A Taste for Killing (1966)

Craig Hill in A Taste for Killing (1966) (aka: Per il gusto di uccidere)

A Taste of Vanilla

Professional Gunman Hank Fellows (Craig Hill) makes his living but watching bandits and outlaws rob stagecoaches only then to bring in the money and the criminals, if they live, to claim the reward money. But in doing so he has made a name for himself and is why a bank manager from Omaha offers him double the money if he will prevent a robbery from even taking place. But things are by no means as simple as Hank would like when it comes to those who are planning to stage the robbery.

"A Taste for Killing" will grab your attention within seconds of it starting with a soundtrack featuring a ballad about a "Lanky Man" and some beautiful cinematography of a man riding in front of the sun low in the sky. And for a few minutes more it keeps you entertained with the mystery of this lone rider who observes a group of bandits through the sight on his rifle robbing a stage. It is a beautifully shot and engaging opening and lifts your expectations.

Sadly after that it begins to fluctuate especially when the bandits start talking and the awful dubbing becomes apparent. Now anyone who likes Spaghetti Westerns knows to expect poor voice over work but considering how nicely filmed "A Taste for Killing" is the poor dubbing really stands out and drags it down.

It is not just the dubbing work which makes "A Taste for Killing" just an average Spaghetti Western as when the focus switches on to the storyline the stylish camera work of those opening scenes goes walk abouts in favour of standard, in truth uninspiring, camera work. Yes there are some stylish scenes through out the rest of the movie but they end up looking out of place against the rest of the movie.

Aside from that well there isn't a great deal to say as Craig Hill is square faced and confident in the role of Hank whilst the plot has a few twists in it. But neither the acting nor the plot is enough to make "A Taste for Killing" anything other than watchable.

What this all boils down to is that "A Taste for Killing" is an entertaining Spaghetti Western but one which ends up ordinary despite some really nice camera work.