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Ok so I am a huge fan of the original movie, and also I am a massive John Carpenter fan. I had heard some pretty bad things about this sequel and I have to say that I was disappointed. The reason for my disappointment is just that it is a very pointless film. The reason for that is because it is just a  rehash of the first film. There is nothing really new to add at all to the characters or the story. Which does seem a huge shame because if they really put some effort in, this could have been great. The plot is almost identical in that Snake Plissken is called upon once again and given a deal to save his life. He is in trouble with the law again but they say they will give him his freedom if he goes and rescues the presidents daughter, who has joined a freedom fighter in the cut off island of L.A. She has also stolen a super weapon that can destroy electronics anywhere on the planet.

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Snake is still fun to watch as are some of the action sequences. I hate to say it, but I actually enjoyed the ridiculous surfing scene, its just silly and hilarious but somehow fun. This is nowhere near as good as the original but on the whole just comes off with enough fun stuff to make in an average film. It really is a shame that they didn’t take more time to make a more original idea than just remake the first movie. Having said that, its still worth a watch. On its own its a decent movie but because of its un originality compared to the first its kind of a disappointment.

This was yet another really enjoyable Spaghetti Western. I really do love these movies. The basic story here is that the local stagecoach company are getting sick of their coaches getting robbed. So they hire “special agents” to track down and kill the main guy behind it all called Glenn Kovacs. One of these agents goes and buys a prisoner who is on death row who can help lead him to Kovacs. However the prisoner Dan Barker is quite a cunning guy and escapes a few times. Thus begins a cat and mouse chase.

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The other agents that are thrown into the fold are led by actor Fernando Sancho. He has a few guys with him and even though they have stars on their chests, they resort to violence to get things done. Even a nasty torture scene involving hogtieing a guy up with barbed wire.

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The film is fast paced, has good action scenes and interesting characters and plot twists. What’s not to like?

I have been excited about this one for a while now as it is directed by Lucio Fulci, and I had heard good things about it. I was not let down in the slightest as this is a fantastic Spaghetti Western and I came really close to giving it full 5 stars. It’s wonderfully directed with huge style and some great camera work from Fulci. It also has some really amazing action sequences and a rather nasty bull whip beating. What more could you ask for?

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Franco Nero plays Tom Corbett who is called back to his home town by a local friend. However when he gets there he finds that his father’s ranch has been sold and practically the whole town is now owned by the corrupt Scott family. He goes looking for his brother and when he finds him is shocked to learn that his brother is nothing but a drunkard. His brother is played by George Hilton. Man how can you get two better leading men in this genre!

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He soon starts to realise that something isn’t quite right because whenever he is involved in any fights or battles the villains never try to kill him or his brother. He decides to go to the Scott ranch and investigate for himself but is set upon by Scotts son with a rather nasty bull whip attack.

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The story is really well written with some good plot twists and the acting is top standard, as you would expect from these two stars. The action sequences and the style of the movie are just fantastic. I think on a second watch I might up the star to 5 it was that good a film. Loved it!

So this is one of the more well-known Spaghetti Westerns and falls into the “Zapata” category. This means its story revolves around the Mexican revolution. To be honest it is probably the best in this category, even better than Leones “A Fistful of Dynamite.” The story follows two main characters who become friends and entangled together in a bunch of weapons stealing. El Chuncho Munoz is the leader of the gang and is shown early on robbing a train with his bandits. Riding the train is Bill Tate who is an American. He manages to join the gang when he steps in and helps them rob the train. He and El Chuncho soon become friends and go about stealing weapons for General Elias to help the Mexicans in the revolution.

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This is a real emotional story and the characters all have a lot of depth to them and some change and find themselves along the way. This I really liked. It still has some great action sequences and some top music but its the journey of the characters that is most fascinating.

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The acting in this film is marvellous and I couldn’t help but really like El Chuncho, who grows so much as the story progresses. There are some twists in this film so I don’t want to spoil anything for those that haven’t seen this film. This is a must see Spaghetti and one that definitely needs to be re watched.

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So you have interesting characters, great direction, great story and top action. What else could you ask for from this genre?

This film is another mix of spaghetti western and mystery movie. It starts out with a gang robbing a wagon. In the midst of it the gang are forced to kill the passengers. Meanwhile a bounty hunter comes into town calling himself “Silver.” He has a silver gun and silver bullets and is really well-played by Peter Lee Lawrence. After Silver enters town and gets himself arrested he is sought after to go after the gang and unmask them.

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I don’t want to give too much of the plot away as this is a really good mystery movie. It has some really good action sequences and Peter Lee Lawrence is really good in the lead role. I really liked the bar fight early on.

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It actually works really well to combine Spaghetti Westerns with the “who done it” plot. I really enjoyed this one and Killer Adios for that reason.

This is a fantastic one! it’s also quite clever and has quite a complex plot. Its actually a combination of Spaghetti Western meets detective movie. It follows a guy called Jess who returns to a town he had to leave 5 years prior. The reason he had to leave was because he was too trigger happy and shot a suspect before he had time to give information. He is called back into town by a guy called Bragg who is a local business man. He want Jess on his side and would like him to be the new sheriff when the current one retires. There is also another business man who has moved in on Bragg’s turf called Ringold. Bragg believes Jess can protect him from Ringold’s men.

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Things become more complicated when there is an attempt on Jess’s life and the weapon is identified as a special weapon called “one of one thousand.” Its a rare weapon and apparently owned by one of Ringold’s main henchmen called Bradshaw. Bradshaw is a tough guy, but Jess suspects there is more to this mystery than meets the eye and after the sheriff is killed Jess becomes the sheriff and goes about trying to solve the case.

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The thing I loved about this movie so much was the mystery “who done it” element. Its worked really well and keeps you guessing right up until the end. It also has a really good re watch appeal because of its complex plot. The action is really well done and the acting very good. There’s a nice love sub-plot too which in this case is the girl pursuing the hero, instead of the other way around. I really liked this one!

I have been thinking a lot lately about these films. I often give them 4.5 out of 5 because I really enjoy them. I know for a fact however that most people would never score them this high because they definitely aren’t “A list” movies. Its a personal thing I think and there is just something about their charm that I think you either get, or don’t get. This one has received some pretty negative reviews in that because its the sequel to the rather awesome Arizona Colt, people tend to compare. I actually thought this was a damn fine Spaghetti Western and really well made. Its actually Sergio Martinos first ever film. This interested me a lot because he is a fantastic Italian director, mostly known for his Giallos, of which I think he made some of the best that genre has to offer. Now the lead role has changed in this film going from Giuliano Gemma to Anthony Steffen. He plays the role very differently, which is one of the reasons the film has got a bad rap. I do admit that I preferred Gemma but Steffen is still pretty good.

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The film starts with an attempt on Arizonas life. He soon springs into action and tries to find out the reason. He finds he has been framed for a stagecoach robbery. He is soon arrested and put to the gallows for the robbery. However he is too clever for that and escapes death with a rather clever trick. The rest of the movie is pretty straightforward, he goes out to eliminate the evil gang who have framed him and are planing robbery.

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The fil does show Martinos style emerging and the action is really well done. I also enjoyed the performances. We have Arizonas friend from the first film back called double whiskey. He gives the film some light-hearted moments that aren’t over done. The main bad guy Keene is really good as well. Overall a really good opening film from Sergio Martino and a pretty decent Spaghetti Western. I do have to say though that although a whole lot of fun, this isn’t as good as the first film but still damn enjoyable.