Yes, I must have been tired at the time of the viewing, but I could clearly recall Taste of Killing as an early Corbucci/ Leone rip off with below average acting, a rehashed plot, sloppy editing, fair music score, and little if no good action scene’s. Worst part about it (upon first viewing) was that the film felt rushed, inspired only to be a quick cash grab, and offered little else to the genre. It was somewhat of a disappoint, to learn that Hill was in the lead role ( someone I never thought he made a fantastic spaghetti western, and someone I probably would not have casted, as his personality just doesn’t work for a lead role) Rather then build on the work of Leone, and shot a violent, action packed film, filled with revenge, a gritty antihero, a deceiving villain, a wonderful, memorable score, and a memorable ending, we get a second rate, rushed, unoriginal, film, with an on the job training so to speak director, second rate acting, and poor editing. For someone who worked under Leone, Valerii certainly should have learned a thing or two more about editing. However upon viewing the Wild East version, I’m safe to say that opinion has been altered. Of course Valerii is still NO Leone, but the film grew on me. I also learned that it was Valerii’s director debut, so I watched with a different set of lenses. Not all spaghetti westerns impressed me the first time I saw them. ( Including the Trinity Films, Day of Anger, Django, Run man Run, 10,000 Blood money, Johnny Hamlet, and even The Good the Bad and the Ugly). all left a bit of a bad taste in my mouth.