Is this the greatest movie carrying the title of "Black Cat"? It's certainly a tight race. Perhaps I should do a podcast exclusively on Black Cats someday, directly compare as many as possible. Until that day, I'm just gonna call Kuroneko the greatest Black Cat movie.
A solid variation on the EC Comics "lonely loser with toxic acquaintances sells out morals and pays a proportionally unfair price" trope. I tend to think that this brand of ironic morality tale horror tends to work better as a shorter part of a larger anthology, but there's still a lot more going on here than the typical EC Comic pastiche, both in terms of the themes (setting it in the late '80s is PERFECT) and emotional heft.
Fulci made three gen-u-ine spaghetti westerns (and two White Fang movies that are basically westerns) and they were all pretty good, but Four of the Apocalypse is the most "Fulci" of the bunch.
It's not that it's the most violent of the three, in fact they're all quite violent – Massacre Time was Fulci's first real foray into movie violence and Silver Saddle is one of the bloodiest kids movies I've ever seen – no, it's more that Fulci isn't…