Four of the Apocalypse (1975)
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Maybe not quite as 'out there' as El Topo or even Django Kill, but the mix here of good-natured jokiness & gravity (even depravity), along with strange excursions into the discourse of theology & gender, make 4 Of The Apocalypse a weird trip alright.
holds up well because it is visually evocative and it resists easy answers, instead becoming an enigmatic character study
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Spaghetti westerns got darker as the era was approaching it's end. Having explored almost every narrative route possible they began to become more introspective. Lucio brings his signature to this work, and while there's not much action or gore going on there's an always obscure and almost depressing mood that rides along with the characters. Milian shines big time as the vicious chaco, the soundtrack is way too happy for what we are seeing onscreen, maybe that was the idea? Our heroes could have been a bit smarter, who would be willing to share some peyote with a guy like chaco?
Entertaining enough film from the end of the spaghetti western phase. For a Fulci film, there isn't much in the way of gore or graphic violence, but there is a surprising amount of good directorial touches. Worth a look.
Bonus: if you can watch the extras, the most entertaining thing on the whole disc is the 17 minute Fulci / making of, in which Tomas Milian's ego shines through in a very funny way.
This is to Spaghetti Westerns like Zombi 2 is to horror. It is just all over the place crazy. Between the peyote ritual, full frontal male nudity in the pouring rain at a graveyard and a Charles Manson gunslinger villain, this goes beyond what you might see coming. The hippie soundtrack is a nice touch. I always love a good Lucio Fulci movie to just assure myself that you can never explore enough in film. He really goes where no Italian film maker ever wanted to go.
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