The Unholy Four / Dead Men Don’t Make Shadows

I decided that my spaghetti western-athon would come to an end last night, so to finish it off I made it a double feature. Both films were made in 1970. Spoiler alerts for both films.

First, I watched The Unholy Four which I chanced apon on YouTube. I liked the main idea of this story which is basically about four chaps that escaped from a state mental prison, and their adventures as they go on a quest to find the identity of one of the escapees that has amnesia.

The four are not all that crazy though. There is Woody, a large African American who just seems to be a bit simple, but is very loyal. He dies a heroic death by walking directly into gunfire to save his buddy, sucking up each bullet step by step, then strangles the gunman, and falls to the ground. He was played by Woody Strode, a familiar face.

Hondo was probably a card shark, maybe locked up because he was a compulsive gambler. In one scene we see him join a poker game and do some mean card shuffling, obviously not the actor doing it though.

The next character is Silver. He was charged with murder, and to avoid being hung pretended he was a nutjob and got put away instead.

The main character is Chuck Moll (also the alternative name for this film), he is the one with amnesia. By the end of the film he kind of found out who he was, but there were a few twists and turns on the way, and ultimately his life story turned out to be quite a bummer.

So I enjoyed this one, the story was original enough, the acting good (but not great), the music pretty good, and it was entertaining.

Dead Men Don’t Make Shadows was a bit different to all of the other spaghetti westerns, mostly because the director seemed to want to try some different camera angles and shots. One scene involved a guy on the ground about to be shot by the main character. As he plead for his life the camera got closer and closer to his face, and got so close that we could see the shadow of the camera hood on his face.

The rest of the film was about an evil mine owner, a small Mexican town being oppressed by said evil mine ownder, two bounty hunters, a beautiful woman with the most blue eyes you ever did see, and of course revenge and gold. It was different to The Unholy Four, but just as entertaining.

And these two films used the same town as you can see here:

The Unholy Men


Dead Men Don’t Make Shadows


Dead Men Don’t Make Shadows was actually released as a double feature with a film called “One Damned Day at Dawn… Django Meets Sartana!”, so I might continue my spaghetti-western-athon for one more film tonight.

Date watched: May 13th and 14th (midnight)
Scores: 7.5/10 for both
Film count 2016: 79

I liked the upbeat music in The Unholy Men, it played often throughout the film, and is in the trailer also. The music in Dead Men Don’t Make Shadows wasn’t so good.

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