Django Kills Silently (1967)

Django Doesn't Kill It

Having reached the town of Santa Anna, Django (George Eastman) finds that Sanders, the man who asked for his help in escorting his cargo, has been killed. But the problems which plagued Sanders, which were a Mexican bandit by the name El Santo (Domenico Maggio), have not gone away and Sanders' rival Thompson (Luciano Rossi) is trying to cut a deal with the bandit. Unsurprisingly Django becomes involved by agreeing to escort a shipment through El Santo's country; question is who can Django trust, if anyone.

Director Massimo Pupillo, aka Max Hunter and what a great name that is, certainly knew what was expected from a spaghetti western be it the instantly recognizable music to some close up camera work. And whilst you don't get nearly enough of these elements in "Django Kills Silently" there are the occasional scenes which suddenly grab your attention as Pupillo gets it almost right. But as I said these scenes grab your attention and sadly that makes "Django Kills Silently" one of those spaghetti westerns which for the most fails to do enough to keep you interested, using too much which is routine and ordinary to be consistently entertaining.

Of course it doesn't help matters that we have George Eastman as Django, I believe this was the 6th actor to play the iconic spaghetti western character and Eastman certainly doesn't have the charisma of Franco Nero. Although in fairness to George Eastman he certainly tries to give his version of Django some unique mannerisms, although his easy going nature when dealing with some bullying henchman does little to make him the classic tough guy that he should be. And as for those henchmen and all the other characters in this movie, well beyond some over acting when it comes to one of the character's nervous ticks they are as forgettable as the storyline ends up.

What this all boils down to is that in fairness "Django Kills Silently" is not the worst Django movie I have watched but it is only ever okay at best and a lot of time it is less than okay with little which truly keeps hold of your attention.