Four of the Apocalypse
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The Legendary Blood-Soaked Western From The Director Of ZOMBIE And THE BEYOND
Having survived a vigilante slaughter, four hard-luck strangers - gambler Stubby Preston (Fabio Testi of THE BIG RACKET), a pregnant prostitute (Lynne Frederick of SCHIZO), the town drunk (Michael J. Pollard of BONNIE AND CLYDE) and a madman who sees dead people (Harry Baird of THE OBLONG BOX) - escape into the lawless frontier. But when they meet a sadistic bandit named Chaco (Tomas Milian of RUN MAN RUN), the four are plunged into a nightmare of torture, brutality and beyond. In a land that screams with the pain of the damned, can four lost souls find redemption and revenge?
Due to its graphic violence, FOUR OF THE APOCALYPSE was banned or censored in many countries and never seen in America. Meanwhile, fans - and director Lucio Fulci himself - considered it to be one of the greatest films of the maestro's career.
- "Fulci of the Apocalypse" - Interviews with Stars Fabio Testi and Tomas Milian
- Theatrical Trailer
- Talent Bios
Top Customer Reviews
Only the names were changed, baby. There are four refugees and one requisite Bad Guy in FOUR OF THE APOCALYPSE, a rambling yet entertaining spaghetti western from the Italian Lucio Fulci, who is best known for directing such Italian horror classics as A LIZARD IN A WOMAN'S SKIN and DON'T TORTURE A DUCKLING.
The Manson reference comes from something Tomas Milian, who plays the evil Chaco, said. (All bad guys in Italian westerns never have a last name, or much of a first name, either.) Milian said he took a make-up cue from Charles Manson, who had notoriously carved a swastika in his forehead, and drew a blood red cross beneath each eye. Constrained by time and driven by Method, it seemed the thing to do, and it works.
Chaco is a brutal character, and he's involved in a couple of grisly scenes, cut from the original English release, that have been restored with subtitles on the dvd. The scenes may have been a little much for audiences in 1975, but they're unlikely to raise many eyebrows three decades on. A little skin flayed here, a little cannibalism there. Been there, done that, excuse me while I stifle a yawn.
The characters in FOTA, a gambler (Fabio Testi), a prostitute (Lynne Frederick), a town drunk (Michael J Pollard), a mentally challenged mortuary assistant (Harry Baird) and a few plot points may have been ripped from current headlines, but the movie also borrowed heavily, with attribution, from the works of Bret Harte.Read more ›
Fulci's contribution to the spaghetti western genre contains some of the great cult classic actors of the Italian film era. Fabio Testi, who later teamed up with Fulci again for the mobster picture "Contraband," plays a renegade gambler named Stubby Preston. Testi's character looks the part; he wears the clothing of a dandy, possesses an oily smile that could melt steel, and has four or five decks of marked cards tucked away in his suitcase.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
no English subtitles on this dvd
lucio fulci is director of films with somber atmospheres and this dvd were banned everywhere for more years than Ulysses away from... Read more
First off I'm a big fan of Tomas Milian - my favorite western is Companeros! With him, Franco Nero & Jack Parlance. It's just wild. "The Great Silence" is fantastic too. Read morePublished 12 months ago by SpaceCommander
Of the large body of Italian westerns, many are largely forgotten. For every Sergio Leone, there would have been a dozen or more contenders. Read morePublished on October 28, 2012 by Wayne
This movie is an absolute mess. You thought Fulci's horror entries made little sense or were disconnected? Wait to you waste an hour and 45 minutes watching this atrocity. Read morePublished on September 20, 2012 by Muddguts
There are a lot of detailed reviews here so I'll just say that I bought it to add to my Michael J. Pollard movies. Read morePublished on October 1, 2011 by Tom
Review: FOUR OF THE APOCALYPSE (1975, Dir. Lucio Fulci)
A weird, ambitious western opus from Lucio Fulci, a veteran of the horror genre best known to western fans as... Read more
This Lucio Fulci directed spaghetti Western suffers from one thing, which almost manages to bring the whole thing down: hype. Read morePublished on January 24, 2011 by Dr. Geek
There is little in this movie to warrant watching it. It starts off as a kind of MAVERIC (remember the tv show) but then degenerates quickly to a confused kind of evangelistic... Read morePublished on October 24, 2010 by Kevin Meade
For my dollar Sergio Leone is the benchmark for all Spaghetti Westerns. "The Good, The Bad and the Ugly" is not only the best Spaghetti Western ever made it ranks in my top 100... Read morePublished on October 21, 2010 by Eric Sanber