Django the Bastard (1969)

Sergio Garrone made plenty of interesting films, like the George Eastman-starring Western Terrible Day of the Big Gundown, some gothic horrors with Kinski like Lover of the Monster and The Hand That Feeds the Dead and three different Django ripoffs, including A Noose for DjangoKill Django… Kill First and this movie.

This movie is more supernatural than Western, with this version of Django (Anthony Steffen, The Night Evelyn Came Out of Her Grave) a bloody avenger much like Kinski’s character in And God Said to Cain (which I coincidentally watched on the very same day).

Said to have influenced High Plains Drifter, this Django was killed by three Confederate officers who betrayed their own men. He’s dug his way out of the grave and out of the Great Beyond to plant crosses for them before he’s even killed them. Nothing will stop him — I mean, if death couldn’t, what hope do mortal men with their guns?

At the end of the film, the wife of his main villains (played by Rada Rassimov, the sister of steely-eyed giallo king Ivan) says that they have enough money now to live rich and happily ever after. Django replies that he won’t live forever and literally fades away, like the ghost he is. According to this article, she says, “What a lot of dollars, they’ll be enough for a life!” The answer? “I already had a life.” And again — he disappears.

The best part of the Django-named films is when you come across one that’s even better than you expected. This would be one of them.

You can watch this on Tubi.

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