1000 DOLLARS ON BLACK is a weird western, but weird with small “w” only. There’s no fantastic content but the whole thing is just ever-so-slightly off-kilter that it’s fairly interesting.
Start with the title – One would think that somehow gambling would be involved in the plot, but iin fact it’s completely meaningless. The generic plot is equal parts spaghetti western and Mexican soap opera (think CASA DE MI PADRE). It involves dueling good & bad brothers played by genre fixtures Anthony Steffen and Johnny Garko, who plays “Sartana” but not the same “Sartana” that he played in the “Sartana” series of films. The brothers’ mom is a Lady-MacBeth type who lives in the Western equivalent of a dilapidated gothic manse.
The bad guys operate out of an abandoned Aztec temple (!)
Which appears (if this matte painting is to be believed) is located on the surface of another planet.
The movie is fairly low budget with familiar, under-dressed sets left over from other movies and a resolute refusal to include one additional actor in the frame at any time than is absolutely necessary to pull off the shot.
There’s a blatantly imitative faux -Mariconi/Nicolai music score and creamy/dreamy Erika Blanc.