1970 • Italy • Directed by Antonio Margheriti
The inimitable Klaus Kinski (Double Face) gives an uncharacteristically restrained performance as a wronged man chasing justice in And God Said to Cain, a dark, uncompromising western from celebrated Italian horror maestro Antonio Margheriti (Cannibal Apocalypse).Kinski plays Gary Hamilton, a former Confederate officer recently pardoned following ten years of hard labor for a crime he didn’t commit. Armed only with a solitary rifle, Gary descends on his former hometown – a silent, steely-eyed assassin bent on the destruction of the man who framed him, the nefarious Acombar (Peter Carsten, My Name is Pecos). But as night and a fearsome tornado both draw in, and with the full might of Acombar’s forced ranged against him, can he possibly succeed in his one-man mission of vengeance? Distinctive for taking place largely in darkness and for its atmosphere of creeping dread, And God Said to Cain sees its director channeling the same instincts for instilling tension and fear that he exploited to such success in earlier horror films such as Castle of Blood. Co-starring Marcella Michelangeli (The Big Racket) and Luciano Pigozzi (Baron Blood), Margheriti’s “gothic western” is a treat for fans of horror and westerns alike.