death of her child. Three blokes need to account for these sins, one of whom has become (by nefarious means) a bigshot in the town.
The film starts moodily with a young man scared out of his wits, and tricked out of his last bullet, resigning himself to brutal ‘justice’ from our scruffy anti-hero.
The music’s pretty good and too nice for the action at times, which makes for an interesting contrast.
I cared not a jot for any of the characters once the initial rape and murders were over, so you aren’t asked to empathise with anybody - it’s just a simple story of frontier nastiness, and after a few scoops last night, this took me happily into the early hours of this morning, without challenging my cider-impaired faculties.
So, all in all - a recommended watch, but you can judge for yourself from this youtube clip - this pretty much sums it up…