The Brute and the Beast (1966)




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Although primarily known for gruesome 1980s horror films like L'Aldila and Lo Squartatore di New York, it took cult Italian director Lucio Fulci until this bloody spaghetti Western -- his 17th film -- before he began exploring the dark recesses of insanity and Sadean bloodshed which marked his later work. Bolstered by a commanding star turn from 24-year old Franco Nero, fresh from another Western success in the same year's Django, this dark, violent story -- which many fans consider the first "true" Lucio Fulci film -- begins with a man's murder at the hands of the insane Jason "Junior" Scott (Nino Castelnuovo) and the credits appearing over his victim's blood washing downriver. The rest of the film deals with the efforts of young prospector Tom Corbett (Nero) to avenge the death of his father...or the person whom he believes to be his father, for the familial relations in this film are as twisted as Fulci's violent imagery. At times, the film presages the hallucinatory atmosphere of L'Aldila, with Corbett returning to his family farm only to find it destroyed, and wandering the barren, windswept wreckage amidst a group of foraging pigs. George Hilton turns in a fine performance as Corbett's orphan half-brother, Jeff, an alcoholic whose years of dissolution have curbed neither his gunslinging talents nor his thirst for revenge, and the supporting cast does well by Fernando di Leo's somber script. Giuseppe Addobbati co-stars with Tom Felleghy, Salvatore Borgese, and Lynn Shayne.


Franco Nero
as Tom Corbett
George Hilton
as Jeffrey Corbett
Nino Castelnuovo
as Jason 'Junior' Scott
Lyn Shane
as Brady
John M. Douglas
as Mr. Scott

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This is pretty bad, but the opening manhunt scene is worth the whole movie. This doesn't even feel like a Lucio Fulci movie, simply because it takes itself too seriously. Being a complete knock-off of Fistful of Dollars, it just degrades whatever originality there is. Sadly, the usually great Franco Nero is dubbed with this outrageous hillbilly accent that makes him look like a complete idiot. This should've just tried something new instead of cashing in on an existing property.

Conner Rainwater
Conner Rainwater

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One of the best spaghetti westerns and probably Lucio Fulci's best western overall.

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