Hate Thy Neighbor (1969)

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1969’s “Hate Thy Neighbor”, directed by Ferdinando Baldi, is one of the common ‘revenge for a slaughtered family’ motifs of the genre. Genre regular George Eastman stars as outlaw Gary Stevens, who kills some bandit guy named Bill Dakota (as well as his wife), for a map wanted by his boss, a land baron played by Horst Frank. Bill’s brother Ken (Clyde Gardner) wants revenge and follows Stevens to Mexico to get it.

All in all, not a bad one by any means. Not much to say about it, as it's pretty much a run-of-the-mill film, although pretty good. Decent acting, direction and storyline, although not unique in any sort of stylistic way. A few things stood out… The land baron likes to make his slaves fight each other to the death with these strange paddle and hook things…

Battle to the death

And the score by Robbe Poitevin is unusually Italian-sounding (much more than usual), at times quite complex and at other times beautiful in its simplicity. This one has recently been released by Wild East as a double feature with “The Last Killer”, also starring Eastman. As usual, they did a fantastic restoration.Worth a watch for fans of the genre.

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