Four of the Apocalypse

Overview

A vain gambler Fabio Testi, a pregnant prostitute Lynne Frederick, a bumbling alcoholic Michael J. Pollard and a man who claims to see ghosts Harry Baird become unlikely traveling companions in this unusual spaghetti Western from notorious Italian horror director Lucio Fulci. The only survivors of a frontier-town massacre staged to rid the once-lawful town of its overpowering criminal element, the quartet ride the Western trail in a last-ditch bid to reach the next populated area and get back on their feet. Soon ...
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Overview

A vain gambler Fabio Testi, a pregnant prostitute Lynne Frederick, a bumbling alcoholic Michael J. Pollard and a man who claims to see ghosts Harry Baird become unlikely traveling companions in this unusual spaghetti Western from notorious Italian horror director Lucio Fulci. The only survivors of a frontier-town massacre staged to rid the once-lawful town of its overpowering criminal element, the quartet ride the Western trail in a last-ditch bid to reach the next populated area and get back on their feet. Soon drawing the attention of a trigger-happy bandit named Chaco Tomas Milian, the four cautiously accept him into the fold when Chaco displays a remarkable talent for hunting. When their newfound friend tortures the foursome and leaves them for dead after feeding them hallucinogens, the remaining survivors' desperate bid for survival leads them to take shelter in a ramshackle mining town inhabited only by men of questionable honor. As the birth of her child draws closer, prostitute Bunny Frederick looks to suave gambler Stubby Testi for the love and support to bring her child into the world. Though the men of the town reluctantly band together to aid Bunny in the birth of her baby, Stubby finds himself torn between the prospect of fatherhood and his unquenchable thirst for revenge against the supremely evil Chaco.
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Special Features

Fulci of the Apocalypse: Interviews with stars Fabio Testi and Tomas Milian; Theatrical trailer; Talent bios
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
An unusual and, at times, unexpectedly tender spaghetti Western from Italian gore-master Lucio Fulci (The Beyond, Zombie 2, and The Gates of Hell), Four of the Apocalypse remains remarkably original despite the occasional inclusion of such well-worn Western themes as revenge and life on the Western trail. The first clue viewers may have that they're in for something a little different might be the film's unusual psychedelic score. Eschewing Ennio Morricone's genre-defining instrumentals for a more contemporary sound scheme, Fulci's gamble may initially seem somewhat awkward, through it will likely grow on viewers as the film progresses. Though those looking for another blood-drenched gore-fest from the notorious Fulci will get their fill of the red stuff in the outrageously violent opening, the remainder of Four of the Apocalypse generally abandons the usual gunplay for a more introspective story concerning personal growth and the ability to look outside ones' self for the truly gratifying things in life. Star Fabio Testi's transformation from vain gambler to caring drifter is both convincing and effective, and Tomas Milian's Charles Manson-like villain offers one of the more chilling and sadistic screen heavies of the genre. Sure there's the obligatory quest for revenge following a horrific and unforgivable wrong done to the protagonist, but this relatively brief plot point takes a back seat to more internalized human issues. As with some of Fulci's later work, Four of the Apocalypse does contain moments of terrifying brutality and violence, but by tempering it with moments of uncharacteristically moving beauty and emotion, Fulci proves without a doubt that he was capable of much more than many give him credit for. Though Fulci's die-hard horror fan base may not initially be drawn to this film, they owe it to both the director and themselves to take a look at what could very well be the Italian splatter-master's most personal, poignant, and compelling film -- not to mention one of the most original spaghetti Westerns ever filmed.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/24/2007
  • UPC: 827058108997
  • Original Release: 1975
  • Rating:

  • Source: Blue Underground
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Time: 1:43:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 43,008

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Fabio Testi Stubby Preston,
Lynne Frederick Emanuela 'Bunny' O'Neill,
Michael J. Pollard Clem,
Harry Baird Bud,
Tomas Milian Chaco
Technical Credits
Lucio Fulci Director
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Four of the Apocalypse
1. Program Start/Salt Flat, Utah [4:20]
2. Main Titles [1:45]
3. Masked Gunmen [3:44]
4. Traveling Companions [3:56]
5. Knocked Up Whore [3:46]
6. The Faithful [4:25]
7. Chaco [4:49]
8. The Hunter Never Misses [3:50]
9. Act of Torture [1:43]
10. Chaco's Dog [4:07]
11. Savage Lust [4:48]
12. Survivors [4:05]
13. Long Walk to Freedom [3:56]
14. Slaughtered Souls [4:28]
15. Shelter From the Storm [4:25]
16. Clem's Farewell [4:58]
17. Madman's Rant [5:03]
18. Salvation [4:19]
19. Man's Country [4:20]
20. New Life [4:48]
21. Love and Loss [5:43]
22. Baptism [6:39]
23. Vengeance Trail [3:49]
24. Close Shave [4:11]
25. End Credits [1:52]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Four of the Apocalypse
   Chapter Selections
   Extras
      Trailer
      Fulci of the Apocalypse (17 Mins.)
      Talent Bios
         Lucio Fulci
         Fabio Testi
         Tomas Milian
   Languages
      English
      Italian
   Play
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