A gothic slasher flick in the old West, but the killer is the so-called protagonist. Deeply ambiguous, mythological, haunting, surreal. Nobody ditched the idea of the narrative arc with quite the same ease as Antonio Margheriti.
Margheriti elevates what otherwise would've been a fun but forgettable genre flick into a dark, moody, brutal revenge flick made all the more interesting by his labyrinth-esque action set ups and an interesting family dynamic for the antagonists.
Margheriti gives "And god said.." a very unique gothic horror vibe. Kinski feels more like a spirit of vengeance, haunting his enemies from the shadows. A pure moody atmosphere based flick, and a rare ocassion where Kinski is not playing the bad guy.
Margheriti was the most underrated of all the Italian directors of genres films in the 70s, maybe because he was always in Mario Bava's shadow. While he could expertly switch from genre to genre for me is naturally a horror director, which is noticeable even in this gothic western which is a rare example of an Italian genre film which really exploits Kinkis' well. The German really is on top form here