Friday, August 12, 2011
1977 was heading towards the very end of spaghetti-westerns being produced in Italy. This one, subtitled A MAN CALLED BLADE, is sorta unique just for having its hero use a hatchet which he throws at people that fuck with him and of course a whole bunch of people fuck with him. The movie starts off with a bang as our typically blonde-haired/blue-eyed hero is tracking down a wanted man(played by Donald O'Brien who is best known, to me anyway, as DR. BUTCHER from the zombie gore classic DR. BUTCHER M.D.) and we get a hand chopped off graphically. This falsely makes you think you're in for a pretty bloody ride but the movie kinda lets you down from there. I still enjoy the film even if it does end up being way more of a typical revengey sort of tale than you would have hoped for and I think Maurizio Merli does a pretty amazing Franco Nero impression throughout the film and the whole thing does remind the viewer of Nero's earlier spag KEOMA which was a hit in Italy so I guess it makes sense that they would wanna copy that formula.