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Taste of Killing (Spaghetti Western Collection Vol. 14)

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  • Actors: Craig Hill
  • Directors: Tonino valerii
  • Format: Anamorphic, Collector's Edition, Color, Letterboxed, Special Edition, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1000
  • Studio: Wild East productions
  • DVD Release Date: May 23, 2006
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FVG8YG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #266,916 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jolar70 on February 2, 2008
The early years of Spaghetti Westerns are a little shaky. There were actually Italian westerns prior to the Sergio Leone trilogy but, afterwards, a definite mold had been set and so you would get really fun rip offs, really bad rip offs, and then some great, inspired original works that prowled within the new language of the mold, but exceeded it's boundaries, like "The Great Silence" or the later "Keoma". But there's this one other type, in the early years of the mid 60's, and that's the kind "Taste of Killing" falls into. The kind that just feels like an American low budget "B" movie or TV western. As the genre matured in the late 60's, it began to outgrow the "Dollars" rip offs, got weirder, and continued to stray further away from it's American roots, this type tended to fade away.

There's some good stuff here though; it's a lot more violent than a TV western and Craig Hill does a suitable job as the cool bounty killer marksman. Usual leading man George Martin plays the sympathetic villain and he's always good in these films. The main theme and score are great and the final duel is Spaghetti Western perfection!

What isn't so impressive is the tired premise of protecting gold against a posse of Mexican bandits (who are, OF COURSE cartoonish), the clumsy familial twists are not very interesting, the voice acting of the dubbers is pretty poor, and the the filmmaking is flat for a European Western and squanders tons of visual opportunities. Having said all that, it's not boring, just kind of immature and empty. If you want a movie that feels like an old Western pulp novel though, this is perfect!

In a way, I hate knocking these because I'm so psyched that Wild East is releasing these obscure Spaghetti's, especially oddballs like "Matalo!", which is excellent. But "Taste of Killing" is very standard viewing, even for its day.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By William Watts on August 27, 2007
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They don't come much better than this great story craig hill is perfect in the part. musical score is not the usual spaghetti type one that grates after you are halfway into the film the baddies are bad the sweat flys out of the screen at you and the many whiskered faces all have the menacing stare add this to your collection Al Watts
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