Se sei vivo spara (Django Kill - If You Live, Shoot!) Reviews
The lead character know only as "The Stranger" is played by youthful spaghetti favorite Tomas Milian. A gang and the Stranger rob a stagecoach of its gold. The gold will become the death of everybody that seeks its possession. After the heist, the Stranger is double crossed, shot and left for dead. The two indian men arrive on the scene and help bring the Stranger back to life. The indians take what gold that was left behind and melt it into bullets for the Stranger. They give him the bullets in exchange of his services as a guide. From this point on he, like the indians, no longer has a desire for gold. It's as if he was reborn and purged of his former greedy nature. Most everyone else fights and dies for the gold. Some even die from by the gold itself. A few get killed via the gold bullets and one from a shower of molten gold. In all cases, the lust for gold is their undoing.
Django Kill does not shy away from the brutality in each of these deaths. In one scene, a man is being operated on after being shot multiple times. The doctor extracts a gold bullet and the surrounding people proceed to tear the guy apart looking for more gold. In another scene, an indian is scalped in gruesome detail. The film ends with a villain getting a load of molten gold poured over his face. When all added up, Django Kill is ranked as one of the most savagely violent spaghetti westerns ever made.
All of this psychedelic horror is great, but doesn't make up for Django Kill's weak direction by Giulio Questi. His art house western concept is inspired, just poorly executed. Django Kill could have been something special. What you get is an above average spaghetti western.
Personal enjoyment: 4/10
Actual quality as a film: 4/10
The direction is sloppy in some parts, specially the action sequences, but the film truly has an identity of it's own. Even if you hate this you can't deny there's no other western like this. Is worth check just so you can see it for yourself, but again, don't expect a regular spaghetti western, or a regular movie for that matter.
Our film opens with a group of Mexican half-breeds who are gunned down by their employers after they strike gold. After the gunmen leave, our Mexican Django miraculously remains alive and crawls out of his sandy grave. Wanting revenge he heads back to town to reek his revenge with a pistol full of golden bullets!
What I love about this film is the surreal feel to it, a definite freshness in the spaghetti western genre. Tomas Milian almost seems to be a ghostly spectre out for revenge. I also dug the extreme violence making this perhaps the most violent Italian western I have ever seen (the Spanish film Cut Throats Nine doesn't count!).There is a bloody scalping but my favorite part is a sequence with a doctor digging bullets out of a dying victim of Django. When the doctor digs the first bullet out and reveals to the patient's gang that it's made out of gold, the gang shockingly all start digging into his open wounds for the gold bullets! It's not surprising the guy dies a painful death! There is another unintentionally funny scene when Milian straps some explosives to a horse and runs the horse into his old employer's ranch. After the horse explodes and director Giulio Questi decided to show pieces of the horse littered throughout the site. I found that extremely funny in a macabre sense.
Tomas Milan is again great as our lead. Is there a film this guy sucks in? Our head villain however has gay overtones but the filmmakers tend to lay it on a little too thick. He's constantly talking about how all his men look so cute in their little uniforms. Ok, i get it, he's gay! This also dates the film a bit as this was made back in the day when "gay was bad" so this in turn made the villain more "evil."
For my money Django, Kill is the best unofficial sequel to Django and is far better than that films one official sequel Django Strikes Again. Still one must go into this not thinking it's a sequel to Django and view it as a fresh new film. It's got a great surreal atmosphere, extreme violence, and a likable lead. It's almost everything a spaghetti western fan is looking for, minus a truly despicable evil villain.