9 February 2016 | ma-cortes
Entertaining Spaghetti/Paella western co-produced by Italy/Spain that packs action , thrills , explosions and laughs
This exciting picture displays Western noisy action , gun-play , fun situations and bits of humor. The film gets the comic remarks from Western parody united the features of typical Spaghetti . Offbeat Western comedy with a hero named Spirito Santo / Holy Ghost / Hawk / or Falcon who looks exactly like Sartana . ¨His name was Holy ghost¨ is an amusing SW with lots of mayhem , crossfire and funny incidents ; however , being slightly mediocre . This time the new hero is named Holy Ghost (John Garco) dressed in white (though Sartana is dressed in black) , he is a tidy and rapid gunfighter to face off a powerful tyrant . At the beginning he wins a mine in a poker game . However , the scroll is damaged and the only person who knows the location is in prison and locked in Morelos (Mexico) by the ruthless general Ubarte (Poldo Bendandi) . ¨Holy Ghost¨ join forces with a beautiful Mexican revolutionary (Pilar Velazquez) , her likable father (Jorge Rigaud) and a chubby swindler boxer (Chris Huerta) to overthrow the ominous ruler who enslaves the poor countrymen . The resourceful , elegant hero , freelance gunman , named Spirito Santo appears to chase nasty gunfighters and to dethrone the heinous leader , as well as to find his golden mine . The confrontation will be inevitable between the cruel despot , a villainous murderous gunslinger (Paolo Gozlino) and , of course , Holy Ghost.
This first movie on ¨Holy Ghost¨ character starred by Gianni Garco is plenty of action , shootouts, tongue-in-cheek , double-crosses , twists and loads of shots . The movie is running out of ideas a bit ; nevertheless , it is still good enough to be fun . ¨Holy Ghost¨ is another hero of second class in the S.W. genre as Sabata (Lee Van Cleef) , Sartana (Gianni Garco who continues his similar role again) or Cuchillo (Tomas Milian) . ¨Holy Ghost¨ character bears remarkable resemblance to Sartana . Spirito Santo is a two-fisted and tough gunfighter with technical weaponry (like a Western James Bond) and a lot of tricks similarly to previous Sabata . This bewildering picture gets the humorous remarks from Western parody combined to features of Spaghetti . The movie gets the usual Italian Western issues , such as greedy antiheroes , violent facing off , quick zooms , exaggerated baddies , among them . It appears ordinary secondary actors who are habitual in Italian Western and Peplum genre , such as : Nello Pazzafini , Franco Pesce , Carlo Gaddi , Goffredo Unger , and Rick Boyd . Being a Spanish/Italian co-production , it shows up several Spaniard players as Chris Huerta , Jorge Rigaud , Cesar Ojinaga and Victor Israel .
Enjoyable musical score by Bruno Nicolai , Ennio Morricone's usual collaborator , full of guttural sounds and whistles . Atmospheric cinematography by the good cameraman Miguel Mila and adequate set decoration by regulars , Jaime Pérez Cubero and José Luis Galicia . The picture was middlingly directed by Giuliano Carmineo or Anthony Scott , who directed Westerns with Spaghetti-hero named Sartana , usually played by Gianni Garco in the title role . Giuliano Carmineo , alias Anthony Ascott, directed various Sartana with George Hilton who replaces Gianni Garco , as Hilton played more natural and roguish than Garco who was cold and peculiar . Giuliano Carmineo realized several Spaghettis , most of them featuring mainly the same cast again , such as "Di Tresette Ce N'è Uno, Tutti Gli Altri son Nessuno" ,"Lo Chiamavano Tresette... Giocava Sempre Col Morto" that actually was the last time George Hilton/Chris Huerta and Carnimeo worked on such a western comedy together , ¨The moment to kill¨, ¨Find a place to die¨ , ¨They call him Cemetery¨ , ¨They call me Hallaluya¨ , and the Sartana movies : "Have a Good Funeral, My Friend, Sartana Will Pay" , ¨Sartana the gravedigger'(69) ,"Sartana's Coming, Get Your Coffins Ready" , ¨Light the fuse Sartana is coming¨(1971) , among others . Giuliano also directed other kinds of genres , as Sci-Fi : ¨Exterminators of the year 3000¨, ¨Computron¨, Giallo : ¨The case of the bloody iris¨ , Crime thriller : ¨Secrets of a Call Girl¨ , Buddy movie films : ¨Convoy Buddies" or "Kid Stuff" , "The Diamond Peddlers" . This "Uomo Avvisato Mezzo Ammazzato... Parola Di Spirito Santo¨ (original title) or "His Name Was Holy Ghost" (American title) is clearly inferior to his entries in Sartana series . Rating : 5.5/10 . Acceptable and passable .