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Lon Chaney Jr.,
A lone gunman hunts the fearsome Apache Satago across the plains of the Wild West. When Satago's marauders ambush a stagecoach, the gunman rides to the rescue of the trapped passengers and helps them in their last stand against the deadly Indians. Written by
Jonathon Dabell <J.D.BC602070@pixie.ntu.ac.uk>
The days of classic Western films are long behind us, but the genre lives on. They've been parodied, blended with other genres, and elements of them have been used in different stories. 'Star Wars' is a great example of a series of films influenced by Westerns. Then there's the Spaghetti Western, which is said to be what killed off the genre. This is one of the lesser known examples of this and after watching it it's not hard to see why. Not that it's awful, but it's hardly one to remember either.
Pros: Cast does all right. Dynamic score. Some really beautiful scenery. Neat opening titles sequence. Narration by Death is an interesting touch. Enough action to keep the pace from dragging too much.
Cons: Not much of a plot. Much of the score doesn't match the action on screen. Cheap costumes that look straight out of a high school play. Unexciting direction. Too many characters to keep track of. Nothing you haven't seen before.
Final thoughts: I remember seeing the VHS artwork for this and being intrigued by it. It makes it look like a Horror film, which it is not at all. It also isn't that good of a movie and you wonder exactly who it was made for. It doesn't succeed as either a Western or a cult film, but you could find worse I guess.
My rating: 2/5
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