The Massacre Time cast includes Franco Nero, George Hilton and Nino Castelnuovo. This article contains spoilers for the 92-minute 1966 film. Subscribe to Vague Visages for access to reviews and essays.
Massacre Time stars Franco Nero as a gold prospector who squares off against his diabolical half-brother in Laramie Town, Wyoming. Legendary filmmaker Fernando Di Leo wrote the screenplay after working on A Fistful of Dollars and For a Few Dollars More, and the film was directed by Lucio Fulci, who is best known for making Italian horror classics such as Zombie and City of the Living Dead. Nero headlines the main cast in Massacre Time; however, it’s Nino Castelnuovo who arguably steals the show as Junior Scott, a psychotic Wyoming resident with a resting sour face. Here’s a Vague Visages cast guide for the main players in the 1966 Spaghetti Western, now streaming on Arrow Player.
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Masscare Time Cast: Franco Nero as Tom Corbett
Character Profile: A southwestern prospector who gets called back to his birthplace in Laramie Town. He discovers that his brother Jeff sold the family property, and then lashes out against the local elites. Tom eventually discovers that his real father is a wealthy businessman named Mr. Scott, and that his youngest half-brother, Junior, has been wildin’ out due to a privileged lifestyle.
Nero’s Resume: Django in Django, Sergei Kowalski in The Mercenary, Esperanza in Die Hard 2, Amerigo Vessepi in Django Unchained, Julius in John Wick: Chapter 2
Massacre Time Cast: George Hilton as Jeff “Slim” Corbett
Character Profile: Tom’s oldest half-brother who sold the family farm, House of the Wind, to the Scotts. Despite being an alcoholic, he’s a master gunslinger who kills various baddies while hanging sideways from a horse. Slim mistakenly believes that Mr. Scott killed his father three months before, and uses the trademark phrase “Hey, Gentlemen!” before attacking his enemies.
Hilton’s Resume: The Stranger in Any Gun Can Play, George Corro in The Strange Vice of Mrs. Wardh, Stefano Pelloni in Holy God, Here Comes the Passatore!, Richard Steel in All the Colors of the Dark, Dr. Roberto Carli in The Two Faces of Fear
Massacre Time Cast: Giuseppe Addobbati as Mr. Scott
Character Profile: A Laramie Town businessman with a maniacal son named Junior. It’s revealed that Mr. Scott is actually Tom’s birth father, and wants him to inherit the family fortune. Unfortunately, Junior complicates his plan.
Abbobbati’s Resume: Lucius in Messalina vs. the Son of Hercules, Padre di Marcello in The Conformist, Stumm in The Night Porter
Massacre Time Cast: Nino Castelnuovo as Jason “Junior” Scott
Character Profile: Mr. Scott’s youngest son who plots against Tom and Slim. He kills a man on the street at the beginning of the movie, and later kills an entire family to prevent Nero’s character from learning the truth about his heritage. Junior also kills a Native American housemaid who helped raised Tom, and also leaves Nero’s character with facial scars after a public whipping.
Castelnuovo’s Resume: Gabriele Dominici in Day by Day, Desperately, Guy Foucher in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, Piero in Diary of a Telephone Operator, Armand Duval in Camille 2000, D’Agostino in The English Patient
Massacre Time Cast: Tchang Yu as Undertaker
Character Profile: A Chinese Laramie Town resident who works as a piano player, blacksmith and undertaker. He provides comic relief throughout the film, and often cites Confucius while trying to make a few cents.
Yu’s Resume: Hotel Owner in I Am Sartana, Your Angel of Death, Servant in Vengeance Is a Dish Served Cold, Undertaker in Il venditore di morte
Massacre Time Cast: Linda Sini as Brady
Character Profile: A tavern owner who warns Tom about visiting the Scott family home. She wants to help him but won’t reveal information that he should already know after spending time in Laramie Town.
Sini’s Resume: Gabriella in Totò, Peppino e la… malafemmina, Corinna in The 1,000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse, Signora Cervantes in Our Man in Jamaica, Agrippina in Poppea… una prostituta al servizio dell’impero
Massacre Time Cast: Tom Felleghy as Murray
Character Profile: Tom’s foreman who briefly appears at the beginning of Massacre Time.
Felleghy’s Resume: Mr. Moreland in Mission: Stardust, Rinaldo degli Albizzi in The Age of Medici, Dr. Esson in The Cat o’ Nine Tails, Police Commissioner Pini in Four Flies on Grey Velvet, Inspector Smith in All the Colors of the Dark
Massacre Time Cast: Aysanoa Runachagua as Sonko
Character Profile: Junior’s main henchman who speaks little but kills a lot of people.
Runachagua’s Resume: Mexican Tracker in Blood at Sundown, Rios in Payment in Blood, Pistolero in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
Massacre Time Cast: John Bartha as Carradine
Character Profile: A Laramie Town local who sends Tom a message at the beginning of Massacre Time. He’s killed by Junior to prevent Nero’s character from learning the truth.
Bartha’s Resume: Sheriff in The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, General Roon in Mission Stardust, Tex Thomas in Cry of Death
Massacre Time Cast: Rina Franchetti as Mercedes
Character Profile: A Native American housemaid who raised Tom. She’s killed by Junior’s crew, which sets in motion the bloody final act.
Franchetti’s Resume: Meg Gummidge in David Copperfield, Ricco’s Mother in Ricco
The Massacre Time cast also includes Sal Borgese (If You Meet Sartana… Pray for Your Death), Romano Puppo (Escape from the Bronx) and Franco Moruzzi (The Evil Eye).
Q.V. Hough (@QVHough) is Vague Visages’ founding editor.