Friday, January 12, 2018

Cry of Death (1968)

Original title: Carogne Si Nasce

Director: Alfonso Brescia

Writers: Augusto Finocchi, Aldo Lado

Composer: Coriolano Gori

Starring: Glenn Saxson, Gordon Mitchell, Renato Baldini, Philippe Hersent, Nello Pazzafini, John Bartha, Ferruccio Viotti, Mirella Pamphili, Evar Maran, Antonio Monselesan

More info: IMDb

Plot: A range war between cattlemen and farmers comes to a head with the arrival of a Deputy Marshall and a gunfighter called "Mule" in the town of Houstonville, Texas.

My rating: 5.5/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

It's tough sometimes to judge a movie when the dubbing is so bad.  That's what we have here.  The dialogue is at times atrocious and the English voice work is phoned in at best.  Saxson and Mitchell each play dual roles.  Mitchell's craggy face is great for Westerns.  I'd like to hear his voice on this instead of what they went with.  I'm sure it would've been much better.  Saxson is too leisurely to elicit any excitement and that's typical of what's missing from this picture...excitement.  It's about as middle of the road as you can get.  It's neither all that boring nor is it entertaining.  The fist fight scene in the bar is clumsy and handled poorly.  It's oddly shot in that Mitchell doesn't appear to have been in the same room as the people he's fighting.  Except for his facial close-ups, it could've easily, and might've been, someone else standing in for the tight shots of the fists landing their punches.  The bad guys are as bland as the good guys and in the end the good guys win.  Don't waste your time.

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