By Chris Nashawaty
Updated June 20, 2012 at 04:00 AM EDT
Credit: Everett Collection

As film nerds get geeked up for Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained (out Dec. 25), it’s worth checking out the spaghetti Westerns that his movie riffs on. More than 30 Italian oaters since the 1960s used the name Django in their titles, and Django Kill…If You Live, Shoot! (1967, Not Rated, 1 hr., 57 mins.) is one of the bloodiest and most bizarre of the bunch. Just out on Blu-ray, it stars Tomas Milian as a bandito hungry for payback after being double-crossed by his partners. In one gonzo scene, a greedy villain’s face is burned off by molten gold. If Tarantino comes up with images this cool, his Django will be molto bene indeed. B