Comin' at Ya! (1981)

2.5 out of 5

Flaming arrows hurtling towards the audience, cherries dropping from a basket onto the head of the viewer and a baby's arse waved in the face are just three of the gimmicky cheap thrills to be had in cinema's only 3D spaghetti western; but a completely arbitrary fake bat attack on a woman's dormitory has to be the only thing resembling a show-stopper amongst these.

An Italian/Spanish/American co-production, Ferdinando Baldi's film is a fairly straightforward affair, with the inexpressive Tony Anthony pit against a prostitution ring who have stolen his wife and left him for dead on his wedding day. A fine score from Carlo Savina fails to negate the sense of hollowness about the proceedings, as the thin plot lurches from one contrived 3D sequence to the next, including even a 'greatest hits' medley of them at the finale. That said, the film is also a nigh-irresistible ninety minutes of time-wasting, childish fun, almost worth watching just for the bat attack.

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