A beautifully hypnotic fairy tale. Everyone speaks in macabre riddles. A princess swims naked among the lily pads. Men talk to the heads of chickens. Prayers to St. Cecilia under the night of the shooting stars.
“I’ll piss on your stupid toy.”
Five films in and Sartana finally found the love of his life, a deadly little Native American-styled Matryoshka doll named Alfie. A highlight for sure, this strange little explosive robot adds another layer of weirdness to the Sartana universe. Couple that with Chekhov's pipe organ, easily one of the greatest moments in the entire series, and you've got a solid final entry in the saga of Sartana. But goddamit, he still has that mustache.…
“Direct to god.”
Coke in the limo. Hershey's Kisses in the suit jacket pocket. Dennis Hopper doing Dennis Hopper shit—a sleazy SOV slum king working on a modern exploitation remake of Emile Zola’s Nana called...Nana Miami (with strippers). Genius. The HandyCam is psychiatric confessional, pornography documenter and murder witness. Video is the future. Ferrara is working with a form and style here I feel he perfected in New Rose Hotel, but this is still really fucking good. Our drugged out, self-hating protagonist never had a chance. He's doing breaststrokes into the void under the moon lit night.
“Did you miss me?”
“An alcohol problem?"
"An everything problem."
Blue files. Blue phones. Bloody English horn. A sadist dwarf. Imagine thinking Argento’s post-Opera work is a complete toss off when there’s a pure giallo with Max van Sydow sitting right here. Starts out exceptionally strong with an opening 20 minutes that prove 2001 Argento is still the master at conducting a symphonic set piece of tension and murder. The paper animal cutouts are a cute homage to the early animal titled gialli. There’s…
“No, I’m not paying for this funeral.”
Book gun! Razor sharp playing cards! Gianni Garko is back as the titular character in the fourth Sartana film. He returns with a blonde mustache and I kind of hate it. Some great gunfighting, though. Sartana does this one over-the-shoulder rifle shot that is quite beautiful.
We're four films deep here in the main Sartana series and this is the first one where he shows any sort of attraction to a woman. He…