Plot: A massive gold heist has been pulled off, with tens of thousands in riches, but of course, not everyone plans to share the wealth as planned and that means a double cross goes down. This leads to a man being drawn and quartered, torn apart in horrific fashion by those who betrayed him. The dead man’s friend Jokko (Richard Harrison) wasn’t able to save him, but he is now determined to exact vengeance. He swears on the blood soaked rope that was used to kill his friend, that he will hunt down those who were involved and avenge his partner. So he embarks on a journey to find these treacherous gunslingers and give them some special gifts, a length of rope, a bullet, and a grave. But one man against an entire crew stacks the odds against him, so can Jokko avenge his friend?
Entertainment Value: I found this to be a solid spaghetti western, though it doesn’t really stand out from the crowd. The narrative is fine and sets things up well, as we have a bad ass gunslinger out for the blood of a crew of dangerous dudes, not all that original, but a fun premise. In truth the movie is a little thin in the story area, which is evident when the action slows and the exposition takes over. I do think the movie is wise to space out the killings of course, rather than one big moon shot of violence at the end, but it also means some slow stretches at times. I still didn’t find Vengeance to be dull, just a little slow and even then, some of the performances shoulder the burden well. Richard Harrison is terrific in the lead, giving us a proper tough guy driven to the brink, both in the action scenes and the more dramatic moments. I really like the intensity he shows in the close ups, with his eyes burning through his enemies, as that helps establish how set in his violent path he is. The cast also includes Mariangela Giordano, Werner Pochath, Alan Collins, and a few other familiar faces. Again, not the best the genre has to offer, but Vengeance is still a solid, watchable western.
No nakedness. Much is made of the wondrous allure of a certain redhead, but no sleaze is showcased here. As you’d expect, the movie boasts some fun action scenes and the shoot outs are of course, quite violent. But to be honest, there’s not much bloodshed involved and most of the gun shot wounds are bloodless, or at worst just some stains on clothes or skin. So a lot of bullets and the shootouts are fun to watch, but there’s little blood to be seen. The movie also has some fistfights and a unique scene that involves a spur used as a weapon, so a little blood sneaks in there. But a lack of blood doesn’t mean a lack of action, as Vengeance has numerous shoot outs, chases, and brawls. As for dialogue, this is all about the tough guy talk and bravado, so some fun lines come across, but there’s not a lot of variety. Even so, it is fun to listen to tough hombres get into verbal pissing contests and try to one up each other. No real craziness here, Vengeance sticks close to the usual spaghetti western conventions.
Overall Insanity: 0/10