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½ June 6, 2013
Weak film from a promising premise, country and director--Low voltage "shock western"!!
½ May 26, 2013
A very challenging film. Moments of supreme beauty juxtaposed with moments of extreme horror make this movie such a unique and uncompromising journey. The movie is often called a Spaghetti Western but its only similarities to the genre are the setting, the Italian production, and the actors, with stand-out Spaghetti stars Fabio Testi and Tomas Milian. People expecting action will be disappointed, as this is really much more of a drama and character study told in the style of a "Road Movie". Fulci sends his characters in to scenes of unimaginable hell, and there are some truly disturbing moments, even by today's standards. But to Fulci's credit, the film has some very touching moments that rise above even the most terrifying sequences, particularly the entire scene based in the mining town. Overall, a fantastic movie about downtrodden outcasts triumphing over unimaginable adversity. The beautiful 70s soft-rock score is very effective and Fulci provides the best direction of his career. Highly recommended.
November 19, 2012
To be clear from the beginning, Four of the Apocalypse, even if you consider it a Twilight Spaghetti, is definitely not one of the best Spaghetti Westerns. Although some people say that there's depth in the story, I hardly can find it. It's true that some scenes are deeply human and there is even some kind of love (rare in the Italian West), but how about the extreme violence? Some scenes are so sadistically brutal that dominate the entire film. My opinion is that the film leaks of balance. There is rape, murder, skinning alive (in detail), torture, drug taking, cannibalism and... the charm of giving new life. You sure can combine them, but this is not at all succeeded here.
August 9, 2011
Off-beat Italian Western that is very unique and one of Fulci's few westerns. Fulci creates his trademark dream-like mood (as he did in all his films, no matter the genre) and it is at turns funny, bizarre, horrific and sweet. Unlike anything else I have ever seen. The desert acid trip with the evil Chaco is particularly memorable. Overall an excellent film that only suffers from the soft-rock greek chorus soundtrack and some ridiculous dialogue.
May 14, 2011
LES QUATRE DE L'APOCALYPSE en vf. Western rital qui a beaucoup de mal à trouver son rythme mais qui possède une histoire de redemption et de recherche de la libert?(C) qu'il est rare de voir trait?(C)e de cette manière dans ce genre de production. Pas un chef d'oeuvre mais une vrai proposition.
April 29, 2011
Not a bad spaghetti western made more interesting by the fact it was directed by gore hound Lucio Fulci. Not as excessive as some of his other works, but this road movie concentrates more on the study of its characters. Slows down towards the end to it's inevitable show down.worth seeing.
March 24, 2011
Provocative spaghetti western that follows four very different people as they cross the desolate plains together in search of a better life.
½ November 28, 2010
Better of the spaghettis that don't happen to star Mr. Eastwood. Great music score by a very Pink Floyd-ish Cook and Benjamin Franklin Band and some good western action with a little trademarked Fulci cannibalism thrown in.
½ November 22, 2010
Lucio Fulci directed this superior spaghetti western, unique in its genre for the genuine sympathy it has for its well-drawn central characters. A strong script, colorful cast, and Fulci's stylish visuals make this one of the best of its kind. The on-the-nose folk music soundtrack is something of a hinderance, though.
½ October 24, 2010
While the title had me expecting a much darker, more surreal Western, Fulci's tale of four petty crooks who band together and form something of a family in the face of the West's unforgiving bleakness is altogether original. Fabio Testi has a Han Solo-like charisma in the title role, and Thomas Milian is one of the West's all-time great evildoers as the villainous Chaco. Fulci's keen visual eye and the great performances really lift the material, especially in an overlong and potentially moodwrecking third act. It's an odd, thoroughly worthwhile, overlooked film that deserves to be reconsidered.
Super Reviewer
October 10, 2010
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?
August 9, 2010
Lucio Fulci signe ici un bien bon western spaghetti avec une histoire intéressante et surtout un excellent casting. Côté mise en scène c'est bien foutu, et je m'attendais en fait à ce que ce soit beaucoup plus sanguinolent ou gore car le film avait été coupé de certaines de ces parties. Le cinéaste joue plus souvent la carte de la suggestion que la monstration, notamment la scène du viol qui se révèle déjà assez forte par la façon dont elle est amenée. Evidemment, Fulci aime le sang et ça se voit de temps en temps mais c'est franchement assez rare comparé à ce que le commentaire de Wild Side laissait entendre. Non, bien au-delà de cela, le film se distingue par un côté mystique, religieux (comme le témoigne son titre), et sur la vie qui se mêle à la mort, l'un n'échappant jamais à l'autre. Les gentils peuvent se transformer en méchant et l'inverse est aussi vrai. Il n'y a pas grand monde à qui se fier. Les séquences dans la dernière ville sont assez intéressantes où Stubby (le joueur) et la prostituée arrivent en catastrophe car la jeune femme doit accoucher. Ces hommes, éloignés du monde, vivant dans leurs habitudes ne voient pas cela d'un bon oeil mais face à cette dualité vie-mort, ils vont voir la naissance de l'enfant d'un autre oeil, devenant tous ensemble les pères adoptifs du jeune garçon. Assez surpris pas la qualité du casting car Fabio Testi, que je pensais connaître que de nom, a déjà joué sous Leone et d'autres cinéastes intéressants tout comme Tomas Milian, passé sous quelques metteur en scène de renom tels que Zurawski, Chabrol, Boisset, Stone, Spielberg, Pasolini, Corbucci, etc.
Très bon film que quelques longueurs et une musique franchement assez moyenne gâchent le plaisir suprême qu'on aurait pu en avoir.
Super Reviewer
May 4, 2010
A very disappointing spaghetti western.I dont know what I was expecting but whatever it was, I didnt get it
Super Reviewer
March 17, 2010
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.
Super Reviewer
January 24, 2010
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.
December 9, 2009
A film by Lucio Fulci that might be overlooked in his films if not for his great and controversial violence, the film's plot is different from other jobs because Fulci is maintained throughout the duration of the film. That is 103 minutes without a break. The performances are pretty normal, except Tomas Millian that shines in his role of Chaco, which is very similar to Captain Jack Sparrow.
½ November 19, 2009
Synopsis: A spaghetti western by infamous horror director Lucio Fulci.

