Knives of the Avenger (1966)
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Very minor Mario Bava. It's basically an old-fashioned western revenge plot re-imagined as a Viking adventure. It's remarkable only for the unusual relationships of the central characters; a Hollywood movie of the same era would certainly not expect us to sympathise with a rapist!
I wasn't blown away by Knives of the Avenger but it picked up for the last act. A majority of the action took place outdoors, which doesn't lend well for Bava's signature lighting. Still, it's a lot better than Bava's later work, but don't knock yourself out looking for an out of print copy. Although, the flashback scene seemed to be the basis for half of Terry Gilliam's work.
This film just never grabbed me. There's nothing wrong with how it's filmed, and I suppose it might've been exciting for the time period in which it was released, but being that I'm not a fan of the adventure genre, I just couldn't get into this one.
Pass, unless you're a Bava completist.
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