Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Spaghetti Chopsticks...genre bending or the fusion of awesome!

So I've always had this memory of my parents taking me to watch this movie at the drive-in. But here is where the story gets weird. In this movie I remember kung-fu fighting, cowboys, women with chastity belts, men who signed their signature on a woman's ass, and a preacher who quoted the bible while killing everyone.

You may be thinking I might have had a weird dream, because this has to be too outrageous to exist? And for many years I couldn't find the answer to what movie this was. But I finally found it! It was a spaghetti slash Shaw Brothers fusion film called "The Stranger and the Gunfighter." Starring the king of the Italian western Lee Van Cleef, and the lord of the "Just for Kicks Flix" , Lo Lieh. And it had everything I just stated. It's about a man from china who came to the states to invest in the new world for an evil Chinese overlord. But instead of putting money in a bank, he hid the treasure with a fortune cookie poem that he wrote in parts on the ass of 5 women. But he was killed by fortune hunters and thieves. The warlord then decided to kill his family unless his nephew Lo Lieh could recover the cash. Meeting up with Lee Van Cleef's(Lo and Lee, heh.) they make out in a wild adventure in search of these women. Of course they are being hunted by a crazed preacher man who quotes Leviticus quite a bit, and kills the rest with the help of a giant Geronimo looking Indian who just happens to be the MMA heavyweight champion of the world.

So what could go wrong with this awesome combo? Absolutely nothing. The Shaw brothers back in the 70's were looking to fuse together some genre bending movies, and they chose to do a Spaghetti western and a horror film. Which they did with the infamous Hammer Films studios with the movie The "Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires"...

The next time you have a strange past memory, remember, it may actually be true!

4 comments:

  1. Hah! We Watched this at one of our infamous "Whiskey and Western" nights! It's a blast! I'll see Lee Van Cleef in anything, and you can never go wrong with kung fu. I can't wait to check out 7 Golden Vampires (tho i hear nothing good about it).

    If you're into Spaghetti Westerns, you should check out my Spaghetti Western Concept Rap album, called "Showdown at the BK Corral." It's basically an epic Spaghetti Western over 9 tracks - very influenced by Leone Morricone. I'd love to hear what you think of it! You can download it for free at sunsetparkriders.com

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  2. Awesome Dave...Good stuff! It's like MC Frontalot for us Spaghetti fans. What would that be called? CleefCore? The Rap with no Name? ;)

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  3. Hah! I hadn't thought about that! I'm gonna throw that on our blog next time I update. If you get a chance, you can friend/follow us on myspace.com/sunsetparkriders and feel free to embed! Thanks again -Dave aka Kid Vengeance

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