A film with a nostalgic feel for the tradition of the masked hero, combined with the cruel violence of the spaghetti western
In some respects, Starblack is an unusual western. On one hand, it follows in the tradition of the Zorro or Lone Ranger masked hero, who always appears at the perfect moment to right wrongs. It displays a certain nostalgia for those serials of bygone times, an uncommon feature of Italian westerns. There is even a moment, well-remembered by fans of the genre, in which the protagonist, played by Robert Woods (one of the icons of popular Italian cinema), sings the film’s theme song. On the other hand, at times the violence in Starblack rivals that of the cruellest spaghetti western. For example, the scene in which the masked avenger saves a woman from being raped and then offers her a gun so that she can take revenge, remains one of the most unsettling moments of the entire genre.
New Mexico. For no apparent reason, Johnny and his faithful deaf-mute manservant arrive in a small town ruled over by unscrupulous banker Curry. That night, a masked gunslinger dressed all in black also appears, ready to ruthlessly defend the oppressed.