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THE HELLBENDERS (1967) *

Shortly after the Civil War, Confederate Joseph Cotten and his loyal sons go around cheating Yankees out of their money. When the one broad they use for their scams croaks, they buy a whore to help them. Of course, one of Cotten’s sons falls head over heels for her and eventually wants out of the family business.

I knew I was in trouble on this Spaghetti Western when I saw the name “Albert Band” in the credits. Even though such reliable Italians as Ruggero Deodato, Enzo Barboni, and Sergio Corbucci were involved, I knew that Band’s name canceled them all out. Band of course is the man who directed Zoltan, Hound of Dracula; one of the worst Dracula movies I’ve ever seen.

And my instincts were pretty dead on because The Hellbenders is one of the worst Spaghetti Westerns I’ve ever seen.

The whole movie is rather lifeless and repetitive. The only thing that keeps you awake (well… mostly) is the awful dubbing. The ending is particularly lame; mostly because the brothers’ actions are so stupid. I mean when you dig up a coffin you think is loaded with money, wouldn’t it make sense to open it up in the cemetery and not days later.

Apparently Quentin Tarantino loves this movie; but take that with a grain of salt because he’s also the guy who prefers Psycho 2 to Psycho 1.

AKA: The Cruel Ones.

Tags: h, western
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