Black Noon (1971) is a low-budget, made for TV Western Horror film that has some very rocky acting and sets that look like were made for a high school presentation of Oklahoma. That being said, it’s still a great movie and I’m quite surprised the content was allowed on TV.

Black NoonThe ultra-dramatic musical score adds the cheese that this movie probably would miss if it weren’t present. The story is about Reverend John Keyes and his wife Lorna who are traveling through the desert and almost die from the heat. Townsfolk rescue them, and take them in to revive them.

Deliverance (Yvette Mimieux) is mute, and does strange sign language to communicate. It doesn’t take long to figure out what she’s up to, and not because she has an orange cat; when you see this you’ll understand. There’s a touch of voodoo injected with the other magical happenings. The good Reverend even has some tempting sex dreams to fill the time in this dusty town.

What would a western be without a bad boy gunslinger, donning all black? Henry Silva is Moon just that gunslinger. There’s something strange about each encounter with him, even with the events leading up to the end of the film. There’s also a bizarre reference to Salem that made me shake my head.

3 Stars

Black Noon is a good movie that could’ve been great had it been given a few more dollars. I can only give it 3 out of 5 Stars, though.

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