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The four of the Apocalypse
"More than a western, is a Lucio
Fulci’s movie," says Tomas Milian in an interview. And there is
no better definition for The Four of the Apocalypse”...a film
that arrives in extremis for a genre almost over. Not before and not
even last foray Fulci in the dusty West, but without doubt the most
interesting, crazy, violent and discussed.
The excellent script written by Ennio De Concini and inspired by the
characters of the stories of Francis Brett Harte, gives to Fulci the
chance to work at the best he can. The director as always doesn’t
direct a genre but mixes features without limits. The result is a story
focused on human poverty and malice, varying situations and setting
going from livid scenarios to those classics of the genre.
A raw story, unexpected that the Apocalypse word of the title describes
well, especially in reference of the four main characters. Characters
played very well by a great cast that seals this masterpiece. Fabio
Testi (Stubby), Lynne Frederick (Bunny), without forgetting Michael
J.Pollard (Clem), Harry Baird (Bud) and especially Tomas Milian. Tomas
the great Tomas. He is Chaco a sadistic character, violent and
unscrupulous that Cuban actor makes very well, taking inspiration from
Charles Manson. Badness from beginning to end, sealed by strong scenes
as that tortures to the sheriff, to whom Chaco then attach the star on
his bare chest.
This is only the most famous scene from a movie that offers us an
almost endless series of events starting with Stubby Preston, a
cheater, who arrives in a small town. Arrested, he manages to escape
thanks to the arrival of a gang that makes a bloodbath. He flees into
the desert with a bit 'special: mates Bunny a pregnant prostitute, Clem
an alcoholic and Burt a black man insane. To this already picturesque
group is added Chaco, which brings havoc and violence, raping Bunny and
sliding the group in an endless vortex of violence. After the
childbirth of Bunny and her death the movie became a head to head duel
between Stubby and Chaco. The first has only a desire to take revenge,
and the manhunt is long and ends with a final height of what was seen
Milian and Testi is a perfect couple. Explosive and emphasized, as
already mentioned, by the excellent work of the other performers. Lynne
Frederick, the only woman is excellent in the role of Bunny in an
interpretation that reminds us her talent never completely exploded and
later put in the shade by the story of Peter Sellers will. Micheal
J.Pollard is a guarantee and of course doesn’t disappoint.
A spaghetti western definitely different, which takes elements from
horror and especially from noir, with a psychedelic soundtrack composed
by Bixio, Frizzi Tempera that framing this great masterpiece.