The Bad Guy
Michael J. Pollard
The Icy Town
Bloody Action sequences

Lucio Fulci weak narrative style
The good guy
The woman in distress
Too little action

I am in awe of Lucio Fulci and his dichotomy of great and horrible filmmaking. Most of his movie show flashes of brilliance and just awful filmmaking. It is obvious at time that Fulci was incapable of a completely focused vision and often this lends to his films having a lot of meandering and boring weak narrative with tons of wasted film. This is the case with this movie. It just mucks along with all the pacing of molasses in antartica. Occasionally there is an inspired moment, but to few are these moments. You want good Fulci check out House of Clocks, The Beyond, Cat In The Brain or Zombie.

Avoid this movie.
October 14, 2009
A bit of a mixed bag with this one. Its a damn good movie thats bogged down by one of the worst spaghetti western scores ive ever heard in my life. And its composed by three rather competant fellows, Fabio Frizzi, Franco Bixio and Vince Tempera. Its rather 70's rock-folk in a bad way. There are some cool orchestral pieces but the sung songs really annoy!
This ones got a great cast with Fabio Testi, Tomas Milian and the very underrated genius of Michael J Pollard. Pollard i felt was underused and so was Milian's character. Milian says he was cast to cash in on his name. Although his role is great and he does sadistic almost too well. He has some of his finest moments here when playing off of Pollard.
Fulci is an amazing director and this film is full of trademark Fulci style thanks in part to cinematographer, and Fulci regular, Sergio Salvati. From the soft interior lighting to the close up shots.
This is a pretty surreal film for Fulci.. It seems he could not make up his mind were he wanted this one to go atmospherically. The last act stalls and looses pace when we spend waay too much time in snowbound mining town were there is no woman in sight and the men like it that way. The last 7 minutes make up for it though.
½ October 2, 2009
an explosive opening gives way to a meandering, dare i say boring journey across end-of-the-west utah. i think fulci has more going on here than is apparent on the surface, and i'll need to rewatch.
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