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Genre Maestro
30 Ratings

Kill and Pray


Directed by Carlo Lizzani
Italy, 1967
  • Italian
  • English
Genre Maestro


After surviving his family being massacred, a young boy is taken in and raised by a preacher. Years later he comes face to face with the man that killed his family and he is tempted into back into violence.

Our take

Carlo Lizzani is best known for his work in that quintessential late 60s, early 70s (and quintessentially Italian) genre of the Spaghetti Western. His angle in this classic is sharply more political, helped by an appearance by Pasolini (and his muse, Ninetto Davoli!). Starring the great Lou Castel.

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What are people saying?

  • Daniel S.'s rating of the film Kill and Pray

    A western that seems to have gone under the radar. Too bad because, in my opinion, it's way better than the westerns shot by Clint Eastwood under Sergio Leone's direction. Why? Simply because Carlo Lizzani had something to say and wasn't only interested in the stylisation of the genre. You have to see Mark Damon playing a Confederate as if he was a nostalghia fan of Dracula to believe it! Masterpiece.

  • Stefan Drees's rating of the film Kill and Pray

    Mostly bad actors, crude cinematography with many editing errors, a horrible music (with a poor guitar player in action) ineffectively trying to imitate stylistic features of Elmer Bernstein's and Ennio Morricone's scores... but at least an unusual storyline with surprising developments. Not the worst spaghetti western at all, but there are far better works than this one.

  • Slappy McGee's rating of the film Kill and Pray

    "Have you heard of monkeys? They are animals that just make you laugh. And you’re all monkeys… going around bleating about freedom. And this makes me laugh. For you, freedom means a bit of land to sit on and do nothing with! You’re primitives! You don’t create, you don’t build! You’re savages! And you’ll always be savages!" ... well, after the villain says that... you know he's a BAD GUY. Oh my. Super fun flick.

  • ElTigreNegro's rating of the film Kill and Pray

    While it has notorious flaws, including the main character just forgetting about his sister during the course of the film, and a rather heavy handed political message, Lizzani's camera is always in the right track, and Riz Ortolani's minimalistic score gives this movie a lot of personality. Mark Damon is great playing the vampire-esque bad guy of the film. Also, a rather unusual cameo by Pier Paolo Passolini.

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