Hey there creepies! Continuin’ my trend of bein’ a horror-hound that seems to only review spaghetti westerns for this site; let’s take a look at the new release from those beautiful lil’ devils at Arrow Video entitled REQUIESCANT!
Let me tell ya, REQUIESCANT is a strange one as far as yer typical pistols and pasta flicks are concerned. At it’s core it’s a basic revenge picture; there’s this dude played by Lou Castel (named Requiescant…go figure) that’s a peacenik, raised by a preacher after Confederate soldiers murdered his family that discovers he has a natural talent for sharp shootin’. Now it doesn’t take a braniac to figure out which die-rection this lil’ yarn is takin’. But, while the path is well tread, the way there is not. Die-rector Carlo Lizzani takes a ramblin’ road tellin’ this tale…a road laced with heavy philosophical pondering…especially in regards to the Communist movement in Italy (so class struggle is front and center). Also of note is that the villain of the piece, George Ferguson (Mark Damon) that looks for all the world like he would be at home in a Gothic vampire flick playin’ the main fang banger. It’s an odd aesthetic choice that stands out in an already off-kilter flick.
Now this bein’ an Arrow release, I was a bit shocked that it was so light in the extras department (a few interviews and a trailer is all you get), as usually their releases are packed fat with a bonanza of bonuses; but the transfer is as beautiful as can be, so that is a huge plus. All in all, REQUIESCANT will make a fine addition to anyone’s spaghetti western collection; it’s different enough to stand out from the crowd but well made enough to take it’s place next to your Leone’s and Corbucci’s!
Head here to pick up REQUIESCANT when it’s released on October 13th!