Watched; VHS rip/Italian audio only/Fair bit of speckling throughout.
Mike (Brett Halsey) meets up with a friend , David, who accompanies him to his home then rides on ahead. Mike enters his home only to find that his wife has been raped and murdered and that the perpetrators (seven men led by stalwart villain Fernando Sancho) are still there. They beat him, shoot him and leave him for dead. David returns to find his wounded friend semi conscious on the floor. Mike then finds that in addition to killing his wife, the bandits have robbed him of a large sum of money, leaving only (somewhat conveniently) seven silver dollars behind. Ignoring David’s protests, Mike sets off for revenge as soon as he’s buried his wife, silver dollars at the ready to leave on the killers’ corpses. He tracks the men down one by one, recognising some by particular features, some by the fact that they are flashing his money around, before finally trapping the last in an underground lair. But, a nasty (although rather predictable) surprise awaits him.
I’d wanted to see this film for some time, and thankfully i wasn’t disappointed. By no means a masterpiece i guess, but that’s not a problem for me. Halsey looked suitably moody in his all black get-up and cape, there were some enrgetic fights and the music was pretty decent (may have to pick up that OST). There were a couple of slow spots - one where Mike is held in a jail cell, knowing that one of the men on his hitlist is going to come back there to kill him but overall it went at a nice pace. There was a strange “duel in the dark” sequence that was quite novel, involving a mark (of what looked like flourescent paint) on the men’s foreheads. The lack of English dialogue didn’t make the plot hard to follow, and i can understand bits and pieces of Italian these days, but i really would liked to have known what was being said in certain scenes (the duel in the dark room, scenes where Halsey and Sancho talk during a card game, and also their individual conversations with a saloon girl, but especially a semi hysterical “confession” at the film’s end). Guess i’ll just have to hope an English or subbed version turns up some day. So, all in all (for me anyway), worth the wait.