Weird Westerns: ‘El Topo’, ‘Renegade’ and ‘Jonah Hex’


There are some who would say that the Western genre, one of the fundamental underlying narratives of American culture, has been done to death. But there are those who would use psychotropic drugs and earth magicks to bring the genre back to life, sort of like Frankenstein at Burning Man. Jonah Hex, the latest in a long line of comic book adaptations, is just such a film: a Weird Western than plays with the conventions of the genre, though admittedly it does so like Lenny from Of Mice and Men petting a rabbit. Tonight on Sordid Cinema—Sound on Sight’s alcoholic uncle living in a dilapidated halfway house—we’ll take a look at the Josh Brolin’s interpretation of Mr. Hex, as well as El Topo, the prototypical acid western, and Renegade, aka Blueberry, another comic adaptation, though one hooked on stronger drugs.



The Lonely Shepherd – Gheorghe Zamfir

Once upon a time in the West – Ennio Morricone

Sounds of El Topo – Under the Earth

The Verdict (Dopo la Condanna) – Ennio Morricone

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