Four of the Apocalypse
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Uncut. Uncensored. Unseen for over 25 years! 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.
"One Of Fulci's Best!" -- Monsters At Play
- "Fulci of the Apocalypse" - Interviews with Stars Fabio Testi and Tomas Milian
- Theatrical Trailer
- Talent Bios
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Testi and Frederick are locked together in the town jail when the good people decide to massacre everyone in a nearby saloon. They are freed, along with two others, and head across the desert towards another town. They are befriended by Chaco who betrays, tortures, and leaves them to die in the hot desert sun. They do manage to survive the attack, but they have no food, water, or transportation. Testi, a gambler, vows to obtain revenge against Chaco.
"Four of the Apocalypse" is a violent, emotionally packed tour de force of betrayal and revenge. I became emotionally attached to the four friends who struggle to survive. There are several scenes where I cried. I felt their pain. Their loss was my loss. I was very glad when Testi got his revenge!!
A beautifully filmed movie, "Four of the Apocalypse," has grandiose scenes of breathtaking mountains and deserts. I especially enjoyed the snow falling on the mountain village. (During filming, Testi caught a bad flu and was bedridden for several days.) The pop 70's music was great; there were several songs I wanted to sing along with. Great direction was provided by Lucio Fulci who has proved that he was a great film director of all genres.
"Four of the Apocalypse" is a must have for all fans of Lucio Fulci. I will have to view other Westerns that he directed. I bought "Four of the Apocalypse" for my dad who is a fan of the Western genre. Even though he enjoyed this movie, I'm going to have to keep it for my own Lucio Fulci collection. I'm only joking.
Normally, I don't appreciate the voices used when selecting voice-over dubs. But the voice they got for the black guy was very expressive and emotional. The movie is filled with poignance. And you have to admit the scene in the mining town when the miners are gambling over what the gender of the baby's gonna be, and then he is born and every miner stops and faces towards that little building is one of the most beautiful of all time. There's some nudity, disturbing scenes, graphic (and I'm not kidding) violence.
If you have a strong stomach and love westerns or well-written stories, Four of the Apocalypse is definitely for you.
The dvd is fine. Picture is excellent, and an interesting interview with the film's stars: the brilliant actors Tomas Milian and Fabio Testi.
Overall, an interesting film, one that I wish was the masterpiece that it could have been. You'll like it, but you'll wish you could like it better.
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sure, it is great because it does feel so horrifed and hey, it is a lucio fulci...Read more