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« on: May 20, 2007, 06:04:59 PM »





Thomas Weisser calls this a "text-book example of the genre" and for once he couldn't be more correct. This very entertiaining flick is a perfect example of the genre. A gritty "revenge for a slaughtered family" plot mixed with "corrupt town boss" schtick. It's violent, bloody and has some added quirk and nudity in it. A full lengthed role by Klaus Kinski is added for good measure.

A mysterious Man in black (Kinski) rides into the town of Tombstone. He says he is a lawyer named James Webb and carries a gaggle of thick law books around with him. He acquires himself a room at the local hotel and begins to take part in some shady conversations with the town judge. He is especially interested in some land that two mexican outlaws, inaccuratly called the "O'Hara brothers", have stolen.

When the O'Hara's kill a town sheriff, Webb wastes no time in dispatching some of their lackies using his pistols that are intricatly hidden inside his text books and are rigged to go off when he pulls on a book mark. Of course at this point we don't know why he does this nor do we know what he is up to. His motives are not revealed until the very end of the picture.

After the first twenty minutes another Stranger by the name of Burt Collins rides into town and Kinski's character takes a back seat throughout the rest of the picture (he is just shown sneaking around town dropping in on secret conversations held by some villains and shooting from his books when necessary), instead the film becomes the adventures of Burt Collins.

Burt has come to tombstone to visit his brother Peter who is living on the outskirts of town with his indian wife Sarah (another unusual name for a certain character). While Burt spends the night at Peter's house, the house is raided by the O'Hara brothers and Peter is killed. Sarah is brutally raped and Burt gets beaten to a Pulp and left for dead.
Both Burt and Sarah head to the O'hara's hideout for revenge.
The movie has a lot of female frontal nudity, mostly from a saloon girl named Consuelo but Sarah the indian girl shows her back side a few times as well (Nudity is a rare occasion in the genre).

Enjoyed the flick but I have a few minor gripes with it, first and foremost the costumes the O'Hara brothers wear, they have these really ridiculous color coordinated costumes that make them look like circus performers. One of the brothers (the red suited one) has a utility belt full of throwing knives, he only uses these once. The knives should have been a running theme and his death should have involved something with a knife as oppsed to just getting shot.

The very end (I won't get into details as not to spoil anything) shows the revenge driven hero (Burt) to be not so honest as one would expect. In fact his activities at the end make him seem indifferent to his brothers death.

otherwise great action packed film.

The actors:

Kinski is noteworthy as Webb, he brings this mystique to the film that few actors can accomplish.

Fred Robsahm plays Burt Collins very well. In fact I liked him for all the reasons Shobary (http://spaghettiwesterns.1g.fi/black/killer.htm) didn't like him. Shoabry writes "  looks dirty and probably smells bad too". I think that's the whole point of a down and dirty spaghetti western hero but I guess it's different strokes for different folks (shrugs).

Marina Mulligan is cute and sassy as the Indian girl seeking revenge on the villians for killing her husband and raping her in the process. Surprisingly this remains to be mulligan's only contribution to cinema.


The Music:
I enjoyed the horror music esq. type tune for the "James Webb theme" but everything else is barely passable as an Italian western score.


Verdict: a solid spaghetti.

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« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2007, 04:00:35 PM »

Arizona Colts review:-

BLACK KILLER 1970-Mildly entertaining low, low budget spaghetti western has Kinski as a hero but keeps him confined to a single set as he mills around looking through books most of the time. Much of the film appears to have been shot around a single set as well. A diversion is seen in the form of a beautiful Italian actress masquerading as an Indian who gets naked often. Other than that there is really nothing to recommend this one besides the large book with a gun hidden inside that Kinski carries around the length of the film.


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« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2008, 01:38:16 PM »

I'm more on AC's side on this than FC. There is too much watering the broth (f.e. all the Kinski activity with guns hidden in the books is finalized to small use in the end. Or the attack on sheriff's brother's house is too stupid, with all of the three characters being captured one after another). It is worth just a 5\10, to be raised at 6\10 for the nudes, expecially the one showing Marina Mulligan's behind. If I have understood well, she might have been australian tennis player Martin Mulligan's wife at the time (Mulligan took italian citizenship in the late '60's and also played Davis Cup for us).
Also to be noted, for foreigners, that the director of the movie (also playing the vice-sheriff part) was a comedy bit player who kinda of emigrated for a while in USA. He has come under the spotlight just last week when the newspapers reported him as saying that while abroad he had a love affair with Marilyn Monroe. If you remember him in this movie you'll wonder if that happened after her death.

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« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2008, 03:43:26 PM »

Just finished watching this movie. Except for a couple of entertaining moments and for two women that appear naked more ofthen than dressed (and for no obvious reason), the movie does not have much to offer. In summary: poor direction, poor acting, poor special effects, poor script, and no chemistry whatsoever.

Watch it only if you are bored, have nothing better to do, and are a Kinski fanatic.

Sorry, that's the best I can say about Black Killer.  Evil

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