Hang 'em High is a Leone-style western slapped with a hearty helping of Americana western for an interesting but ultimately disappointing vengeance tale.
Jed Cooper (Eastwood) is apprehended by a gang who wrongly accuses him of stealing cattle, hung, and left for dead. It's only thanks to a marshal finding him that he is freed and cut from his noose. He vows to bring the men to justice, dead or alive.
This movie starts out great. I might even say…
Amy is a girl who just has no desire to date. Have sex, leave, go home, drink, get high, etc. The movie wastes no effort letting us know that she's not in good shape of any kind. She's needy, selfish, rude, and beyond all completely pessimistic. And indeed, she is seen doing a number of really mean things throughout the movie. Perhaps...too mean. By the halfway point I really hated her character for being so frustratingly non-sensical and her excuses…
The sheer creepiness of a movie like this is the way the characters and setting are portrayed. These kids have nothing to do with the town, they're just passing through. One of them wanders off and is killed immediately. Who is the killer? Even though we see him, we don't know. He's just some crazy guy. No back story, no explanation, no motivations. He's just a psychopath. That's what makes this movie scary.