Director Joaquin Marchent utilizes flashback sequences in slow motion to tell the backstories of some of the convicts in the group as well as Sgt Brown, Sarah and his wife and their happy life before her murder by the mysterious killer in the group. The Horizontal is the time in minutes. Bitrate Audio English Dolby Digital 2. The criminals are all chained together, and it is then discovered that the chains are actually made of gold. The criminals are the real dregs of society and made up of extortionists, rapists, killers and the like they are a sort of Civil War Dirty Dozen minus three. The sergeant suspects one of the group to be responsible for murdering his wife and keeps them in line at the end of his pistol. Naturally, the criminals behave very rebellious, especially when they realize the heavy fortune that bounds them together.
Acting ranges from okay to poor to downright annoying that of Willingham. It's also less of a shoot-em-up western and more of a Herzogian tale of endurance for most of the running time it's actually a bit of a disappointment when they move to an interior set - however rustic - for the final act. He takes out the first guy with a rattlesnake and the second with a wooden spear, and continues tracking them instead of just taking all of them out at once, which seems possible since he does that to a group of renegades that try bar him from following Jed and his men into an outlaw town. We learn that Sgt Brown's wife was killed by one of the convicts he's transporting, but even he doesn't know which one it is. This form of constant tension seeds the action in the movie with some unexpected turnarounds and in the moment aggression.
The men lay their chains across train tracks and a passing train severs the chains from one another; although they are now free and their individual lengths of gold chain become their own share of the fortune from on another, they still cannot remove the shackles which will be a tell-tale sign that they are escapees. As Sam's wife, who is never named despite all her character's suffering, the script takes the incredibly sexist route of having fall for Jed after he and his men have raped her several times thus, making her no more worthy of survival than Joshua's mother's murderers. This film doesn't relent in the violence and we get a total shock when Sgt Brown doesn't even get any chance for revenge. Although none of the characters are particularly sympathetic - Tejada's Dean is more blank than bland - and Cohen's Cathy pretty much remains a victim, the film's strength is its unpredictable narrative spiked by escalating levels of gore. Sgt Brown shoots the man in the head, then cuts one of his legs right off.
At night, the men draw straws and one of them kills Slim to lighten the load, but Brown makes them continue carrying him when they refuse to tell him who killed the man. When they find that the wagon is empty of any such treasure, they kill off most of the guards and send the wagon hammering forward attached to a pack of wildly spooked horses. Thomas, having taken Brown's gun, assumes control and Cathy is taken with them as a hostage. The men end up eating all the food earlier than expected, so they must kill animals like deer to survive. The only problem is, they can't find it, so they let Sgt Brown go. The sergeant and his daughter begin to grow very weary during the trek, and in a moment of weakness, their prisoners overcome them.
Conditions get harder and the load gets heavier. The Dolby Digital mono audio is full-bodied with the bass of Mark Irwin's electronic score and some ridiculous foley punches coming through nicely. Ray takes off in the night with the group's provisions and suffers from delusions of Brown's reanimated burnt corpse coming after him. The expedition treks through the snowfilled mountains, and they only have a weeks worth of provisions. When one of them refuses to keep moving, he is shot right in the eye by the sergeant.
At the opening of the film we get a voice over by Sgt Brown describing the basic plotline i. They are attacked by a bandit gang, and only a sergeant, his beautiful young daughter and an assortment of seven sadistic, murderous prisoners survive, and they are left without horses or a wagon. When they get into a battle of wills with Sgt Brown, one of them refuses to move from the spot they are at. Thomas wants to head towards the a trading post near Fort Green to steal provisions and a wagon, but Ray is wary of the soldiers nearby. Though Joaquín Luis Romero Marchent had other plans in this gritty Spanish tale. One of the criminals the nice pretty boy falls in love with the daughter and tries to protect her. The picture is very sharp with nice detail, and the color restoration is not oversaturated but stable.
On the journey, the wagon the men are in gets hijacked by a bandit and his son who are looking for a cache of gold. When they find shelter in a cabin, the men overtake Brown and then Dean when he tries to protect Cathy. Their wagon is soon ambushed by road bandits, and the seven cut-throats not nine as the American title implies , the sergeant, and his daughter have to now move on foot. Now the criminals have to be brought to the jail on foot. They continue driving on, that is until they have an accident and the wagon tumbles down an enbankment, throwing the convicts around and destroying the wagon itself. The wagon is held up by some anxious bandits who believe there is gold being transported. When the Sgt struggles to carry his passed out daughter to shelter, the rest of the group wastes no time in beating him half to death , raping the daughter and gaining control of the situation.
Sergio Leone also employed this technique for several of his spaghetti westerns, so it's no surprise to see it imitated here. They decide to wait until the morning and hijack the Fort Green coach when it comes by in the morning, but greed, revenge, and outright sadism may mean that few if any will survive until the dawn. A wagon full of chain gang convicts are in route to be transferred to a faraway prison. They continue on their journey with the father-less girl, deciding to evenly split the gold, but they get on each other's nerves and behave like animals every inch of the way. The group finally make it to a cabin and begin drinking.