A former Civil War soldier returns to take revenge from a Yaqui chief who killed his wife in the marriage night. Death plays with both men, plus gun-runners and gold-runners, as her emissaries on Earth, to do a large harvest of souls.
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John 'Bud' Cardos
Wandering across the desert landscape of Goblin Valley, Utah. Ben Thompson, a former lawman has been hunting down Yaqui Indians, after his wife was killed by the savage Yaqui Indian chieftain Santago. After saving a woman from two Yaqui Indians, Robert reunites with former girlfriend Nora Miller and saves her from a attack by Santago and his band of Yaqui Indians. But Nora's husband Dave Miller asks Ben to leave thinking Ben and Nora were having a affair while he was been away. After both Nora and Dave are slaughtered by Santago, Ben is joined by group of people from a wagon train who are stranded in the middle of nowhere and a group of gunrunners who sold their weapons to Santago and his band, Ben and his companions tries to get along with each other, if they are to survive Santago and his band's murderous rampage and Ben intends to get his vengeance on Santago. Written by
Filmed in 1966, not released until 1969. See more »
One character tells another that Yaqui Indians and Apache Indians are the same tribe, the only difference being that Mexicans call them "Yaquis" and Americans call them "Apaches". That is not true. Yaquis and Apaches are two entirely different tribes and have little in common. The Apaches were fierce, brutal and warlike, regularly attacking American whites, Mexicans and other Indian tribes (including the Yaquis), often simultaneously, and regularly stole horses, rustled herds and kidnapped women and children from other tribes, Mexican villages and US settlements. The Yaquis were a much less aggressive and warlike tribe, existing mainly by subsistence farming and keeping to themselves in the mountains. See more »
The Voice of Death:
Ben Thompson, peace officer, who remains alive only because of his deadliness, rides on the trail of the Yaquis' chief called Satago - means Hot Overhate - as I rightly decided, as I do with all men, on my pale horse. I am Ben Thompson's close friend: Death - the physician who cures all pain. For the next five bloody days, I ride with my mortal messenger Ben Thompson collecting the debt all men must pay.
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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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