If You Meet Sartana Pray for Your Death (1968)

Gianfranco Parolini directs Gianni Garko, William Berger and Fernando Sancho in this Spaghetti Western where an angel of vengeance dogs a robber in the middle of an elaborate insurance fraud massacre.

The first Sartana entry has all the right camera angles, sweaty faces, wailing score and rubbery dubbing. If you’ve come for shoot-outs and our protagonist (“hero” might be a lie) appearing in strange corners of rooms out of nowhere, you’ve come to the right shop. Garko’s gimmick is he has a few gadget guns (like an unshaven 007) but he’s no Connery or Clint. Of its time, bog standard product but a product I enjoy immensely… even if this one’s plot is knotted so rigorously you can no longer see the rope.


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